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Type of Trip
- Discover the expansive and truly spectacular beauty of the Ecuadorian Andes
- Meet the challenge and see yourself summit a mountain at 5897m of altitude
- Join enthusiastic, certified and highly experienced local guides
If you’ve ever pondered the idea of climbing in the stunning Andes of Ecuador then look no further! This is your chance to join experienced guides on an unforgettable journey through the mountains!
Cotopaxi is an active stratavolcano in the Ecuadorian Andes and situated about 50km south of Quito.
At 5897 meteres above sea level, it is the second highest Ecuadorian peak after Chimborazo. Therefore it’s also the second furthest place on earth from the Earth’s centre due to its location on the ‘equatorial bulge’.
One of the highest volcanoes in the world Cotopaxi is truly a splender to behold and provides epic panoramic views of the Andes from its summit.
This active volcano last erupted in 2016 and reopened for climbing in 2017, there are not many opportunities in the world to climb active volcanoes and get to see the magic first hand!
After spending time at the glacier we will return to the refuge for rest and acclimitisation. We will set off on our climb to the summit at midnight to take advantage of the hard snow.
It will take about 6 to 7 hours to reach the summit, from this elevation the panoramic views are beyond belief and you will be transfixed looking out across the mountainous horizon!
Our decent will last about 3 to 4 hours to the refuge and then we will taxi you back to Riobamba or a different destination.
We always take more than sufficient precautions needed on a trip like this. My colleagues and I have years of local experience dealing with these conditions.
We require that you have previous mountaineering experience at altitude and that you are of a high fitness level. This is needed because an altitude of over 6000m is not suitable for beginners.
Excited by this trip? Then consider this amazing mountaineering ascension of mount Chimborazo, Ecuaror’s highest peak for 2-days of stunning scenery and fantastic climbing!
- Guiding fee
- Half-board meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.