OVERVIEW

The Cotopaxi climbing tour is an 8-day Mountain Climbing Tour. As you might know Ecuador offers a lot of different mountain climbing possibilities. For example, there are the Pasochoa and the Iliniza Norte. Also there is the second-highest volcano of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi Volcano. This volcano has an altitude of 5,897 meters above sea level. As you can might imagine the Cotopaxi climbing tour is real adventure for adrenaline seekers!
The first few days are for climbs with a series of non-technical acclimatization peaks, up the easier volcanoes surrounding Quito. With this you will be prepared for the final goal. You will attempt the top of one of the highest, active volcanoes in the world.

We recommend good fitness health and mountain climbing experience.

TOUR FACTORS
Difficulty 85%
Adventure 80%
Comfort 40%
Family friendly 25%

ITINERARY:

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Arrival in Quito, International AirportArrival at the international airport in Quito. Here your guide picks you up and takes you to the hotel in the heart of Quito. From there the Cotopaxi climbing tour can start!

Accommodation during the Cotopaxi Climbing ToursStandard – Hotel

Meals included: —

Hiking as the daily activity The day will start with breakfast. Right after we will head out for a city tour to Quito. In doing so you will become used to the altitude. Once we reach the old town of Quito there is a lot to explore. Here, our guide gives us many interesting details about the historical center of Quito. Since 1978 it is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The reason for this is because it is the best preserved historical center of Latin America.

Accommodation during the Cotopaxi Climbing ToursStandard – Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Hiking as the daily activity

Early in the morning, we leave the capital to drive towards the Pasochoa volcano. This one is an extinct volcano with a wide caldera which is sunken to the west. Therefore, it gives us an impressive image. A height of 4.200 meters above sea level is a good beginning for acclimatization for other mountain climbing hikes. Due to its location in the middle of the Avenue of Volcanoes, it offers a great view from the top. For example, you can see the Cayambe Volcano and other mountains. In the surrounded area are pumas, foxes, skunks and many bird species to be found. This is a perfect first hike for those who are new to altitude and an optimal acclimatization program. In the late afternoon, we return to Quito.

Accommodation during the Cotopaxi Climbing ToursStandard – Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Box Lunch

Hiking as the daily activity

The second hike is to the volcano Ruco Pichincha. We will continue the process of acclimatization reaching its summit and observing the crater and its majesty. From the slopes you can take the cable car to the top of the mountain. From there you can enjoy a panoramic view of Quito. At the end of the day you will return to Quito.

Standard – Hotel

Accommodation during the Cotopaxi Climbing Tours

Meals included: Breakfast | Box Lunch

Hiking as the daily activity

The Volcano Iliniza is located at about 60 km south-west of Quito. This volcano belongs to the western Andes and offers a magnificent view over the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Iliniza Norte has a summit purely made of rocks and is seldom covered by snow. Very early in the morning, we will drive to “Estacion de la Virgen”, from where the mountain climbing hike starts. Get ready for a steep climb through magnificent landscape followed by an exhilarating scramble to the summit. The hike up the Ilinizas Norte leads us through an amazing landscape called Páramo. It is the name for Ecuadorian steppe and the area is filled with blooming shrubs and thorny bushes. Our hike will take about 4-5 hours up and 2 hours to descend back down. After the hike, you will head to a typical hacienda to finish the day.

Accommodation during the Cotopaxi Climbing ToursStandard – Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Box Lunch | Dinner

Hiking as the daily activity

After a leisurely breakfast, we head to the Cotopaxi National park. On our way we can stop at the Limpiopungo Lagoon to take some photos. Right afterwards we reach the parking lot and hike for another hour up to the José Rivas Refugee. This destination is located at 4,800 meters above sea level. The afternoon we spend practicing the glacier skills needed for the ascent in prior to the climb. Also we will train the handling of crampons, rope and ice axes. Afterwards, we go back to the mountain hut, where an early dinner will be served and we rest until midnight.

Accommodation during the Cotopaxi Climbing ToursMountain hut

Meals included: Breakfast | Box Lunch | Dinner

Hiking as the daily activity

At around midnight, we get up for the ascent to the summit. After breakfast and after all backpacks are packed and ready for the climb, we start around 1:00am. Then we need approximately 6 to 8 hours for the ascension. A long, initial pitch gains access to an interesting maze of crevasses on the lower slopes of this beautiful volcano. The ascent then weaves through impressive crevasse fields before ascending the final steep slopes to the summit. The deep, sheer-walled volcanic crater is an incredibly impressive sight. On top, at 5.897 m, we have enough time to take pictures and to enjoy the stunning view.

After soaking in the awesome panoramic view from the second highest point in Ecuador we will had back for the hut. The descent will take about 2 or 3 hours. A short rest and we head back to Quito.

Accommodation during the Cotopaxi Climbing Tours Standard – Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast| Box Lunch

International FlightThe Cotopaxi climbing tour ends with Breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your  flight, private transfer to the airport in Quito. Or maybe you book a trip to the Galapagos Islands with us and your tour goes on with the next adventure!

International FlightIn time for your flight, we will take you to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights in hotels, haciendas or mountain huts in double occupancy, breakfast included
  • Meals as specified in the program
  • ASEGUIM certified, English-speaking Mountain Guide (mountain-guide ratio: 2 climbers -1 guide in Cotopaxi)
  • Private transportation
  • All transfers
  • Mountain climbing gear (double plastic boots, crampons, ice axe, helmet, climbing belt)

starting from

$ 1295,- p.p.

in US DOLLAR

*Please contact us for special offers and child discounts. Prices are subject to change.

*Price based on double occupancy.

Consider as you reserve:

My own room:

Single supplement fee: USD $95,-p.p. (only in hotels possible)

Not Included:

> International airfare to and from destination
> Personal mountain equipment: sleeping bag, clothing, mittens, sun glasses, head lamp, etc)
> Meals not described
> Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
> Cost of medical immunizations as needed
> Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
> Cost of optional activities
> Excess baggage charges; airport taxes (if any);
> Optional gratuities to your guides
> Medical, hospitalization and evacuation costs (by any means)

> Items of personal nature

Travel Insurance:

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Travel insurance is intended to cover medical expenses, trip interruption and cancellation, theft and other losses incurred while traveling domestically or internationally.

Visa and Entry Requirements

Ecuador requires a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements