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Three-day mountaineering tour to Cotopaxi summit

Three-day mountaineering tour to Cotopaxi summit
Three-day mountaineering tour to Cotopaxi summit
Three-day mountaineering tour to Cotopaxi summit
Three-day mountaineering tour to Cotopaxi summit

Follow Edgar Parra, an IFMGA certified mountain guide from Ecuador, on this amazing tour to the top of Cotopaxi Volcano.



3 Days

Jan, Feb, Oct - Dec




The Cotopaxi is an active volcano of the Andes, located 50 km. from Quito, the capital of Ecuador. It is 5897 m. high and is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Its last great eruption was in 1877. Nevertheless, from 2003, its volcanic activity has increased, and the ascents were canceled for a while.

However, now you have again the opportunity to reach the summit of this huge peak in this 3-day mountaineering experience. The beauty of Cotopaxi will mark you for the rest of your life: it is a perfect cone covered with glaciers, whose stalactites and stalagmites shine at night with the light of the moon.

The volcano is situated in the Cotopaxi National Park, created to protect the Latacunga Canton. It is a more than 30 thousand hectares park with a great variety of trees. There we can found wild horses, deers, bears, rabbits, wolves, hawks, owls and toucans, among others.

On the first two days we will need some acclimatization in the base of Rumiñahui Mountain and ice climbing training in the Cotopaxi's glaciers. The real adventure starts the third day from José Ribas Refuge. We prefer to start hiking at night to see the sunrise from the summit. So we will leave from the refuge at 1am after a light breakfast. The ascent takes 6 to 8 hours.

The landscape that we will cross to reach the summit is really amazing: from forests, moors and lagoons to archaeological ruins of the natives who once inhabited the region. From the summit you can have a scenic view of Quito, northern Chimborazo and southern Tungurahua.

So, if you are ready for this once-in-a-lifetime mountaineering experience, get in touch with me. I am sure that you will be fascinated by the imposing beauty of Cotopaxi Volcano!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Price includes: Mountaineering equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)

Does not include: Personal mountain gear (warm cloths, sleeping bags, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.) / Extra drinks in the refuge / Tips / Insurance


Day 1: Quito - Rumiñahui Base

We’ll drive from Quito to camping Limpiopungo, in Cotopaxi National Park. Here we’ll start our hike to the base of Rumiñahui Mountain. Overnight in tents.

Day 2: Camping Place - Cotopaxi Refuge

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Cotopaxi parking lot and then we’ll hike to the José Ribas Refuge. In the afternoon we’ll head up to the glacier for ice climbing training. We’ll go back to the Refuge for dinner and rest.

Day 3: Refuge - Cotopaxi Summit - Quito

We wake up at midnight and have a light breakfast. Around 1 am we’ll be ready for the ascent which will take us from 6 to 8 hours. Once at the summit, we’ll take our time to capture the scenery. Returning to the refuge will take us from 2 to 3 hours. After lunch we will drive you back to Quito.



More info

3 or 4 days for acclimatization is very important.

You can rent gear equipment on site. Ask for it in advanced.

Meeting point

Quito, Ecuador.

About the guide

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-Edgar & Guides' team



Mountain 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 27 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, Germany and Nepal. I also summited KhanTengri peak in the Himalayas, Aconcagua in los Andes 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.


Russian | Italian | German | English



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What people are saying about this trip



Edgar is an amazing guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging. The combination makes you feel confident in the things that he teaches you and in your ability to reach the summit.



Edgar was great. I could talk with him over all questions (equipment, acclimatization, ...) before the tour easy via WhatsApp. I always feel good and save with him in the mountains. His motto „lonely summits“ was completely fulfilled.



Edgar Parra is a great guide: thoroughly professional, safety conscious, always on time and with an engaging personality. He came highly recommended and I can only heap additional praise. He guided my son and I up Cotopaxi to a successful summit and made it a trip of a lifetime. In so far as putting my money where my mouth is, I plan to hire him in the future (2020) with my entire family for a trip to Machu Picchu. No better praise than a repeat customer.

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