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Cotopaxi Crater II 2048

Cotopaxi — Back in Business!

Just over 2 years ago, Cotopaxi start­ed an erup­tion phase that last­ed almost 6 months. Since the first erup­tion, the sum­mit and upper moun­tain have been closed to climb­ing. The Ecuado­ri­an gov­ern­ment reopened the peak to climb­ing Octo­ber 6. Moun­tain Mad­ness has resumed sum­mit climbs and treks around Cotopaxi and, in fact, are oper­at­ing our 2nd Cotopaxi expe­di­tion since it re-opened.

Cotopaxi is a big, beau­ti­ful vol­cano. Stand­ing more than 19,300 feet/​5892 m high, it is a long-time favorite of Moun­tain Mad­ness climbers and staff. Climb­ing Cotopaxi is a great way to test your­self at alti­tude. Mod­er­ate­ly steep snow and ice slopes and glac­i­er trav­el over crevass­es make this an excit­ing chal­lenge. Moun­tain Mad­ness offers sev­er­al dif­fer­ent trips on Cotopaxi; from trekking around the peak, with an option­al sum­mit climb, to our 9 day Cotopaxi Express, and our Ecuador Moun­tain School and Ecuador Vol­ca­noes expe­di­tions. The pho­tos includ­ed here are from the Cotopaxi Express which is going on currently.

Join us for a lit­tle geo­log­ic time in Ecuador. Climb big moun­tains, explore Ecuador, stay in huts and only car­ry day packs! Mad­ness guides would love to show you a good time in Ecuador!