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by PROJECT CORDILLERA

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Cordillera Central, Ecuador

Cotopaxi Expedition

When: JAN-DEC

Where: Ecuador

Length: 2-5 days

Level: Intermediate

From: $363

Overview

A classic, beautiful, and accessible climb for adventurers in Ecuador

Climb Cotopaxi, Ecuador's most famous volcano at (5,897m)

The Cotopaxi Volcano is the second highest volcano in Ecuador and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world at 5897 mt. In the local language of Kichwa, Cotopaxi means “Throne of the Moon”

Like Mount Fuji in Japan, Cotopaxi has a symmetrical and perfect shape. It’s protected from perpetual snow and its two amazing, nested craters are beautiful vestiges of volcanic activity. Since 1738 alone, Cotopaxi has erupted fifty times.

Since 2003, its volcanic activities have increased and in 2015, Cotopaxi became more active, spewing large amounts of ash, steam and even some fireworks. Thus, climbing to the summit was banned for over 2 years.

Now, open since October 2017, Cotopaxi is back for climbers looking for a classic, beautiful climb, that is easily accessible to all levels that can be done in varied lengths.

You can choose to climb only Cotopaxi if you are already acclimatized and prepared for the challenge, or you can combine different treks and volcanoes like Pasochoa, Corazon, Ilinizas North, and finish with Cotopaxi, creating one epic adventure through the heart of Ecuador.

After all, why rush to Cotopaxi, when you can hike and climb other volcanoes all in the same go? Plus, with the added time to acclimatize, you’ll feel great when it’s time to climb Cotopaxi.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Quito- Pasochoa Volcano
Depart form Quito and follow a trail to the Pasochoa volcano. This is an easy and very scenic Paramo that offers great views of Cotopaxi, Sincholagua and Rumiñahui volcanoes.

Day 2 -

Hacienda- Corazón Volcano
Head to the village of El Chaupi and walk the Páramo until you make it to the summit of Corazón volcano. Return to the hacienda for a well deserved dinner and rest.

Day 3 -

Hacienda- Iliniza North
Get to “La Virgen” (4,000m) and continue on a trail to enjoy the sunrise and amazing views of Cotopaxi. After passing the refuge, head north towards the rocky edge, which is rather easy and fun to climb to the summit (5,125m).

Day 4 -

Quito/Hacienda- Cotopaxi Hut
Head to the Cotopaxi National Park, and after a short hike, reach the Jose Rivas Hut at 4,800m. Get ready with a short technique's review and get the details for the climb.

Day 5 -

Cotopaxi Summit- Quito
At midnight you will get ready for the ascent. It will take you about 6hr. Pass some crevasses and snow passages to reach the summit. From the edge of the crater you will enjoy breathtaking views of this active volcano.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All technical equipment
  • All national park entrance fees

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

Scheduled Trips

19th Dec 2018 - 23rd Dec 2018

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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9th Jan 2019 - 13th Jan 2019

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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23rd Jan 2019 - 27th Jan 2019

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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6th Feb 2019 - 10th Feb 2019

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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20th Feb 2019 - 24th Feb 2019

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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6th Mar 2019 - 10th Mar 2019

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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20th Mar 2019 - 24th Mar 2019

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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3rd Apr 2019 - 7th Apr 2019

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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24th Apr 2019 - 28th Apr 2019

This is a 5 day expedition that starts in Quito and includes Pasochoa, Ilinizas North and Cotopaxi.

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