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Climb Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador, a journey that challenges both body and spirit. In just 2 days, ascend to the breathtaking height of 5897m. This tour is designed for the adventurous soul seeking to touch the sky. Prepare to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, where the air is crisp, and the horizons are boundless. Your path to the summit awaits!

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Day 1

Cotopaxi Refuge

We will leave Quito early in the morning around 11:30 a.m. and we will drive south along the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we reach the town of El Chaupi. This town is the location of Cotopaxi-Travel’s homebase, there we will prepare all the necessary equipment for the ascent. We will have lunch at Andes Alpes Restaurant, and then we will continue to the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. From here, we will head east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (14,764ft/4864m) and then we’ll hike for about an hour to the José Ribas Refuge (15,951 ft. / 4862 m.). Then we will have dinner and rest until midnight. At this point we will pack our belongings and get ready to make our final ascent.
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Cotopaxi Refuge

Day 2

Cotopaxi Summit

Midnight will be our wake up time and the departure to the top (19,347ft/5897m) will be around 1am, after having a light breakfast and getting our stuff ready for the ascent. At the entrance of the glacier, your guide will explain all necesary tips needed for using crampons and ice axe if needed. The climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours and once at the summit we’ll take our time for pictures of the crater and surroundings, and then we’ll head back down the refuge, which will take us 2 to 3 hours. Once at the refuge we will pack our belongings, have something to eat and go down to the parking lot, where our transportation will be ready to take us back to Quito (9,186ft/2800m).
Meals: Light breakfast before the ascent and full breakfast after the ascent

  • Qualified and experienced Ecuadorian local Mountain Guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) ratio 2 climbers -1 guide)
  • Mountain Climbing Insurance
  • Registration in the System SIB (System Information of Biodiversity )
  • Technical mountain equipment 
  • Land transportation and transfers to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Accomodation at Cotopaxi Refuge
  • All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above)
  • International flight tickets
  • Hotel in Quito
  • Tips
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Other non-specified expenses
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