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7 Day Muertepungo & Cotopaxi Summit

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Participants: 1+ persons

The trek will lead through one of the last remaining habitats of the Ecuadorian Condor. The trek with begin at Papallacta where there are famous hot springs nestled in the valley.

From there you hike across the Páramo, passing the Antizana plain. All in all you spend five unforgettable days in the Highlands. We offer as well an option to climb Cotopaxi at the end of the tour.


DAY 1: Quito - El Tambo - Lagoon of the Volcano
We will travel by jeep to El Tambo (3600 m), near the Lagoon of Papallacta and meet the muleteers and horses, which will carry our equipment throughout the trip. That day we will hike four hours through the highlands until we reach the Lagoon of the volcano, where were we will camp at a height of 3600 m.

DAY 2: Lagoon of Santa Lucia
We will walk 4 hours to the Lagoon of Santa Luc?a, situated at the foot of the Antizana volcano. There we will have leisurely lunch, set up camp and spend the afternoon walking around the lagoon viewing the flora and fauna.

DAY 3: Lagoon of Santa Lucia - Lagoon of Muertepungo
The next morning we will trek to the Plaza de Armas (4700 m) and then hike two more hours to our next camp near the Lagoon of Muertepungo (4200 m). In total, we will hike for seven hours.

DAY 4: Lagoon of Muertepungo - Polilepis Forest
The next day our tour will lead us to a valley, where we can admire the typical Polilepis trees of the Ecuadorian Andes. We will then continue to trek an additional 6 hours before setting up camp.

DAY 5: Polilepis Forest - El Inga - Quito
In the morning we will hike two hours to El Inga, where our car will be waiting to drive us back to Quito.

7 Day Option:

DAY 5: Polilepis Forest - El Inga - Cotopaxi refuge
In the morning we will hike two hours to El Inga, where our car will be waiting to drive us towards Cotopaxi refuge to rest.

DAY 6: Cotopaxi refuge - Glacier skills
After doing some exercises in the glacier, we will have dinner and prepare for the ascent.

DAY 7: Refuge - Summit - Quito
We depart the refuge at midnight and will reach the summit after 7 hours of climbing. After the descent, we will rest a bit in the refuge and then return to Quito.

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2015 prices:


The price includes:

  • Private transportation in and out Quito
  • Lodging in tents / Cotopaxi refuge
  • All meals on the trekking / on the Cotopaxi refuge
  • Professional guide member of ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides)
  • Horses and porters
  • Entrance / permits

Prices doesn't include:

  • Personal equipment for the trekking
  • Meals and lodging in Hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips


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