trip duration TRIP DURATION
3 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
2 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Nov, Dec
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


Join me in this challenging 3-day climbing tour to El Altar (5320 m) in Ecuador! This extinct volcano is the fifth highest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Climbing its summit involves some technical climbing. So, if you are an experienced mountaineer, join me and let’s spend 3 great days! We will enjoy a spectacular view of the crater below. Also, the sights of Chimborazo an Sangay in the background.

El Altar lies in the western side of the Sangay National Park, 170 km south of Quito. The peak of this volcano was higher than Chimborazo (6268 m), but after an eruption all that remains is a long ridge with nine summits around a huge crater lake.

Each of the nine individual peaks have a different name. The highest one is Obispo (5320 m), at the southern end of the crater. And we will get to its summit on the second day!

Its name in quechua language is Capac Urcu, meaning the almighty or magnificent mountain. Spaniards named it El Altar because it looked like four friars and two nuns listening to a bishop around an altar.

Climbing this beautiful mountain, requires a certain degree of technical ability. Even more, it is one of the hardest climbs in Ecuador.

We will meet in the city of Riobamba, where we will start our trip. You can check the detailed itinerary below this text.

Contact me if you want to join me in this exciting climb to El Altar! I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this trip. You can also check my Chimborazo guided ascent program!


Day 1

Riobamba-Boca Toma-Italian Camp

Today we will leave Riobamba at 8 am. We will drive an hour and a half to the small village of Boca Toma (3,500 m). Once here, we will load the equipment on the mules and start the 6 to 7 hour hike through the highlands to the Italian Camp (4,550 m).

Day 2

Obispo Summit

At 3:00 am we will begin our ascent to the Obispo summit (5,320 m). It will take us approximately 12 hours for the complete round trip.

Day 3

Boca Toma-Riobamba

At 9:00 am we will begin the hike back to Boca Toma. Then we will return to Riobamba. End of the trip.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee

Other details

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We will camp

More info

Contact me for information about the price and equipment.


We do our best to adhere to the itinerary, but unforeseen circumstances may require last minute changes. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of climbers can all contribute to schedule alterations. Please be prepared to be flexible when necessary.