The Iliniza and Corazón volcanoes are located about 40 km south-southwest from Quito, near by Machachi village . Corazón is a perfect place to get acclimatization and scope excellent views of central valleys and neighbor peaks. Iliniza South peak has the distinction of being the sixth highest elevation (5250 mt), while Iliniza North the eighth one (5125 mt).
According to geologists, in a certain era, there was only one volcano which exploited and collapsed, transforming this huge volcano into two peaks separated by a saddle. In fact, while climbing either one, you will observe at the bottom of the old caldera the remaining green-blue lake.
Climbing Iliniza North Peak
Iliniza North is a rocky peak and is very seldom covered with snow. Its normal route does not present any big technical problem for trekkers, soft climbers, or people seeking for acclimatization, Both, Iliniza North and South offers some of the most enjoyable climbs and views.
The North Peak is specially recommended for people who are training and seeking for acclimatization before attempting major peaks. Because of the poor services of the “Nuevos Horizontes” hut, (3740 mt) we prefer staying overnight in local Haciendas located in the valleys below, having comfort , great local food and better rest for the next long hike in te Andes
Climbing tour Summary
Day 1 – Quito, Machachi. El Chaupi , Corazón volcano
Departure from Quito in south direction towards Machachi village and afterwards to El Chaupi and Corazón volcano cheking point . Acclimatization hike in the “Paramo” towards Corazon Summit , back to a private Hacienda in Chaupi Village for overnight and dinner.
Day 2 – Iliniza North Summit
Early breakfast and transfer to the parking place “La Virgen” (4,000 mt). Hiking to the top (5125 mt) via Nuevos Horizontes Hut and the settle, back to the parking lot via the sandy screed slopes. Transfer to Quito via Machachi.
Ice Climbing South Iliniza (5250mt.)
Iliniza South is reserved for those who have good skills on ice climbing. Because of the glacier recession, its normal route has become more and more technical , so front point skills are mandatory. Therefore it is not recommended for beginners. This peak has the reputation of being an Alpine climb.
Day 1 – Quito, Machachi , El Chaupi, Ilinza Hut
Depart from Quito in South direction towards Machachi, and El Chaupi village and parking place “La Virgen” at 4000mt. Approach to the hut (4740 mt), overnight and diner.
Day 2 – Iliniza South Summit
Early wake up and breakfast. Approach to the glacier edge and climbing to the mountain top, following by the normal route (northeast face). Return to the hut and parking lot – Drive back Quito via Machachi