Climb one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. The Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s most popular volcano and not without reasons. It offers an amazing climbing experience for both those new to climbing and experienced mountaineers. The incredible snow-capped crater and beautiful sights with its 5897m Cotopaxi is considered one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
It’s perfectly symmetrical cone, covered in a thick blanket of snow and ice, gracefully rises from a beautiful paramo plateau. The climb up to the summit of Cotopaxi is not highly technical, but it does require proper acclimatization. We will run short mountaineering course the day before the climb on how to use crampons, ice axes and ropes. Leaving from the refuge around midnight climbers begin the ascent of the volcano arriving at the top of Cotopaxi after sunrise at 6 am.
Herds of wild horse’s graze on the extensive plains at the foot of the volcano or gather to drink at the lovely Limpiopungo lagoon. It reflects the jagged white peaks of the nearby Rumiñahui Volcano (4712m/15459ft) and makes a great spot for watching waterfowl and other birds. In the Cotopaxi National Park, you will notice pumice, ash, stone and other volcanic debris amid the tiny paramo plants.