Cotopaxi at 5.897 m/19.347 ft is the second tallest mountain in Ecuador and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world! This beautiful, glacier covered volcano lies two hours south of Quito inside of the Cotopaxi National Park surrounded by gorgeous Andean landscapes.
Climbing Cotopaxi does not require prior highly technical knowledge, since it is a travel glacier ascension. However, this iconic climb requires proper acclimatization and being in very good shape, making this the most climbed peak by non-experienced adventurers and experts mountaineers around the world.
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Pasochoa is an old volcano, whose horseshoe-shaped kettle environment is home of hundreds of species within the remaining Andean forest found in its collapsed caldera. This small volcano is in a privileged spot, since you have a spectacular view of the Avenue of Volcanoes from its summit.
To start our acclimatization process, we will travel to northeastern flank of Pasochoa to take a less-demanding route to the summit. We will hike about 2.5 hours to the summit and enjoy the view from where you can appreciate the Avenue of the Volcanoes!
MEALS: Box Lunch + DinnerACCOMMODATION: Countryside Hotel in Cotopaxi
Rumiñahui is an active volcano inside of Cotopaxi National Park. This rocky mass, whose Quichua name means “Rocky Face,” has three main summits; the tallest being the north with an elevation of 4.722 m/15.492 ft On this occasion, we will ascend from Limpiopungo Lake towards the central summit of 4.630 m /15.190 ft which is surrounded by beautiful scenic views of mountains and great expansions of moor.
This extinct volcano is located inside of the Illinizas Ecological Reserve in the western Ecuadorian Andes. We will drive to the southeast flank of this beautiful mountain to start hiking at 3.700 m/12.140 ft through the moor until take the southern ridge, which has enjoyable rock sections with amazing views. Finally, after approximately 4 hours of ascend we will reach the summit!
This day, we are ready to make our first climb over 16.500 ft / 5.000 m! The Illinizas are two peaks left by the original volcano located within the Illiniza Ecological Reserve. Northern Illiniza, is beautiful rocky mountain of 5.126 m/16.818 ft that offers the opportunity to reach this height without much technical difficulties. We will start the ascend hike at 3.900 m/12.800 ft by through the moor until get until get a steep sand ridge until get the Nuevos Horizontes hut in between the two peaks at 4.700 m/15.400 ft. After a break, we will start the final climb with some easy scramble rock passages that will take us to the summit!
This day we will drive to the foothills of Cotopaxi Volcano at 4.600 m / 15.100 ft. From this point we will hike to the José Ribas hut at 4.800 m/15.748 ft to get ready for practice basic techniques for glacier travel. In the afternoon, we return to the lodge to prepare equipment and rest for a while. Then an early dinner at 18:00 and sleep, since we will wake up at midnight to attempt the summit!
We will wake-up at midnight, dress up and have breakfast. The ascent hike start around 1:00 and takes approximately 6-7 hours to get the summit depending on the pace. After enjoy the summit for a while start the descent that takes about 3 hours.
Once in the hut, we will have time to have a nap and then pack up everything and start the hike down to take the car. On the way to Quito, we will have a well deserve farewell meal and some beers the end of this amazing program!
*We can include airport transfers, lodging and meals during your time in Quito.
Travel or duffel bag for all equipment and personal stuff.
Day backpack for the acclimatization hikes and climbs (25-35 L)
Comfortable, warm clothing (1st and 2nd layers)
Rain jacket and rain pants (3rd layer)
Winter hat and/or face mask
Thermal and waterproof gloves*
Liners and thermal socks (1st and 2nd layers)
Cap, sunglasses and sun screen
Headlamp* with extra batteries
Personal grooming kit
Change of clothes and shoes
Bottles or thermos to refill water
*You can rent this items with us
Extra thermal gloves
Dry bags to protect personal stuff
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