trip duration TRIP DURATION
2 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


I am happy to invite you to this amazing trekking program which takes place around the Altar Volcano. It is a hiking trip that can be done in 2, 3 or 4 days depending on your wishes and time in Ecuador.

As you may know, the Altar volcano is an inactive volcano lying on the west of the famous Ecuadorian Sangay National Park. It is 170 km south of Quito, the capital of the country.

Although nowadays it is extinct, the Altar presented volcanic activity around 2 million of years ago. In addition, it still contains a boiler open to the west, where the Yellow Lake lies.

As for the itinerary of this program, we’ll meet in Latacunga from where we will move to Hacienda Releche, our trailhead. Then, we will walk through the Valley of Collanes for about 6-7 hours. We’ll spend the first night at the Collanes hut, under the boiler of the Altar volcano.

In our second day, we will visit the amazing Yellow Lake and hike back to Hacienda Releche. Finally, a transfer will take us to Latacunga again, where this program ends.

Of course I can extend the duration of the trip according to your wishes. That’s why it’s very important that you contact me as soon as you can.

Once you get in touch with me we can plan and organize the perfect program for you. I will be here, waiting for your message.

Fill out the form and let’s trek in the Altar volcano!


Day 1

Latacunga (2800 m) – Hacienda Releche – Collanes Hut (3900 m)

We will leave very early in the morning (at around 4:30 AM). From Latacunga we will drive south by the the Panamerican highway through the famous Avenue of the volcanoes. We will finally get to the Hacienda Releche, where we will have breakfast and get us ready to start the hike.

So, we will pack our luggage, the equipment and provisions with the help of the porters. Once ready, we’ll start ascending to the Collanes Valley. It is a walk that takes approximately 5 to 7 hours by a bridle path that the farmers used to graze their cattle. We will stay in the Collanes hut for the night, from where we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-covered peaks around. Meals included: breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 2

Collanes – Yellow Lake (4480 m) – Latacunga

We’ll wake up and have breakfast at 4:30 AM. Then, we will continue hiking until we are at the Yellow Lake, in the center of the crater, at more than 4480 meters of altitude. From here, you will have a stunning view of the glaciers, the walls of the Altar volcano and all the Valley of Collanes and its mountains. This tour will take approximately 2 to 3 hours. Along the way we will surely see the Andean condors flying.

We will have lunch on the way back to the hut. Finally, we will return to the city of Latacunga. Meals included: breakfast and box lunch.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Porters

Other details

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Not included in the price:

- Personal equipment;
- Any type of insurance;
- Other expenses not specified.

What to bring?

- Comfortable backpack (take into account everything you have to load)
- Warm and comfortable clothing
- Hat and mitts
- Sleeping bag
- Extra gloves (recommended)
- (Highly recommended) rubber boots
- Replacement light shoes for living in hut
- Waterproof jacket or poncho of water
- Walking sticks (help super well)
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Bottle of water
- Headlamp
- Warm clothes for the hut (protected in plastic bags)
- Grooming Kit
- Clothes to leave on the bus