Ecuador: Cotopaxi Summit

Contingency plan should the summit be closed

***Update March 2024***

Cotopaxi summit has now re-opened and upcoming groups are expected to attempt the summit trek. 


What was the problem?

Cotopaxi stratovolcano summit was temporarily closed for climbing due to an unsafe level of gas emissions coming from the crater. This was the case since an eruption took place in October 2022, with the much-anticipated re-opening date being repeatedly pushed back, until it was finally reopened in March 2024.  


What is the alternative itinerary should it close again?

In the scenario that Cotopaxi is closed for the date that you are booked to travel, departures are fine to go ahead as planned, but you would be climbing Cayambe (5790m) instead. Cayambe is the only permanently snow-capped mountain on the equator and the third-tallest mountain in Ecuador, after Chimborazo and Cotopaxi, so definitely a worthy alternative. Recent groups throughout 2023 and early 2024 who have summited Cayambe due to the Cotopaxi closure have given great feedback which can be viewed on the trip page. Days 8 and 9 of the itinerary are the only days impacted by this change.


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Last update: 04 March 2024