Climb Illiniza Norte (5126m)

From Latacunga drive to Mauchi then follow the dirt track up to Los Illinizas. There’s now a control stop part way up the road, register here. If your intention is to summit without a guide they might not let you through – careful what you say! From the car park its 1.5 to 2 hours hike up to the refuge. The refuge cost $10 or night or theirs a nice campsite right next to it.

The easiest route up Illiniza Norte is from the eastern ridge (right of the above picture): a clear path from the refuge will take you to the starting point. From their its a basic scramble to the top. It’s not a technical climb, but snow and ice can make the final ‘Pasa De La Muerta’ a challenge. When we went an 80 degree snow wall lined the summit.

If you have the kit, stunning routes up the South face (pictured above) remain to be climbed.

The Summit Approach: contour to right of the first peak (Pasa de La Muerta)
Ice-axe and crampons may be necessary depending on conditions

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