Hike to the top of the Rumiñahui Volcano in a day, near Quito


Edgar, an IFMGA certified guide, would love to take you to the summit of the Rumiñahui Volcano. Drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, and explore the Cotopaxi National Park.


1 Day

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




  • Reach the summit of the Rumiñahui Volcano on this day hike.
  • Enjoy mesmerizing sceneries at the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
  • Explore the fantastic Cotopaxi National Park.


Rumiñahui (4,706 m) is a majestic volcano very close to the capital city of Quito in Ecuador. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to stand at the top of this magnificent place!

Our adventure begins early in the morning. We will meet in Quito, from where we will drive south across the Avenida de los Volcanes, or Avenue of the Volcanoes, towards the entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park. This drive alone, is a one in a lifetime experience, as you’ll be able to see incredible volcanoes including Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Tungurahua.

Upon arrival at the Cotopaxi National Park, it will take us about 30 minutes to reach Limpiopungo (3,700 m). This dazzling lake offers breathtaking views of all the surrounding peaks, including of course, Cotopaxi.

Thereon, our hiking adventure begins, with the first section crossing a small Andean grass area. After that, we’ll reach a sandy section, which leads to the final part. This last section involves short, technical walls, scrambling and some loose rocks. Finally, after around 4 hours of hiking we’ll reach the summit of Rumiñahui Sur.

After taking in the views from the top of Rumiñahui, we’ll start our descent, which will include a couple of rappels. Then, the rest of the trail we’ll hike until we reach our vehicle, that will take u to the Tambopaxi Lodge, where we’ll stay for the night and recover our energies.

Please note participants must be 14 years and older. Also, this is a private trip. So you won’t have to share the experience with any unknown guests.

If you wish to join me on this incredible trip, just request to book this trip today.

I also guide this Colombia and Ecuador climbing adventure (21 days), if you have more time and wish to explore the whole area.


About the guide

UIAGM/IFMGA-ASEGUIM Mountain Guide from Ecuador.

I am a mountain guide, but also a passionate traveler, climber in rock and ice, and photographer. I spend my free time and holidays exploring new destinations, discovering new mountains and cultures.

I have more than 17 years of experience climbing mountains and volcanoes not only in Ecuador, but also in other South American countries such as Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and in the Alps in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. I also summited KhanTengri peak in the Himalayas, and Mt. McKinley in Alaska. This experiences prepared me to lead expeditions in challenging routes all around the world.

I studied 6 years of Tourism in the University, and followed ASEGUIM courses to become a mountain guide. I’ve also been evaluated by ENSA, and completed first aid courses in the Ecuadorian Red Cross.

I like guiding people from all around the world, and help them discover and enjoy the mountains, while reaching their objectives. I speak Spanish, English, German, Italian, and a bit of Russian.

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Prices per person

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

On top of the guide fee the price includes: private transportation, all meals during the hike, entrance fees to national parks. The price does not include: any hiking gear (boots, hat, waterproof clothes, sunglasses), accommodation in Quito, flights, personal insurance, tips, and any other expenses not specified in this section.


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