CLIMBING COTOPAXI 2 DAYS
Cotopaxi is one the highest and perfect shaped volcanoes in Ecuador. Technically, it is not a difficult mountain to climb but due to its height, it is necessary previous acclimatization. The real difficulty reaching this beautiful summit is altitude. From the summit, we will have some spectacular views of its surrounding snow-capped peaks.
Day 1: Quito – Cotopaxi - Ice Briefing
10:00a.m depart from Quito heading to the parking area below the refuge. Hiking to the refuge takes about 45 minutes. After lunch basic climbing techniques briefing outside the refuge, dinner and rest.
Day 2: Cotopaxi Summit 5.893mts
Breakfast before midnight and depart to the summit following the normal route. Reaching the summit would take us 6 to 7 hours with good weather, as the sunrises we should be able to enjoy some exceptional views. Return to refuge 2 hrs +- then parking lot and transfer to Quito.
Basic climbing equipment: crampons, harness, ice axe, mittens, private transportation (4X4), park fees, and certified guides: one for every two clients, mountain meals: 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, tee coffee, rest at the refuge.
Travel & health insurance, personal equipment: Climbing boots, rain jacket, sleeping bag, warm cloths, gloves, meals not mentioned, personal expenses, tips and beverages.
What to bring
Climbing boots, back pack, warm and rain clothes, trek shoes, 2 to 3 pair of socks, hat or cap, gloves, flashlight (torch) with spare batteries, sunglasses with a strap, sun block, camera.