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Cotopaxi Expedition: 2 Days/1 Night Tour

This 3 days/1 night Cotopaxi Expedition will take you to the peak of the Highest Active Volcano in the World, prepare for this amazing experience

USD $449.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
1USD $449.00
2 - 3USD $357.00

Climb the Summit of the Highest Active Volcano in the World in this Cotopaxi Expedition

This Cotopaxi Expedition begins with a training day, to prepare yourself to get to the top of the Cotopaxi.  The next day, the climbing starts in the middle of the night, this way we will have the chance to enjoy the sunrise from the summit. Once we get to the peak, we will have an amazing view of Quito to the North, Chimborazo, and Tungurahua to the south, and much more.


  • Enjoy an afternoon in the glacier doing ice training
  • Be amazed by the view at the summit of thisCotopaxi Expedition
  • Explore the crater and its surroundings

Tour Information

Duration: 2 days/1 night
Start and End Location: Quito
Availability: Year Round


Day 1: Quito – Cotopaxi Refuge 

We will leave from Quito (9,186ft/2.800m) in the morning and drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance. From here we will drive east to the Cotopaxi parking lot (14,764ft/4.500m). We get our gear ready and hike up for an hour to the José Rivas Refuge (15,748ft/4.800m). In the afternoon we will go to the glacier for ice practices and training. We will learn some basic techniques, which include last but not least proper handling of the climbing equipment (crampons, ice ax, rope, etc). We will go back to the Refuge for dinner and rest.

Day 2: Refuge – Cotopaxi Expedition to the Summit – Quito

We will wake up at midnight and depart to the top (19,347ft/5.897 m) around 1 am after a light breakfast. The climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours. The first part is about an hour hike to the glacier, where we put the crampons on and start the glacier ascent. Once at the summit we will take our time for pictures of the crater and surroundings and then we will head back to the refuge in 2 to 3 hours. At the refuge, we will rest, pack our belongings, have something to eat, drink and go down to the parking lot, from where we return back to Quito.

What’s Included

  •  Superior service
  •  Private transportation and transfers
  •  Professional Mountain Guide
  • IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide) or ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides) / ratio 2 climbers – 1 guide
  • Technical mountain equipment such as crampons, ice ax, harness, helmet, etc.
  • Accommodation in hotels (double occupancy), José Ribas and Whymper Refuge
  • All meals during the hikes and climbs
  • A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
  • National Park fees and permits registration

What’s Not Included 

  •  Single supplement
  •  International flights
  •  Meals and beverages at the hotels
  •  Personal insurance
  •  Tips
  •  Other non-specified expenses

What to Bring

  • Personal Mountain Gear such as warm clothes, sleeping bag, sunglasses, headlamp, etc.


Quito, Ecuador

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Quito, Ecuador -0.180653, -78.467838

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What Happens After I Book?

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