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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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December 8, 2017

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.


Group atop Guagua Pichincha, a volcano just above Quito, during an acclimatization hike. Ossy Freire photo

On an acclimatization hike above Quito. Ossy Freire photo

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.

On Illiniza. Joshua Jarrin photo

Illiniza summit. Joshua Jarrin photo

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!


The beautiful Cotopaxi crater. MM file photo