Cotopaxi Climbing Notes
Please submit any useful information about climbing Cotopaxi that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Cotopaxi, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
July 11, 2018
Ursula from Ecuador
With its altitude of almost 6000m, acclimatization is required as your body is not used to the lack of oxygen at higher altitudes. You should stay at least 2-7 days in Quito or higher situated areas. I would recommend to do a few hikes to 4.5/5000 meters to strengthen your body.
most of the climbs start with hiking to the refuge, located at 4800 meters. Here you will sleep until midnight before starting your ascend to the summit of the volcano. Once at the top, surrounded by incredible landscape, you can enjoy the beautiful sunrise.
You can book only the Cotopaxi climb or mountain-packages. This gives you a higher chance of reaching at the Cotopaxi. One of the most important climbing tour operator in Ecuador is Gulliver Expeditions based in Quito. Their high safety standards and the quality and variety of their service makes them a very trustful company.
The Andean landscape is truly amazing and is guaranteed to leave you with postcard worthy images. The lagoon of Limpiopungo for example, surrounded by the Cotopaxi, Sincholagua and the Rumiñahui is a very photogenic location.
It was a really once-in-a-lifetime-experience. I can highly recommend it!
Cheers from Stuttgart,
December 29, 2017
Mizuho Kuribayashi Yamada-03-18-61 Private Special Circumstance 1060032-07575-03-18-61 from United States
December 29, 2017
Secured 'note' message on 'peaks/Cotopaxi/forecasts/5897' included my previous written disclosure in past few days. This is my second posting on the
climbing website page for Cotopaxi, an erupting volcano in Ecuador. For the
record, this website has digital box placement ads from Hawaii that are of
no pertinence to this science regional hazard zone and the private companies who operate there in travel expedition. This regional science weather website
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of yesterday December 28, 2017. Cotopaxi Climbing Notes is 'subrange, range and mountain area' with their own Andean company secured hazard type ads. An erupting volcano after 160 years of latent designation is a regional and regional company issue.
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I do not comment nor secure access for any private business in unknown areas where there is non-compatible industrial encroachment.
Cotopaxi's 16,000 feet level refuge requires expedition designation in travel writing. It's not an experience for non-experienced hikers. My own safety
during my climb was secured by the wonderful guides who are in volcanic specialist science class. Mountain Forecast Weather Website should reflect private regional ownership. Arigato!
December 27, 2017
Neolaki Yukie Egret Yamada from United States
It was in early 1990's that I spent 3 months in Ecuador. I had just passed my
real estate exam in Sonoma County California. Before any serious ownership-type of commitment, I explained, I ought to live my life in reverse. This meant travel, travel, travel without itinerary nor schedule. Why not?!
I was only in my early 30's then. It was a retirement lifestyle before serious ownership responsibilities. My choice may have been a surprise to many there in one of the nicest places on Earth to live as an outsider. I am sorry that most of the Calistoga Spa area recently burnt down to a crisp along with all of Napa. I joked from here on Maui that it must be the 'grapes of wrath'.
News reports of Sonoma's crisis in rural ownership brought back memories of when I lived there in the early 90's. My entry on mountain-forecast website secures my statement on this comment page. I see Cotopaxi Volcano's own surprise eruption in 2015-16 as worth considering. Maui, after all, has our Haleakala Volcano summit as latent as Cotopaxi had been.
Climbing Cotopaxi on whim took place after I had acclimated for two months in higher regions of Ecuador. It was not a sunrise for me to access. Guides of intrepid and knowing ways drove us up to the refuge at 16,000 ft. After a
rest in the evening, we started our climb at around 1am with full hiking gear and ropes. Altitude sickness ended my climb after an hour and a half. My
hiking group companions continued to the summit. 'The most painful thing
ever accomplished' they confirmed.
From afar, Cotopaxi does resemble famed Mt. Fuji in Japan. The volcanic and natural preserve area may serve similar purpose in science broadcast. When
Cotopaxi erupted in 2015, news reports on the internet showed find photos from Japanese digital science news release. Many are now not to be found online since then. Simulated versions exist on Volcano Discovery website.
Ecuador's volcano peaks are numerous. Each area has its own sort of culture and tourist guide turf. Arigato to those in Cotopaxi for securing any of the id fraud contact made by imposters who tried to imitate me from West Coast.
After a drive up and down Cotopaxi, fine freshly baked pies from Otavalo's
Cafe was a necessary treat, or maybe it was a filet minon dinner in Quito
that was so satisfying.
March 09, 2012
Ian Ray from Switzerland
Tambopaxi is a great base prior to climbing Cotopaxi, offering good food, wifi, dormitory accommodation ( private rooms currently being constructed) and outstanding views of Cotopaxi. It is 1 hour from the parking for Cotopaxi.
I have climbed Cotopaxi twice - the first time 8 years ago and the second, this week ( March 2012)
The mountain is very different now and a lot harder and more dangerous than previously.
We left the refuge at 0100 and summited at 0645
The current route as used by all the local guides follows the obvious snow cone behind the refuge and then works rightwards along a vague, crevassed ridge passing a small summit at about 5600m before climbing the summit slopes.
Once on the glacier you meet a very large crevasse at about 5400m. The route follows down into this enormous crevasse, ice blocks, bridges, seracs. The crevasse takes about 5 minutes to pass, moving quickly with a rope of 3. It is apparently very changeable ( on a weekly basis) and is dubbed by the local guides as 'khumbu paxi!' It is a dangerous 5 minutes -
On exiting the crevasse, the route traverses rightwards, passing quite close to a number of seracs, with a couple of steep traverses ( one in particular with very serious consequence if someone slipped). This whole traverse section follows between and along the edge of some large crevasses and the section ends when you pass the small peak. This whole section from 5400-5600 is the crux of the climb as is currently quite dangerous.
The slopes above are currently quite straight forward with one 5m ramp crossing a crevasse/ serrac just below the summit.
8 years ago the climb was a straight forward glacier hike - currently it is an alpine AD which when you add in the altitude and the big dangerous crevasse make it quite a serious objective! We had quite good conditions underfoot and there was a trail - in fresh snow or ice the route would be very challenging.
It is however a stunning mountain!