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E008 Trekking - Around the "neck of the moon"

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Trekking - 6 days

From: Quito - To: Quito

On this new Trekking Tour everything is about the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano of the world and its national park Cotopaxi. In the indigenous language of the region, which was spoken before the conquest of the Inka, Cotopaxi means “the neck of the moon”. On a 5-days-trip we circle this huge mountain and in the last night we climb up to the peak. An unforgettable journey in one of the most beautiful national parks of Ecuador.

Included Services

Transport from and to Quito; German-or English-speaking guide; full board; tentage; mountaineering equipement

Not Included Services

Sleeping bag, sleeping mat; torch

Days of the tour

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Panamericana & 1st Trekking

At 8.00 am we will be picked up at our hotel in Quito and drive around 2 hours on the Panamericana, which in this part is called street of the volcanoes, to the province of Cotopaxi. We continue another 1-hour drive to an altitude of 3900m, where we start our Trekking. We hike around 2 hours to our first camp. From there we go on a hike to an impressive waterfall which directly comes out of the glacier.

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2nd Trekking

After breakfast we hike to a viewpoint at an altitude of 4265m where we have lunch. Afterwards we go on another 3-hours hike through a landscape of lava to our second camp on the bank of the so called old lagoon. Here we have the possibility to observe the wild horses living in this national park.

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4th Trekking - Lagoon Santo Domingo - El Manantial

In the morning we start our 3-hours hike to the Lagoon Santo Domingo, where we have lunch. In the afternoon we hike 2 -3 more hours on a path through a landscape of grassy knolls to a place which is called El Manantial. Here we pitch camp and have dinner.

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5th Trekking - José Rivas

Today we do the last part of the circumnavigation of the Cotopaxi. After a 2 or 3-hours hike we have lunch and drive to the mountain hut José Rivas. From here we climb up to the chalet (4810m) (45minutes). In the afternoon we also visit the glacier. We have to go to bed early.

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6th Trekking - Glacier - Peak

At 1 am we start our trip to the glacier. From here, with crampons and in roped party, we climb up to the peak. We will reach the peak when the sun goes up. From there we can see all the amazing mountains covered with snow and the volcanoes. On a 3-hours-hike we climb down to the chalet and the parking area. From here we drive back to our hotel in Quito.