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Peak 3

El Altar

Ecuador’s Most Remote, Technical Climb

El Altar is a dream peak with exhil­a­rat­ing climb­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties! The native name for this moun­tain is Capac-Urcu, or Sub­lime Moun­tain,” and for good rea­son. It fea­tures a unique set­ting, with views of Andean val­leys, cloud forests, and active vol­ca­noes. There are also hun­dreds of lakes, the most famous being Lagu­na Amar­il­la, locat­ed in the open caldera that is sur­round­ed by El Altar’s nine peaks. It also is home to some of Ecuador’s most tech­ni­cal climb­ing objectives


  • El Altar

    from $4,200 – 9 Days / Includes trav­el time

    • 1:1 - $6,400 per person
    • 2:1 - $4,200 per person
  • SIn­gle Sup­ple­ment (I want my own room) – $550


Climb is Arranged on a Custom Basis — Contact Us



Flight Information

The total num­ber of days for your trip includes all trav­el to and from your des­ti­na­tion, with some excep­tions. Dates list­ed on the web­site start with a depar­ture date from the U.S. and include the day you arrive home. For this trip you will need to arrive in Quito, Ecuador on Day 1, which in most cas­es will have arrival times late evening; any­where from 7 pm to 11:30 pm. You will be met at the air­port by a Moun­tain Mad­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive and trans­ferred to your hotel.


  • El Altar

    from $4,200

    9 Days / Includes trav­el time

    • 1:1 - $6,400 per person
    • 2:1 - $4,200 per person
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17,450 ft / 5319 m


Ital­ian Route 

Guide Ratio



Advanced Intermediate

Climbers should be comfortable climbing on exposed ridges, 45 to 60 degree snow/ice slopes and/or 5.6+ rock and have a well-rounded past history of climbing experience. Depending on the objective, climbers may need only snow/ice skills or only rock skills; and vice-versa. Some climbs may require both skill sets.

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