Climbing Illiniza Norte (16,818ft/ 5.126 m) in 2 days

Activity type: Mountaineering
Activity level: Easy/ Moderate

5 Dec 2019 - 4 Dec 2020

Duration: 2 Day(s) / Tour with flexible start dates
Price: from $265

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I invite you to join me in this great 2-day hiking ascent to Iliniza North (5126 m), one of the two summits of the Iliniza Volcano.

The Iliniza was an active volcano. But after a big eruption, 5000 years ago, two summits were formed. Today they are known as the Ilinizas: North and South Iliniza.

This hike is also considered as one of the best for previous acclimatization for higher ascents. It offers a low climbing difficulty despite of being at 5.200 meters.

So, we will hike up to the summit of North Iliniza! On the first day, we will meet in Quito (2800 m), the capital of Ecuador. Then, we will drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, until we get to El Chaupi, a small village. We will continue until we reach La Virgen parking lot (3900 m).

We will then begin our hike, for about 3 hours, to the Nuevos Horizontes hut (4750 m). In the afternoon, we will just relax and wait for a delicious dinner.

On the second day, we will hike up to a saddle, formed between both peaks. Then, we will continue hiking to the North summit (5126 m). Reaching the top of the volcano involves an easy 3-hour scrambling.

The price for group of two people is USD 280.

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Price includes

  • Superior service
  • A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
  • Private transportation to the whole tour
  • Professional IFMGA or ASEGUIM Mountain Guide (ratio 3 climbers -1 Guide)
  • Meals on the mountain as mentioned above (B: Breakfast; BL: Box Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Nuevos Horizontes Hut
  • Illinizas entrance fee, and permit registration

Not included in price

  • Personal mountain gear (warm cloths, sleeping bags, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.)
  • Extra drinks in the Hut
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Tips
  • Other non-specified expenses


Edgar Parra

 Edgar Parra 

40 years, Ecuador



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Edgar has a great experience of more than 17 years of mountain climbing in Ecuador, and around the world, like Colombian, Bolivian, Peruvian and Argentinean Andes; in the Italian, Swiss, German and Austrian Alps, in northern Himalayas the KhanTengri peak, and recently successfully Mount McKinley in Alaska, such experience allowed him to lead challenge routes and expeditions with much success.

He is passionate traveler, photographer, rock and ice climber and more.., He spends most of his free time and vacation “discovering” new mountains, new destinations, new cultures.

As a complement of his 6 years of University studies in Tourism, He has attended important courses, such as:

* Mountain Guide and updates courses by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides), in April 2000, in April 2009, in September 2014.

* 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.

* Wilderness First Responder, updated in April 2016.

He is charismatic, friendly, smart and very patient. His desire of personal growth and professional excellence has led him to be part of " as “CEO”, Chief Executive Organizer, and one of the coo-owners. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, German, Italian, and some Russian.

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