Our Guides

Jaime Avila

Jaime AvilaJaime has successfully guided expeditions in every country of the Andes for international mountain guiding organizations. These included ascents of Aconcahua through the polish glacier route, several expeditions in Bolivia, successful ascents of Alpamayo and Huascaran in Peru and several other less known peaks in the Andes, as well as many expeditions in Ecuador.
In 2003 he was the assistant leader of a commercial expedition to Denali in Alaska and after that he managed to develop his professional career further afield out of the Americas.
In 2004 he led a successful expedition to Amadablam and to Island Peak located in the heart of the Himalayas, in 2011 he reached the summit of Manaslu as guide of Himalayan Experience, and in 2014 he is guided on Everest.


Joshua Jarrín

Joshua JarrinJoshua started to climb at the age of ten as a member of the San Gabriel climbing club of Quito. His fist expedition outside of the country was to Peru when he was sixteen. In fifteen years of mountaineering he has climbed in Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Austria and Nepal. He is one of the few climbers who have done two ascents of the south face of Aconcagua (Argentina). As guide, he is member of the ASEGUIM and also an international certified mountain guide (IFMGA). In November 2010 he led the first Ecuadorian ascent of Pumori in the Himalayas. He holds a B.A. in Culinary Art, so when he is not working as a guide, he enjoys spending time as a Chef. In March 2012 he sumited mount Everest  working as a guide on Everest for www.peaksfreak.com


Benno Schlauri

Benno SchlauriBenno is a Swiss guide living in Ecuador since 1995 and is happily married to Mariana, an Ecuadorian national. Benno started skiing at the early age of 4; at 14 he was a member of the Swiss Alpine Club where he had an extensive climbing career in the Alps. He is one of the few ASEGUIM guides who are qualified to lead ski descents in Ecuador.
Since his arrival he has continuously been guiding in most of the Andean countries of South America, especially in Ecuador. At the moment he is one of the Instructors of the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides and he is  a internationally certified (IFMGA) guide.

 

Estalin Suarez

estalin suarezEstalin is a member of ASEGUIM since 2009, he has climbed all the mountains in Ecuador some of them through new harder routes, like the south summit of Antisana. He has led several expeditions to the Southern Andes of Peru where he climbed Huascaran, the highest mountain of Peru, and some other 6.000m peaks like Alpamayo. .Estalin’s love and respect for his country are conveyed with great enthusiasm. His knowledge of the local culture and history is very good; combined with his love of the outdoors, it makes him a great leader for this diverse country. In Europe he has done several climbs in the Austrian Alps


Felipe Jacome

Felipe JacomeFelipe is an experienced high altitude climber and a cheerful fellow. He has been an instructor of the local Mountaineering Federation (EPAM) and a driving force of the Mountaineering Club of the Catholic University of Quito. His extensive climbing background includes most of the mountains of Ecuador with some technical routes; several 6.000 meter peaks in the rest of South America, including some expeditions to the highest peaks of Peru and Bolivia; and he has also led a few ascents in the European Alps. Felipe has completed courses in Europe with the Spanish School of Mountaineering and the French School of Guides ENSA. Felipe holds a university degree in Eco-tourism as well as a Wilderness Emergency Medical qualification as a technician given by WMI of NOLS (Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS) from the US. At the moment Felipe is the Director of Mingai (www.mingai.org) a centre for medical outdoor training. Felipe became fully (IFMGA) certified in September 2009.


Gaspar Navarrete

Gaspar NavarreteGaspar is one of the most technically skilled guides of Ecuador. Besides climbing in Ecuador he has guided comercial trips to the highest peaks of other Andean countries such as in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina and climbed many interesting routes in the European Alps including the North Face of the Eiger. He has attended several training courses with the French School of guides ENSA from Chamonix. His enthusiasm for new routes in the mountains of Ecuador is contagious and he enjoys sharing it with others who have a similar love of wild, remote places. Gaspar holds a WFR wilderness medicine certificate. . In April 2011 Gaspar led an American expedition to Island Peak (6.085 m) in the Himalaya. . He is currently the Director of the Ecuadorian School of Guides of ASEGUIM for 2014-2015 period. During low season he works as a horse back riding guide in the Andes. His pasion for nature brought him to become an enviromental activist.


Freddy Tipan

Freddy TipanFreddy was the third Ecuadorian internationally certified mountain guide (IFMGA). He has completed his guide training at ENSA l’Ecole National de Ski et d’Alpinisme de France. Freddy was born at the foothills of Antisana volcano: as a child he started hiking and climbing around Antisana region. He is currently the Director of the School of Mountain Guides in Ecuador.
During his climbing career Freddy has led many expeditions in Ecuador and later to the southern Andes of  Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Freddy has been climbing in Ecuador for more than 18 years.


