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Cotopaxi National Park - José Ribas Hut (4,800 m)
After breakfast you will be driven to the National Park Cotopaxi. In a good hour you reach the parking lot at 4,600 m, which is below the Cotopaxi hut. Shoulder your backpack and hike for an hour along sandy ground up to José Ribas mountain hut (4,800 m). After you have settled in and had some food, you will climb up to the entrance to the glacier.
If necessary, we practice the handling of rope and pickaxe and walking with crampons on the glacier. We descend to the refuge to enjoy an early dinner and go to bed.
Cotopaxi summit (5,897 m)
After midnight, you will leave for a light breakfast and begin the ascent with all of the necessary safety equipment such as ropes and crampons.
Before dawn we reach the height of Yanasacha, the vertical cliff that offers the famous sight of the Cotopaxi from Quito. One last effort and after a total of 6-7 hours you will stand on the top and enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding mountains Iliniza, Antisana, Cayambe, Altar, Tungurahua, Carihuayrazo and Chimborazo and in front of us the huge and imposing 300m deep Cotopaxi crater.
The descent to the hut takes about 3 hours, at noon we are back in the Cotopaxi mountain hut, after a short rest and a snack you will return to the parking lot.