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Tour description

This program is ideal for climbers and travelers who do not have much time on their vacations, these experiences are suitable for all experience levels: from beginners and amateur enthusiasts to professionals. The tour is organized in just five short days you will fly from home and be on a high altitude very fast and safety on the mountain.

Cotopaxi Summit, recommend our climbers to carry out a pre-acclimatization at home with the best technology that is revolutionizing in the Himalayas today. Acclimatize in the hypoxic tents


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Day 1

Arrival Quito

Pick up at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Quito. If you arrive early in the morning, you will have the afternoon free to explore Quito.

Included meals:
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Skills Practice on Cotopaxi’s Glacier 16.404ft/5000 m

We will leave Quito early in the morning around 8:30 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-Summit’s home base, there we will prepare all the necessary equipment for the skills practice on Cotopaxi´s Glacier. From here will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (4.500m/14,763 ft) then we’ll hike up for around an hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge, after a short break we will continue to the glacier for learning and reviewing basic glacier travel skills, ice axe and crampon technique, and self-arrest. After spending the day on the ice, we return to the comfort of our lodge and discuss our plan for summit day.

Included meals: Breakfast/ Box Lunch/ Dinner
Accommodation: TamboPaxi Lodge

Day 3

Tambopaxi Lodge – Rest Day 12,204 ft./3720m

Today we will enjoy a day of rest at the base of Cotopaxi enjoying a beautiful views and comfortable mountain lodge. In the afternoon also prepare all of our equipment for the climb.

Included meals: Breakfast/ Box Lunch/ Dinner
Accommodation: Tambopaxi Lodge

Day 4

: Summit Cotopaxi 19,347 ft /5897 m

Midnight will be our wake-up time, not before having a light breakfast and get our stuff ready for the ascent. Then we will drive until to the parking lot. From there we start the ascent, the climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours. Finally at the summit we’ll take our time to take pictures of the crater and surroundings, and then we’ll head down back the refuge, which it will take us 2 to 3 hours. and then continue our descent all the way to our lodge where our transportation will be ready to take us to Quito.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5

Flight Home

Transfer from the hotel to the airport

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  • Acclimatization Climbing Program
  • Ecuadorian qualified and experienced local Mountain Guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) ratio 2 climbers -1 guide)
  • A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
  • Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
  • Land transportation and transfers


  • 4 nights in Hostel and Café Andes Alpes
  • 1 night at Jose Rivas Refuge
  • All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above)


  • International flight tickets
  • Tips
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Other non-specified expenses
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We kindly refer to our Terms and Conditions page which can be found in the footer of our website.

No prior climbing experience is required. Climbers should be in good physical condition and it is highly recommended that they have some backpacking experience.