Climb Cotopaxi

Climb Cotopaxi


From £1,995
Altitude 5,897m Grade: 2B

Climb the world's highest active volcano. Located South of Quito, Ecuador's capital city, Cotopaxi, a beautifully shaped stratovolcano, rises majestically out of the surrounding lush green landscape.

Ecuador is an astonishingly beautiful country that has some of the highest volcanoes in the world. Our expedition tackles Cotopaxi the highest active volcanic peak in the world. We provide a careful program of acclimatization and skills training to ensure you have the best chance of success and enjoyment. Ecuador combines culture, great food, wonderful friendly people with great mountains. We initially climb on the volcanic peaks of Pasochoa (4200m) Riminahui (4721m) before taking time out to visit the beautiful Quilotoa Lagoon within an extinct volcanic crater. Ilinizas Norte takes us to over 5000m as final acclimatization for our main objective the beautiful conical summit of Cotopaxi (5897m). The views of the surrounding volcanic peaks are a spectacular as you gaze through the clouds on your previous endeavors and savour the clear air and views of the distant Andes.

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28th Jan 2023 - 7th Feb 2023 Closed11 £1,995£2,795
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* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

ItemPriceDays
Chimborazo (+3 days) £625+3 days

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • An Adventure Peaks team leader.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other accommodation on (as detailed on the trip dossier).
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • 90 – 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 24 hour back up and support from UK staff
  • 15% discount off the RRP on equipment and clothing purchased from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas if applicable, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment if supplied.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.

Itinerary

Day 1: International flight to Quito
It is possible to save this day and reduce the duration down to 10 days, however the flight cost would be more expensive.

Day 2: Quito
Arrive in Quito and settle into your hotel.  Meet with the rest of the team and start to acclimatize to the thin air. Quito is 2850m so you may already feel slight effects of the altitude.  (H)

Day 3: Acclimatisation Quito
Visit the old city of Quito, the best conserved colonial town in South America. The fabulous, richly decorated churches, museums, squares and the numerous colonial buildings come under the banner of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in town (not included), and then an ascent of Cruz Loma (4050m) by cable railway for an unforgettable view of the capital and the highest Ecuadorian summits.  (H, B)

Day 4: Ascent of Pasochoa (4200m)
A short journey out of Quito allows you to take a lovely acclimatisation walk up Pasochoa where there is a very good chance to see the magnificent Condor soaring above us. (Ld, B, L)

Day 5: Ascent of Riminahui (4721m)
Riminahui is an extinct vocanoe with three summits and provides good acclimitisation with breath-taking views out across to Illinizas and Cotopaxi our next summits (Ld, B, L, D)

Day 6: Quilotoa Lagoon (3900m)
Today is an acclimatisation and Rest Day, where we walk down into the volcanic crater of Quilotoa to visit its lagoon

In the afternoon we drive down the famous “Volcanoes Valley”, to reach the small village of El Chaupi located at the foot of the twin summits of Illinizas Norte and Sur. We transfer to the place known as “La Virgen.
(R, B, L, D)

Day 7: Illinizas Norte summit (5116m)
Early in the morning we leave, the walking is fantastic for the next few hours and brings us to the pass between the two summits.  A further 2 hours are needed to climb the north peak of Illinizas (5116m). This route does not present any major difficulties although you may need to use your hands at a few points. (H, B, L)

Day 8: Cotopaxi Refuge and Skills workshop
After breakfast we leave for the Cotopaxi National Park. A dusty road takes us up to 4600m, just 200m below the Cotopaxi refuge (4800m). With food & equipment this takes around 45 minutes up a sandy path to the Refuge. After Lunch we walk up to the glacier to recap/train in the use of ice axe, crampons, and glacial travel techniques.
(R, B, L, D)

Day 9: Cotopaxi summit (5897m)  
After a midnight alarm call, we aim to depart from the refuge at 1:00am to climb the world’s highest active volcano (5897m). This ascent is almost totally on glacial terrain but without any major difficulties. There are only a few crevasses, and these are well marked.  Only the presence of fresh snow or strong winds can make this ascent a difficult one.  It will take you around 6 to 7 hours to reach the magnificent glacial clad volcanic summit cone. Back to the refuge around 10:00 am for a light lunch before continuing down to the road to meet our transport back to Quito

Day 10: Return international flight
Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take your flight home. (B)

Day 11: Arrive back in the UK (10 days with more expensive flights)

 

 

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services.  Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue:
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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

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