3-Day Altar Volcano Trekking Tour to Laguna Amarilla from Riobamba

Multi-day & Extended Tours in Riobamba

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• Take a 3-day trek in the heart of the Andes, to the extinct Altar Volcano in the Sangay National Park • One of the most impressive mountain adventures in a dream-like landscape. • Visit the Eastern Andean Mountain Chain and its beautiful green spaces. • Delight your senses with the panoramic view of Laguna Amarilla at 4300 m.a.s.l. • This trek includes professional guidance, sleepover at the refugee and meals • Trekking level: Moderate to Strenuous
 Day 1: Departure from Riobamba City - Hike to Altar Refuge (6 hr. hike) (L, D)Start the day in the beautiful city of Riobamba, our guides will pick you up at your accommodation hotel around 9:00 AM. After an hour ride by private transportation, arrive at a large hacienda located in the Sangay National Park (height of 3070 m.a.s.l.). Here, with the help of your guide, you will get ready and mount all the necessary equipment on the horses and begin the adventure. Depending on the weather, you may catch sight of Altar Volcano in the distance next to the Collanes River valley. The hike is approximately 6 hours until you reach the Refuge of “El Altar” which is located at an altitude of 3830 m.a.s.l.Dinner and overnight at Collanes Refuge.Day 2: Collanes Valley - Laguna Amarilla Hike (B, L, D)Start the day with a delicious breakfast. Afterwards, get ready for a hike through the Valley of Collanes towards Laguna Amarilla,the crater of Altar volcano. Laguna Amarilla translates to Yellow Lake, and the name comes from its beautiful greenish and yellowish color. The view is amazing and from the plateau, at an altitude of 4,300 m (14,108 ft), the highest point of the trek, you will have a stunning view over the crater lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Altar Volcano. You will reach a platform at a height of 4300 m.a.s.l. (the highest point of this trekking tour). After a rest and some time to enjoy the site, get ready to return to the Refuge.Dinner and overnight at Collanes Refuge.Day 3: Return to Riobamba (B, L)In the morning, after breakfast, hike down to the hacienda and starting point of this trip, to then ride to Riobamba at be back at 2:00 PM approx.* IMPORTANT NOTE:  You will hike between four and six hours over the Andean Trails every day. The trek starts at an altitude of 3,830 m (12,566 ft), you will reach the highest point of the trek at 4,300 m (14,108 ft) on the second day. The trek goes up and down over muddy trails and steep hills.  Be mentally prepared to be hiking through the deep mud for several hours.  What to Bring:  Warm, and also light comfortable waterproof clothing, hiking boots, several pairs of socks, they will get wet and muddy every day. You should also bring a full set of clean clothes so you can get changed when you reach the hut. Water bottle, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.

What’s included

  • Transportation from Riobamba to Sangay National Park and back
  • Meals as shown in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox, D = dinner)
  • Bilingual Treking Guide
  • 2 nights accommodation and Collanes Refugee
  • Filtered water, coffee, and tea.
  • Basic treking equipment and waterproof bags for on the mules.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What’s not included

  • Meals/ activities not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from Riobamba City - Hike to Altar Refuge (6 hr. hike) (L, D) Start the day in the beautiful city of Riobamba, our guides will pick you up at your accommodation hotel around 9:00 AM. After an hour ride by private transportation, arrive at a large hacienda located in the Sangay National Park (height of 3070 m.a.s.l.). Here, with the help of your guide, you will get ready and mount all the necessary equipment on the horses and begin the adventure. Depending on the weather, you may catch sight of Altar Volcano in the distance next to the Collanes River valley. The hike is approximately 6 hours until you reach the Refuge of “El Altar” which is located at an altitude of 3830 m.a.s.l. Dinner and overnight at Collanes Refuge.
Day 2: Collanes Valley - Laguna Amarilla Hike (B, L, D) Start the day with a delicious breakfast. Afterwards, get ready for a hike through the Valley of Collanes towards Laguna Amarilla,the crater of Altar volcano. Laguna Amarilla translates to Yellow Lake, and the name comes from its beautiful greenish and yellowish color. The view is amazing and from the plateau, at an altitude of 4,300 m (14,108 ft), the highest point of the trek, you will have a stunning view over the crater lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Altar Volcano. You will reach a platform at a height of 4300 m.a.s.l. (the highest point of this trekking tour). After a rest and some time to enjoy the site, get ready to return to the Refuge. Dinner and overnight at Collanes Refuge.
Day 3: Return to Riobamba (B, L) In the morning, after breakfast, hike down to the hacienda and starting point of this trip, to then ride to Riobamba at be back at 2:00 PM approx. * IMPORTANT NOTE:  You will hike between four and six hours over the Andean Trails every day. The trek starts at an altitude of 3,830 m (12,566 ft), you will reach the highest point of the trek at 4,300 m (14,108 ft) on the second day. The trek goes up and down over muddy trails and steep hills.  Be mentally prepared to be hiking through the deep mud for several hours.  What to Bring:  Warm, and also light comfortable waterproof clothing, hiking boots, several pairs of socks, they will get wet and muddy every day. You should also bring a full set of clean clothes so you can get changed when you reach the hut. Water bottle, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.
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