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Cotopaxi Volcano ascent 2 Days

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Cotopaxi Volcano ascent 2 Days

Cotopaxi Volcano ascent 2 Days

23 reviews


This 2-day Cotopaxi Volcano ascent will take you to one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world.


The Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 m) is one of the most active on the planet. It’s located 50 km south of Quito, in the Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador. Its name means moon neck in the Aymara language.


Trip Details

Day 1: Quito (2800 m) – José Ribas mountain hut (4862 m)

Day 2: José Ribas mountain hut (4862 m) – Summit Cotopaxi (5897 m) – Quito (2800 m)


Day 1: Quito (2800 m) - José Ribas mountain hut (4862 m)

We will leave Quito early in the morning around 11:30 a.m. and drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we arrive at the village of El Chaupi. 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 will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (14,764ft/4500m) then we’ll hike for around an hour to the José Rivas Refuge (15,951 ft. / 4862 m.) We will then 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: Jose Ribas Refuge

Day 2: José Ribas mountain hut (4862 m) - Summit Cotopaxi (5897 m) – Quito (2800 m)

Midnight will be our wake up time and the departure to the top (19,347ft/5897m) will be around 1 am, after having a light breakfast and getting our stuff ready for the ascent. At the entrance of the glacier, your guide will explain all necessary 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 pre-ascent and full breakfast after the climb


  • Guiding fee
  •  Accommodation included
  •  Transport during the trip
  •  Permit and entrance fees
  •  Breakfast
  •  Lunch
  •  Dinner

No Included

  • personal mountain gear (warm clothes, sleeping bags, sunglasses, head lamp, etc.), international flight tickets, hotel in Quito, tips, personal insurance, luggage insurance and trip cancellation, oher non-specified expenses.


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