Alejandro Lazzati

Alejandro LazzatiAlejandro is a very talented mountaineer and rock climber. He has extensive climbing experience in all the mountains of Ecuador. He is an instructor of the Association of Guides ASEGUIM. In 2001 he led a successful expedition to the highest mountain of Peru and in 2008 he was the leader of an American expedition that succeeded on Aconcahua (the highest peak of the Americas). He holds a Wilderness Emergency Medical qualification as a technician given by WMI of NOLS (Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS) from the USA. He is the first Ecuadorian guide to become fully (IFMGA) certified (www.ivbv.info). Alejandro has a deep feeling for nature and his passion for the mountains is truly joyful. His attention to detail, sensitivity to guest needs, and extensive knowledge of the mountains and history of the Andes of Ecuador is unrivalled.


Jose Landazuri

Jose LandazuriJose has been climbing in Ecuador and guiding for more than 16 years with more than 200 ascents of Cotopaxi and around 50 of Chimborazo. His hyperactive personality and his love for the Ecuadorian mountains make him one of our most popular guides. He has completed his training in the Oberland Section of the DAV (German Alpine Club) and has done several difficult climbs in the European Alps. He is one of the Instructors of our School of Guides. Jose has been senior climbing guide for many British expeditions which have come to Ecuador during the last 15 years. We know his never-ceasing enthusiasm and cheerful personality will always add immeasurably to the enjoyment of the trips he leads. His love for the mountains, his capacity to share that with clients, and his friendly rapport with all the people along the trails, make him one of our best known guides. He holds a WFR wilderness medicine certificate.


Oswaldo Freire

Oswaldo FreireOswaldo is a very experienced climber. He has made many notable climbs, among them the first traverse of all the summits of El Altar, two expeditions to the South Face of Aconcagua, the Eastern Face of Huayna Potosi in Bolivia and a difficult route up Peak Lenin. He has led many commercial expeditions to the Andes of Bolivia, Peru and Argentina.
"Ossy" as we call him, is well informed about his country's culture, history, and spectacular natural places, and loves sharing his knowledge with our guests. His spirit, enthusiasm, and knowledge extend well beyond the borders of Ecuador.
Besides guiding he is running a unique restaurant and lodge overlooking the city of Quito. Take a look at www.rumilomalodge.com.


Diego Zurita

Diego ZuritaDiego Zurita is a qualified ASEGUIM mountain guide who was part of the first group of Ecuadorian mountain guides who have been trained as intructors at the French National School of guides ENSA in 1996. He was one of the founders of the Ecuadorian School of Mountain Guides ESGUIM As a guide he has led expeditions to the southern Andes of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Denali. Diego loves teaching mountaineering and glacier skills.

 


Ramiro Garrido

Ramiro GarridoRamiro is former President of the San Gabriel climbing club of Quito. He has been mountaineering in Ecuador since the age of 11, intensively climbed almost all the mountains of Ecuador. During the summer months July and August, he has often spent time climbing in the southern Andes of Peru and Bolivia. Among his notable ascents he has climbed Aconcahua by the Polish Glacier Route. He loves to share with people his two main passions of life: mountaineering and outdoor video filming. He holds a WFR (Wilderness First Responder certification) and is an active member of ASEGUIM.


Marco Castillo

Marco CastilloMarco is a keen runner and a qualified mountain guide. He has worked for the red cross of Ecuador as part of their rescue team. During the last 10 years he has guided more than 200 ascents of Cotopaxi and no less than 40 of Chimborazo. Happily married to Cecilia he is busy raising two children when he is not climbing. Marco is an ASEGUIM member. Marco led, in August 2011, the first ascent of Cotopaxi from the sea to 5.897 m in 5 days!


Henry Moya

Henry MoyaHenry has been an instructor of the local Mountaineering Federation (EPAM) and is an experienced high altitude mountaineer. His extensive climbing background includes all of the mountains of Ecuador with some unusual routes, and several 6.000 m peaks in the rest of South America including expeditions to the highest peaks of Peru and Bolivia. Henry has completed several courses of the National French School of Guides ENSA and is aspirant IFMGA certified since September 2008. His love for the Ecuadorian mountains and people, and his knowledge of the culture of Ecuador make him a good trip leader. -  


Esteban Mena

Esteban MenaEsteban, known as Topo among his friends, started climbing in Ecuador when he was 14 years old. Three years later he made his first climbing trip to Peru, followed by many expeditions to Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Alaska, Kirgizstan, Europe and Nepal. Despite his young age he has done some of the hardest climbs, like the South face on Aconcagua and Pobeda Peak in the Tien Shan range. Recently he succeeded on Manaslu, one of the highest mountains of Nepal (8.150 m peak), as part of an Ecuador team led by Ivan Vallejo: for more information, see www.ivanvallejo.com/somos_ecuador. In 2013 he summited Everest without oxygen
Esteban is a true lover of the outdoors; his patience and desire to share his knowledge make him a great climbing leader. He holds a WFR certification given by the WMI of NOLS; he is a member of ASEGUIM, the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides; and besides that he has followed rock climbing instructor courses given by the American Mountain Guide Association.


David Trujillo

David TrujilloDavid Trujillo, is a member of ASEGUIM has been guiding mountaineering expeditions for several years. His passion has not only driven him to climb the highest mountains in Ecuador, but has motivated his numerous guiding expeditions to Peru and Bolivia. A world traveler, David has also climbed several peaks in Europe and has ice climbed in Colorado. His numerous passions include mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing and back-country skiing. "When David is guiding expeditions, he isn't in the mountains," explains a client. "But the mountains are in him."


