Altar caldera. Mountain Madness photo
Altar caldera. Mountain Madness photo
Altar laguna. Mountain Madness photo
Altar lake. Mountain Madness photo
Altar's main peak. Mountain Madness photo
Altar's main peak. Mountain Madness photo
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El Altar

Trip:
Ecuador
Location:
South America

El Altar is a dream climb! 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, 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. The highest peak, and your objective, is 17,450-foot El Obispo. The Italian route offers mid-fifth class rock climbing, snow and ice up to 70 degrees, and a great challenge for intermediate level climbers and mountaineers looking for a high-altitude alpine adventure in the legendary mountains of South America.