Climbing to the summit of Cotopaxi must be already the goal of your life. This mountain is beautiful from all around where you see it and we believe that one of the best ways to discover Ecuador from high altitude is to climb summits like this. In this tour your dream will come true. Do your best and make it to the top! Climbing Cotopaxi Ecuador

Tour factors

Difficulty 85%
Adventure 95%
Comfort 70%


If you land in Quito (9,186ft/2.800m) in the morning, we will visit the Equator line and the Intiñan museum. Overnight in the hotel (-/-/-) Climbing Cotopaxi Ecuador

We will leave from Quito (9,186ft/2.800m) early in the morning and drive southeast for about 2 hours through the Andean highlands until we get to the trailhead (10,827ft/3.300m). Climbing Cotopaxi Ecuador

The hike goes through an amazing primary Andean forest, great for bird watching, as we will arrive on the summit (13,778ft/4.230m) and if the weather allows, we will be able to see the surrounding snow capped mountains such as Antisana, Cayambe, Illinizas, Cotopaxi and even Chimborazo far away to the south on clear days. It will take us about 6 hours. Transfer to Machachi by late afternoonOvernight in the hotel (B/BL/-) Climbing Cotopaxi Ecuador

We will leave from Quito (9,186ft/2.800m) early in the morning and drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the village of “El Chaupi”.  We will continue driving up to the trailhead (13,120ft/4.000m), where we start our hike. Climbing Cotopaxi Ecuador

The first part of the hike takes us up through the small Andean grass. Then we will get on the sandy and scramble section, which leads to Corazon summit (15,702ft/4786m). We will have lunch during the hike that is about 8 hour long. Return to Machachi by late afternoon. (B/BL/-)

We will leave from Quito (9,186ft/2.800m) in the morning and drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the village of “El Chaupi”. We will continue driving up until we get to “La Virgen parking lot” (12,795ft/3.900m). Once there, we will start a 3-hour hike up to the “Nuevos Horizontes Refuge” (15,580ft/4.750m). We will relax for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner will be served by late afternoon. (B/BL/D)

Our climbing day starts at 5 am. We will have a light breakfast, pack our climbing equipment and leave the refuge an hour later. We will continue hiking up towards the saddle formed between both peaks and then to Illiniza Norte summit (16,818ft/ 5.126 m). The approach to the top involves an easy 3-hour scrambling. Once at the summit, we will enjoy and admire the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in an old Hacienda (B/BL/-)

We will drive from Machachi southern through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance. From here we will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (14,764ft/4.500m). We get our gear ready and hike up for an hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge (15,748ft/4.800m). In the afternoon we will go to the glacier for ice practices and training. We will learn some basic techniques, which include last but not least proper handling of the climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope, etc). We will go back to the Refuge for dinner and rest. (B/BL/D)

We will wake up at midnight and depart to the top (19,347ft/5.897 m) around 1 am after a light breakfast. The climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours. The first part is about an hour hike to the glacier, where we put the crampons on and start the glacier ascent. Once at the summit we will take our time for pictures of the crater and surroundings and then we will head back to the refuge in 2 to 3 hours. At the refuge we will rest, pack our belongings, have something to eat, drink and go down to the parking lot, from where we will drive back to Quito. Overnight in the hotel (B/BL/-)

Transfer from the hotel to the Airport (B/-/-)

Meaning of the following characters:  (-) No meals included, (B) Breakfast, (BL) Box lunch, (D) Dinner.


 1’398,00 EUR (2 Travelers)

Included in the price

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Not included in the price

  • Personal mountain gear (warm clothes, sleeping bag, sunglasses, head lamp, etc.)
  • International flight tickets
  • Single supplement
  • Meals and drinks in hotels (lunch, dinner)
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tips
  • Other non-specified expenses

Travel Insurance

To protect your travel investment, we strongly recommend that you acquire your own travel insurance. Travel insurance covers medical expenses, interruption and cancellation of travel, theft and other damages incurred when traveling at home or abroad.

Visa and Entry Requirements

Ecuador requires a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the latest visa requirements.

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