“Cotopaxi Express”, 3 days to the summit with Illiniza ascent (Ecuador)


Fernando, an ASEGUIM mountain leader, and his team would like to invite you to this incredible ascent to the summit of Cotopaxi. Join him on this mountaineering adventure, and climb Illiniza Norte too.



3 Days

Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec




  • Stand at the top of Cotopaxi right at sunrise, and enjoy its dazzling views.
  • Reach the summit of Illiniza, the perfect way for acclimatization.


Discover the beauty of one of the most majestic volcanoes in the world. Reach the summit of Cotopaxi along with Illiniza, on this 3 days ascent.

Cotopaxi is not only incredibly beautiful, it is also one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. It is also the second highest in Ecuador, rising at 5,897 meters

On our first day we’ll depart from Quito early in the morning until we reach the La Virgen parking lot. Thereupon we’ll begin hiking towards the Nuevos Horizontes mountain refuge, from where we’ll gear up and ready to climb Illiniza Norte. This magnificent volcano is the ideal way to acclimatize for Cotopaxi. And it offers some of the most dazzling views of the area.

After a good night sleep at the Andes Alpes Hostel, we’ll drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we reach the Cotopaxi National Park. From there, we’ll hike to the Jose Ribas Refuge (4,864 m)

On our last day we will finally reach the summit of Cotopaxi. We’ll leave at midnight, having breakfast on the way. After 6-8 hours we’ll reach the top. Then we’ll begin our descent, back to the refuge and the parking lot, where our private transportation will be waiting to drive us back to Quito.

Don’t hesitate! Join me on this mountaineering adventure. Request to book this trip today and let’s live an unforgettable trip in Ecuador.

Looking to further explore the area? I also guide this Chimborazo Volcano 2 Day Guided Tour.


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Mountain refuges and hostels.

Meeting point



About the guide

ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador.

I was born and raised in Cotopaxi Province – Ecuador and know the country’s peaks intimately. I have great mountaineering experience of more than 12 years of climbing in all Ecuador, and I also climbed in South America, Switzerland, and France.

I worked for the Nuevos Horizontes refuge on Ilinizas Volcano from a young age and have professional Guide Training, and I am officially Licensed as a Nature guide organized by the Ministry of tourism.

Some of the guiding courses I attended are:

* Mountain Guides Course by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides),
* Mountain Guides Evaluation by ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme) in October 2006. An event organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador and ENSA of France
* Pre-Course UIAGM an event organized by ASEGUIM and ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme)
* First Aids course, Ecuadorian Red Cross

I live and manage a hostel and lodge in El Chaupi, a beautiful mountain village an hour south of Quito, just in between Illinizas Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. It looks like a typical Swiss town in the Alps, and has everything to become a great mountaineering center, the ‘Chamonix or Zermatt of South America’!

I speak fluent Spanish, English, and little German, French, Hebrew, and Quichua.

The guiding team I lead is committed and experienced. Contact me to help you organize an unforgettable adventure.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 928 Each

Group of 2

USD 464 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The price includes: the fee of an ecuadorian qualified and experienced local Mountain Guide (ASEGUIM/UIAGM) ratio 2 climbers -1 guide; registration in the System SIB (System Information of Biodiversity); Technical mountain gear (mountaineering Boots, crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet); private transportation and transfers to Cotopaxi National Park; 4 nights accommodation at the Andes alpes; 1 night accommodation at the Cotopaxi Refuge Jose Rivas; all meals during the hikes and climbs. The price does not include: personal mountain gear (warm cloths, sleeping bags, sunglasses, head lamp, etc.); international flight tickets; accommodation in Quito, tips, insurance of any kind Travel accident and health insurance, luggage insurance and trip cancellation; other non-specified expenses.


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