El Altar

Elevation (feet): 17,454
Elevation (meters): 5,320
Continent: South America
Country: Ecuador
Range/Region: Ecuador Andes
Latitude: -1.664277
Longitude: -78.411484
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: 1963
Nearest major airport: Quito

Thanks to Claus Olsen and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Need a partner for this mountain in november 2002

facts ... Some of the summits are young, cone-shaped volcanoes like Cotopaxi, technically straight-forward climbs offering the novice a chance to get above 20,000 feet. Others are deeply eroded, older volcanoes with challenging rock and ice routes (e.g., the glorious ring of peaks on El Altar).

Experienced mountaineers can attempt the more remote and/or more difficult peaks of Antisana, El Altar and Iliniza

SIERRA: The eastern mountains (including Antisana, El Altar and Sangay and, to a lesser extent, Cayambe and Tungurahua) are influenced by air from the Amazonian lowlands. The wettest months are June through August. December and January are when the highest number of successful ascents have been made on the difficult El Altar. Ecuadorian climbers favor February for attempting Antisana, and October through January are suggested for Cayambe.

El Altar 5320 meter

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

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  • Log #20454 - by Russ Meehan on Oct 24, 2006
    My son Kerry and I left our tent at the old high Italian camp just before midnight walking a short way up the ridge to a notch that allowed us to drop down to a ledge leading to the lower glacier. We...