Illiniza North (2 Days)

General Information

Illiniza Summit - 2 Day Tour

The 5126 meter peak of Illiniza Norte is an excellent acclimatization climb before attempting higher peaks such as Cotopaxi. The climb to the summit follows a ridge with some difficult sections, but the route is non technical. Good physical fitness is required.

Considered to be extinct, the twin peaks of the Illinizas were once one volcano. Illiniza Sur is a challenging climb for experienced climbers, but the slightly lower peak of Illiniza Norte is a non technical climb, trekking along a ridge and scrambling over rocky and sandy areas. Occasionally ice and snow may be present requiring additional caution.

One guide generally accompanies up to four climbers; there is a minimum of 2 passengers for these tours (tours are possible for one climber with a private guide, but significantly more expensive). All climbing tours are high risk activities; travel insurance is strongly recommended. While we select the most experienced, quality operators and guides available, neither Eos Ecuador or the tour operators can accept responsibility for accidents or health issues. For all climbing tours, weather conditions or other safety related factors may result in the cancellation of the climb. No refunds are given in these cases.


Itineraries listed below are subject to minor changes.


We depart from Quito at 9:00 AM in private transportation towards the Illinizas, passing through the town of Machachi followed by the community of El Chaupi until arriving at La Virgen, the parking area, where we begin a trek of about 3 hours up to the refuge below the peaks. Chance to rest when we arrive, then dinner.


Wake at about 4 AM, breakfast, then we begin our ascent. The hike to the peak takes about 3 hours; once we arrive we can rest to enjoy the peak, then we return to the refuge and hike down to the parking area. Return to Quito.


2018 Rates (minimum 2 hikers)

  • 2 days: $260 USD per person
  • Please contact us for individual pricing or for larger groups

Tour Includes:

  • Professional, certified mountain guide
  • Transportation from / to Quito
  • Accommodations in mountain refuge
  • Meals (Box lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch) and coffee, tea, purified drinking water at the refuge
  • Climbing equipment if necessary

Tour Excludes:

  • All not mentioned above
  • Equipment: Sunglasses, water bottle, socks, batteries, backpack, sunscreen
  • National Park entry fees, if applicable
  • Tips, personal expenses

Things to Bring

Things to Bring

Below are suggested items to bring for your climb. If you do not have any of these items, ask and we may be able to loan certain items.

  • Backpack appropriate for climbing
  • Warm, layerable, fast drying clothing including thermal layer if possible
  • Fleece jacket
  • Water and windproof jacket and pants
  • Headlamp and/or batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle



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