trip duration TRIP DURATION
1+ day
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
6 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period BEST PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP


The Iliniza was an active volcano 5000 years ago. After a big eruption, two summits were formed and today they are known as South Illiniza and North Illiniza.

Iliniza North ascent can be done in only one day if physical training and acclimatization are OK. If not, it would be better to climb Illiniza North in two days and be well acclimatized before climbing to Cotopaxi.

To achieve the challenge of getting up to the summit of Illiniza North I recommend to be accompanied by a certified mountain guide. That’s why I am inviting you to this 1-day ascent to 5126-meter Illiniza North. Here you have a detailed program of the trip: Quito – La Virgen – Iliniza North.

From any part of the Ecuador, I suggest to get to El Chaupi village (3300m high) one day before the beginning of the trip. It will help your body to get adapted to the height, making easier the climbing to the summit. In El Chaupi you will find many hostels and lodges to overnight.

The following morning, after breakfast at 7 am, we will be transferred to the Illiniza parking at 3.950 meters. From the virgin, we will walk about 2 or 3 hours until we get to Nuevos Horizontes Hut at 4.700 meters of height. In the hut, we can rest for a while, drink a coca tea and keep rock climbing to the summit for other 2-3 hours.

Once we reach to Illiniza North summit we can enjoy the magnificent viewpoints around this volcano. Depending on time and weather conditions we can stay there for 15 to 20 minutes. After that, we will descent to the virgin again where our transport will be waiting. Return to Quito.

What to bring with you:

Small backpack, hiking shoes (better if waterproof), thermal pants, waterproof pants, long sleeve thermal shirt, an extra long sleeve thermal shirt, one fleece or polar, a windbreaker jacket, gloves, a cap, a buff, sunscreen, sun glasses, a water bottle and… A lot of energy!

Contact me to know more about prices and special prices for organised groups. You can ask me any doubt you have. I will be here, waiting to help you and give you the best mountain guiding service in this climb to Illiniza North. 

Price per person per day

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Group equipment