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Address Ecuador: 16 de Diciembre Street, between Montalvo and Luis A. Martinez Streets
Baños - Ecuador - South America
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Climbing Ecuador, Climbing Ilinizas
The Ilinizas South (5245mt) is located 55km Southwest of Quito. It is famous for being the sixth highest mountain in the country. Prehistorically they were one volcano but today the two peaks are separated by a saddle of about 1km in width.
The southern peak has deglaciation changes caused by global warming, affecting its ice conditions and is thus now reserved for experienced ice climbers. Hence, expertise on ice techniques is requested. The South peak suggests several challenging and demanding routes. The tour start the climb at night from the refuge Nuevos Horizontes at an altitude of 4670m. We offer a professional bilingual guide, Mountain base support, equipment and 4*4 transportation.
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.
Prehistorically, they were one volcano but today the two peaks are separated by a saddle of about 1km in width. Both peaks offer some of the more enjoyable climbing in Ecuador. For the hiker or soft climber, the North peak is a truly fun climb with some heart- stopping scrambles thrown in. South peak has experienced some deglaciation changes induced by global warming, now affecting its ice conditions. South Peak is thus reserved for experienced ice climbers and expertise in ice techniques is requested. The South peak provides several challenging and demanding routes as well. If you are unsure as to if this trip suits you, please contact us for advice prior to booking.
FIRST DAY: We departure from Quito or Baños at 8am. It will take us about 3 hours to arrive to the place named “La Virgen O Bosque Encantado de Polilepis”. Our first stop is at the parking. From there we will have a walk in a ground full of sand. We will walk for about 3-4 hours until the refuge.
There, we will eat a delicious box lunch, and after that the guide is going to explain you about the mountain and will teach you how to use the equipment ant the different technical ands safety instructions. Finally the guide will check the equipment, you have dinner and then you go to sleep.
SECOND DAY: We wake up at 3 am to get ready, take a coffee and start the climbing. It will take you about 5 to 6 hours to reach the summit. Depending on the climate and the snow conditions you will be able to reach the Maximum pick or the Ambato 's pick. If you arrive at the summit, it will take you approximately 2 hours and a half to descend until the refuge. On arrival you will have breakfast and after that continue walking down until the parking for about 1 hour and a half. Finally we take the car to go back to Quito or Baños.
ANNOTATIONS: Equipment for a minimum temperature of 10 C below zero. Sun block for 25 C. Lip balm. Protection for cameras against low temperatures. Small back packs to climb to the summit. Minimum one liter of bottled water.
YOU WILL NEED:
DISTANCE: 3 hours to the Refuge (1 st day); and 5-6 hours to the summit (2 nd day)
ALTITUDE: 5248 m Maximum pick and 5120 m at the Ambato 's Pick
TIME: Minimum 2 days - Maximum 3 days
GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 people .