Chile: Multiple Volcanoes and Ojos de Salado volcano

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The Ojos Del Salado volcano is the highest summit across Chile, the second summit in America, and it is also the tallest active volcano in the world. That’s why this is one of the most desired challenges among mountaineers around the world. Ojos Del Salado is almost as tall as Mt. Aconcagua which surpasses it by 60mts. The volcano is located in the borderline between Chile and Argentina, in the Chilean Atacama region, one of the most active mining regions in the country. Inside the Nevado de Tres Cruces National Park we can spot the Negro Francisco Lake and the Maricunga salt-flat which serves as refuge to three flamingo species. The closest city is Copiapó, where we can find everything we need to start our climbing upwards Ojos Del Salado.

Weather

Ojos del Salado is a high desert area and its temperatures oscillate abruptly from daytime to night-time, reaching temperatures as low as -20ºC (-4ºF). So, if you want to try this one, you’ve better got some good technical clothing and equipment up to the requirements.

Valle Chico: An oasis in mid Atacama desert. It is located at 3,040masl and is the perfect place to start the expedition and the acclimatization process.

Laguna Santa Rosa: This one is located at 3,170masl, and 154Km from Copiapó. Near the lake the terrain is quite hard in some places and very muddy in others. This is an important place in the park in which you can spot fox, flamingos, guanacos and vicuñas.

Laguna del Negro Francisco: This one is also within Parque Nevado de Tres Cruces. It is a bit far from the other camp sites, but it’s worthy. It is also good for trekking acclimatization. There is a refuge there provided with some basic amenities.

Laguna Verde: At 4,340masl this is quite the proper place to set up the base camp, because there are wide open places to camp and stone-refuges (pircas) which are very helpful to endure wind-storms. Plus, the hot-springs in the area are amazing.

Refugio Atacama: At 5,260masl. We usually send the 4WD with our equipment and heavy cargo to the shelter and we walk a remaining two hours road.

Refugio Tejos: This shelter is located at 5,837masl provided with bunk-beds to spend the night comfortably.

Summit: To access the small crown of Ojos del Salado we have to go across some interesting places. One of them is a 100 meters snowfield with a 35º slope. Another important one is the last one, a 30 meters rock climbing (fixed rope (5.6)) at 6,860masl.

Travel Program

We’ll meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel where you’ll have a talk with our guide in order to crystal clear any doubt clouding your mind and to check your equipment is proper and fitted for the purposes.

  • Max altitude: 390 m / 1280 ft
  • Lodging:Hotel
  • Meals: No
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme:Reception at the airport, head to the hotel, equipment checking, itinerary checking, and then you’re all free to do as you see fitted.

We set out towards Valle Chico to set up our first camp. This place is perfect to start our expedition because it has the ideal altitude for starting the acclimatization process.

  • Max altitude:3040 m / 9970 ft
  • Lodging:Mountain tent
  • Meals:Breakfast Hotel, dinner.
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Camp set-up, cooking, acclimatization.

On this day we’ll set up the second camp around the 3700 meters in order to keep on with our acclimatization process, which is crucial to our objective. We’ll do a light trekking to keep with our acclimatization process in order to get our bodies accustomed to this high altitude desert environment. This trekking is to be done around the Laguna Santa Rosa lakeside.

  • Max altitude:3700 m / 12140 ft
  • Lodging:Hotel, Refuge or mountain tent is not including in our service
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Camp take-down and up, cooking, acclimatization.

On this day we will perform our first ascension to the 7 Hermanas hill. Altitude: 4700masl.

  • Max altitude:4700 m / 15748 ft and back to 3700 m / 12140 ft
  • Lodging:Hotel, Refuge or mountain tent is not including in our service
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Cooking, acclimatization climb.

On this day we’ll finish the first stage of our expedition. We’ll head toward Laguna Verde where we’ll set-up the base-camp, rest for the remaining day and get ready for the days to come.

  • Max altitude:4340 m / 14240 ft
  • Lodging:Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport:4WD
  • Scheme: Transport the equipment (4WD), cooking and acclimatization.

On this day we’ll put our bodies to the test. We’ll see how your body is enduring the lack of oxygen in this area. We’ll go up a bit higher than 5,600 meters and then go back to sleep at the Laguna Verde.

  • Max altitude:5600m / 18360 ft
  • Lodging:Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport:4WD
  • Scheme:climb Mulas Muertas, cooking and acclimatization.

