With its 5897m Cotopaxi is considered one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, Ecuadors second highest mountain and one of the highest in South America.
Its 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 a pre-climb glacier travel course. You will take part in such a 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.
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 volcano Rumiñahui (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 paramos plants.
To raise the chance to reach the summit or if you need to acclimatize to high altitudes we recommend you our Acclimatization Packages to ensure that you enjoy your Climbing Experience!
Temporary not available due to volcanic activity.
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)
Gulliver Expeditions is a local operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience Unlimited Adventures like climbing to the closest point on earth to the sun in the Chimborazo Volcano or travel along the deepest landscapes in the Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.