Climb one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. The Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s most popular volcano and not without reasons. It offers an amazing climbing experience for both those new to climbing and experienced mountaineers. The incredible snow-capped crater and beautiful sightsWith its 5897m Cotopaxi is considered one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
It’s 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.
Herds of wild horses graze on the extensive plains at the foot of the volcano or gather to drink at the lovely Limpiopungo lagoon. It reflects the jagged white peaks of the nearby Rumiñahui Volcano (4712m/15459ft) and makes a great spot for watching waterfowl and other birds. In the Cotopaxi National Park you will notice pumice, ash, stone and other volcanic debris amid the tiny paramo plants.
If you would like to raise the chance for reaching the summit and you need to acclimatize to high altitudes we suggest our acclimatization packages to prepare you physically and ensure that you will fully enjoy your climbing experience!
We also offer you our Climbing and Glacier Course in Ecuador for the 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 to make an Acclimatization Program before you climb the highest peaks in Ecuador.
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 base up to the refuge)