Iliniza Norte

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Along with its sister peak, Iliniza Sur, Iliniza Norte dominates the landscape surrounding the small farm town of El Chaupi. These two peaks were at one time a larger volcano but like many others in Ecuador a historic explosion left the volcano reduced to its size today. The summit can be easily reached in two days from Quito and involves little more than exposed scrambling over loose rock and a bit of acclimatization.

Elevation (feet): 16,817
Elevation (meters): 5,126
Continent: South America
Country: Ecuador
Range/Region: Ecuador Andes
Difficulty: Scramble
Nearest major airport: Quito
Convenient Center: El Chaupi (buy climbing supplies in Quito)

Thanks to Jim Toman for adding this peak.

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Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 9 trip reports for Iliniza Norte.

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  • Log #21983 - by RĂ©ka on June 07, 2010
    Great view, but often cloudy and rainy
  • Log #21904 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2010
    Clear days but lot of snow in all the route. We need a couple of rappels and an easy climb on the summit.
  • Log #21114 - by Rafael Rosales on Dec 10, 2007
    Great, lots of snow
  • Log #20593 - by Andy Nachman on Jan 11, 2007
    My first attempt was stymied by a good dose of AMS. A retreat to Quito to acclimatize helped, and returned a week later with a friend. Had a great, uneventful climb up, until at the top, we ran into...
  • Log #20521 - by David Howells on Dec 04, 2006
    Good climb in snow conditions. Crampons and Ice axe required. 700m ascent (ish) from the refuge and can be done up and back in about 3 hours. If I were to do it again I would take a helmet.
  • Log #18617 - by karsten delap on Nov 11, 2004
    Had plans on climbing Sur but 2 avalances and rock fall at 4 a.m. had us turning around. With plenty of time left Norte was right there. Great scramble with beautiful views of Sur.
  • Log #18618 - by Jamie Irons on July 14, 2004
    Great climb in clear weather, nice scramble to summit, after loose scree
  • Log #18619 - by Patrice Minart / Philippe Per Talpin on Feb 20, 2004
    difficult day climbing this peak. about 3 hours walking with a lot of snow at least 300 or 400 meters down the shelter. very very cold night and bad weather when wajing up. difficult climbing until...
  • Log #18620 - by Ben Boykin on Jan 12, 2004
    Steve Harris and I succeeded in summitting this rocky peak after retreating 3 times from the crux gulley 'round the backside, in foul conditions. The rocks were iced up in this one place, and we...