Climb one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s most popular volcano and not without reason. It offers an amazing climbing experience for both those new to climbing and experienced mountaineers. It is one of the world’s highest active volcanos, containing an incredible snow-capped crater, beautiful sights, and an altitude of 5,897 m (19,347 ft).
It’s a perfectly symmetrical cone, covered in a thick blanket of snow and ice, gracefully rises from a beautiful paramo plateau. The climb up to the summit of Cotopaxi is not highly technical, but it does require proper acclimatization. You will be explained in a short course the night before the climb how to use the 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 6 am.
If you would like to raise your chances and likelihood to reach the summit, it is recommended to acclimatize in high altitudes. We suggest our acclimatization packages to help prepare you physically, ensuring an enjoyable climbing experience.
We also offer you our Climbing and Glacier Course in Ecuador for people who do not have experience in glacier climbing.
Climbing high altitudes needs previous training. If you are not correctly acclimatized you can suffer from different altitude illnesses.
We strongly recommend making an Acclimatization Program before you climb the highest peaks in Ecuador.
Necessary special climbing equipment not included (Available for rent)
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 base up to the refuge)
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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.
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