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Mountain Name(s): Cotopaxi, Gunung Cotopaxi, Kotopaksis, Kutupaksi, Κοτοπάξι, Вулкан Катапахі, Котопакси, Котопахи, Котопахі, קוטופקסי, کوتوپاکسی, ภูเขาไฟโกโตปักซี, კოტოპახი, コトパクシ山, 科托帕希峰, 코토팍시 산... More     Geology: Volcanic
Elevation: 5897 m / 19347.1 ft     Snow line: 5000 m / 16404.2 ft
Summit(s): North Summit; (5 897 m /19 347 feet)
    Prominence: 2 404 m/7 887 ft
Location: Ecuador(Provincia de Cotopaxi);     Isolation: 97 km/60 miles
Latitude/Longitude: 0°-40'-52.179''S
-78°-26'-16.435''W
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    Climbing Season(s): 01 Nov - 31 Jul;
Parent Range: Cordillera Oriental (Equador)     Nearest Airport(s): Mariscal Sucre Quito International Airport (UIO);
Range: Cotopaxi Massif     Convenience Center(s): Quito; Machachi; Latacunga;
First Ascent: 28/11/1872 Wilhelm Reiss (Germany), Angel Escobar (Colombia)... More     National Park(s): Cotopaxi National Park;

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Cotopaxi can be considered as a benchmark among volcanoes that poses full set of accompanying attributes - the ideal cone, round crater rim and massive snow-white ice cap. According to all of these reasons the Cotopaxi ascent is considered by the mountaineers as a unit of measurement, "litmus test" by which all others volcanoes are compared. Well-developed tourist infrastructure, proximity to the capital city and numbers of clear days per year - everything here does to try your hand at the one of the most classic volcano of our planet. None of the routes to Cotopaxi can be called boring - each of them required crampons, ropes and ice axes that can help you to climb steep ice slopes and traverse deep crevasses.... Read more

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Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano and rises 5897 meters above sea level. It is the second highest peak in Ecuador and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world (ranked among the top 5 at the beginning of 2015). Volcanologists began to monitor Cotopaxi closely since 1738 and for these period they more than 50 eruptions have been recorded. Some of them were fatal to the surrounding cities. The volcano is a part of the so-called Ring of Fire although geographically it belongs to the Cordillera Oriental of the Ecuadorian Andes. It has one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world, which starts at the height of 5 000 meters. In the late 20th century, summiting Cotopaxi became a major tourist draw. Climbs can be attempted year round and the largest number of climbers come in December and January. During these months every day more than 100 climbers try to conquer Cotopaxi. The volcano summit is a two crater rims that seem to be nested within one another. The highest point is located in the northern part of the outer crater.... Read more

Location Edit

Cotopaxi is located at the Cotopaxi National Park, 50 km south of the Quito - capital of Ecuador. In clear days its symmetrical cone is clearly visible on the horizon from several points of the city.

Getting there Edit

From Quito by bus or car to the cities Machachi or Latacunga, depending on which of the national park entrances you want to pass through. There are just two entrances where park can be accessed - the North Entrance and the South Entrance. If you are going to the Normal Route you will need to use the North Entrance and get to the city of Machachi.

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Since the end of 2012 climbing all the volcanoes of Ecuador are not allowed without hiring an accredited local mountain guides. There is a lot of travel agencies in Quito that can help you with the organization of the climb.

South America, Ecuador: Provincia de Cotopaxi

  • Cotopaxi
  • Mountaineering - 12 Hour(s)
  • 1 Jan - 31 Dec
  • Moderate/ Challenging 
  • 1 people climbed it

South America, Ecuador: Provincia de Cotopaxi

  • Cotopaxi
  • Mountaineering - 12 Hour(s)
  • 1 Jan - 31 Dec
  • Moderate/ Challenging 
  • 0 people climbed it

South America, Ecuador: Provincia de Cotopaxi

  • Cotopaxi
  • Mountaineering - 12 Hour(s)
  • 1 Jan - 31 Dec
  • Moderate/ Challenging 
  • 0 people climbed it
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DID YOU KNOW (2) Edit Add

• Cotopaxi volcano is considered one of the highest active volcanoes in the world but what is interesting - its position in this ranking "floats" from year to year. Not far away this volcano was located on the second spot of the rating but recently a little "give up" its position, although remain its place in the TOP-5. This is due to the fact that the height of the active volcanoes may varies significantly after each eruption.... Read more

 

• All the highest Ecuadorian mountains such as Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Antisana have the glacial ice on their summits which was mined by locals (the so-called "Hieleros" from Spanish "Hielo" for "Ice") to be sold in the markets of the surrounding cities.

 

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