Trekking to El Altar Volcano
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 contains a boiler open towards the West, containing the Yellow Lake.
3900 m./ 12,795 ft
4480 m./ 14,698 ft
Trekking Altar Volcano day By Day
Day 1: refuge Collanes
Elevation: 3900 m./ 12,795 ft
We leave from Latacunga very early in the morning, about 4:30 am, and head south along the Panamerican highway through the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes. On a clear day will enjoy spectacular sunrise in the andes. We will pass by Ambato City and arrive to Penipe and finally to the Hacienda Releche, where we will have breakfast and get ready to begin our walk.
After breakfast, we pack our luggage, walk and provisions on the HP equipment with the help of the carriers. Once ready, we begin the ascent up to the Valley of Collanes, a walk that will take us approximately 5 to 7 hours on a bridle path that the Cowboys used to graze their cattle. We will stay in the Refuge de Collanes, under the boiler of the Volcano El Altar, from where we will enjoy spectacular views of snow-covered peaks. Dinner and lodging. Meals included: B:BL, D
Day 2: Laguna Amarilla
Elevation: 4480 m./ 14,698 ft
After breakfast at 4:30am, we will continue climbing a little more until we reach the Yellow Lake in the center of the crater, more than 4480m. From here we have a stunning view of the glacier walls of the Altar, as well as the Valley of Collanes and the surrounding mountains. This tour lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours. Along the way we will surely see the condors living in the rock walls enclosing the valley. The vegetation of the area is a little different, it varies between Andean forest populated bypolylepis and quishuar and laurel of wax; as well as the typical Andean paramo above. We will have lunch in the refuge again, enjoying a spectacular view. Return to the city of Latacunga. Meals included: B:BL
Services included in the prices:
- Private transportation
- Professional Guide
- Entrance to the Sangay National Park
- Supply detailed each day: (B) breakfast, (BL) box lunch, dinner (D),
- Clean water supply
- Accommodation in refuge collanes
- The group includes horses for transportation of Sleeping Bag and change clothes
- Personal equipment (warm clothes, sunglasses, backpack, etc.)
- Any type of insurance.
- Other expenses not specified
WHAT TO BRING?
- Comfortable backpack (take into account everything you have to load)
- Warm and comfortable clothing
- Warm hat and gloves
- 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
- Warm clothes for the refuge (protected in plastic bags)
- Grooming Kit
- Clothes to leave on the bus
PRICES & PAYMENT
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION
In order to confirm the reservation of any tour service provided by Cotopaxi Travel Company Cia. Ltda. we require a pre-payment of 30% of the tour price. The remainder is to be carried out before climbing tour or travel starts. We will not send confirmations, vouchers or flight tickets until the full balance has been received, and we reserve the right to cancel your trip if full payment is not received prior to the start date.
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Cancellation by You
Notice of cancellation by you must be given in writing. Should you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:
- - 30 days or more before the Departure Date = loss of deposit.
- - 29 to 15 days from the start of the trip = 50% of total trip cost
- - Less than 14 days before the Departure Date = loss of 100% of total trip cost,
- unless agreed otherwise with cotopaxi travel due to unforeseen circumstances.
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Country / Location: Ecuador
In Ecuador you can Climb all year, but these are the seasons
June to August / December to January
February to May / September to November
Ecuador is a fantastic destination that offers plenty of options for travel lovers. In addition to the Andes, Galápagos and Amazon Jungle are also part of this amazing land.
Difficulty: (Beginner) No prior climbing experience is required. Climbers should be in good physical condition and it is highly recommended that they have some backpacking experience.
Trip-code: Number ►Cotoclimb-2D
Duration: 2 days
Participants: Minimum: 2 Maximum: 12
Mountain Guide / TripAdvisor: Fernando Iza
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