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Acclimatization and Cotopaxi (6 days)

During this 6 day acclimatization und climbing trip,   you will climb our most impressive peak Cotopaxi volcano (5.897m) guided by one of our mountain guides after acclimatization climbs to Mount Pichincha (4.698m), Mount Pasochoa (4200 m) and Mount Iliniza Nord Peak (5116 m).

Day 1: Quito - Pasochoa - Quito           
We'll leave Quito in the morning by car, heading south for the Avenida de los Volcanoes. During this 2 hour drive you can enjoy beautiful views on the typical landscape and villages of the highlands. The ascent of this extinct volcano will take us about 4 hours. On the top we'll have lunch and above all a great sight on Cotopaxi and the other nearby volcanoes. After descending we'll return to Quito. (BL)

Day 2: Quito - Rucu Pichincha - Quito
We'll leave Quito in the morning and drive by car to the Cruz Loma, situated 10 kilometers west from the capital. From there it will take us approximately 3 and half hours to reach the summit. Later in the afternoon we'll be back in Quito.   (B - BL)

Day 3: Quito - La Virgen - Camp
Our private vehicle will take us to La Virgen at 3.900 m.. Here we will set up camp and go for a short walk exploring the surroundings in the afternoon. (B - BL - D)

Day 4: La Virgen - Summit Illiniza Nord Peak (5116 m) - Hotel Cuello de Luna
We'll get up at the break of dawn and after a climb of 4 hours we'll reach the summit. On the way back we'll relax a bit in the refuge and then our car will take us to hotel Cuello de Luna, which is situated close to Cotopaxi National Park. (B - BL)

Day 5: Hotel Cuello de Luna - Cotopaxi José Ribas Hut (4800 m)
Our car will bring us to the parking space at a height of 4600 m. From there it will take us another hour to reach the Jose Ribas hut (4800 m). There we'll do some exercises in the glacier, have supper and prepare the ascent. (B - BL - D)

Day 6: Hut - Summit Cotopaxi (5897 m) - Quito
At midnight we'll get up and start the climb, which will take us 7 hours. From the summit you'll have a marvelous view on the crater, with its diameter of 800 m. Around Midday we'll be back in the refuge and we'll come back to Quito. (B - BL)

Our prices include:

- Transfer airport - hotel
- Private transportation to the whole tour
- Professional instructor-guides ASEGUIM member (ratio 2 climbers -1 guide in Cotopaxi)
- Meals on the mountains as mentioned above (B: Breakfast; BL: Box Lunch; D: Dinner)
- Accommodation in José Ribas huts
- Accommodation in double tents in La Virgen ( Ilinizas)
- Accommodation in Embassy and Cuello de Luna hotels (Double accommodation & breakfast included)
- Camping equipment (double tents, dining tent, camping chairs, tables, dishes, etc.)
- Pasochoa, Ilinizas and Cotopaxi National Park Entrance fees

The prices do not include:
- Mountain equipment (double plastic boots, crampons, ice axe, harness, sleeping bags, mittens, sun glasses, head lamp, etc)
- Lunch and dinner in Quito and Hotel Cuello de Luna
- Extra drinks in the hut
- Travel insurance
- Tips