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Climbing North Illiniza

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North Illiniza is one of the two peaks that form the potentially active Illiniza Volcano, located about 100 km southwest of Quito. With 5,126 meters in height, its main difference compared to its brother South Illiniza is that North Illiniza is somewhat steeper. However, its ascent requires no technical climbing skill and can be done in good weather like a hiking activity. It is even one of the best acclimatization mountains in Ecuador and is frequently used as a preparatory climb for higher peaks such as Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Cayambe. However, the company of a guide is always recommended as the route has some difficult steps and after a snowfall or cold nights you may eventually need rope and/or crampons. So find your next mountain climbing program in our selection below! Explore-Share only promotes trips led by certified mountain guides.
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

James Patrick Ragan

5.00

August, 2022

8-day Chimborazo (6,268m) Ascent in Ecuador with Iliniza and Cotopaxi acclimatization

Juan is awesome! This is my second trip with him and I am planning on a 3rd trip back to Ecuador!!

Lauren Kuklenski

5.00

August, 2022

Climb Cotopaxi, 4 volcanoes in 5 days (Ecuador)

Great experience. We did Rumiñawi, corázon, and Illiniza Norte as acclimatization hikes. All of them were beautiful. We attempted Cotopaxi but had a snow storm and heavy winds during the night of the summit and we were forced to turn around. The 3 initial climbs prepared us well for Cotopaxi and the altitude. There were some technical scrambling portions on corazon and Illiniza which were very cool. Overall would highly recommend!

Øystein Sagosen

4.00

July, 2022

Iliniza Norte 2-day guided climb

The trip was great and our guide Jaime was very professional and got us safely to the peak and back again. Really was a great experience. The only thing that could have been better was the information before the trip. With so many platforms to communicate (email, explore-share chatting system, WhatsApp with several different agents) it was hard to keep track of where I should reply and who I should be asking questions. I also missed information on recommendations for acclimatisation before the trip. Luckily we read up on it ourselves and prepared accordingly.

Michael Beamer

5.00

July, 2022

8-day Chimborazo (6,268m) Ascent in Ecuador with Iliniza and Cotopaxi acclimatization

Juan Carlos was an excellent guide. In preparing for the hike in the months before he was responsive and he made it easy. I felt very well taken care of during the whole experience. He treated us warmly with care. When it was time to climb he was very experienced in both technique and route. He got me as far as we could go with each mountain. I would gladly have him as a guide again. I would trust him completely. Thank you Juan Carlos for an amazing adventure. Michael Beamer

Jan Zehnder

3.00

July, 2021

Climb Cotopaxi, 4 volcanoes in 5 days (Ecuador)

Even though Fernando is a fun and an experienced guide, I can't give him more than two stars. I was quite sick for the first three days so I could not keep up my normal pace. On my first hike I even had really bad balance disorders. This did not bother Fernando at all. Most of the time he was walking very far ahead. While descending he suddenly started walking so fast that I even lost him out of sight. I found him 2km later lying in the grass on his phone. I passed him and he just kept on being on his phone without even bothering about my medical situation. Beside his impatience the second thing is, that Fernando is always on his phone. I felt a lot better on my last day so we went on climbing Cotopaxi. He promised us a glacier school (since I've never used these tools before) but then at the refugee he just said that it's learning by doing. So when I tried to put on the crampons in the middle of the freezing night it of course took me a while. He didn't even bother to help, so my friend had to put on my crampons for me. Instead he just kept on walking. This repeated itself at our descent. I found him 20 minutes later sitting in the hut already. The only reason I decided not to give one star is his lovely wife. She is an excellent cook and kept the house clean and tidy.

Paul Ludgate

5.00

December, 2020

Cotopaxi (5,897m), 5-day ascent with acclimatization on Rucu Pichincha & Iliniza Norte, from Quito

Fantastic people ! They were all friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable . I recommend them without reservation

Adam Burrage

5.00

December, 2019

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

Great experience climbing with Fernando: Well organised and we made the summit with him on Chimborazo. I'd recommend him for guiding in Ecuador.

Dick Fields

5.00

December, 2019

Cayambe plus 4 more summits 11 day guided climb

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Paul Walprecht

5.00

November, 2019

Climbing trip to Cayambe and acclimatization ascents

Had an amazing time with my guide Ramiro. He selected the perfect mix of mountains in order to properly acclimatize so I could achieve the summit of Cayambe. With his vast experience of more than three decades he was able to teach me a lot of skills and know-how along the way so I’d always feel safe on the mountains. I can only recommend a trip with Ramiro. You’re definitely in good hands and going to make wonderful experiences.

Barbara Matter

5.00

July, 2019

Cayambe plus 4 more summits 11 day guided climb

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jw and sharlene

5.00

May, 2019

5 summit mountaineering tour in Ecuador

we had a great time with the guide,  knows his buissnis , he took wonderfull shots from us at tungurahua during the climb. im sure he would have made great pics aswell during the cotopaxi climb,  very experienced guide indeed, and a friendly man with nice girlfriend elisabeth who went with us to tungurahua refugio,   and he can cook

The Reality Twister

4.00

March, 2019

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

Fernando is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, and the itinerary is a nice balance of climbs and recovery time, including time to explore a couple of cities. He also made sure we were well-equipped for the climbs. The guides are geared more toward getting you up and down than toward building any technique. It's not billed as an instructional course, so that's not a complaint -- just pointing it out for those who like to use one experience to build to another rather than just reach the summit.

Chase Taylor

4.00

March, 2019

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

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Gareth Treharne

5.00

June, 2018

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

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Gabriel Mongeau

5.00

May, 2018

2-day ascent to Iliniza North

The trip was amazing ! Raphael was highly knowledgable and I had a great time.

Chase Merriam

5.00

April, 2018

9-day Climbing trip to the Ecuadorian volcanoes

This was a fantastic mountaineering trip to Ecuador. The altitude was a bit of a challenge, but Ramiro did a great job with the acclimatization schedule leading up to the taller mountains. Overall, this was a challenging experience given the altitude of the climbs as well as the back-to-back climbing of four mountains. I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone who wants to experience a fantastic country/culture as well as someone who wants to gain some nice experience mountaineering!

Luis E Valdes

5.00

February, 2018

Chimborazo climb with preparation in Cayambe and Illiniza

It was a great experience. Everything was very well arranged and taken care of. The guide (Fernando Iza) was extremely professional, safe, and friendly. I was very happy about everything, and would recommend booking with Fernando Iza for any hiking trip on Ecuador.

Marcela Hronesova

5.00

January, 2018

Illiniza North: 2-day challenge

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