Tortuga Tours Travelling in Ecuador
Tortuga ToursTravelling in Ecuador

Climbing Cotopaxi Volcano is a unique exiting experience. This adventure starts at the parking lot of Cotopaxi National Park with a hiking to the refuge.


The climb begins at night time so that when you reach the summit, you can watch the sunrise, having spectacular views of Quito to the north, Tungurahua & Chimborazo to the south. The climbing departs from Jose Rivas refugee and the day before the climb you have a trek to the refuge, with a glacier practice (depends on weather).


Climbing this altitude is very difficult so we recommend two different things. First be acclimatized at the altitude of 3000m and second one climbing twice around 5000m in the same week.


If you are clueless of where can you do this, ask for our acclimatization packages! We have great deals, without mentioning that taking the package increases the probability of reaching the top. Since Cotopaxi has its own micro-climate, you must be prepared with warm clothes.


Physical Level: average-high

Technical Level: average-high

Maximum Elevation: 5.897 m / 19.347 ft

Minimum Elevation: 4.600 m / 15.091 ft

Terrain: Sandpit, snow, ice




  • Pick up 09:00am
  • Arrive to Chuquiragua Lodge to have lunch
  • Departure to Cotopaxi, arrival to parking lot, equipment check followed by practice on glaciers (depends on weather)
  • Dinner, resting time until midnight & begin climbing.
  • Reach summit
  • Return to refuge followed by departure to Quito.



  • ASEGUIM Bilingual Guide
  • Transportation Quito - Cotopaxi - Quito
  • Accommodation at refugee
  • Climbing equipment (polar pants & jacket, waterproof pants & jacket, plastic climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, climbing harness, gators, outside gloves)
  • Box lunch, dinner at the refugee and a snack returning from Cotopaxi.



  • Tips
  • First layer
  • Sunglasses
  • Climbing backpacks
  • Inner gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp
  • Personal equipment



  • Long Sleeve
  • Sweater
  • Inner pants / warm pants
  • Trekking pants
  • Trekking shoes / sports shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Large / Small backpack
  • Inner Gloves
  • 2 pair of socks (1 thick 1 thin)
  • Snacks
  • 2 litters of water
  • Snacks
  • Coca tee



  • Hydrate three days before this tour
  • Sleep well the night before
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke at least two days before
  • Bring some snacks: energy bars, chocolate and water
  • Eat healthy food few days before


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