Cotopaxi Volcano

Cotopaxi volcano with 5.897 m / 19.347 ft of height is the second tallest mountain in Ecuador and lies two hours south of Quito inside of the Cotopaxi National Park.

It is one of the most visited natural attractions because of its unique, beautiful shape and the gorgeous surrounding Andean landscapes.  It is without a doubt, the most climbed mountain in Ecuador by mountaineers from around the world.
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Climbing average time 10 hours
Fitness Level Difficult
Skill Level Moderate
Maximum Elevation 5,897 m/19,347 ft
Minimum Elevation 4,600 m/15,091 ft 
Requisites Previous acclimatization, good shape, mountaineering basics

ITINERARY

DAY ONE

We will drive two hours from Quito to Cotopaxi National Park and hike 45 minutes from parking lot to José Ribas hut at 4,800 m/15,748 ft. After settle-in, we will get ready for practice basic techniques for glaciers travel.

In the afternoon, we will return to the hut to prepare equipment and rest for a while. Early dinner at 18:00 and sleep time, since we will wake up at midnight to attempt the summit! (BL/D)

DAY TWO

We will wake-up at midnight, dress up and have breakfast. The ascent hike start around 1:00 and takes approximately 6-7 hours to get the summit depending on the pace. After enjoy the summit for a while start the descent that takes about 3 hours.

Once in the hut, we will have time to have a nap and then pack up everything and start the hike down to take the car. We will have a well deserve lunch to celebrate and return to Quito.  (B/BL/L)

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Volcano Cotopaxi and its crater
  • Second highest volcano of Ecuador
  • Panoramic view of the “Volcano Avenue”
  • Limpiopungo Lake and the Limpios prairie
  • Andean moor
  • Flora and fauna of the moor
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual certified ASEGUIM guides (2:1 climber/guide ratio)
  • Meals: (B) breakfast, (BL) box lunch, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
  • Safe drinking water
  • Accommodation in José Ribas hut
  • Permits and park fees
  • Climbing gear: helmet, mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axe, rope and carabineers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

REQUIRED

  • Comfortable backpack for the climb (30-40 L)
  • Comfortable, warm clothing (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Rain jacket and rain pants (3rd layer)
  • Winter hat and/or face mask
  • Thermal and waterproof gloves
  • Liners and thermal socks (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Sunglasses and sun screen
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal grooming kit
  • Sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Bottles or thermos to refill water

RECOMMENDED

  • Camera
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking poles
  • Personal first aid kit and medicines
  • Extra liner or thermal gloves
2D COTOPAXI CLIMBING
4P or more 3P – 2P 1P
$590 $690 $1190

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