Cotapaxi National Park Climbing Tour, Ecuadoroffered by supplier M17749 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 2 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
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)
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.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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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...