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Climbing Illiniza Norte in 2 days from Quito, Ecuador

Climbing Illiniza Norte
Climbing Illiniza Norte
Climbing Illiniza Norte
Climbing Illiniza Norte

Join certified mountain guide David García on a thrilling 2-day mountaineering adventure in Ecuador to the top of Iliniza Norte starting from Quito!



2 Days

All year

Open To Everyone



* Discover the stunning Iliniza Norte in Ecuador!

* Prepare for longer more demanding mountaineering adventures!

* Enjoy a vigorous mountain climbing experience in the Andes!


Would you like to discover one of Ecuador’s most breathtaking peaks? Then join me on this 2-day adventure to the summit of Iliniza North!

The Ilinizas are stunning twin peaks in the Ecuadorian Andes. They are breathtaking mountains and also great for acclimatization climbs. The summit of Iliniza Norte (16,818ft/5.126m) is the easiest of the two to climb. It is a rocky mountain with no permanent snow, that offers stunning views of Cotopaxi on a clear day.

On this 2-day adventure, we will set off from Quito. Our first stop after driving to Virgen, where we will begin hiking, will be the Nuevos Horizontes Hut at an altitude of 4.750m/15,580ft. Then, on the second day, we will start early in the morning to the summit of Iliniza Norte. You can find a full description of the itinerary below.

Although this is not a technical climb, please keep in mind that you will need a good fitness level. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you on the way.

So, are you ready to enjoy a 2-day adventure to the top of the awe-inspiring Iliniza North? Then book your place and join me on this thrilling program in Ecuador!

And once you’ve acclimatized on Iliniza, you can join me on this 2-day adventure to the top of the breathtaking Cotopaxi volcano!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details


Unscheduled restaurant meals

Items of personal nature

Guide/staff gratuities

Personal mountain gear (A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a pre-departure document.)


Day 1: Iliniza Hut

Departure from Quito in private transport to a place called the Virgin which is at an altitude of 3,900 m. Then we will start hiking 3 hours to the mountain hut that is at an altitude of 4,600 m. Lunch, Dinner.

Departure from Quito at 10:00 a.m.

Day 2: Iliniza Norte summit

Departure 5:00 am

Approximate hiking time: 3 hours.

We will get up at 5 am to hike to the summit of Iliniza Norte, which is at an altitude of 5,126 m. (16,817 feet). Then we will go back to the Virgin where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Quito. You will end the tour at 1 pm more or less.


About the guide

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Aspirant Guide

I am a member of the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides (ASEGUIM) and of the International Association of Mountain Guides (IFMGA). Climbing has always been a passion in my life and becoming a mountain guide was my dream. Now both of them have become real as I work as a mountain guide.

I have climbed since I was a teenager. I was 15 years old when I realized the affinity I had for this profession. I have been in charge of mountains expeditions in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, succesffully reaching the summits. Although I am young (26 years old), I have a lot of experience. I have guided my clients on big walls with grade 7a + and mountains with TD difficulty.

I love to feel the excitement of being at great heights far from the ground. At the same time, I enjoy exploring hidden places and meeting new friends during these trips. All of these experiences have let me overcome my limits. One of my strengths is knowing the climbing techniques very well and having the ability to transmit to my clients these complex knowledge in a simple and fun way. I am a hardworker, an enthusiastic, positive and patient person.

I am a certified guide with the ability to advise my clients in a personalized way. My job is to adapt the routes and itineraries according to their abilities and level of experience. It is the best way to help them achieve their goals. As a mountain guide, the main objective before reaching the top of the mountain is to minimize the hazards to guarantee their safety. All the expeditions I guided have become enjoyable and unforgettable experiences for my clients.





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What people are saying about David



David ist DER Guide, den man sich wünscht. Er ist auf uns, unsere Wünsche, unsere Möglichkeiten eingegangen. Schon in der Vorbereitung hat er sich angenehm um uns gekümmert, hat Unterstützung angeboten, ohne sich aufzudrängen. Er hat respektiert, dass wir eigene Bergerfahrung mitbringen, hat sich mit uns abgestimmt aber niemals Vorschriften gemacht. Mit David standen wir 5.30 Uhr, kurz vor Sonnenaufgang, auf dem Gipfel des Cotopaxi - bei bester Gesundheit und bestem Wetter. Besser geht es nicht. Wir sind David für seine gut gelaunte und doch rücksichtsvolle Begleitung sehr dankbar. Wer die Berge Ecuadors wirklich erleben will, ist mit David hervorragend beraten. Ein herzliches Dankeschön aus Deutschland an David!

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