Valle de Collanes Trek
The last eruption was in 1490. It is one of the most technical mountains to climb in Ecuador, due to its rock and ice peaks. Spaniards named it as Altar, due to its majesty. They also named each one of its peaks: from north to south: El Canónigo, Los Frailes, El Tabernáculo, La Monja Menor, La Monja Mayor, El Obispo y El Acólito.
The Colanes Valley trek is one of the most incredible adventures to enjoy in Ecuador. This valley is located in the Altar Volcano and in the Sangay National Park. The view of the volcano from this valley is one of the most spectacular landscapes, with an incredible beauty of all the park and the Chimborazo... maybe the most beautiful of Ecuador!. Departure from Quito to Riobamba, arrival to an hacienda called Releche, where we will start an unforgettable trekking experience to the highlands of Altar, with mules and people carrying our luggage. Through forests and small waterfalls we will get near the Collanes valley, where we will be able to see the Altar. Next day, through the woods of Polylepis, we will arrive to Yellow Lagoon, that changes color depending on the sun. The lagoon will show us all its natural beauty, with a white blanket in a horseshoe form.
Collanes Valley: Early morning departure (5:30 am) to the city of Riobamba and later to the Penipe village. Entrance to the Sangay National Park, where the hacienda Releche is. Departure to the Collanes valley. Trekking lasts about 4 to 6 hours. During rainy season there is heavy mud so, it is necessary to use rubber boots. Mules and assistants will be carrying knapsacks to the Refuge at the Collanes Valley, where we will be staying. Arrival is estimated at 3 pm. to enjoy our lunch and have a small walk to observe the Andean Landscapes. After dinner we will be able to sleep.
Yellow Lagoon: After a good breakfast, we will be leaving to Yellow lagoon. The trekking is through the valley, cold highlands and mountain woods for approximately 4 hours, until arrival to the border of the interior crater of the Volcano (13.779 feet) being able to see the Lagoon surrounded by a snowy horseshoe of great beauty rocky peaks. Upon return, we will have lunch and a relaxed afternoon.
After breakfast, load mules with luggage and return to Hacienda Releche, arriving to Quito at night.
Included / not Included
- Lodging in Refuge or camping
- Food (meals and lunch boxes)
- Porters and mules
- 4WD Private Transportation
- Bilingual certified mountain guides
- Entrance to Sangay National Park
- Lodging in Quito
- Free gifts
- Personal belongings
- Any other things not mentioned in the package
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST:
- First layer pants and raincoats.
- T-Shirts easy to dry (cotton not recommended)
- Polar sweater
- Waterproof jacket (essential)
- First layer of gloves and waterproof gloves
- Mountain hat
- Buff or scarf *
- Trekking boots
- Sun hat (optional) *
- Camera *
- Hygiene kit
- Blocker least 50
- Water bottle
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Poles *
* Optional equipment