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.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip




    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 on 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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    610 USD

    Group of 2
    360 USD

    Group of 3
    360 USD

    Group of 4
    360 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Half-board meals during trip
    • Transport to the start of the trip
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
     Included: - 10 am pickup - Private transport from/to Quito - 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.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Baños, Riobamba, Ambato, Machachi and Quito.


    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.


    About the Guide


    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.

    FROM 360 USDper person


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