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The beautiful Cotopaxi stands high in Ecuador, welcoming all those who wish to climb it to its stunning summit!

One of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi 5,897 m (19,347 ft) is located in the province of Cotopaxi, in Ecuador. Combining moderate technical difficulty with a high mountain experience, this peak is a great choice for those wishing to take their mountaineering skills a step up. To reach the summit, you’ll have to hike up Cotopaxi’s massive glaciers and tread carefully around its field of crevasses. A certified mountain guide is essential for an enriching and safe experience. Explore-Share.com only promotes mountain trips led by certified guides.  

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Ecuador

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Cotopaxi?

The majestic Cotopaxi is just 50 km (31 mi) away from Ecuador’s capital, Quito. This beautiful mountain, considered sacred in the local traditions, is also a great training ground for more demanding climbs. Most programs to the summit include glacier training before the final climb to the top. There are three main routes to the summit: the normal route, the “rompe corazones” (heart breaker), and the southwest route. They all have a Grade II/PD grading although they are not always all open to climb. Going with a certified guide is a must, and at Explore-Share.com you will find just the right one to take you to the top of this breathtaking volcano in the Andes.

Why should I choose Cotopaxi for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning views

Cotopaxi is located in the Ecuadorian Andes, and is the second-highest peak in Ecuador, which makes it an ideal vantage point to catch sight of awe-inspiring views of all that surrounds it.

A great training ground

Cotopaxi is not difficult to climb but does require technical skills such as using crampons and ice axes. Therefore, it is a great training ground for more challenging future climbs.

Unique local culture

The Andean region of Ecuador still preserves its colorful local indigenous roots and is a beautiful place to discover its stunning culture and flavor.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Cotopaxi?

Temperatures in Cotopaxi are mild year-round without much variation, but October, November, March, and April are quite rainy. Also, temperatures at the summit of the mountain do get very cold.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Cotopaxi region?

Spanish, Quechua.

What currency is accepted around Cotopaxi?

US Dollar

How can I get to Cotopaxi?

Cotopaxi is around 50 km (31 mi) away from Quito, Ecuador's capital. You can fly to Quito and from there, arrange transport.

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When is the best time to travel to Cotopaxi for Mountain Climbing?

Between June and September.

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing |



Fantastic people ! They were all friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable . I recommend them without reservation





End-to-end this was very well organized with good communication. The guide was very knowledgeable and took the climb seriously. He was also easy to talk to, spoke good English and went out of his way to tell me about climbing in the region, the volcanoes and anything else I was I interested in.



We summited Cotopaxi with Jamie Vargas as our guide. It was an unbelievable and perfect experience. Jamie was very knowledgeable, skilled, and personable. He shared just enough information with us for each part of the trip for us to be prepared but not too overwhelmed. It was very easy to communicate with our guide and the company before the trip. The food was really nice and the whole experience staying at the refuge and meeting other climbers and guides. We were very confident in Jamie’s skills and ability to keep us safe. His saying “never give up!” was very motivating for our successful summit. The gear was all very nice and up to date, we were given every tool we needed. I felt every emotion during this day from excitement, to fear, to fatigue, to gratitude, I cried very much at the summit because it was so beautiful and it was such a big accomplishment for myself and my husband. Overall this experience was our favorite for our time in Ecuador and even one of my favorites of my whole life! Highly recommend Jamie with Andean summit adventure. Worth every dollar as an investment for an experience of a lifetime!



Rafael was an amazing guide with many years of experience. The trip was planned very well from the begging till the end as well as acclimatisation. I get well prepared for high altitude. Highly recommended.

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