The Illinizas South climbing tour is an amazing experience for ice climbers as an acclimatization mountain. The 2-day tour is recommended before hiking the Highest Peaks of Ecuador. The Illinizas mountains are two peaks located 55km (34 miles) southwest of Quito. Illiniza Sur (5250m/17224 ft) is famous for being the sixth highest mountain in the country, whilst Illiniza Norte (5126m/16817 ft) is The Eighth Highest in Ecuador.
The southern peak is de glaciating; caused by global warming it is affecting its ice condition. Because of this, the southern peak is reserved for experienced ice climbers only. Hence Expertise in Ice Techniques is Required for this climb. The southern peak suggests several challenging and demanding routes. This 2-day climb starts at night from the Refuge “Nuevos Horizontes” at the altitude of 4670m (15321ft). The Gulliver Expeditions tour includes a professional bilingual guide, mountain base support and rescue, equipment, transportation and more.
*The mountaineering insruction includes: Crampon techniques, ice axe use, self arrest, roped team travel
Climbing high altitudes needs previous training, if you are not correctly acclimatized you can suffer from different altitude illnesses.
We strongly reccomend to make acclimatization programs before you can reach the highest peaks in Ecuador.
Special climbing equipment included
*Reasonably day pack(35 liters) (needed from the refuge to Cotopaxi summit to accommodate plenty of water, crampons, warm gear including puffer jacket etc)
**Large rucksack (50-70 liter) (only needed to transfer gear from the bus drop off at the Cotopaxi base up to the refuge)
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.