COTOPAXI HIKING & CLIMBING 3D
Climbing Cotopaxi is not difficult or technical however, due to its height, it is necessary acclimatization and good physical condition. We suggest this 3-day climbing program which will provide a better opportunity to reach the summit. The first day is hiking around Rumiñahui Volcano 4 to 4 ½ hrs. +-; second day staying at the refuge and third day climbing to the summit.
Day 01.- Hiking – Rumiñahui
Transfer to Cotopaxi National Park. Once we arrive we will head to our starting point La Rinconada 3.800mts. Check-in and leave our bags and equipment. After lunch, we will hike to Rumiñahui Volcano. We will fallow a route carefully picked for acclimatization. 4 to 4 ½ hrs hike. Maximum altitude 4.500mts. Overnight and dinner at 3.800mts.
Day 02.- Ribas Refuge 4.800mts
Breakfast, car drive to the parking area. Hike to the hut from the parking area 45 minutes +-. Basic techniques briefing outside the refuge. Dinner and rest.
Day 03. – Climbing to Cotopaxi Summit 5.897mts
After a light breakfast before midnight, we will depart to the summit following the normal route, we'll expect to arrive within 7-8 hours. On the way with good weather, we can observe Chimborazo's volcano. Once we reach the summit we will enjoy a wonderful view of the crater of this impressive volcano. We descend to the refuge and afterward to the parking lot. Return to Quito
Transportation (4X4) Quito – Cotopaxi – Quito, basic climbing equipment: crampons, harness, ice ax, mittens, helmet, ASEGUIM guide 1 for 2 people, tents / or refuge 2 nights, mountain meals during the tour: 2 box lunches, two dinners, 2 breakfast, water, tea or coffee.
Travel and health insurance, meals not mentioned, personal expenses, personal equipment (plastic boots, rain jacket, sunglasses, sleeping bag, and headlamp), tips, and beverages
What to bring
Sleeping bag, alpine boots, bag pack, warn and rain clothes, trek shoes, hat or cap, gloves, a flashlight (torch) with spare batteries, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, with spare batteries.