Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Rises majestically above the Central Andean Cordilleras, The name comes from ancient languages that mean “The Neck of the Moon” with an almost perfect cone shape. Reaching the top of this volcano is a must for every mountaineer. Technically not a difficult mountain, you don’t need much experience but a good physical condition and proper acclimatization will help for a successful climb.
From the summit, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Andes landscape, with a clear view, you can see all of the snow-capped mountains of Ecuador. Glancing into the crater with a diameter of 800 m, from which sulfur steam is still flowing.
|3 days||It’s possible to add one extra day for acclimatization|
Day 1: Climbing Mountain Refuge 4800m
Pick you up at your hotel in Quito. then head to the direction of Cotopaxi National Park enjoy the scenic road to Cotopaxi refuge. You often see wild animals such as horses, bulls, birds, rabbits, and foxes. We drive almost 1h from 2900m to 4500m, where we leave our car. The last 300 mts to the hut we make on foot. Before sunset, we have dinner and try to sleep a few hours, at midnight our adventure will start. The unique and compelling Cotopaxi 5897m is waiting for us.
Accommodation: RefugeJose Ribas
Meals: box lunch, dinner
Day 2: Climbing Cotopaxi 5897m and back to Quito
The big day of the trip begins shortly after midnight at 4800m. 6-7 hours will be needed to get to the main summit of the World famous Cotopaxi (5897m). A complete alpine glacier hike, surrounded by beautiful mountains and the lights of the capital in the background. The goal of ascension is to reach the summit when the sun rises to enjoy the magnificent colors and views. We need 2-3 hours for the descent. We return to your hotel in Quito.
Meals: light breakfast pre- ascent.
Local certified English/Spanish-speaking mountain guide
Accommodation mentioned above
Private transportation in guide´s car
Meals mentioned in the program above
Transportation, Accommodations, meals for guide
Airfare, accommodation in Quito or another city
Soft and alcoholic beverages
Extras and services not mentioned above
Tips and gratuities
Glacier, climbing and extra trekking gear (we can assist with the rental)