Climbing Cotopaxi Express
Climb Cotopaxi volcano in 6 days
- What is included?
- Packing list
Good introduction to high altitud mountaineering in the Andes.
Guide ratio of 1:2 on Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.
Certified guides with local and international experience.
Porters support for Chimborazo.
All ground transportation in private vehicles.
English-speaking profesional ASEGUIM/UIAGM mountain guides.
Meals conform itinerary (B=breakfast, BL=box lunch, D=dinner).
Special or vegetarian meals can be arranged in advance.
Accommodations in huts while in the mountains based in shared rooms.
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.
Tours or other activities not indicated on the itinerary.
Insurance (we strongly recommend you to get one).
Physical Conditions Technical Conditions
What to expect:
Temperature ranges from 20 Celsius to minus 10 Celsius on the top of Cotopaxi and minus 15 Celsius on Chimborazo.
Iliniza Norte: Some rock scramble, short rock climbing, dealing with fixed lines, rock fall hazard, eventually use of crampons.
Cotopaxi: 8 hours or more on glacier with mountaineering boots and crampons, some crevasses, glacier travel, early departure and ascent in the dark, elevation above 5.000 m.
Chimborazo: Some black ice at the traverse. Due to glacier melting unstable rock up to 5.600 m. / 18,360 ft. Very good cramponing skills is a must.
26 Jan-3 Feb./2018
23 Feb.-3 Mar./2018
29 Jun.-7 Jul./2018
27 Jun.-4 Aug./2018
31 Aug.-8 Sept./2018
26 Sep.-3 Nov./2018
23 Nov.-1 Dec./2018
30 Nov.-8 Dec./2018
28 Dec./2018-5 Jan. /2019
Reccommended packing list
Toilet articles: toilet paper, hands sanitizer, soap, shampoo, towel, etc.
You will need a sleeping bag for the huts (there are mattresses), and additional camping supplies if you will climb Antisana.
In the case of traveling light there are several mountain climbing outfitters where you can rent equipment like mountaineering boots, crampons , ice-axes, harnesses, helmets, etc. but we strongly reccommend to bring, at least, your own boots.
Most technical and group equipment, such as: ropes, ascenders, snow pickets, ice screws, etc., will be provided if you travel with our guides.