Javier Mora

Javier MoraJavier has been climbing in Ecuador since 1999. A freelance outdoor photographer with a university degree in business, he is a member of our Association of Mountain Guides and a very talented climber, who spends part of the year leading expeditions in Ecuador and Peru. One of his passions is photography, which has brought him to develop his own web site where he shares some magic moments of his profession: www.javiermorateran.com. In addition to being multilingual (English and fluent German), he is extremely knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, history, and customs of the Andes. He holds a WFR wilderness medicine certificate.

Pablo Montalvo

Pablo MontalvoPablo’s love and respect for his country are conveyed with great enthusiasm. His knowledge of Ecuadorian culture and history is prodigious; combined with his love of the outdoors, it makes him a great leader for this diverse and fascinating country. Pablo is well versed in the rich culture of Ecuador as well as the classic trekking routes. His knowledge of the country, its people, and traditions will add immensely to your appreciation of the trip, and he has a gift for instilling confidence in every trekker. Pablo lived, studied and worked in the United States for 4 years. His ability to cross cultural boundaries and forge relationships with people from all over the world is his trademark. In 2012, Pablo cycled from sea level to the hut of Cotopaxi 4.800m and reached the summit 5.897m, it took him 5 days!

 

Fabian Freire

Fabian FreireFabian has explored and established new hiking routes in the Ecuadorian central Andes and cloud forests as a naturalist guide. He visited remote and isolated native communities, settlements, villages and highland remote Indian markets. Fabian has also guided in the Ecuadorian upper Amazon basin coming across Huao, Shuar, Secoya, Siona, Cofàn and Quichua tribes and territories.
During the last 10 years he has carried out many acclimatization programs for mountaineers wanting to climb the major peaks of Ecuador. For a few years Fabian was working in Canada as the Director of Food and Beverage of Maitre d’hôtel. Fabian is a fluent English speaker and has a medium level of French.

 

Romel Sandoval

romel sandovalRomel has been involved most of his life in outdoor sports in Ecuador, sixteen years working as a guide and several outdoor races on his belt. He is a passionate photographer. A certified ASEGUIM guide and in addition he holds a degree as   Environmental Engineer.
His extensive climbing background includes all of the mountains of Ecuador with some unusual routes, and several 6.000 m peaks in the rest of South America
His love for the Ecuadorian mountains and people, and his knowledge of the culture of Ecuador make him a great trip leader. Romel holds a first aid certification.

 

Abraham Chuquirmaca

abraham chuqimarcaNative from Antisana region, Abraham grew up in a mountain village in the Northern side of Antisana mountain, often watching climbers going to the base camp of this massive glaciated volcano, later he learnt mountaineering techniques with his friends and follow several amateur mountaineering courses. Abraham became fully qualified mountain guide in 2003 after completing is training with ASEGUIM. He is fluent speaker of English. He has led several expeditions on the southern Andes of South America including Aconcagua. He is a experienced member of the mountain rescue team of Ecuador

 

Franklin Varela

franklin varelaFranklin is member of ASEGUIM since 2005 and director of its rescue team, GRA (Grupo de Rescate ASEGUIM). He counts with comprehensive experience in the Ecuadorian and the rest of the South American Andes. Amongst his most important ascents are Aconcagua’s South Face (Argentina), Alpamayo, Pirámide de Garcilazo, Huascaran, Esphinge (Peru), amongst others. As professional and certified mountain guide he leads international expeditions to all summits of Ecuador, also an expedition of Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa was led by Franklin and his rescue team. Furthermore he has a vast knowledge of Ecuador’s culture, history, flora & fauna, what makes him a great guide for your next tour.

 

Pioneers

As Ecuador climbing guides we are the pioneers of the new guiding tradition that began in 1980, when the first local guides started leading mountaineers to the summits of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Since then we have made many ascents in the Andes, we have brought our professional careers to a higher level by following training courses in the European Alps and we have led expeditions in other continents including to some of the 8.000 m / 26,000 ft peaks in Asia.

We have guided and instructed clients of all ability levels within the Andes and worldwide, to far away challenges as Everest, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Gasherbrun II, Aconcagua, Huascaran, Illimani and many others.

 

Our Climbing Guides

Our team consists of experienced and qualified bilingual guides who have great knowledge of the mountains and areas you visit. They all are friendly, cheerful people that will make sure that everything runs smoothly and that you have a great experience.

Our guides enjoy sharing their love for our country and always show their respect towards our mountains, culture and people.

Most of our guides hold the IFMGA guide licence and have a WFR wilderness medicine certificate.
For more information, see Certification.


Logistics Manager

Marco CastilloMarco Castillo is our logistics manager,  and guide. Before a group of clients arrives he spends several hours in front of the computer arranging all the logistics. He deals with the organisation of matters related to planning menus, purchase of foods, and camping facilities. Marco is a qualified ASEGUIM mountain guide