Climbing El Altar (17,454ft/5.320m) in 3 days


Day 1: Quito (9,186ft/2.800m) – Vaqueria Inguisay (11,646ft/3.550m) – Campo Italiano (15,092ft/4.600m)

We start from Quito at (9,186ft/2.800m) very early in the morning, we will get  breakfast on the way, we will be driving for about 4,5 hours until the trailhead at (11,646ft/3.550m), in Vaqueria Inguisay or known also as Boca Toma, where the horses and porters will be ready to load our climbing expedition gear and goods for the next 4 days up to the high camp,  it will take us 5 to 7 hours to get to the High Camp knows as  “Campo Italiano”  at (15,092ft/4.600m), where we will set up our tents and accommodate our climb  gear inside the tents, depending on the season, it will be on the snow or on the sandy place, we will have some time to rest until the dinner time. Overnight and dinner in the tents (-/BL/D)

Day 2: Campo Italiano (15,092ft/4.600m) – El Altar Summit (17,454ft/5.320m) – Campo Italiano

We will wake up around midnight, get some light breakfast, and put all the gear on in order to start hiking towards the summit. The first section is going to be flat, we might need to negotiate some crevasses, and soon we will be climbing some  ice runnels of 50° to 70°  2 to 3 pitches and we will find some platforms, and again some ice runnels, 2 to 3 pitches and the very last  section we will be climbing on a very interesting  almost vertical mixed wall, once on the summit, we will have our time to look around, do some photos, and have something to eat and prepare our rappels off for descending the mountain. It will take 10 to 12 hours the whole climb. We will get our hike camp and stay overnight here (B/BL/D)

Day 3: Campo Italiano (15,092ft/4.600m) – Vaqueria Inguisay (11,646ft/3.550m) – Quito

We will get a relaxing morning, have breakfast and start packing all the things in order to walk down for about 4 hours to the Village of Vaqueria Inguisay, where the transportation will be ready to transfer us for another 4,5 hours to Quito (B/-/-/)

Price: Please contact us

Superior service
Private transportation and transfers
Professional Mountain Guide IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide) or ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides) / ratio 2 climbers - 1 guide
Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
Accommodation in 2 persons tent
All meals during the hikes and climbs (shown above with B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
A registered and fully licensed Tour Operator
National Park fees and permits registration
Personal Mountain Gear (warm clothes, sleeping bag, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.)
Single supplement
International flights
Meals and beverages at the hotels (lunch, dinner)
Personal insurance
Other non-specified expenses



Lonely Summits

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