This remote mountain hides a complete world with in itself of views, ecosystems, lakes, waterfalls and snow caped peaks. It is given its name Altar, because of its numerous peaks in semicircular form, similar to an altar in a church. Called in native language Capac Urcu, which means Almighty Mountain.
Day 1: Quito – Releche Farm
At 8:00 am we will depart in private transportation from Quito, traveling south to the city of Riobamba. From this point we will start ascending to the eastern Andes until we arrive to the town of Candelaria and the Releche farm. A nice place to rest and spend with family and friends, where we will spend our night.
Day 2: Releche Farm – Collanes Valley
The day starts early at the farm, after breakfast we will pack and load the horses we will start our journey towards Collanes valley located at the foothill of Capac Urcu at 3,800m. The day will go on through trails for about 5 hours. When we arrive camp will be set up and an excellent backcountry dinner that will be cooked by our guides.
Day 3: Collanes Valley – Laguna Verde Lake – Collanes Valley
After breakfast our day starts early towards the extinguished crater of the volcano at 4,400m where the Laguna Verde Lake is located. An entertaining walk through trails that takes about three hours. A thrilling place where the nine alpine summits from Altar can be seen shinning in the sky. At the lake we will have lunch before starting our way down to the valley.
Day 4: Collanes Valley – Releche Farm – Quito
During the morning, after eating breakfast we will pack and start to descend back to Releche farm, this will take us about 4 hours. Afterwards, we will travel back to Quito.
In the hikes from Releche farm and on the way back there will be horses carrying all the gear (food, tents, packs, etc.) except for day packs with items needed during the hike.