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Cotopaxi Climb

Live the experience of reaching the summit of a volcano and the second highest peak in Ecuador

2 days

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Office in Riobamba around 9:00 AM


Office in Riobamba around 3:00 PM

Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and the second highest in Ecuador, only surpassed by the majestic Chimborazo (6,268 m.a.s.l.). Located in the heart of the Cotopaxi National Park, this beautiful snow-capped volcano is without a doubt one of the most incredible landscapes of this Andean country that extends along the west coast of South America.

With this two-day guided tour you will reach a unique peak at 5,897 meters above sea level: the Cotopaxi Volcano. You don't need to have previous experience in technical climbing to do this 2-day tour to climb Cotopaxi, but you do need to be in good physical condition and acclimatize to the altitude.

Read on and we will tell you everything you need to know before climbing Cotopaxi Volcano with a professional mountain guide:

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Riobamba - Cotopaxi National Park

Approximate ascent time: 1 hour Initial elevation: 4600 masl Highest elevation: 4800 masl Elevation of the campsite: 4800 masl Difficulty: challenging
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We will start our journey in the direction of the Cotopaxi National Park, passing by the Panamericana Norte. Once we have entered the park, we will travel about 30 km more by car until we reach an area located at an altitude of 4,600 masl. Upon arrival, we will begin a one hour hike to reach our refugio located at an altitude of 4,800 masl.
access sign cotopaxi national park ecuador
In the afternoon, you will get to practice climbing the glacier on an incline to get used to the equipment and learn the safety rules. Afterwards, we will have dinner early and rest in the refugio for a few hours.
practice climbing on a glacier before ascending the Cotopaxi volcano

todayDAY 2 Cotopaxi Volcano - Riobamba

Approximate ascent time: 6 – 7 horas Approximate descent time: 3 horas Initial elevation: 4800 msnm Highest elevation: 5897 msnm Difficulty: challenging
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We will leave the refugio at 1:00 AM to start climbing the volcano, being as careful as we can find cracks and slopes along the way. Once we have reached the Cotopaxi crater, we will enjoy the incredible views that this place offers, being able to see the spectacular ‘Avenida de los Volcanes’ from these heights.
avenida de los volcanes view along the way to the top of cotopaxi
After marvelling at this natural wonder, we will head down the volcano, stopping at the refugio to pick up our backpacks and get on the vehicle that will be waiting for us to return to Riobamba. We will make a stop on the way to eat, thus ending a unique experience around 3:00 PM.
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Tour details


  • Mountain guide (one guide per two people)
  • Private transfer to and from Riobamba
  • Accommodation in refugios
  • Food and coffee / tea / water
  • Mountain equipment (high mountain boots (EU sizes 37 - 47 available) - crampons - ice ax - helmet - harness - leggings - ski mask - thermal clothing - headlamp - sleeping bag with sheet - thermo bottle- glacier goggles)
  • Entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park
  • Climbing permit to the summit

Not included

  • Walking sticks (rent for $5 USD per day)
  • Waterproof jacket (rent for $5 USD per day)
  • Backpack (rent for $5 USD medium size / $3 USD daypack)

error_outlineImportant information

The climb to the Cotopaxi Volcano does not require experience in technical climbing, but it is necessary to previously acclimate to the altitude as well as be in good physical condition.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 30 days in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Cotopaxi Climb

  • Large backpack to carry the mountain equipment from the park to the refugio
  • Medium backpack for climbing
  • Clothing: thermal shirt and pants - trekking leggings - long-sleeved shirt and trousers
  • Sun tan lotion with high protection (50 SPF or more)
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal hygiene items

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