One day ascent to 5126-meter Illiniza North

Come up with all the energy to accomplish this wonderful goal in the Illiniza North. A full day trying to get to this volcano over 5000 meters.




Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Private and Group



    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 Ecuador, I suggest getting 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 descend 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, sunglasses, a water bottle and… A lot of energy!

    Contact me to know more about prices and special prices for organized 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. 

    I also lead expeditions to Chimborazo and Cotopaxi. Check them out!

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    Price includes

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

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    El Chaupi village


    About the Guide


    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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    What People are Saying about Fernando Iza


    Great experience climbing with Fernando: Well organised and we made the summit with him on Chimborazo. I\'d recommend him for guiding in Ecuador.
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    Barbara Matter
    Fernando is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, and the itinerary is a nice balance of climbs and recovery time, including time to explore a couple of cities. He also made sure we were well-equipped for the climbs. The guides are geared more toward getting you up and down than toward building any technique. It\'s not billed as an instructional course, so that\'s not a complaint -- just pointing it out for those who like to use one experience to build to another rather than just reach the summit.
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