Hiking Cotopaxi Volcano

A 10 Day Hiking & Summit Attempt of Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi is perhaps the most impressive volcano in South America and one of Ecuador's most striking natural icons. Its nearly perfect snowcapped cone rises to 19,347 feet above the surrounding plains making it Ecuador’s second highest mountain and the third highest active volcano in the world. The ancient cultures of Ecuador once worshiped the mountain as a place where the gods dwelt. In the Quechua language, Cotopaxi translates to “neck of the moon”.

This is the most popular climb in Ecuador not only because of the amazing views of the crater and nearby volcanos from Cotopaxi’s summit, but the climb can be attempted by hikers with no mountaineering experience. All that’s needed are crampons, ice axes, and a positive attitude. We’ll be in the company of an experienced, professional, local guide for the summit climb.

That said, this is a serious undertaking as you’ll experience high altitude, freezing temperatures, and strong winds. During our 10-day trip, we’ll spend lots of time hiking smaller peaks in the region to acclimate and prepare ourselves for the summit attempt. Following our training hikes, on Day 9 we’ll make a push for the summit with a midnight departure from the refugio hostel on the upper slopes of Cotopaxi.

This isn't a camping trip and each night will be spent in comfortable lodges with great food (and hot showers!).  If you’re looking for your next big challenge and to push your limits, this unique trip could be for you!


This privately guided trip, perfect group of adventurous friends.  

We can customize this itinerary for you to create a truly unique experience of Ecuador's high Andes.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive Quito, Ecuador - Casona de La Ronda

Day 2:  Morning Tour of Old Quito - Casona de La Ronda

Day 3:  Pasochoa Hike - Chilcabamba Lodge

Day 4:  Pita River Loop - Chilcabamba Lodge

Day 5:  Cotopaxi National Park Hike - Chilcabamba Lodge

Day 6:  Ruminahui Hike - Chilcabamba Lodge

Day 7:  Cotopaxi Snow Line - Chilcabamba Lodge

Day 8:  Rest Day - Jose Rivas Refugio

Day 9: Cotopaxi Summit - La Jimenita Hacienda

Day 10:  Departure (or extend your trip to the Galapagos or Amazon)

Our Hiking Cotopaxi is a private, tailor-made itinerary, so there are no specific departure dates.  Just let us know your potential travel dates and we will check on availability of all services.

Contact us for the best time of year to travel and we'll work with you to design a personalized Ecuador hiking experience.


PAYMENT: Rate is per person sharing and for cash payment by check or bank transfer.  If you wish to pay with a credit card a 3.7% service fee will be added.  Limited to 8 guests.  Single supplement of $516 applies.  A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm booking and full balance due 8 weeks before departure.  Itinerary may vary due to weather conditions. We reserve the right to change rate due to increases in government taxes or other fees.  

Other terms & conditions apply.


  • See the detailed itinerary for a complete list of what's included and excluded. 
  • Included:  In general, rate includes all lodging, park fees, activities, meals (drinks excl), airport transfers, and services of a professional guide.
  • Excluded:. In general, rate excludes airfare to/from Quito, mountaineering/hiking gear, entry visas, insurance, tipping, drinks

2024 Rates

cotopaxi ecuador

$4960.00 (2 guests)

$3615.00 (4 guests)

$3225.00 (6 guests)

$3080.00 (8 guests)

Rate is per person sharing and for cash payment by check or bank transfer.  If you wish to pay with a credit card a 3.7% service fee will be added.   Single supplement applies.

Length: 10 days/9 nights

Route:  Starts/Ends in Quito, Ecuador

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