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Volcan Cotopaxi - 5897 Meters - Machachi - Ecuador

Volcan Cotopaxi, a dream for many climbers
Datum: May 2005
Höhe: 5897 Meters
Länge: from the refugio about 6 hours up and 2 - 3 down
Grad: PD
Approach / Zustieg:
Material: crampons, ice axe, rope
Descent / Abstieg:
Führer: The Andes - A guide for Climbers by John Biggar

Beschreibung Volcan Cotopaxi - 5897 Meters - Machachi - Ecuador

Volcan Cotopaxi, a heavily glaciated cone with a perfect form. Children would draw a volcano like Cotopaxi.

Volcan Cotopaxi gets more sunny days than any other mountain in Ecuador. Climbing is possible all year round. June and July are mostly dry but very strong wind for days is common. December and January are dry as well and less windy.

The climbing is technically not hard. However, crampons, ice axe and rope are necessary. In 2005 there was also a nasty step about 100 meters below the summit. This one might technically be much harder than anything else on the mountain. Ask at the refugio for the latest information. Also because the glaciers retreat fast.

An early start, usually around 1 at night is needed. It takes about 6 hours to reach the summit. The summit area should be left around 9 the latest. The snow gets soft and wet in the sun fast and the danger of avalanches gets high.

Cotopaxi is a popular mountain, many people try to reach the summit. Especially on weekends the refugio is packed with people. Around 100 climbers are not uncommon. However, the refugio has only 50 beds. Basic food, drinks and snacks are served. But cooking your own food usual.


Take the entrance of the National Park to the refugio parking area, 40 min walking ti the refugio
Refugio Jose Ribas at 4810 Meters
Approach / Zustieg
From the refugio right to the glacier up the snow field, also see the slideshow for more
Descent / Abstieg
same way down

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