In order to go forward into our expedition, we will ascend a 6000 and so check how our body reacts when facing that kind of altitude. We can either choose between Mt. San Francisco, at the frontier with Argentina, or Mt. Vicuñas. Both are above the 6000masl.

  • Max altitude:6100m / 20000 ft
  • Lodging:Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport:4WD
  • Scheme: acclimatization climb San Francisco, cooking.

This is the last day we’ll be able to use the 4WD vehicle. We’ll transport the equipment to Refuge Atacama and from there we’ll have to work harder.

  • Max altitude: 5260 m / 17260 ft
  • Lodging:Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Transport the equipment (4WD), cooking and acclimatization.

Each one of us has to carry his/her personal equipment plus a piece of the common equipment towards Refuge Tejos in order to prepare our last camp (high camp) and it clearly helps with the acclimatization process. Once we get to the shelter we’ll get some rest, leave our equipment there and head back to Refuge Atacama to sleep.

  • Max altitude:5837 m / 19150 ft
  • Lodging:Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport: No
  • Scheme: Carry the equipment, cooking, acclimatization.

We’ll carry the remaining equipment towards Refugio Tejos. This time we’ll spend the night there. Since we’ve already carried most of the equipment the day before, we’ll be saving a lot of necessary energy for our next day, which is without doubt the most important day of our expedition.

  • Max altitude:5837 m / 19150 ft
  • Lodging:Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport: No
  • Scheme: Carry the equipment, cooking, acclimatization.

We’ll set out early morning to reach the Ojos Del Salado summit (6,893masl). On this day we’ll see how all of our hard work flourishes. All the previous acclimatization process is to endure this SO challenging summit. No doubts about it, this is the hardest day in our expedition. We’ll be ascending 1,000 meters, crossing a glacier, rock climbing, reaching the summit, descending, and carrying the equipment back to Refugio Atacama all in the same day.

  • Max altitude: 6893 m / 22615 ft
  • Lodging:Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
  • Transport: No
  • Scheme: Carry the equipment, cooking and equipment checking.

This is the last day we’ll spend in the Parque Nevado de Tres Cruces area. Calmly we’ll take-down our camp and head back to Copiapó, leaving behind us this giant, the highest summit in Chile and the tallest volcano in the world

  • Max altitude: 390 m / 1280 ft
  • Lodging:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, box-lunch
  • Transport:4WD
  • Scheme: Camp take – down, transfer

The whole group will be driven to the airport.

  • Max altitude:390 m / 1280 ft
  • Lodging:No
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Transport: 4WD or minivan
  • Scheme: Airport transfer (optional)

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Mountain guide (Spanish / English )
  • Private transportation to climbing areas (4WD)
  • Transfer airport – hotel and hotel – airport
  • 2 hotel nights in (Copiapó)
  • Mountain tents (each one is for 2 persons)
  • Dinner tent (with table and chairs)
  • Cooking kit
  • All meals within the expedition (Breakfast, box lunch, diner)
  • Professional first aids kit
  • Mat
  • Heart rate monitor and oximeter
  • VHF Radio
  • Satellite radio
  • All group equipment; rope, high altitude tent, stove, GPS, etc.

Not included:

  • Personal mountain equipment
  • Traveling and rescue insurances. We strongly recommend you to get them.
  • Camping, refuge or hotel in Santa Rosa lagoon, conciderate at list 30usd per day.
  • Any other service which wasn’t mentioned above. (restaurant meals in Copiapo, beverages , tips, etc.)
  • International and national flights and boarding fees.
  • Climbing permit “from the last 4 years this payment are not required”
  • Payment in Santa Rosa lagoon, for refuge (us30) , camping (us20) or Hotel (us100)

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Trip-code: Number ►PE-404
Duration: 14 days
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Country / Location: Chile
Mountain Guide: Eric Raul Albino Lliuya

Balance: Must be made 30 days before expedition departure time via transfer to our account.

Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations made between 29 to 16 days prior the expedition will be refunded up to a 60% of the deposited money, or, if you prefer, you can keep the reservation up to one year for a new scheduled expedition of the same value.
  • Cancellations made 15 days (or less) before the expedition WILL NOT be refunded.

This cancellation policy covers any and all reasons for canceling participation in the expedition, including personal issues, accidents, illness, acts of nature, bad weather, etc.

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