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El Altar Mountain Tours and Activities

El Altar Mountain, called Kapak Urku (meaning “sublime mountain” in the indigenous language), is an extinct volcano on the western side of the Sangay National Park, about 106 miles (170 km) south of Quito. It’s part of what is sometimes called the “Top Ten” in Ecuador, the group of peaks over 16,000 feet (5,000 meters) tall.

Spaniards named it the Altar because they thought it looked like a group of nuns and friars gathered at a church altar. The names of the individual peaks are also inspired by the Catholic religion: Bishop, Nun, Tabernacle and the Three Monks. El Altar is made up of nine major peaks arranged in a horseshoe-shaped ridge around a crater at about 13,800 feet (4,200 meters).

El Altar is perhaps the most-demanding climb in Ecuador, and December through February is the best time to attempt an ascent. The hike to the lake within the caldera of the mountain is more accessible.

For those who dare the climb, the views of Andean valleys, rain forests, active volcanoes, and hundreds of shimmering lakes all make the effort worth it.

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3-Day Altar Volcano Trekking Tour to Laguna Amarilla from Riobamba

3-Day Altar Volcano Trekking Tour to Laguna Amarilla from Riobamba

Nature lovers can trek through Sangay National Park with a guide who knows the terrain. This moderate-to-strenuous 3-day route follows the east Andes to Laguna Amarilla. The high-altitude hike covers 4 to 6 hours per day over muddy trails and steep hills, but you’re rewarded with views of the crater lake and majestic El Altar. Meals and lodging at the Collanes Refuge are provided along with transport from Riobamba.
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  • 3 days
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Trek the Unknown Andean Trail Altar Volcano

Trek the Unknown Andean Trail Altar Volcano

Joining this expedition, you will be of the bitten path exploring the most remote mountains and crater lakes of the Andes of Ecuador. Enjoy trekking the hidden trails used by multiple Indian groups including the Incas to reach the most sacred volcano in the region Altar, amazed yourself looking at magical nights full of stars while learning the ancient tales of the Andes. Dare yourself to reach to the horizon and beyond with the company of passionate and experimented guides. Unique Experiences: Trek hidden trails only known by experienced local guides and discover the real adventure of a lifetime exploring the most remote and unexplored volcano in the Andes “ Altar Volcano”.
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  • 7 days
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since El Altar Mountain can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 El Altar Mountain tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit El Altar Mountain 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to El Altar Mountain costs USD 467.00. Guided El Altar Mountain tours start around USD 467.00 per person. See all 2 El Altar Mountain tickets and tours on Viator.
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