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“Fast ascent” on the Illinizas: Climb Illiniza Sur (5,263m) & Illiniza Norte (5,125m) in 2 days, from Quito

"Fast ascent" on the Illinizas: Climb Illiniza Sur (5,263m) & Illiniza Norte (5,125m) in 2 days, from Quito

Follow ASEGUIM mountain guide Estalín to the top of Ecuador's two most iconic summits: Illinizas Sur and Illinizas Norte, close to Quito.



2 Days

Sep, Oct, Nov




  • Ascend two of Ecuador's highest peaks in just two days.
  • Enjoy the views above 5,000 meters.
  • Experience the Ecuadorean Andes in a fantastic trip.


Follow me on a spectacular 2-day trip where we’ll ascend Ecuador‘s two most iconic summits: Illiniza Sur (5,263m) and Illiniza Norte (5,125m). Located above 5,000 meters, these summits are a 3-day climb, but, together, we can make it possible in just two. Discover each peak’s uniqueness and fall in love with the Ecuadorean Andes.

The Illinizas are a pair of volcanic mountains, just 1,000 meters apart. South Illiniza is considered harder to climb due to its glaciars, however  North Illiniza also requires some climbing expertise. Both peaks are among Ecuador’s highest.

For this fantastic adventure, we’ll depart early from Quito to the Illinizas Ecological Reserve. Horses will carry out luggage to the Nuevos Horizontes Refuge (4,700m), where we’ll spend the night. On the first day, we’ll ascend the north peak. It is two hours away from the Refuge.

We’ll have an early start on the second day as well to reach the remaining summit, the south one. If the weather allows, we’ll start at 2.00 am. It will take us around 4 hours for the ascent and 2 hours for the descent. We’ll have some breakfast and rest at the mountain hut and we’ll complete our journey with a hike back to the parking lot where a car will take us back to Quito.

I recommend this trip to participants with experience with crampons. All fitness levels are welcomed, but prior acclimatization is mandatory. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you on the way.

So, are you ready to accomplish some impressive summits? Then send your request and let me guide you through these spectacular mountains in the Andes.

If you want a longer mountaineering trip in Ecuador, follow me for an 8-day adventure to Cayambe.



Mountain hut

Meeting point

At the participants' hotel.

Equipment you will need to bring



Ice axe





Watter bottle

Ski equipment

About the guide

Estalin is a member of ASEGUIM since 2009, he has climbed all the mountains in Ecuador some of them through new harder routes, like the south summit of Antisana. He has led several expeditions to the Southern Andes of Peru where he climbed Huascaran, the highest mountain of Peru, and some other 6.000m peaks like Alpamayo. And he also led and expedition to K2 in the Karakorum, where he reached Camp 3 at 7300 meters.

Estalin’s love and respect for his country are conveyed with great enthusiasm. His knowledge of the local culture and history is very good; combined with his love of the outdoors, it makes him a great leader for this diverse country. In Europe he has done several climbs in the Austrian Alps. He is a internationally certified (IFMGA) guide.







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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 825 Each

Group of 2

USD 480 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide expenses

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


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