Cordillera Occidental, Ecuador

Ilinizas Expedition


Where: Ecuador

Length: 2-3 days

Level: Intermediate

From: $309


The perfect peaks for both trekkers and technical climbers

Once a huge volcano, the Illinizas exploded into two summits: North (5,126 m) and South (5,248 m).

Ecuador is full of beautiful mountains, and two of them are the Illinizas peaks. They used to be one volcano but after a big explosion they separated into two summits, much more perfect for climbers looking for a great adventure in Ecuador.

Illiniza North is a rocky peak and it’s not covered with a lot of snow. The normal route is not challenging and does not present any technical parts, so it’s the perfect peak for trekkers, soft climbers or even acclimatization.

Illiniza South, on the other hand, is for more experienced ice climbers. The normal route has become more difficult because of the glacier recession. It is a bit more technical and cannot be climbed without a certified ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides) guide, and lucky for you, we’re here to climb with you to the top of these beauties.

These peaks are about 60 Km from Quito but before you head straight over, take the time to get acclimatized by doing Corazón to get amazing views of the central valley and other peaks in the area. If you want to do only one of the peaks, we have 2 day itineraries for each.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Corazón volcano (4,790m)
Depart from Quito heading to the Machachi village and the slopes of Corazón volcano. We will do an acclimatization hike in the Paramo and head back to a private hacienda for dinner and some rest.

Day 2 -

Iliniza North (5,126m)
Have an early breakfast and transfer to “La Virgen” (4,000m) to start our hike. Ascent to the top (5,125m) through the Nuevos Horizontes Hut. Then back to the hacienda for a nice meal and some rest.

Day 3 -

Iliniza South (5,248m)
Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast. We will approach the glacier base and climb to the top by the normal route (northeast face). We will return to the hut and drive back Quito.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • First aid kit stocked for wilderness expeditions

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

Scheduled Trips

8th Jan 2019 - 9th Jan 2019

This is a 2 day expedition to the summit of Iliniza North starting in Quito. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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5th Feb 2019 - 6th Feb 2019

This is a 2 day expedition to the summit of Iliniza North starting in Quito. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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