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South Iliniza 2-day guided ascent program

Edgar, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, will take you up to the summit of South Iliniza (5263 m), near Quito, an exciting program for experienced climbers.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Dec
Type of tripNot specified


The Iliniza Volcano erupted 5000 years ago. As a result, two new peaks were formed: South and North Iliniza. Today I invite you to join me in this 2-day program and reach the South Iliniza summit (5263 m)!

This peak is covered by snow all year round. So, this ascent it’s only suitable for climbers experienced in the use of technical gear on steep snow or ice ramps. Depending on snow accumulation, it can be heavily crevassed.

From Quito (2800 m) we will drive through the Avenue or the Volcanos until we get to “La Virgen” parking lot (3900 m). From there, we will hike up for about 3 hours, until we reach the Nuevos Horizontes hut. We will rest and get ready for climbing the summit the following day.

On the second day, we will get up very early and start our hike up. We will get to the saddle between both peaks. Then, we will begin our ascent to the summit (5263 m). Reaching the top will take us about 4 to 5 hours. We will need to use crampons and an ice axe.

From the summit, we will enjoy a fantastic view! On a clear day, we will be able to see the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo peaks. We will then start our hike back to the refuge. It will take us about 2 hours.

Once in the hut, we will eat something and begin our hike back to the parking lot. Then, we will drive back to Quito. You can check the complete itinerary below this text.

So contact me if you want to join me in this ascent to South Iliniza! We will spend 2 great days! I also offer a 2-day trek to North Iliniza. Check it out!



Nuevos Horizontes Hut

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Contact me for information about the price and equipment The price also includes: -A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator -Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet) -Meals on the mountain: breakfast, box lunch and dinner

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Day 1: Quito-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 and have dinner in the late afternoon.

Day 2: South Iliniza Summit

Our day will start very early, at 2 am. We will have a light breakfast, pack our climbing equipment and leave the refuge at 3. We will hike up towards the saddle formed between both peaks and then to North Illiniza summit (5.126 m). It will take us 4 to 5 hours to get to the top. From the summit, we will enjoy a stunning view. e will then hike back for about 2 hours to the hut. We will have something to eat there, pack our stuff and start our descent. Then, we will drive back to Quito.

About the guide

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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.

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