Cotopaxi Summit

Cotopaxi Summit

Ecuador, Andes

$ /person
2 days
Every day min. 2 people
Private tour

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Sample itinerary

  • Tour Days
  • 1

    Day 1

    We will check the equipment with your guide in the offices in Quito, 10:30 a.m. we will leave in direction south until the town of Machachi for the lunch, then with our 4x4 vehicle we will arrive to the parking lot 4.600m (15.091.86 ft), here we put on most of the equipment so that you do not have to carry everything to the refuge, we walk 45min until the José Rivas Refuge at 4.800m (15.748.03 ft), in the afternoon we will have a talk and school of glacier to handle equipment, depending on the climate, dinner and rest.

  • 2

    Day 2

    At the beginning of the second day 00:30 a.m., we will have a cup of tea and our bags pack with the necessary things and we will go out to attempt to the summit between 7 to 8 hours walking on ice, very slow, to arrive to the sunrise between 6 to 7 a.m. return to the refuge, breakfast, return to Quito about 14:00 p.m. We work in ropes of 2 tourists 1 guide, if one of the tourist makes the decision to go down without reaching the summit for any reason, all the ropes return and if the group is bigger and we have more guides, one guide goes down and the others continue climbing.


CUELLO DE LUNA, as this stratovolcano is known, one of the highest in activity with an altitude of 5897m (19.347. 11 ft), is the second highest after Chimborazo, within the Cotopaxi National Park, the first tourist visit area in continental Ecuador, located south of Quito at 50 km (31 miles), thousands of tourist seek to reach the summit of this volcano per year, for its ease in connectivity, climate, on the routes we do not have climbing walls, just we walk to the top, additional to 4.800m (15.748. 03 ft) we have the refuge Jose Rivas and with the transport 4x4 to the parking lot to 4.600m (15.091.86 ft), excursionists without experience begin their activity in Ecuador their first high mountain is the Cotopaxi, additional its perfect conical form covered with glacier calls the attention and hypnotizes so that you take a photo and better in its crater, in our tour of 2 days we took you to the summit, the excursion of attack to the summit is made from the midnight, the time in approximate hours is between 7 to 8 hours.

  • • Prívate transportation 4x4.
  • • Certified ASEGUIM guide in Spanish/English.
  • • Meals (Lunch and dinner first day, breakfast second day).
  • • Refuge, bed, mattress, thermal blanket.
  • • Course, school of glacier depends on the weather.
  • • Technical mountain equipment: plastic boots, crampons, harness, carabineer, helmet, flashlight without batteries, external gloves of 2 fingers, gaiters, ice axe, windproof pants, windproof jacket, rope.