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Specialists of Lonely Summits, leading tour operator in mountaineering in Ecuador, have been climbing for more than 20 years and have organized hundreds successful mountaineering tours in Ecuador and the rest summits of the South American Andes.

Brief info

altitude

5 897 m/ 19 347 ft
2 800 m/ 9 186 ft

Best time of the year

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Basic information

Total route length:
7km / 4 miles ?
Duration:
8 days ?
Language:
English
Vertical gain:
1 047m / 3 435 ft ?
Starting / finishing point:
Quito

Requested level

Fitness level: ?
Climbing technique: ?
climb Cotopaxi - brief graph
climb Cotopaxi - brief climb Cotopaxi - brief

At Lonely Summits we specialize mainly in mountain climbing in the fascinating Ecuadorian and South American Andes, hiking and trekking through wonderful sceneries, visiting the most beautiful landscapes. The main mission of Lonely Summits is to make the trip an experience of a lifetime, with an excellent service, cheerfulness and an organization base on Europeans and American standards, we do everything within our ability to minimize the risk and maximize the joy. We are looking forward to sharing with you all of our adventures.

Our team is formed by professional, experienced and competent multilingual mountain guides, all of them belong to the “ASEGUIM” Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides, and many of them hold the International Certification from IFMGA/UIAGM. The founders of Lonely Summits, Silvia Morales and Edgar Parra have been working and climbing for more than 20 years, with much success in organizing and operating adventure climbing tours in Ecuador, as well as in the rest of South American Andes, Europe, Central Asia and United States.

ITINERARY

DETAILS

DATES

Any dates are possible for the groups from one person

Most of the companies have narrow number of starting dates of the climbs. That limits the travelers flexibility and not always convenient.

We are different in that approach and offer a vast variety of starting dates - almost every day - to fit your schedules and desires.

PICK YOUR DATE our trips start daily
Dates
Available places
Nov. 19 – Dec. 8, 2019
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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Hotel in Quito: 2 nights, DBL, BB
  • Gear check and orientation
  • Assistance to buy the climbing permit
  • Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
  • All meals, lodging in refuges and transfers during the climb
  • Guide services: professional IFMGA or ASEGUIM Mountain Guide
  • National parks entrance fees
  • Gifts (certificates, t-shirts)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Wire Transfer Fees for deposit or balance (if Applicable)
  • International round-trip airfare home country-Quito
  • Personal mountain gear (warm clothes, sleeping bag, sunglasses, head lamp, etc.)
  • Single supplement in hotels
  • Meals and drinks in hotels (lunch, dinner)
  • Private porters hired to carry your personal gear if you choose
  • Some supplemental snacks, alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Additional hotels and meals if the expedition finishes early and returns to Quito
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tips
  • Other non-specified expenses

YOUR ADVENTURE EXPERTS

TESTIMONIALS

Geoff P, Telluride, Colorado, United States

If you are looking for a guide for hiking and climbing choose Lonely Summits. Edgar was our guide for a week in Ecuador and was an amazing resource. In the mountains he is very easy to work with and is extremely experienced. I will definitely use Lonely summits for future trips.

Val R, Canada

Everything was extremely well organized and managed. All events happened on time. All guides speak good English. Everyone from Lonely Summits I had a chance to interact with was professional, courteous and helpful. Probably the best mountaineering guiding company I've ever climbed with.

Fred J, Columbia

My family had a wonderful time. It was their first big mountain. This is not a casual excursion, you must be in very good condition. A great introduction to a demanding sport!

Alessandro G, Trento, Italy

Edgar and his team are the best I ever found around the world: they are extremely expert on, and about, the mountain we climbed, they are also very friendly and their organization works well. The tour is very well designed. If someone ask me for a trip to the Ecuador's mountain I would certainly suggest Lonely Summits.

Laurie Aylwin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Edgar and his partner Paul were amazing guides! Since we were not equiped with climbing equipment Edgar showed us a store were we could rent the things we were missing. My sister and mother also adored their experience with Lonely Summits. I will surely need their experties again!

Mieks

We made it to the summit of the Cotopaxi with the guides Seco and Julián. Both very professional, passionate and experienced guides. As they said “it’s your challenge to make it to the summit, as we’re your guides it’s our challenge to get you there”. We would highly recommend them, great experience!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SMALL TEAMS AND GUIDE RATIO

SMALL TEAMS AND GUIDE RATIO

There is always a group leader who will be from the transfer in until transfer out. A climber-to-guide ratio is one guide for every 2-8 team members. It depends on the group size: we will have one guide for 2 team members in Cotopaxi, 1 guide for 3 members in Illniza/Corazon and one guide for 8 persons in Pasochoa.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL INFORMATION

All EU, US, Russian citizens are not equired to have a visa before arriving in Ecuador.

MEDICINE

MEDICINE

Your guide will carry a first aid kit all the time during your climb. However, please, bring your own medicine in case you need any of prescribed items. There are a few drug stores in Quito, so you won't have any problem with all basic treatments.

WEATHER

WEATHER

Climbers should be prepared to take care of themselves in cold environments. This means knowing how to control body temperature by hydrating well, wearing multiple layers of clothing to maintain body heat, and eating sufficiently (regularly throughout the day) to maintain strength.

PORTER ASSISTANCE

PORTER ASSISTANCE

For most of the time climbing to Cotopaxi there is no need to employ porters. But if team members want we can provide porters support for extra cost ($50-60 per day).

Safety

Safety

Our guides are responsible for providing safety on all kinds of mountain relief. They have a radio, GPS, a mobile telephone, all necessary group equipment. All guests should have medical insurance in case of incidents which can cover all expenses in emergency.

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