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Shared tour on fixed departures:
Base 2 People : 430$
Base 3 People : 320$
Base 4 People : 320$
Base 5 People : 280$
Base 6 People : 280$
Base 7 People : 280$
Base 8 People : 280$

Hiking in the Altar - Releche and Penipe

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Mini trips | 3 days | Level : Intermediate | Trekking / High Mountain | Feasible all the year

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Hiking in the Altar - Releche and Penipe

The Altar is located in the Sangay National Park. This is an extinct volcano in the shape of a horseshoe, with a glacier and vertiginous walls descending until the crater.

From the valley of Collanes, the volcano view is spectacular and beautiful.


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The Altar is located in the Sangay National Park. This is an extinct volcano in the shape of a horseshoe, with a glacier and vertiginous walls descending until the crater.

This is one of the most challenging mountains in Ecuador. Altar, this name was given by the Spaniards who first stepped on. Each peak has its name, from north to south we have: El Canónigo, Los Frailes, El Sagrario, La Monja Menor, La Monja Mayor, and El Obispo (5320 m). From the valley of Collanes, the volcano view is spectacular and beautiful.

This walk takes place with mules and carriers. No assistance vehicle will be possible, the cargo should be the minimum, just as horses or mules cannot carry an excessive burden, once in place, we will have no easy transport options.

In addition, an excellent acclimatization to the altitude is essential, camp overnight at altitudes between 4000 and 4100 meters.

The daily box lunch for hiking will be prepared as follows: sandwiches, crackers and cookies, fruit, chocolate bar and an energy drink.

Program

Day 1: BANOS - RELECHE – COLLANES

From Baños, we head towards Penipe and the farm Releche where we´ll charge the mules. Then we start walking from Penipe to Collanes across the moors, small waterfalls and rivers. Box lunch during the walk. Dinner and overnight camping.

Hiking time: 4 hours
Type of terrain: muddy and slippery path when it rains
Elevation: 800 meters

Day 2: YELLOW LAGOON AND ALTAR CRATER

Breakfast. Walk up toward the yellow lake and the magnificent crater of the Altar. The show is wonderful, the waters of the lagoon change colour depending on the state of the sky, and the glacier with steep walls gives an unreal atmosphere in this mountain landscape.
Box lunch during the day. In the afternoon return to camp site. Dinner and overnight camping.

Hiking time: 5 hours
Type of terrain: sandy trails and rocks in the crater
Elevation: 600 meters

Day 3: VALLEY OF COLLANES - PENIPE - BAÑOS

Breakfast. Organization of all camping equipment in the mules and beginning of the walk coming back to Penipe. Box lunch. Return to Baños in private transport.

Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours
Type of terrain: muddy and slippery path when it rains
Elevation: 800 meters

Departures all days

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Departure on 01/01/2015to 31/12/2040From BanosDays : all
Base 2 People430 $
Base 3 People320 $
Base 4 People320 $
Base 5 People280 $
Base 6 People280 $
Base 7 People280 $
Base 8 People280 $

 

The price includes ...

Night in a shelter, food (bottled water)
Mountain Guide English speaking
Transport
Horses and mules days 1 and 3

The price doesn't include ...

Releche entrance fee - $ 10
Sleeping bag
Rain Coat
Personal equipment

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Practical advices

Bearing in mind the altitude, participants should already be acclimatized and in good physical health.
This hike takes place with mules and muleteers. There isn’t any possibility of assistance by vehicle; the shipment will be limited to a minimum.

Helpful tips:

Having a good physical condition. Once on site, we will not have options of assistance.

An excellent altitude acclimatization is essential, we will camp overnight at altitudes between 4000 and 4100 meters.

Mules cannot carry an excessive load, we must avoid needlessly charge us.

Minimum requirement:

- Change for the night (1 trousers 1 sweater or jacket, dry socks and shirts that you will have traveling with the mule during the day)

- 1 pair of socks and shirts to change per day (if frequent rains)

- Poncho for rain (Rain Coat) and waterproof pants in case of rain
 
We will give you a box lunch which includes: sandwich, crackers or candy, fruit, chocolate bar and a half liter of energy drink.

 


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