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Illiniza North: 2-day challenge

A 2-day climbing to a hut in the middle of the two peaks that form Illiniza Volcano and the perfect view from its northern summit. What else?

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May
Type of tripNot specified


Illiniza is a Ecuadorian Volcano located in the southwestern face of Quito. It is considered as one of the best previous acclimatization peaks for higher ascents because of its low climbing difficulty despite of being at 5.200 meters.

Illiniza has two peaks, Illiniza North and Illiniza South, which are a result of a massive eruption that split the mountain 5000 years ago. Today, we are inviting you to this 2-day climbing adventure up to Illiniza North.

Although its surface is suitable for those who has no previous experience in mountaineering, it is necessary to know some climbing techniques in snowy seasons. Because of that, I want to help you to fulfill this challenge.

This amazing trip will start in Virgen Parking Lot where we will get by car. From there, we will walk for about 3 hours up to our hut Nuevos Horizontes in order to rest and get ready for the following summit day.

The second day will consist in the ascent to Illiniza North top across fantastic landscapes full of green lands and rocky paths. Once in the summit, a unforgeable viewpoint will shock yourself. Depending on the weather and sky conditions we will be able to see the most important volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Range.

The end of the trip is in El Chaupi again once we hike down for 3 hours.

If you are interested in this short but intense expedition across one of the most legendary stratro-volcanoes of all Ecuador, you just have to get in touch with me. I am sure you don’t want to miss this experience.

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– Personal accessories for the trip
– Other beverages and snacks
– Medical and travelling policy


– Transfers
– Expert mountain guiding
-All the meals
– Night in the hut
– Mountain equipment
– Last day lunch in Chaupi

Spots of interest


HIking up to Nuevos Horizontes Hut we can enjoy these fantastic landscapes.


And here we are at 5.126 meters of height in Illiniza Noth Summit !



About the guide

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ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador.

I was born and raised in Cotopaxi Province – Ecuador and know the country’s peaks intimately. I have a great mountaineering experience of more than 12 years of climbing in all Ecuador, and I also climbed in South America, Switzerland and France.

I worked for the Nuevos Horizontes refuge on Ilinizas Volcano from a young age and have a professional Guide Training, and I am officially Licensed as Natural guide organized by Ministry of tourism.

Some of the guiding courses I attended are:

* Mountain Guides Course by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides),
* Mountain Guides Evaluation by ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme) in October 2006. An event organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador and ENSA of France
* Pre-Course UIAGM an event organized by ASEGUIM and ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme)
* First Aids course, Ecuadorian Red Cross

I live and manage a hostal and lodge in El Chaupi, a beautiful mountain village an hour south from Quito, just in between Illinizas Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. It looks like a typical swiss town in the Alps, and has everything to become a great mountaineering center, the ‘Chamonix or Zermatt of South America’!

I speak fluent Spanish, English, and little German, French, Hebrew and kichua.

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