El altar is an extinct volcano on the western side of the sanbay national park, 170km south of Quito. Sparniards named it "El altar" aas it resembled a huge cathedral to them. The inca called it "Capac-urcu" which means "king mountain" in Quichua.
After depating Quio at 9:00 am we travel ssoyth by priate transport, we will pass the town machachi before we head towards the national park of the Ilinizas where we drive up to an altitude of 3900m. where we park the car, with all our equipment we will begin our 3 hour trek which leads us to the refuge center, which sits at 4600m above sea level. Upon arrival we will rest before we enjoy our dinner that we prepared in the refuge.
After getting up we have breakfast before starting hour trek at 5:00 am. We again will hike about three hours before we arrive at the summit of Iliniza Norte at 5126m. above sea level. The last part of our climb is fairly steep and there are a lot of rocks, which is why we will put on our harnesses and secure us by tying us together with a rope. For our descebt we choose a differetn more direct path. We will arrive in Quito at approximately 2:00 pm.
Park Entrance Fee
Technical Equipment (Harness, Rope, helmet)
Extra beverages and snacks, Sleeping Bag, Sunglasses (Available for rent)