This climbing tour is the perfect way to enjoy a complete view of the Avenue of the volcanos. The tour starts with climbing Illinizas as acclimatization mountain. Next up is a rest day and we end with climbing the Cotopaxi. The Cotopaxi volcano, is the second highest volcano in Ecuador, and one of world’s highest active volcanoes.
With our 5-days package you have the chance to climb to the famous summit with an incredible view of the crater. With our licensed, qualified and bilingual guides, you learn skills that enable you to climb and to reach Ecuador’s most amazing summits. This program instructs you how to deal with the altitude and provides you stunning views of different kinds of landscapes. Reaching the summit of an active volcano, is an experience you will never forget.
We also offer for the experienced and acclimatized people, more options such as Illiniza South, Antisana and the highest mountain in Ecuador the Chimborazo Volcano.
Make your way or get a private transfer to Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi.
Night in Hosteria PapaGayo Cotopaxi.
Pick up: 08h00
A truly stunning climb, Illinizas is the perfect preparation for Cayambe and Chimborazo. Get ready for a steep climb through magnificent landscape followed by an exhilarating scramble to the summit.
The day commences with a good breakfast ready for the climb. We then make our way to the starting point, “The Virgin”, at a height of 4,000m, a place at which the local people worship the mountain and earth gods. The climb will take 4-5 hours and 2 hours to descend back down. During the climb you will enjoy amazing views of snow-capped mountains and beautiful green lagoons.
After breakfast you will enjoy a day of rest at Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi. Optional non includes activities: Hiking, Visit of Eco Roses farm (Monday to Friday), Biking or Horse Riding. Please check in reception for the organization of any of those activities.
Bikes are included for 5-star programs
Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897m)! The climb to the summit occurs during the night; this allows watching the sunrise from the summit and displays unsurpassed views over Quito to the North, Chimborazo and Tungurahua to the south. From the top you have a magnificent view of the snow capped crater where it is possible to see steam emissions. The ascent departs from the parking lot at 4,500m or from the refuge “Jose Rivas” refuge at 4,800m` (depending where you chose to spend the night: Tambopaxi or Refuge) and climbs through a mixture of volcanic sand, snow and glacier to the summit. The glacial climb, although not classified as technical, requires the use of professional guides and specialized glacier hiking equipment. The ascent takes between 6-8 hours while the descent requires 2 hours.
Climbing at this altitude can be very difficult, so please be sure that you are well prepared. We recommend acclimatizing by spending at least six nights above 3,000m climbing twice around 5,000m in the same week. This can be achieved through a Gulliver acclimatization program such as the 7 or 5 day program. Following an acclimatization program offers a much higher chance of making a successful climb of Cotopaxi.
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances (such as weather conditions or health risks), there may be a chance that you will be unable to reach the summit of Cotopaxi. That being said, however, we do promise not only a fantastic but an unforgettable experience, complete with fully qualified and highly experienced guides, fresh and hearty meals, lots of laughter, and of course good cold beers!
** NOTE: In case you do not want to use the previous night to the first climb, you can change it for a Quito-Papagayo Or Papagayo-Quito transfer**
Special climbing equipment included
Necessary Equipment not included
*Reasonably day pack(35 liters) (needed from the refuge to Cotopaxi summit to accommodate plenty of water, crampons, warm gear including puffer jacket etc)
**Large rucksack (50-70 liter) (only needed to transfer gear from the bus drop off at the Cotopaxi up to the refuge)
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.