Cotopaxi Climbing 2dias

Climbing Cotopaxi Volcano is a unique exiting experience. This adventure starts at the parking lot of Cotopaxi National Park (4600 m / 15092 ft.) with a hiking to the refuge.

The climb begins at night time so that when you reach the summit, you can watch the sunrise, having spectacular views of Quito to the north, Tungurahua & Chimborazo to the south. The climbing departs from Jose Rivas refugee (4800m) and the day before the climb you have a trek to the refuge, with a glacier practice (depends on weather).

Climbing this altitude is very difficult so we recommend two different things. First be acclimatized at the altitude of 3000m / 9843 ft. and second one climbing twice around 5000m / 16404 ft. in the same week.

If you are clueless of where can you do this, ask for our acclimatization packages! We have great deals, without mentioning that taking the package increases the probability of reaching the top. Since Cotopaxi has its own micro-climate, you must be prepared with warm clothes.

Physical Level: laverage-high
Technical Level: average-high
Maximum Elevation: 5.897 m / 19.347 ft
Minimum Elevation: 4.600 m / 15.091 ft
Terrain: Sandpit, snow, ice


  • Pick up at 10:00am
  • Arrive & enter Cotopaxi National Park followed by lunch at the refuge
  • Equipment check followed by practice on glaciers (depends on weather)
  • Dinner, resting time until midnight & begin climbing.
  • Reach summit
  • Return to refuge followed by departure to Quito.


  • Professional Bilingual Guide
  • Transportation Quito / Cotopaxi / Quito
  • Accommodation at refugee
  • Climbing equipment (polar pants & jacket, waterproof jacket & pants, plastic climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, climbing harness, gators, outside gloves)
  • Box lunch, dinner at the refugee and a snack returning from Cotopaxi.


  • Entrance fee (10 USD)
  • Head Lamp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tips


  • Clock
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Big & Small back pack
  • Inside Polar Gloves
  • Wool Hat
  • Extra Water
  • Sun Cream
  • Extra Energy Drinks & Snacks


  • Hydrate at least one day before this tour
  • Sleep well the night before
  • Do not drink alcohol at least two days before
  • Bring some snacks: energy bars, chocolate and water