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El Altar: 3D2N Fascinating and Unforgettable Hike

Hike up El Altar on our 3 days 2 night tour! Be prepared to take in spectacular views at the top, and put your phyiscal and mental abilities to the test.

USD $1,208.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
1USD $1,208.00
2 - 3USD $863.00

Ascend El Altar Volcano – 5320 Meters Above Sea Level – in 3 Days!

El Altar, or Capac Urcu, is an extinct volcano on the western side of Sangay National Park in Ecuador, 170 km (110 miles) south of Quito, with a highest point of 5320 meters (17450 feet) above sea level. This volcano was named by the Spaniards, because it resembled two nuns and four friars listening to a bishop around a church altar. Join us on a 3 days 2 nights tour as we bring you to climb up El Altar. Be prepared to be wowed by the amazing views it offers!


  • Hike up one of Ecuador’s highest peaks
  • Take in spectacular views atop the summit of El Altar
  • Put your mental and physical abilities to the test

Tour Information 

Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Start/ End Location: Quito, Ecuador
Availability: Year-round
Miscellaneous: This tour can accommodate a maximum of 3 travelers per group. If your group has more than 3 travelers, please write to us at and we will try our best to find a group for you.


Day 1: Quito  – Vaqueria Inguisay – High Camp “Campo Italiano”
Day 1 will see you set off from Quito very early in the morning. And while you get breakfast on the way, you will be driven for about 4.5 hours until you arrive at the trailhead in Vaqueria Inguisay – 3550 meters (11644 feet) above sea level. This place is also known also as “Boca Toma”, and this is where the horses and porters will be ready to load your climbing gear and goods for the next 4 days up to the high camp. Then, you will embark on a 5 to 7-hour hike to reach the High Camp, also known as “Campo Italiano” – at 4600 meters (15088 feet) above sea level, where you will set up your tent for the night before dinner.

Day 2: High Camp – Summit of El Altar Volcano – High Camp
On day 2, rise and shine is at midnight, and after some light breakfast and gearing yourself up, it is time to start hiking towards the summit of El Altar Volcano. The first section of the hike is somewhat flat with some negotiation of crevasses, but after that you will be climbing some ice runnels of 50° to 70°  2 to 3 pitches until you reach the very last section, where you will be climbing on an almost vertical mixed wall before you hit the summit – 5320 meters (17450 feet) above sea level. After reaching the summit and taking in the views, you will prepare your rappel for the descent. This entire ascent and descent will take 10 to 12 hours in total, and the night will be spent at High Camp.

Day 3: High Camp – Vaqueria Inguisay – Quito
On this last day of the trip, you will have breakfast and pack all your things, before the 4-hour descent back to the village of Vaqueria Inguisay, where transportation will be ready for you to drive you back to Quito for another 4.5 hours.

What’s Included

  • Transportation to and from hotel
  • Local IFMGA/ASEGIUM-certified mountain guide (2 climbers to 1 guide)
  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Permits registration and entrance fees to national parks
  • Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)

What’s Not Included

  • Personal Mountain Gear (warm clothes, sleeping bag, sunglasses, head lamp etc.)
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips
  • Other non-specified expenses

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Change of clothes
  • Personal hygiene kit

Important Notes 

  • The tour operator will not be held responsible or liable for any injury, damage, accident, loss, claim, delay, and/or irregularity during the trip.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any trip at any time, and/or to alter the routes, schedules, itineraries, amenities, mode of transport, at any time of the trip.
  • All prices are based on double occupancy. Single occupancy, where specifically requested or otherwise required, may be available at an extra charge.


Quito, Ecuador

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Quito, Ecuador -0.180653, -78.467838

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