Illiniza Norte Summit PEAK Adventure Climb – 1 Day

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Start your high mountain experience by climbing the Illiniza Norte (5,126m), one of the 10 highest peaks in Ecuador! It is one of the two peaks of the Illinizas, a pair of volcanic mountains that used to be part of the same volcano, which was then divided. Illiniza Norte does not feature a glacier like its sister peak, but instead requires scrambling to reach the top. It is a great option for people aspiring to climb above 5,000 metres for the first time, or for those training to attempt one of the higher glaciated peaks. Prepare for some high altitude trekking and scrambling!

Start your high mountain experience by climbing the Illiniza Norte (5,126m), one of the 10 highest peaks in Ecuador! It is one of the two peaks of the Illinizas, a pair of volcanic mountains that used to be part of the same volcano, which was then divided. Illiniza Norte does not feature a glacier like its sister peak, but instead requires scrambling to reach the top. It is a great option for people aspiring to climb above 5,000 metres for the first time, or for those training to attempt one of the higher glaciated peaks. Prepare for some high altitude trekking and scrambling!

This tour can be organised from either The Secret Garden Cotopaxi or The Secret Garden Quito. However, we recommend staying at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, as it’s a much better location for acclimatisation! The hostel is located at 3,500 metres, 700 metres higher than Quito, which means you sleep high up and better prepare your body for high altitude trekking. There are also many hiking options, perfect for training for the higher peaks! Furthermore, this tour can be done in either one or two days. The 1-day option is better-suited for those wishing to attempt a greater-than-5,000-metre peak without more ambitious plans. The 2-day option includes staying at the Illinizas refuge for one night, and is more suitable for those training for one of the glaciated peaks, as they end up spending more time at even higher altitude and acclimatise even better. The 2-day option is also suitable for those who have not hiked above 5,000 metres before and prefer to do it a bit more gradually.

 

We will leave from Machachi in the morning and drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the village of “El Chaupi”. We will continue driving until we get to “La Virgen parking lot” (12,795ft/3,900m). Once there, we will start a 3-hour hike up to the “Nuevos Horizontes Hut” (15,580ft/4,750m). We will continue hiking up towards the saddle formed between both peaks and then to Illiniza Norte summit (16,818ft/5,126m). The approach to the top involves an easy 3-hour scrambling. Once at the summit, we will enjoy and admire the beautiful surroundings. We will descend from the other side of the mountain through the sandy sections and then join the same trail as on the way up, which will lead us to the parking lot, from where we will drive back to Machachi. (-/-/-)

 

(Times are approximate)

4.30am Breakfast at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi

5am Depart from The Secret Garden Cotopaxi

6am Arrive in Machachi. Equipment check.

6.30am Depart from Machachi

8am Arrive in “La Virgen parking lot”. Start hiking to “Nuevos Horizontes Hut”.

10.30am Arrive in “Nuevos Horizontes Hut”

10.45am Continue hike to the Illiniza Norte summit

1.45pm Arrive at the summit

2pm Start descent to “La Virgen parking lot”

5pm Arrive at “La Virgen parking lot” and depart to Machachi

6.30pm Arrive in Machachi

 

Price per person: 

1 pax: $ 275,00

2 paxs: $ 170,00

3 paxs: $ 165,00

Superior service
Private transportation
Professional IFMGA or ASEGUIM Mountain Guide (ratio 3 climbers – 1 Guide)
Technical mountain equipment (ice axe, harness and helmet)
Personal Mountain Gear (gaiters, waterproof trousers, jacket, gloves, sunglasses and head torch)
National Park entrance fees
A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
Permanent communication through walkie-talkie between guides and office in case of an emergency
Common gear: ropes, ice screws, snow pickets, rescue gear
Fully first aid kit (Recommended by NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE INSTITUTE)
Rescue or evacuation service in case of any incident in the mountains

Transport from The Secret Garden Cotopaxi to Machachi ($20 for up to 4 people)
Other items (backpack, batteries for the head torch, base layer tops/bottoms)
Snacks
Personal insurance
Tips
Other non-specified expenses

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Illiniza Norte Summit PEAK Adventure Climb – 1 Day