Adventure to the highest altitude active volcano (Ojos del Salado) in the world & the second highest peak in the Andes!
This is a great introduction to serious trekking and climbing for beginners & intermediates to the discipline of mountain climbing & trekking.
Sited on the Argentinian & Chilean border: Nevado Ojos del Salado stands at a proud 6,893m altitude; the trekking and altitude provide the real challenge on this expedition with a small section of rock climbing at the summit of the route.
Although Ojos del Salado presides on the edges of the Atacama Desert; a very dry region; it is still famed for having the world’s highest crater lake on the eastern side of the volcano, situated at 6,390m.
Following a program of acclimatisation, you’ll set out to make the summit of Ojos del Salado in good timing but always with respect to the altitude.
Trek & climb the second highest peak in the Andes Mountains.
Trekking from Valle Chico to Laguna Santa Rosa (c.3,800m).
From Laguna Santa Rosa to Laguna Verde (c.4,300m).
Hiking to Cerro Mulas Muertas (c.5,400m).
Trekking ascent of San Francisco volcano (c.6,000m).
From Laguna Verde, driving to Atacama Refuge (c.5,300m).
Breakfast x 11
Lunches x 12
Dinner x 11
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual high-mountain guide
International & Domestic Airfares
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
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|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
You’ll be collected from Aeropuerto Desierto de Atacama (CPO) and transferred to Bahia Inglesa or Caldera, with time to discover and explore.
Reunion with your guide for a briefing and personal equipment check.
The next day you’ll be transported across the altiplano towards Ojos del Salado.
During each day you’ll trek for a few hours at ever increasing altitudes to aid your acclimatisation, before setting up camp for the nights.
Highlights include Laguna Santa Rosa, where you’ll observe Andean Flamingos which nest around the laguna year round, and the turquoise waters of Laguna Verde with its hot springs which ease tired bodies during the time you will have here.
Valle Chico trekking to Laguna Santa Rosa (3,760m) – Laguna Santa Rosa Camp
Transition from Laguna Santa Rosa to Laguna Verde (4,340m) – Laguna Verde Camp
Trek to Cerro Mulas Muertas (5,400m) – Laguna Verde Camp
Trek climb of San Francisco volcano (6,080m) – Laguna Verde Camp
From Laguna Verde drive to Atacama Refuge (5,300m) – Atacama Refuge
Rest & Recuperation Day
You’ll take a day hiking up to the next stage camp at Tejos Refuge; this helps you further with your acclimatisation period. It may be necessary to help bring summit equipment here.
This also helps reduce the cargo for the following day, when you’ll move towards the high camp at 5,825m, giving us plenty of time for rest and acclimatisation before the eventual summit day.
Overnight: Tejos Refuge
Summit day begins with an early start. The route starts out as a gradual climb before rising on the western ridge up to the volcanic crater.
From this point the final challenge is a rock climb of around 20m; here you’ll use fixed ropes to secure the ascent to summit.
Once commanding this section; the summit of this immense volcano has arrived! Taking time to soak in the views and after taking numerous photos & videos, you’ll begin the descent to camp.
Usually the summit day takes around 13hrs to complete (ascent & descent).
Overnight: Tejos Refuge
Following the expedition, it’s time to pack up camp and head back to the Atacama Refuge. Then onto Bahía Inglesa or Caldera to stop over for the night, refresh and enjoy some good food together!
From Bahia Inglesa we’ll transfer you to Copiapó Airport for your onward connecting flights home. Until the next time!!