Rucu Pichincha e Iliniza Norte Climb (5.126 m / 16,818 ft) in 3 days

      Quito, Ecuador

      16 reviews
      Duration: 3 days
      Group size: 1 - 10
      Rucu Pichincha e Iliniza Norte Climb (5.126 m / 16,818 ft) in 3 days
      Quito, Ecuador

      16 reviews

      Duration: 3 days
      Group size: 1 - 10

      About this trip

      Climbing the rocky summit of Iliniza Norte (5.126 m / 16,818 ft) is a very rewarding target for getting first high altitude experience or as preparation for the higher summits. This beautiful summit is just 1,5 hours South of Quito and offers wonderful views of the surrounding volcanos during its climb. The hike to the refuge is straight forward and after that it's getting interesting, in a scrambling section towards the summit over "el paso de la muerte". Definitely a trip of a lifetime - join us!

      Technically the climb is not very difficult, nevertheless good fitness is required and some previous experience highly recommended.

      Another very important point is proper acclimatization. To really enjoy the climb we have added the climb of Rucu Pichincha and a night at Ilinizas Lodge to this trip. Like that you will come better prepared for the summit of Iliniza Norte.

      Any questions? Reach out to our climbing experts on or +593968959533 (WhatsApp or call).

      Included Services:

      - see program / itinerary

      - certified bi-lingual guide (ASEGUIM / IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA), max. 1 guide per 4 climbers

      - transportation in private vehicle from / to Quito

      - accommodation at Ilinizas lodge and refuge with dinner and breakfast

      - cable car for Rucu Pichincha climb

      - park entrance fees & climbing permits

      - meals as specified (lunch box on day 1, snacks for the ascent)

      - group equipment: ropes and other guiding gear

      Not included Services:

      - catering (see program)

      - personal technical equipment (harness, helmet, carabiners, screws, slings etc. & crampons, ice axe if necessary)

      - boots and other private equipment - check our equipment list

      - insurances (please make sure that you have an insurance covering risks of mountain climbing)

      - cost for program changes

      - tips & any other expenses not explicitly mentioned

      Cancellation Conditions:

      - 60 or more days prior to departure: the total amount paid will be refunded, minus handling & administrative charges (if any)

      - 59 - 30 days prior to departure: 50% of the total amount paid will be forfeited 

      - 29 and less days prior to departure: the total amount paid will be forfeited 

      General Terms and Conditions:

      With full payment or partial payment of the tour the climber accepts the latest version of andean summit adventure's terms and conditions, which can be downloaded HERE.

      Available Packages

      Private tour - 1 climber

      You are an individual climber and want to book a private tour / guide.

      Group of 2 or more people (private)

      You are booking as a group of 2 or more people.

      Please note that in case you select this option as an individual climber, your booking might be subject to cancellation, as we do not offer open groups.

      Deposit: $250

      Available options


      Rucu Pichincha Climb
      exploring rocky peaks in Ecuador

      DAY 1

      Start at approx. 8 am, drive to the parking area at Quito's cable car (TeleferiQo), ride up to Cruz Loma (4000 m / 13120 ft) and at approx. 9 am start of the hike up to the summit of RUCU PICHINCHA (4.696 m / 15,407 ft).
      During the hike we enjoy wonderful views of the avenue of the volcanos with its snow caped summits and also the impressive city of Quito. The hike to the summit takes about 3 hours and the descend 2 hours. Afterwards we head back to your accommodation. 

      tech. data: ↑ ↓  770 m / 2520 ft |  ↔  10,3 km / 6.4 mi 

      catering: - / LB / D

      accommodation with dinner and breakfast in single / double / triple rooms in Ilinizas Lodge 

      Your Organizer

      andean summit adventure
      16 reviews
      welcome to andean summit adventure, specialists when it comes to mountaineering in Ecuador and beyond. our certified guides and international team are your best choice for making your trip a lifetime experience! let's go for some climbs - cheers! our mountaineering experts are happy to assist with personalized attention to work out awesome climbing plans for you and your family and friends or answer any questions you might have regarding our programs - reach out, we speak English, German and Spanish:


      Our guides were the best we could’ve imagined. The hospitality, food, lodging was also all incredible. Thanks for the experience of a lifetime
      By Nathan R for acclimatization & Cotopaxi Climb (5.897 m / 19,347 ft) - Alex on 19 Jan, 2022
      I was looking to climb the maximum of the highest volcanoes in Ecuador, in order for training and get acclimatization for Everest. I contacted Andean Summits to organise this adventure, and they have set a perfect schedule for the time frame I have indicated. They are extremly professional and know very well all the nuances in climbing in Ecuador. Everything is possible with them, they can adapt the trip to any demands. I was very happy to climb with them. Everything was very well set. The guides are very high experience and know perfectly the mountains. The climbs are possible practically at any weather conditions. If travelling to Ecuador for climbing, I can only recomend to get in touch with Andean Summits to organise any of desired trip. Finally I have climbed all the 9 highest volcanoes of Ecuador ! What an adventure ! Thank you for that wunderful discovery and experience.
      By Vassily V for 9 out of Ecuador's BIG 10 on 12 Apr, 2021
      We had a terrific trip. The guides were capable, fun and knowledgeable. I would give more stars if I could.
      By Tyler S for Cotopaxi Climb (5.897 m / 19,347 ft) on 08 Mar, 2021
      The trip we booked included acclimatization and climbing of some of Ecuador's most beautiful mountains. Although my girlfriend did not feel a hundred per cent well, I think that we really enjoyed it. Guiding was very good and the program worked out perfectly fine. It was always possible to do adaptions and get in contact with guides and Elisabeth. We have a few mountains left and will for sure return :).
      By Roman M for acclimatization and Cotopaxi (Roman & Karin) on 14 Mar, 2020
      Thanks for everything! Great summit, perfect guide! The best :)
      By Valerie B for Iliniza Norte (Valerie + friends) on 13 Feb, 2020
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