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Cotapaxi National Park Climbing Tour, Ecuador

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 2 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): Ecuador  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   Volcano Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 100 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 500 US Dollar (USD)

Climb one of the highest active volcanoes in the world at 5897 m! Due to its perfectly symmetrical cone, covered in a thick blanket of snow and ice, the Cotopaxi is one of the tourist highlights in Ecuador and it’s most visited and climbed volcano. The climb to the summit occurs during the night; this allows watching the sunrise from the summit and displays unsurpassed views of Quito to the North and Chimboroazo and Tungurahua to the south. At the top you have a magnificent view into the snow capped crater where it is possible to see steam emissions. The ascent departs from the refuge at 4800m normally * (the refuge is currently under renovation, scheduled to open in December, base camp now is at 3,800 m) and climbs through a mixture of volcanic sand, snow, and glacier to the summit. Although the climb is not classified as technically difficult, it is absolutely necessary to go with professional guides and specialized glacier hiking equipment like ropes, ice-axes and crampons.The climber must be in good physical condition and must already have had a good acclimatization. The ascent takes between 6-8 hours while the descent takes 3-4 hours.

Itinerary:
Day 1: We meet at the Quito office at 08.30 for tea and coffee and a final gear check. Afterward we drive to our Hostel Valhalla just south of Machachi to have lunch, drop off any unneeded gear, and take a bathroom break. From the hostel we drive into Cotopaxi National Park and reach the car park at an altitude of 4600m. The José Ribas Refuge hut at 4800m is a 45 minute hike further up the mountainside. After something hot to drink and claiming a bunk, we will do some basic glacier training including different techniques of walking in crampons and using an ice axe. The adventure starts at midnight. We reach the glacier in about 45 minutes after leaving the hut. After roping up teams begin the glacier climb towards the large rock band known as Yanasacha (Large Black Rock) in Quechua, and then on towards the summit with an ascending time of 5-8 hours.

Day 2: This is from where we will enjoy the greatest views of the crater and the neighbouring peaks. The descend time is 3 hours. During the drive out of the park we stop at the small park museum (natural history, flora, fauna) to change clothes and where, if you still have any energy, the opportunity exists to hike the short nature trail. We arrive back in Quito around 3pm.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

About This Supplier
Location: Ecuador
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2008

M17749 is an adventure company based in the Colonial part of Quito, Ecuador - committed to meeting the needs of the community, clients and business partners through innovative programs that enhance the delivery of quality adventure travel. Building the social consciousness of the world one tour at a time. A percentage...

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