Trek El Altar (VTE-03)2019-06-30T22:56:45+02:00

Day 1: La Candelaria (Hacienda Releche)/Valle de Collanes

3.070m-3.830m. / 10 km

We will be transported from Quito to the little charming Andean town ”La Candelaria”, where the trek starts at the beautiful Hacienda Releche at 3.070 meters above sea-level. We will trek 10 km, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but due to the altitude and the difficult, muddy trail it will take about 7-8 hours to reach Valle de Collanes, where we will either sleep in tents or in a mountain-refuge. (depends on what the group chooses)

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 2 Valle de Collanes/Laguna Amarilla

3.830m.-4.245m. / 3 km

Early in the morning we will start to trek the last few kilometres towards La Laguna Amarilla at the bottom of El Altar. We will cross the grass field after which the terrain starts to get quite steep. If the clouds allow it, we will have stunning views of the snow-capped mountain tops of El Altar on the way. The final part of the ascension you will have to scramble (walking up steep terrain involving the use of one’s hands) and this part is a bit exposed, so be careful where you put your hands and feet! It is for a short part only though and it is not difficult. Finally, you will arrive to an absolutely stunning viewpoint of El Altar and La Laguna Amarilla at 4.245 meters above sea-level. Now you’ll have the rest of the day free to enjoy the magnificent landscape. The roundtrip from the campsite and back is around 4 hours.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 Valle de Collanes/Hacienda Releche

3.830-3.070m / 10 km

Today we will trek all the way back again. 7-8 hours of hard trekking through the mud, but with the most stunning landscapes all around us. Transfer back to Quito

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch


  • All Acommodation
  • All mentioned meals
  • Rubber Boots
  • Transport of personal equipment during the trek – max 20 kg
  • Transport to/from the airport
  • Landtransport
  • Certifiied guides
  • All taxes

Not included:

  • Flight to/from Ecuador
  • Non-mentioned meals
  • Personal trekking-equipment
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance and cancellation insurance


Tents or basic mountain refuge – you decide!

General Information

This trip can be run as a group-trip (max 10 persons), or as an individual trip

You will have a local, certified and english-speaking guide with you all the way


The valuta in Ecuador is American dollars USD. In the cities there are lots of ATMs and options to exchange money. We recommend that you withdraw a sufficient amount before you go on the trek. It’s only possible to use credit cards few places, so always have cash ready – and preferrably small bills, as many Ecuadorians don’t really have change.


It is tradition to give tips in Ecuador. On restaurants you should count on 10% extra. It is also tradition to tip the guides and you should count on 90-100 USD.


The temperature in the highland is around 18 degrees in the daytime – it can be warmer or cooler depending on the day. In the evening it will be around 12 degrees Celsius.

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