Trekking to El Altar Volcano

Trekking to El Altar Volcano 2 ,3 or 4 Days

The Altar is an extinct volcano on the Western side of Sangay National Park in Ecuador, 170 km south of Quito. Altar was active about 2 million years ago and containsa boiler open towards the West, containing a Lake of laguna yellow name.

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Travel program


Day 1: Latacunga 2800 m – Hacienda Releche – refuge Collanes 3900m

Day 2: Collanes (3. 900 m) – Laguna Amarilla (4 480 m) – Latacunga 2800 m

Detailed Program

Day 1: Latacunga 2800 m – Hacienda Releche – refuge Collanes 3900m
We leave very early in the morning 4 H 30 am. From Latacunga heading south, on the Panamerican highway through the famous Avenue of the volcanoes. On a clear day will enjoy spectacular view of sunrise in andes. We will pass by the Ambato ciudademde and arrive to Penipe and finally to the Hacienda Releche, where we will have breakfast and get us ready to take our walk.

After breakfast, we pack our luggage, walk and provisions on the HP equipment with the help of the carriers. Once ready, begin the ascent up to the Valley of Collanes, a walk that will take us approximately 5 to 7 hours by a bridle path that the Cowboys used to graze their cattle. We will stay in the refuge de collanes, under the calderaof the volcano El Altar, from where we will enjoy spectacular views of snow-coveredpeaks. Dinner and lodging. Meals included: d:BL, C

Day 2: Collanes (3. 900 m) – Laguna Amarilla (4 480 m) – Latacunga 2800 m
Breakfast 04:30 h 00 am, will continue after rising a little more until you reach the yellow Lake in the center of the crater, more than 4 480 masl. From here we have a stunning view of the glaciers of the walls of the Altar, as well as the Valley of Collanes and the surrounding mountains this tour lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours. Along theway we will surely see the condors living in the rock walls enclosing the Valley. The vegetation of the area is a little different, varies between Andean forest populated bypolylepis, quishuar and laurel of wax; above we have the typical Andean paramo. We have lunch returning to the refuge again, enjoying a spectacular view. Return to the city of Latacunga. Meals included: d:BL

What's Included

Services included in the prices:
  • During the entire trip private transportation
  • Professional Guide
  • Entrance to the Sangay National Park
  • Supply detailed each day: (D) breakfast, (BL) box lunch, dinner (C),
  • Clean water supply
  • Accommodation in refuge collanes
  • The group includes horses for transportation of Sleeping Bag and change clothes

Not included:
  • Personal equipment (warm clothes, sunglasses, backpack, etc.)
  • Any type of insurance.
  • Other expenses not specified


  • Comfortable backpack (take into account everything you have to load)
  • Warm and comfortable clothing
  • Hat and mitts
  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra gloves (recommended)
  • (Highly recommended) rubber boots
  • Replacement light shoes for living in refuge
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho of water
  • Walking sticks (help super well)
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Bottle or Camelbak hydration system
  • Headlamp
  • Warm clothes for the refuge (protected in plastic bags)
  • Grooming Kit
  • Clothes to leave on the bus

Prices & Dates

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Country / Location: Ecuador
Mountain Guide: Fernando Iza
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