Cotopaxi - 3 peaks in 4 days

Climb Corazón 4788m, Iliniza Norte 5126m, and Cotopaxi Volcano 5897m

Cotopaxi is regarded as the most beautiful volcano in the world, as well as one of the most active volcanoes in the world and the second highest volcano in Ecuador. The climb up to the summit of Cotopaxi is not highly technical, but it does require a pre-climb glacier travel course. You will take part in this course the afternoon before the ascent. The course includes the use of crampons, ice axes and ropes. Leaving from the refuge around midnight climbers begin the ascent of the volcano arriving at the top of Cotopaxi after sunrise at 6am. We recommend to you our Acclimatization Packages to ensure that you enjoy your climbing experience!


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Travel Program

Itinerary:

Day 1: Corazón Volcano 4788m
Day 2: Illiniza North 5126m
Day 3: Refugio Jose Ribas 4862m
Day 4: Cotopaxi Summit 5897m

Detailed Program


Day 1: Quito 2800m - Corazón Volcano 4788m
From Quito or Latacunga. We will start early in the morning after breakfast at 7am, we will drive up to the trailhead (13,120ft/4000m) to start our hike. The first part of the hike takes us up through the small Andean grasslands. Next we will get on the sandy scramble section, which leads us to Corazon summit (15,702ft/4788m). We will have lunch during the hike which takes a total of 8 hours. Return to the hostal, dinner and Lodging. (BL/D)

Day 2: El Chaupi 3300m - Iliniza North 5126m
We start early in the morning and after breakfast at 7:30am we will drive up to the “La Virgen parking lot” (12,795ft/3900m). Once there, we will start a 3-hour hike up to the “Nuevos Horizontes Refuge” (15,580ft/4750m). We will relax for couple of minutes and take the opportunity to put on our helmet and harness to continue hiking up towards the saddle formed between both peaks, then head up to Illiniza north summit. It will take us between 2 to 3 hours to get to the summit (5126m) and the way back to the parking lot it will take us about 2 hours. Drive back to El Chaupi, overnight at the Hostal Andes Alpes. (B/BL/D)

Day 3: El Chaupi - Jose Ribas Refuge 4864m - Glaciar School 5100m
From El Chaupi we will drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until the Cotopaxi National Park entrance. From here we will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (4500m) then hike for around an hour to the Jose Ribas Refuge (4864m). In the afternoon we’ll head up to the glacier for ice training. We’ll learn some basic techniques which include how to handle climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope, etc). We’ll then go back to the Refuge for dinner and rest. (B/BL/D)

Day 4: Summit Cotopaxi 5897m – Quito
Midnight will be our wake up time and the departure to the top (19,347ft/5897m) will be around 1am, after having a light breakfast and getting our stuff ready for the ascent. 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). Overnight in the hotel. (D)

What's Included


Services included in the prices:
  • Ecuadorian qualified and experienced local Mountain Guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) ratio 2 climbers -1 guide)
  • Registration in the System SIB (System Information of Biodiversity )
  • Technical mountain equipment (Mountaineering Boots, crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
  • Private transportation to the whole tour
  • Hostal Andes Alpes 2 nights
  • Cotopaxi Refuge Jose Rivas 1 night
  • All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above with B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch and D: Dinner)
  • Glaciar School

Not included:
  • Personal mountain gear (warm cloths, sleeping bags, sunglasses, head lamp, etc.)
  • International flight tickets
  • Hotel in Quito
  • Tips
  • Insurance of any kind Travel accident and health insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Other non-specified expenses

Recommendations:

What to Bring?

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    Equipment for Rent

    Sleeping Bag 5°C (41°F) (rent for $10)

    Backpack (rent for $10)

    Camelback type vessel for water

    Inside polar gloves

    Energy drinks and snacks

    Camera

    Sun cream

    Head lamp (rent for $10)

    Warm walking trousers

    Sunglasses

    Puffer jacket or similar Wool hat

    Walking sticks

    Face mask

    Large rucksack (50-70 liter)

    Reasonably day pack(35 liters) (needed from the refuge to Cayambe summit to accommodate plenty of water, crampons, warm gear including puffer jacket etc)

     

  • Prices & Dates


    In Ecuador you can Climb all year, but these are the seasons

    High Season: June to August / December to January
    Low season: February to May / September to November

    Ecuador is a fantastic destination that offers plenty of options for travel lovers. In addition to the Andes, Galápagos and Amazon Jungle are part of this amazing land.

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    Trip-code: Number ►Ec-1981
    Duration: 2 days
    Participants: Minimum: 2 Maximum: 12
    Country / Location: Ecuador
    Mountain Guide: Fernando Iza
    Other dates / additional info: Contact us!

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