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2-day ascent to Iliniza North

Iliniza North

Join Rafael, a local certified guide, in this exciting ascent to Iliniza North and enjoy the spectacular view that height offers you. Take advantage of this acclimatization opportunity and conquer even more challenging summits.


2 Days

All year




Iliniza North (5.126 meters) is one of the most popular hiking routes in Ecuador as it is known for being less difficult to climb than Iliniza South (5263 meters). Moreover, because of its height, it is perfect for acclimatization when you attempt to reach Cotopaxi volcano (5.897 meters).

What are now two separate mountains, Iliniza North and Iliniza Sounth, used to be a whole volcano with a crater, which eventually split up in two.

During the ascent you will appreciate the beauty of the peak and the wonderful views of the mountains and valleys that surround the Ecuadorian Iliniza North.

As there is very little snow on the summit, crampons are not specially needed though the ascent does require resistant walking boots.

You can check out the complete itinerary below and don’t doubt writing me if you have any questions. It’ll be a pleasure to inform you whatever details you need.

Join me on this 2-day ascent to one of the most beautiful peaks in Ecuador, Iliniza North, and get ready to admire nature from more than 5000 meters tall. I’ll be glad to have you in this unique adventure and hope you come and witness nature´s greatness. Request to book this trip!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Price includes: 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, tea and coffee.

Price excludes: Climbing equipment (boots, crampons, harness, ice axe), personal equipment (mittens, rain jacket, sleeping bag), meals not mentioned, personal expenses, tips and beverages.


Day 1: Quito- El Chaupi

We’ll leave in the morning and head south through the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ towards the small village of ‘El Chaupi‘. Then, we’ll go to La Virgin and start our hike. We’ll hike for 3 hours to the mountain hut, have lunch, dinner and spend the night.

Total hiking time: 3 hours.

Day 2: El Chaupi- Iliniza North Summit- Quito

We’ll take the normal route and the main ridge to the summit of Iliniza North. It will take between 3 to 4 hours of hike. Then we’ll descend and return to Quito.

Total hiking time: 3 to 4 hours.



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You will need: Back pack, warm and rain clothes, trek shoes, 2 to 3 pair of socks, hat or cap, gloves, flashlight (torch) with spare batteries, sunglasses with a strap, sun block, camera, with spare batteries.

You can join a group in any dates.

Meeting point

Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Rafael was born in Quito and grew up in the Andean Region. Since childhood he Ioved hiking and climbing the mountains.

In the 80 ' He participated in expeditions in Peru, Bolivia South America. In the Alps and Pyrenees and also in the Pamir Pick Communism of 7500mts.
In the 90 ' He was the founder of the School of Guides ASEGUIM, President for 7 years of the Guides Association and promoted and formed the mountain rescue group GRA.

He graduated as Mountain Guide and Guides Instructor at the ENSA in Chamonix–France.

Since 2000 he have been advising, training and participating in 16 expeditions around the world: Alaska, Aconcagua, Alps, Pyrenees, Cordillera Blanca. He has also trained and counseled Ecuadorian climbers who managed to make the 14 eight thousands without auxiliary oxygen, the 7 highest peaks of the world and Big Walls. Since 2001 he started his Adventure Tour Company which operates successfully up to the present under the name of CLIM BIKE HIKE.

Since 2010 he has been training and participating in the project EVEREST without auxiliary oxygen in one day. He has climbed the EVEREST 2 times, and he has reached the summits of: Manaslu, Shisha Pangma, Aconcagua 7 times, Denali 5 times and the summits of the Alpes Materhorn, Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Agille. Vert, Zugs Pitze among others.

During his 27 years of experience as a professional mountain guide Rafael has guided more than five hundred times to Cotopaxi volcano and more than one hundred times to Chimborazo, sharing with clients the culture and wonderful mountains of Ecuador.


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What people are saying about this trip



My guide was actually Ivan as Rafael was ill. Ivan was fantastic! Guided me expertly to the summit after a very pleasant night at the lower lodge. It was a 2.5 hour hike to the higher lodge before crampon and final ascent but we didn't have to carry food and sleeping bag so sleeping in comfort at the lower lodge I would recommend. great experience and with a fair amount of snow it felt like a real climb and adventure. Thanks Ivan!!!



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

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