Winter in Ecuador – the number of rainy days rises whereas the number of mountaineers trying to reach the summits of the Ecuadorian Andes drops. It’s the time for recovery from the past season and also time for preparation for the upcoming season with a climb to Cotopaxi
Last week we visited Cotopaxi National Park. The mountain hut Refugio José Ribas is closed for renovation, therefore all aspirants for Cotopaxi stay either down at the camp or in Tambopaxi.
Instead of climbing the summit I took the walk from the camp (at approx. 3.700 m) up to the glacier (at approx. 4.950 m). Starting in the morning at 6:30 a.m., after a rainy night in the tent, I enjoyed the loneliness of the park, walking up the 13 km to the parking area. Along the way I admired the flora and fauna of the National Park. Though it was a cloudy day, I could enjoy the view of Rumiñahui and walked along the Laguna de Limpiopungo.
From the parking area I walked up to the Refugio José Ribas, where construction work is going on. All the material needs to be transported with donkeys from the parking area to the hut.
All the guys are working really hard, in order to finish the construction before the season starts.
From the hut I still continued to the entrance of the glacier, where I met a number of successful mountaineers, who have climbed the mountain that day.
Cotopaxi is getting ready … and what about you? We’d be happy to guide you to the summit. See you soon.
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