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Climbing Cotopaxi (5897 m), 4 days. Ecuador

Climbing the volcano Cotopaxi (5897 m), with a training session for 4 days

If you have good acclimatization but little free time, then this program is for you.
We offer you a 4-day program for climbing the Cotopaxi volcano (5897 m).

  • The program includes a training lesson in mountaineering techniques and additional acclimatization at 4990 m
  • Article "Peru, Colombia, Ecuador - Hot Three" - read
Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
Number of participants:
From 1 people
Maximum height:
5897 m
All year round, but there are rainy seasons
Start of the program:
Finish program:
4 days
735 USD
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Day 1
Meeting and transfer to the Cotopaxi National Park (3800 m). Meeting at the hotel or other place, transfer to the Cotopaxi National Park (3800 m). Depending on the gathering place, the road to the mountain lodge near the northern entrance can take from 2 to 3 hours.
Night in a mountain house.
Included meals: Dinner

Day 2
After a good rest and a well-deserved breakfast, you will have a 2-hour transfer to the upper parking area of Cotopaxi (4587 m). Next, you will have a 1-hour hike to the Cotopaxi mountain hut (4847 m). After a short break, you will continue trekking for another 45 minutes to the low part of the glacier  (4990 m). Here you will have climbing technique lessons led by an experienced guide using crampons, ice ax, rope and all the necessary climbing equipment. This activity will also improve acclimatization through physical activity at altitude. After training, the team will go down to the hut for the night (4847 m). The rest of the day is devoted to preparing for the ascent. The guides will provide detailed instructions on all aspects of the ascent and help with all the equipment.An early dinner will be served and then rest until the guides call for breakfast, usually around midnight.
Night in a hut, bunk beds.
Ascent: 403 m / Descent: 143 m / Maximum altitude: 4990 m / Distance: 1.2 km one way / Duration: 4-5 hours
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 3
The climbing day starts very early. Departure time will be set by the mountain guides depending on the physical condition of the team and the weather forecast, usually between 23:00 and 2:00. Breakfast is served 1 hour before scheduled departure. The team will start climbing from the hut on a well-marked path that gently ascends over shallow rocky moraine for approximately 1 hour. Once at the edge of the glacier (4990 m), the group gathers and divides, in case of a large group, into smaller teams in the range of 2 clients per 1 guide. Climbing Cotopaxi requires endurance and great mental strength. The Cotopaxi glacier is quite safe and the ascent is not technically difficult, but there are some cracked sections and some icy slopes that make the route dangerous. The first part of the glacier is a gentle slope that becomes steeper as it rises. There is a series of turns known as the "Heartbreaker" which are the most difficult part of the climb due to its steepness and continuity. After that, a very beautiful ridge gradually gains height, passing next to a prominent rock known as "Yanasacha" at an altitude of about 5630 m. From here follows a relatively long transition to the right before another set of serpentines leading to the edge of the crater and after a few meters to the main peak of the volcano Cotopaxi (5897 m). The ascent takes an average of 7-8 hours. The summit of Cotopaxi is one of the most impressive, with a view of the double crater, and on clear days you can see most of the neighboring volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Ilinizas, Chimborazo, El Altar and the current Tunguragua. The descent is carried out back along the same path, which takes from 3 to 4 hours. Back at the huts and after the whole group is reunited, a short walk down (20 minutes) to the parking area and return to Quito (3 hours).
Overnight at the hotel.
Ascent: 1,050 m / Descent: 1,315 m / Maximum altitude: 5,897 m / Distance to summit: 2.47 km and Distance from summit to camp: 3.22 km / Duration: 10-12 hours
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic
Day 4
Hotel pickup and transfer to Quito airport (1-2 hours)
Included meals: breakfast

  • Article "Peru, Colombia, Ecuador - Hot Three" - read

Quito -  mountain lodge Cotopaxi National Park (3800 m) - Cotopaxi mountain hut (4847 m) - Glacier training (4990 m) - Cotopaxi mountain hut (4847 m) - Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 m) - Quito

The cost of the full package of services -  from 735 USD*
* cost for a group of 6 people 


  • Local English speaking mountain guide during the entire program
  • Local English speaking assistant mountain guide during the entire program from 5 PAX
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • 1 night in shared double rooms hotel in the city of Quito
  • 1 night in shared dormitory at Cotopaxi’s low mountain hut – Tambo-Paxi
  • 1 night in shared dormitory at Cotopaxi’s high mountain hut – Jose Rivas
  • Entry fee to the National parks and natural reserves
  • Group common climbing equipment
  • Climbing assistant guides: Cotopaxi ratio: 1:2
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary

Not Included:

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Personal porter to/from Cotopaxi’s high mountain hut
  • Personal mountain equipment
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list

Ecuador is a wonderful country for activities such as mountain climbing, trekking and hiking.
Ecuador has programs to suit all experience levels, from beginners and amateur enthusiasts to professionals.

Mountaineering. In Ecuador, you can climb all year round, but there are seasons:

  • High season: June to August / December to January
  • Low season: February to May / September to November.

Trekking and walking tours. In Ecuador, the best months to do this are June through November, when you're almost guaranteed to get great views of the country's spectacular volcanoes and Andes mountains.

There are: 11 national parks, Inca trails, craters, volcanoes, mountain lakes, and one of the best traks in the world - the Condor Trek, which runs in the Antisana Reserve

Article "Peru, Colombia, Ecuador - Hot Three" - read

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