North Ilinizas Climb

2 Day- tour

The Ilinizas are are two peaks located 55km Southwest of Quito. Iliniza Sur (5250m) is famous for being the sixth highest mountain in the country whilst Iliniza Norte (5126m) is the eighth highest. The Illiniza is an ancient volcano to the south of Quito which split into 2 separate peaks over 5000 years ago. This tour climbs the northern peak which reaches an altitude of 5,126m. Illiniza Norte is a moderate trek with an exhilarating but easy scramble to reach the top. It offers superb views of the mighty Cotopaxi and surrounding volcanoes. This climb is perfect for acclimatization and for those aspiring to climb Cotopaxi.

Day 1 
Departure from Quito at 9 am in private transportation. 3-hour – drive south to a site called La Virgin at 3900 m on the slopes of the North Ilinizas. From there on you will hike for approximately 3 to 4 hours with all your equipment to the refuge at 4650 m. After arriving at the refuge you have lunch- the afternoon is free to relax and prepare for the climb tomorrow.

Day 2
You have to get up early at 5 am. The climb to the summit of North Ilinizas at 5126 m takes about 3 hours and you need special climbing equipment. The first hour is up a sandy scree slope or more adventurous parties can take on the ridge directly. You then traverse the “Paso De Muerte” followed by a scramble to the summit. After having a short rest on the top and enjoy the view you descend to the parking lot “the Virgin”. You will be back in Quito at approximately 1 to 2 pm.


Provided by the tour operator (if necessary):

  • waterproof hiking boots
  • waterproof pants and jacket
  • fleece pants and jacket
  • outer gloves
  • balaclava cap
  • gaiters
  • crampons
  • ice axe
  • headlamp
  • sleeping bag

Price : $190 per person for a minimum group of 2 people

Long sleeved cotton shirt Sun block optional, but nice to have:
Cotton underwear Sun glasses Thermos bottle (hot tea provided at the refuge)
Thick socks for hiking 3 AAA batteries for the headlamp Thermal underwear
Lining gloves Toiletries Change of clothes for after the climb
Wind/ Rainjacket Original passport Camera
Snacks and energy drinks for the climb

Price Includes:

Price Doesn’t Include:
Bilingual Climbing Guide
Accomodation at refuge
Transportation from Quito to Ilinizas
$5 NP entrance fee
Gear as mentioned above
Additional snacks and drinks