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Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui and Corazon
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North Iliniza
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North Iliniza as seen from South Iliniza
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Cotopaxi volcano
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Summit of Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi Express
6 days – 4 mountains

The Cotopaxi volcano with 5897 m. is the second highest mountain in Ecuador. Its particular beauty, low technical difficulty and easy access attracts mountaineers from all over.

If your goal is to reach this wonderful summit, Sun and Snow has designed a program in order to optimize the time with a lot of emphasis in a gradual acclimatisation process on three lower peaks in the surrounding area.

Both, acclimatisation mountains and accommodations, have been selected in a logical way where the driving time has been reduced to its minimal.


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  • All year round season
  • Home of impressive highlands wildlife
  • Gradual acclimatisation peaks
  • 4 mountains


  • All ground transportation in private vehicles
  • English-speaking professional ASEGUIM/UIAGM Mountain guides.
  • Meals conform itinerary (B=breakfast, BL=box lunch, D=dinner)
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves
  • Accommodations in hotels while in cities based in double occupancy


  • Domestic and/or international flights
  • Airport taxes in Ecuador when leaving the country
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra transportation or other activities
  • Excess baggage fees
  • All items of personal nature
  • Personal mountaineering gear such as sleeping bag, trekking poles, etc.
  • Other personal expenses
  • Additional accommodations not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours or other activities not indicated on the itinerary
  • Insurance (we strongly recommend you to get one)
  • All drinks
  • Tips/gratuities

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This case generally applies to our mountaineering trips where the effective walking hours exceed six and can be extended up to nine hours round trip. Technically speaking, these activities generally occur in areas covered with snow and glacier where technical mountaineering equipment is mandatory.                       
Duration: 6 days

Access: Drive in and drive out

Pre-requisites: Hiking experience

2018 Departures


















3-8 Sept./2018













26 Nov.-1 Dec./2018


3-8 Dec./2018



24-29 Dec./2018

Reccommended packing list
  • Large size backpack
  • day pack (hiking)
  • ice axe (70 cm length is ok)
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • heavy duty climbing boots
  • 12 point crampons (reasonably sharp)
  • climbing harness
  • climbing helmet
  • 1 locking carabiner (big one)
  • 3 regular carabiners
  • sleeping bag
  • sunglasses
  • ski googles
  • sunscreen (50 or more protection factor)
  • lip balm
  • plastic water bottle
  • thermos
  • gaiters
  • wool socks
  • light cotton shirts / t-shirts
  • hiking trousers
  • Gore-tex trousers
  • wind and snow shell-type parka
  • light to medium weight insulated parka (down or synthetic)
  • polypropylene underwear (2 tops, 1 bottom)
  • wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • wool or fleece cap
  • Gore-tex gloves
  • polypro gloves
  • headlamp (and spare batteries)
  • First aid kit and personal medication
  • Toiletries: toilet paper, hands sanitizer, soap, shampoo, towel, etc.


You will need a sleeping bag for the huts (there are mattresses).  


In the case of traveling light there are in Quito several mountain climbing outfitters where you can rent equipment like mountaineering boots, crampons , ice-axes, harnesses, helmets, etc. but we strongly recommend to bring, at least, your own boots.


Most technical and group equipment, such as: ropes, snow pickets, ice screws, etc., will be provided if you travel with our guides.
NOTES ON THE ITINERARY: Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, the day-by-day activities and camping locations listed on this itinerary are subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including group pace, interests and acclimatization, weather, trail, on road conditions and/or water availability at the campsites according to the time of the year. Hiking distances and altitudes are approximate, and times indicated are net hiking or driving times that do not include lunch breaks, rest stops, time to explore the area, etc. This program is suitable for physically fit participants accustomed to outdoor activities. Contact Us.


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