Iliniza North 2-day guided trekking program

Edgar, an ASEGUIM mountain guide, will take you up to the summit of North Iliniza (5126 m), one of the two summits of the Iliniza Volcano.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    I invite you to join me in this great 2-day hiking ascent to Iliniza North (5126 m), one of the two summits of the Iliniza Volcano.

    The Iliniza was an active volcano. But after a big eruption, 5000 years ago, two summits were formed. Today they are known as the Ilinizas: North and South Iliniza.

    This hike is also considered as one of the best for previous acclimatization for higher ascents. It offers a low climbing difficulty despite of being at 5.200 meters.

    So, we will hike up to the summit of North Iliniza! On the first day, we will meet in Quito (2800 m), the capital of Ecuador. Then, we will drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, until we get to El Chaupi, a small village. We will continue until we reach La Virgen parking lot (3900 m).

    We will then begin our hike, for about 3 hours, to the Nuevos Horizontes hut (4750 m). In the afternoon, we will just relax and wait for a delicious dinner.

    On the second day, we will hike up to a saddle, formed between both peaks. Then, we will continue hiking to the North summit (5126 m). Reaching the top of the volcano involves an easy 3-hour scrambling.

    From the top, we will enjoy a beautiful view! We will start our descent, and in about 2 hours we will be back in the refuge. Once there, we will eat somethinf, pack, hike down and drive back to Quito! You can check the detailed itinerary below this text.

    I will be happy to guide you up to Iliniza North summit! So contact me if you want to join me in this great 2-day trek! You can also check my Rucu Pichincha 1-day hike, near Quito.



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    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    • Day 1Quito-Nuevos Horizontes Hut

      From Quito, we will drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the village of El Chaupi. Then, we will keep on driving up until we get to La Virgen parking lot (3900 m). Once there, we will start a 3-hour hike to the Nuevos Horizontes Hut (4750 m). We will relax for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner will be served by late afternoon.

    • Day 2North Iliniza Summit

      Our day will start very early, at 5 am. We will have a light breakfast, pack our climbing equipment and leave the refuge at 6. We will hike up towards the saddle formed between both peaks and then to North Illiniza summit (5.126 m). The approach to the top involves an easy 3-hour scrambling. From the summit, we will enjoy the beautiful view of the surroundings. We will then hike back for about 2 hours to the hut. We will have something to eat there, pack our stuff and go down to La Virgen parking lot. Then, we will drive back to Quito.


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    Meeting point



    Nuevos Horizontes Hut

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    Contact me for information about the price and equipment.

    Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner


    About the Guide


    UIAGM/IFMGA-ASEGUIM Mountain Guide from Ecuador.

    I am a mountain guide, but also a passionate traveler, climber in rock and ice, and photographer. I spend my free time and holidays exploring new destinations, discovering new mountains and cultures.

    I have more than 17 years of experience climbing mountains and volcanoes not only in Ecuador, but also in other South American countries such as Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and in the Alps in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. I also summited KhanTengri peak in the Himalayas, and Mt. McKinley in Alaska. This experiences prepared me to lead expeditions in challenging routes all around the world.

    I studied 6 years of Tourism in the University, and followed ASEGUIM courses to become a mountain guide. I’ve also been evaluated by ENSA, and completed first aid courses in the Ecuadorian Red Cross.

    I like guiding people from all around the world, and help them discover and enjoy the mountains, while reaching their objectives. I speak Spanish, English, German, Italian, and a bit of Russian.



    What People are Saying about Edgar Parra


    Edgar was an excellent guide. I have little climbing experience and Edgar was very knowledgeable and instructive. He is a life long climber and he has tons of experience and passion climbing through out the world. He was pleasant and a very nice guy. Unfortunately, the weather was very bad while I was in Ecuador so Edgar came up with a great alternative climb to Cayambe, which was not in good condition due to storms. He knows the mountains like the back of his hand and can relay tons of information, which makes the trip that much more enjoyable. His 4x4 transport and climbing equipment were all top notch. He understood safety and made sure to avoid unnecessary risks. I will climb with Edgar again.
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    Steven MISHOE
    Edgar is an amazing guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging. The combination makes you feel confident in the things that he teaches you and in your ability to reach the summit.
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    John Stansfield
    Edgar Parra is a great guide: thoroughly professional, safety conscious, always on time and with an engaging personality. He came highly recommended and I can only heap additional praise. He guided my son and I up Cotopaxi to a successful summit and made it a trip of a lifetime. In so far as putting my money where my mouth is, I plan to hire him in the future (2020) with my entire family for a trip to Machu Picchu. No better praise than a repeat customer.
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    John Stansfield
    I did not guide with Fredy, I was passed off to another guide (who was IFMGA certified and great), just fyi, if this is something that is important to you. Accommodations are basic but good. I would add only that Chimborazo is a VERY difficult mountain with a ~10% success rate, so you really need to know what you are getting into. Do NOT rush acclimatization. You may consider doing Cotopaxi and then after choosing either Cayambe (same level as Cotopaxi) or Chimborazo, depending on how you feel.
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    Daniel Davidson

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