Climb volcanoes in ecuador With «Cotopaxi Travel» team and the The Best Certified Local mountain GuideS. ASEGUIN/ IFMGA Certified Guides.
Mountain Range: Andes

Accomodation: Andes Alpes /Refuge José Ribas

Duration: 2 days

Activity: Cotopaxi Summit with Acclimatization

Dificulty Level: Intermediate

Equipment: Climbing Excurions Gear List

Grop size: 2-12


This program offers the full Ecuadorian mountain climbing experience, with the opportunity to summit many of the gorgeous volcanoes that lie in Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes, such as Pasochoa, El Corazón and Iliniza Norte. 

These hikes are also important in preparing your body to summit Cotopaxi, as each hike aids in acclimatization. In preparation for the 2-day Cotopaxi climb, climbers enjoy a relaxing day at Quilotoa Lagoon, hiking around an amazing volcanic crater filled with water tucked into the Ecuadorian highlands. 

Finally, the trip concludes with Cotopaxi, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world, and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The climb up to the summit of Cotopaxi is not highly technical, but it does require the use of crampons, ice axes and ropes. Leaving from the refuge around midnight, climbers begin ascending the volcano and will arrive at the top of Cotopaxi after sunrise at 6am.!


We will pick you up at 8:00 am. Then we will drive for two hours to get to Pasochoa parking lot. We will then hike through a large forest and when we are in the middle of it, a 4230-meter summit will appear. There is a steep sloop on the ascent, but once there we will have beautiful views. We will drive to El Chaupi village. Overnight at Andes Alpes base camp

Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Andes Alpes  

From El chaupi village. We will start early in the morning after breakfast 7:00 We will be driving up to the trailhead (13,120ft/4.000m), where we start our hike. 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/4788m). We will have lunch during the hike that is about 6-hour long. Return to the hostel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner 
Accommodation: Andes Alpes

We start early in the morning after breakfast 7:30 We will be driving up to the “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 couple of minutes and we took the opportunity to put our helmet and harness for continue hiking up towards the saddle formed between both peaks and then head up to Illiniza north summit; it will take us between 2 to 3 hours to get to the summit (5126m), the way back to the parking lot it will take us between 2 hours. drive back to El Chaupi. Overnight at the Lodge  

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Andes Alpes 

We’ll leave from El Chaupi in the morning and will drive the Quilotoa Lagoon; during the tour we will stop at an Indian hut. After we will visit the Tigua community to observe the leather crafts that people make in these places. The tour will take us about 4 hours later, we’ll arrive the viewpoint where you can observe the magnitude of the crater and its lagoon background. We will descend along an irregular road; the walk will take us one hour until arrived bottom of the lagoon, there we will have taken photos and rest. After lunch we will back to El Chaupi in about 3 hours driving.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Andes Alpes 

From El Chaupi will drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until getting to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance. From here will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (4.500m) then we’ll hike up for around an hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge (4,864m). Then we will have dinner and rest until midnight. At this point we will pack our belongings and get ready to make our final ascent.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Cotopaxi Refuge José Ribas 

Midnight will be our wake-up time and the departure to the top (19,347ft/5.897m) will be around 01h00, not before having a light breakfast and get our stuff ready for the ascent, the climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours. Once at the summit we’ll take our time to take pictures of the crater and surroundings, and then we’ll head down back the refuge, which it will take us 2 to 3 hours. Once at the refuge will pack our belongings, have something to eat and go down to the parking lot, where our transportation will be ready to take us to Quito.

Meals: Breakfast 

Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1480 

Group of 2

USD 795 per person

Group of 3

USD 995 per person

Price includes

– Acclimatization Climbing Program

Ecuadorian qualified and experienced local Mountain Guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) ratio 2 climbers – 1 guide) 

– A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator

Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)

– Land transportation and transfers

–Accommodations: 4 nights in Hostel and Café Andes Alpes/ 1 night at José Ribas Refuge

– All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above) 

Price details

Not included: International flight tickets, Meals and drinks in hotels (lunch, dinner), Insurance of any kind, Hotel in Quito, Tips, Travel accident and health insurance, Luggage insurance and trip cancellation, Other non-specified expenses. 

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