Cotopaxi Volcano expedition. This is the second-highest mountain in Ecuador and its 5,897m (19,347ft) summit makes it one of the largest active volcanoes in the world.
This expedition is also the most popular climb in Ecuador because of its stunning views of the crater at the summit and because backpackers with no mountain climbing experience can attempt the climb.
Is Cotopaxi Open for Climbing?
After Volcanic Activity in August 2015, the government closed Cotopaxi National Park to the public for 2 years due to safety concerns. The Cotopaxi mountain is now open again for climbing as of October 2017 now that the volcano has settled.
For safety reasons, there is a maximum of two people per mountain guide by law. If you are climbing solo it will be only yourself and the ASEGUIM certified mountain guide.
How much does it cost to climb Cotopaxi?
- If Alone $560 – 1 climber / 1 guide
- If 2 people $325 – 2 climbers / 1 Guide
How long does it take to climb Cotopaxi? – Climb Starts from the Jose Rivas mountain refuge, at midnight, we need at least 4 days in order to make all the paperwork and reservations effective in order to book, the actual climb takes 2 days time, and the attack to the summit 7 hours, we start from 4860 m.
Routes to summit Cotopaxi:
Cotopaxi is a none technical climb, however by law you can only reach its peak with the help of a certified Mountain Guide.
there are 2 main routes from Jose Rivas refuge, the Yanasacha route, and the Heart breaker, these routes are chosen by the guides the day of the climb, as they measure the best and safest way to reach the summit.
Training for Cotopaxi:
Cotopaxi is a reachable 5900 m Climb, your chances to reach the summit, can be enhanced if you take this tips into mind.
Cotopaxi; standing at 5897 m above sea level, is quite the challenge, most people with good physical shape can do it, however, it is a 6-hour climb, on a semi-vertical glacier, and special alpine gear is needed to accomplish it.
If you are at sea level training on long runs or walks will give you the endurance you need to reach the summit to the crater successfully.
- Climb Cotopaxi Acclimatization:
We recommend for climbers to get well acclimatized prior to the start of the expedition. Cotopaxi can be a difficult trek, though without much technical experience needed. To ensure your chance and experience of reaching the peak of Cotopaxi, we recommend some time for your body to adapt to the altitude, so you can be in your best condition.
Are you traveling alone and looking for companions to Climb Cotopaxi? Check out our available dates and open tours here
Training for Chimborazo.
Climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo takes about 5-6 days, definitely climbing Cotopaxi will allow the climber to be well prepared for Chimborazo´s summit – at 6310 m.
Pricing for Cotopaxi and Chimborazo 5 day package
- $890 if there are 2 climbers
- $1250 solo private climb
Climb Cotopaxi on a budget.
If you are looking for the $180 deal shown in the “lonely planet” guidebook, be aware that these rates are outdated by 15 years.
High regulations to the tour operators and mountain guides as well as the county economy have pushed costs a lot higher, the best option we have for a budget traveler is to join one of our existing groups and dates, and maximize the sharing costs of the trip, such as transportation and guides, which is what costs the most, also having a climbing partner can bring down the cost to less than $280 per person if you are traveling alone? and if you are you looking for Companions to share costs, you can join one of our existing groups, and save some cash, more info here
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level High-Altitude Climbing
Group Size Small Group
Expedition starts on request with 1 or 2 climbers
- ALL Equipment: snow boots, crampons, ice axe, etc
- Climbing Insurance
- Warm clothing suitable for climbing the mountain
- Transportation to and from Mount Chimborazo
- Entrance permits to the Chimborazo National Park
- Accommodation in the Refugio (Base Camp)
- Dinner in the Refugio before the climb
- Snacks and Drinks during the climbAll breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining
- Travel insurance and other emergencies.
- Extra snacks and water
- small back pack to carry snacks to the summit