2-day ascent to 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.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide


Trip Level


Offer Period


Type of Trip

Not specified


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 per person

1 Person
380 USD

Group of 2
260 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Half-board meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
 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.


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • 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.


Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Meeting point
Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Mountain hut.

More info

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.

Before this 2 day mountain climb, you should have some prior acclimatization less than a week before the trip begins.

About the 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.

FROM 260 USD per person


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