Javier Herrera

Javier HerreraThe Director and Head Guide of Andeanface, Javier, has been climbing in Ecuador for more than 25 years and has been organising expeditions since ten years. As a mountaineer he has led many ascents in the Andes, the Alps, the Karakorum and the Himalayas. The eight expeditions he headed in Nepal include guiding on two eight thousand meter peaks.
Javier is one of the Instructors of the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain guides (ASEGUIM), and has completed several courses with ENSA, the French National School of Guides.
During his cycling career he won seven times the National Road Racing Championship, and also a gold and silver medal in the Pan-American games of 1990, for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honour for the highest merit in sports.


Helma van der Hoeven

Helma van der HoevenHelma is the Director of the volunteer programs of Andeanface. She was born in Holland and worked for a few years in London as a stockbroker.
She decided to leave her job in order to achieve her dream of accompanying children in need.  She left for Nepal to work as a volunteer in a children's hospital where she personally felt the reality of poor kids’ lives in a third world country.
She then started the Daniëlle Children's Fund to create better opportunities for poor children of Nepal. Later she also began a project in Ecuador, her husband's country of birth, and the place where they both actually live.



Andeanface Guidelines

As a serious and professional service provider, we follow certain guidelines that are key to a successful operation. We develop a trusting environment, we share memorable experiences, mutual growth and we are always looking for a long time relationship with our clients. We aim to fulfil our ethos and standards by being:

      • Professional
      • Respectful to others and to the environment
      • Honest
      • Responsible
      • Efficient
      • Organised
      • Reliable
      • Resourceful
      • Knowledgeable
      • Flexible and adaptable

Client Reference

"I first met Javier and Helma in November 2003 as a member of the Ecuador mountaineering trip to climb Antisana volcano. Javier was the trip leader and I was fortunate to be roped directly behind him and enjoyed a great experience climbing high on Antisana.
During my Ecuador stay I was touched by Javier and Helma's passion and commitment to help the street children of Quito. On a second trip in 2007, I was fortunate to see the latest developments at the Child ‘N Family center in Ambato and I was amazed to see what had been achieved."
Chris Purslow