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2-day guided climb to Cotopaxi summit

Jaime Vargas, a certified ASEGIUM Mountain Guide with 20 years of experience, invites you to take part of a 2-day climbing adventure to the Cotopaxi summit.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodOct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Reach the summit of one of the most important volcanoes in the world.

  • Go through the Cotopaxi National Park and get to see the local wildlife.

  • Contemplate the incredible volcano's crater from the top.


From an ocean of clouds, a snow-covered mountain peak arises…Come discover and enjoy the most popular volcano among climbers in Ecuador.

With its 5.897 meters, Cotopaxi is the second highest mountain in the country and one of the most important active volcanoes in the globe. It is located in the south of Quito and the northeast of Latacunga. This volcano was closed in August 2015 because of the eruptive activity, but now it has been reopened. That’s why I want to invite you to climb it with me!

Join me on a 2-day climbing tour to the Cotopaxi summit and explore one of the most beautiful touristic attractions of Ecuador. We’ll also visit the Cotopaxi National Park and contemplate the wildlife at Laguna Limpiopungo, walk from the José Rivas Hut to the Cotopaxi volcano and marvel at the impressive crater at its roof!

You can arrange the tour for the day that you prefer. The possible pick up points are Baños, Riobamba, Ambato, Machachi and Quito. Cotopaxi is a great volcano for getting started, not too difficult but exciting! Although this climbing tour requires a low technical level, it is important to have a good acclimatization and fitness.

As for the itinerary, on the first day, we will drive to the parking lot of the Cotopaxi National Park, where we will start the ascent to the José Ribas Refuge. In the afternoon, we will improve our skills in glacier training.

On the second day, we will start climbing the Cotopaxi by midnight and after 6 – 7 hours you will be able to admire the wonderful crater at the top of the volcano. The descent will take us another 3 hours and then we will enjoy a deserved lunch.

So don’t hesitate! Contact me and get ready for an incredible adventure at Cotopaxi summit. It will be a pleasure to guide you through one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Ecuador.

Also, you can take a look at this program that I lead to the top of Tungurahua in Ecuador.


José Ribas Hut

More info

If you´ll be staying in Quito for a couple of days prior to the ascent, a good acclimatization routine would include visiting the old town, climbing the towers of Basilica del Voto Nacional, doing Rucu Pichincha Summit (from TeleferiQo) - up to 4.696 m. Another good option is going for Middle of the world and go for a hike at Pululahua Crater. As for the equipment, we can help you with technical equipment, but you need to bring shoes with you.

Meeting point

Baños, Riobamba, Ambato, Machachi and Quito.



About the guide

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Certified IFMGA - ASEGUIM Mountain Guide, National guide, Rescue Team Member GRA & Lawyer.

As passionate mountaineer and with almost 20 years of guiding experience, I worked with clients from all over the world. Each tour is a unique experience and I will pleased to guide you to the marvellous summits of Ecuador and South America. My journeys have allowed me to guide and summit several mountains in Peru, like Alpamayo, Chopicalqui & Tocllaraju amongst others and to experience some mountain climbing in the Alps of Austria and Italy.

I’m based in Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador’s famous piece of heaven, where we run together with my Austrian girlfriend a small tour operator and a consulting office.

Continuous improvement and keeping up with the State of the Art is our mission:in 2017, I completed the IFMGA certification and, recently, in 2018, I received the National guide certification from the ministry of Tourism.

President of Baños Trail Running Club, I run every week with my team. My achievement of 2018 : Finishing 1st of my category for the 100km Ruco Ultra Trail.

I’m looking forward to exploring our beautiful mountains together with you.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 629 each

Group of 2

USD 372 each

Group of 3

USD 372 each

Group of 4

USD 372 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Snacks

Price details

• Included: - 10 am pickup - Lunch on day 1 - Snack for the ascent - Accommodation at refuge with dinner and breakfast - Permits - Equipment rental possible but subject to an additional fee. - Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day can be arranged according to your accommodation.

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