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Illiniza Sur

Brief Description: The Illiniza expedition is staged directly out of Quito, Ecuador.  After several initial days of sight-seeing and the obligatory visit to the market at Otavalo, this expedition will acclimatize on the slopes of Pasochoa (14,000 feet), a tropical rainforest  reserve.   Following an attempt of Cotapaxi, the more technical and challenging Illiniza Sur will be attempted via the direct route.  

The Direct Route on Illiniza Sur is a beautiful undertaking regardless of your climbing ability.  Rachowieki and Wagenhauser, in their book Climbing and Hiking in Ecuador begin their route description as follows:  "The difficult Direct Route is via the north face and begins from the Nuevos Horizontes hut then heads west into the saddle between the north and south mountains." The route then turns toward the beautiful Sur, or South Illiniza, and ascends rock strewn flanks until approaching the main couloir, or ice gulley.  Several hours of beautiful alpine ice climbing bring one to the summit ridge.  A short traverse then captures both the summit and a breathtaking view of the western Cordillera including Chimborazo, Cotapaxi, and Anitsana.

Dates:  The climbing season in Ecuador is complex but forgiving.  Therefore all trips are currently arranged privately.  Contact Granite Arches with your preferred dates by clicking here.  Note that much shorter itineraries are possible for people already in Ecuador and acclimatized.









Granite Arches Climbing Guides
Asheville, NC, USA
Chattanooga, TN USA
Johnson City, TN USA
Winston-Salem, NC, USA


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