Trek El Altar

from $375.00

Trek El Altar – The Altar, is an extinct volcano.  within Sangay National Park, surrounded by multicolored lagoons, giant waterfalls, and glacial lakes.

It was once one of the tallest mountains on the planet until a giant eruption destroyed its summit over 500 years ago and created its famous cathedral altar shape of 9 peaks around a crater lake.

There are two treks you can do to El Altar – an overnight trek to the “yellow lagoon” crater lake in the middle of the extinct volcano, or the other spectacular 3 day hike that climbs the green valleys carved by glaciers into the mountainous terrain full of waterfalls and multi-coloured glacial lagoons inside Sangay National Park.

The highest point in the trek reaches the 4,800-meter snowline below El Altars glacial peaks where we will see silver, orange, and blue lagoons as well as spectacular views of Chimborazo and Sangay in clear weather.

Trek El Altar Accommodation:

Mountain Refuges and Camping sites are used, depending on the request of the clients, for Yellow lake we suggest to always request refuge, as weather in Altar can be very unpredictable, as for the lagoons of altar we make this trip on request, this is an exclusive camping trip in the most remote areas of Sangay National Park, This last option is not for beginners, and needs experienced trekkers or otdoors people to be more enjoyable.

The lagoons of Altar: 

This is a spectacular 3-day hike that climbs the green valleys carved by glaciers into the mountainous terrain full of waterfalls and multi-colored glacial lagoons inside Sangay National Park, Star Lake, Green Lagoon, Mandur Lagoon, Blue Lagoon, End of the World Lake



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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Day Hike
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Trek El Altar.

Tour made on Request with at least 2 climbers

Altar Trek El Altar

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transport from Riobamba to Sangay National Park and back
  • Camping Equipment including  sleeping bags, sleeping mats
  • Carrying mules
  • National Park permits
  • Guides
  • All food including meals for breakfast lunch and dinner and snacks (Please tell us if you are a vegetarian)
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Tips
  1. Day1 Altar

    We walk up the valley that was created by a glacier millions of years ago with a giant 200 meter waterfall and the peaks of El Altar in the distance.

  2. Day2 Altar

    We leave the tents at the campsite and climb up to 4,500 meters and explore the many waterfalls and five multicoloured lagoons (the star lagoon, the mandur lagoon, blue lagoon, black lagoon, and green lagoon) underneath the 5,319m (17,451 ft) peak of El Altar.

  3. Day3 Riobamba

    We go back down the valley on a plateau that has an amazing view of Mount Chimborazo and follow the river to the entrance of Sangay National Park where we return to Riobamba

Mountain Refuge

Altar Refuge