Cotopaxi 5897 m – (Add-on)

ECU-12b / 4-day trip / GradeF

Cotopaxi (Add-on)
OVERVIEW

This 4 days add-on program is meant to be added to our trekking and culture-light trekking programs and our climbing programs. It can also be done as a stand alone climb, but it is important to have acclimatized before hand.


Day 1 Pick-up & transfer to Cotopaxi National Park (3800 m)
Day 2 Cotopaxi – Glacier training (4990 m)
Day 3 Climb: Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 m)
Day 4 Departure
ITINERARY
Day 1

Pick-up & transfer to Cotopaxi National Park (3800 m)
Pick-up and transfer to Cotopaxi National Park (3800 m). Depending on the pick-up place, it can take between 2 to 3 hours to reach the mountain lodge close to the North entrance.
Night in dormitory in mountain lodge.
Included meals: Dinner

Day 2

Cotopaxi – Glacier training (4990 m)
After a good rest and a well deserve breakfast, a 2 hours transfer will take the group to the Cotopaxi’s Parking area (4587 m). Then an 1-hour hike to Cotopaxi’s mountain hut (4847 m), a short break, and then continuing the hike for another 45 minutes up to the low part of the glacier (4990 m). Once there, the team will gear up and follow the guide’s instruction in the use of crampons, ice axe, rope and all the appropriate technical gear for the climb. This is in no way an alpine course, just a brief introduction into the technics need for the ascent. This activity will also improve the acclimatization due to the physical activity in altitude. After the training, the team will head back down to the hut for the night (4847 m). The rest of the afternoon is for the climb’s preparations. The guides will do a detailed briefing about all the aspects of the ascent and help with all the gear. An early dinner will be serve and then rest, until the guides call for breakfast, usually around midnight.
Night at the hut in dormitories with bunk beds.
Ascent: 403 m / Descend: 143 m / Highest Altitude: 4990 m / Distance: 1.2 km one way / Activity duration: 4 – 5 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner

Day 3

Climb: Cotopaxi Volcano (5897 m)
The summit day starts very early; departure time will be set by the mountain guides, according to the team’s physical condition and the weather-forecast, usually in the range between 11 PM and 2 AM. Breakfast will be served 1 hour before the scheduled departure. The team will begin the ascent from the hut following a well marked trail that gently ascents over a fine stoned moraine for about 1 hour. Once on the edge of the glacier (4990 m), the group will gear up and divide, in case of a big group, into smaller teams in a range of 2 clients for 1 guide. The Cotopaxi’s climb requires endurance and a good deal mental strength. Cotopaxi’s glacier is quite save and the climb not technically difficult, but there are a few crevassed areas and some few icy slopes that make the route interesting.
The first section of the glacier is a gentle slope that gets steeper as it goes higher, there is a series of switchbacks know as “Heart Breaker”, being the toughest part of the ascent due to its demanding steepness and continuity. After this a very nice ridge gradually gains altitude, passing close to the prominent rock face know as “Yanasacha” at about 5630 m. From this point a relatively long traverse to the right before another set of switchbacks that lead up to the crater’s rim and few meters later to the main summit. The climb takes an average time of 7-8 hours. Cotopaxi’s summit is one of the most spectacular ones, looking down into the double rim crater and, on clear days, it is possible to see most of the neighboring volcanoes as: Antisana, Cayambe, Ilinizas, Chimborazo, El Altar and the active Tunguragua. The descent is done following back the same way, taking between 3-4 hours. Once back at the huts and after the whole group reunites, a short hike down (20 minutes) to the parking place and drive back to Quito (3 h).
Night in hotel.
Ascent: 1050 m / Descent: 1315 m / Highest Altitude: 5897 m / Distance to the summit: 2.47 Km & Distance from summit to parking place: 3.22 Km / Activity duration: 10-12 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic

Day 4

Departure
Time to leave the volcanoes of Ecuador!
Pick up at hotel and transfer out to Quito’s Airport (1-2 h) – End of services
Included meals: Breakfast

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • Local English speaking mountain guide during the entire program
  • Local English speaking assistant mountain guide during the entire program from 5 PAX
  • Private transportation throughout the entire program
  • 1 night in shared double rooms hotel in the city of Quito
  • 1 night in shared dormitory at Cotopaxi’s low mountain hut – Tambo-Paxi
  • 1 night in shared dormitory at Cotopaxi’s high mountain hut – Jose Rivas
  • Entry fee to the National parks and natural reserves
  • Group common climbing equipment
  • Climbing assistant guides: Cotopaxi ratio: 1:2
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Personal porter to/from Cotopaxi’s high mountain hut
  • Personal mountain equipment
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
HOTEL LIST

QUITO: Hostal Fuente de Piedra 1 & 2  or similar

COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK: Low Mountain Hut Tambo-Paxi  or similar

COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK: High Mountain Hut Jose Rivas (no website)

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Tags: Climbing, Ecuador, Volcanoes, Cotopaxi, F, F grade, Cotopaxi’s National Park