This climbing tour leads you to the Illinizas South (5246m/17,211ft) and it’s the sixth highest mountain in the country. southwest of Quito near the El Chaupi Village.
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. This 2-day climb start at night from the Nuevos Horizontes shelter at an altitude of 4700m.
Day 1. Nuevos Horizontes Refuge (4700m)
Day 2. Summit Iliniza Sur (5246m/17,211ft)
Day 1:Nuevos Horizontes Refuge (4700m)
The meeting point will be in Quito or El Chaupi Village early in the morning; we will head south through the Avenue of Volcanoes along the Panamerican Highway passed Machachi, an hour later we will be arriving at the parking lot called “La Virgen” at 3,900 meters above sea level. This is where our ascending journey will begin… it normally takes about 2 or 3 hours to make it to the “New Horizons” Refugee that’s 4,700 meters high. We will enjoy a well deserved lunch and relax a bit for the rest of the afternoon until our staff calls us for dinner.
Day 2:Summit Iliniza Sur (5246m/17,211ft)
Our day will start very early, at 2am with a substantial breakfast that will be served by our kind staff and then we will head to the base where our technical climbing will begin. The estimate climbing time from the base to the summit of this magnificent volcano is about 3 or 4 hours, once at the top, you will be given enough time to rest, enjoy the view and take memorable pictures of the scenery. Our way down should not take more than 2 hours, then back to the refuge. We will pack our stuff and go down to the La Virgen parking lot and drive back to the village of El chaupi for to celebrate the summit with a delicious lunch in Alpes Andes café and back to Quito. (B/BL/L)
Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner BL= Box Lunch