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Cotopaxi Summit (5.897 m / 19,347 ft) in 2 days

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Overview


Cotopaxi Summit (5.897 m / 19,347 ft) in 2 days is a demanding glacier tour to the highest point of Cotopaxi, overlooking its crater. Base for the hike is José Rivas refuge, from where the ascent takes about 6 - 7 hours. For the descent another 3 hours have to be scheduled.

Highlights


  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park.
  • Experience an active Volcano.
  • Look into the crater of an active volcano if we reach the summit.
  • Stay at Jose Ribas refuge.
  • Climb with excellent, certified guide.
  • Experienced back office.
Cotopaxi Summit (5.897 m / 19,347 ft) in 2 days

Description


Cotopaxi Summit (5.897 m / 19,347 ft) in 2 days

We leave Quito at around 10.30 am and drive towards Cotopaxi National Park. We stop for lunch at a typical restaurant, and continue then to the gate of Cotopaxi NP, where we register before we continue. Then we go up to the parking lot by car and from there hike up to the José Ribas refuge at 4.865 m / 15,960 ft (around 45 - 60 min). If required and the conditions allow it, we will go for a small glacier training in the afternoon (walking techniques, rope travel), then we have an early dinner and try to rest a bit at the refuge (dorm). We wake up around midnight, and after a small snack we start the hike to the summit of COTOPAXI (5.897 m / 19,347 ft), which takes approximately 6 - 8 h. If the conditions are good we will enjoy a breathtaking sunrise at the summit, overlooking the impressive crager and then we descend (approx. 3 hours to the refuge, 30 mins to the parking lot) and return to Quito.

elevation gain day 1: 220 m / 720 ft | distance 0,8 km / 0.5 mi

elevation gain day 2: ↑ 1060 m / 3480 ft ↓ 1280 m / 4200 ft | distance 7,5 km / 4.7 mi

food included on day 1: - / L / D

day 2: B / - / - (snacks for ascent will be provided)

What's included


  • Inclusions:
  • certified bi-lingual guide (ASEGUIM / IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA), max. 1 guide per 2 climbers
  • transportation in private vehicle from / to Quito
  • accommodation at refuge with dinner and breakfast
  • park entrance fees & climbing permits
  • lunch on day 1, snacks for the ascent
  • group equipment: ropes and other guiding gear
  • Exclusions:
  • personal technical equipment (harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe, carabiners, screws, slings etc.)
  • sleeping bag for huts, boots and other private equipment (rental is possible)
  • insurances (please make sure that you have an insurance covering risks of mountain climbing)
  • cost for program changes
  • tips & any other expenses not explicitly mentioned

Itinerary


  1. Visited Places:
  2. Parque Nacional Cotopaxi
  3. Refugio Cotopaxi (Jose Ribas)

DAY 1:

approx. 10 - 10.30 am pick up in Quito & drive to Cotopaxi

12.00 lunch

14.00 - 14.30 hike to refuge

17.30 - dinner

DAY 2:

midnight wake up and breakfast

hike to summit

approx. 6 - 7 am summit

descent

around lunch time: back in Quito

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