4 mountains that surpass the magical 6,000 metre mark, 4 different objectives, 4 new summits, 1 single expedition. San Francisco (6,020 mt-19,803 ft), Vicuñas (6,060 mts-19,881 ft), Ermitaño (6,060 mts-19,881 ft) and Peñas Blancas (6,056 mts-19,868 ft).) are the 4 milestones that constitute this ambitious and challenging project.
Essentially these are forgotten mountains that are usually outshone by the key objective of the area: the Ojos del Salado whose 6,893 metres attract the attention of almost all visitors. Nonetheless, for those aiming to collect high altitude milestones within an area laden with 6,000 metre mountains, this embodies a challenging and tough undertaking.
Once set up at base camp at the Laguna Verde (4,300 mts), all climbs can be accomplished for the day, leaving from- and returning to the the comfort of the camp for each climb. This allows to good food, the lovely hot springs and a well-deserved rest to be enjoyed throughout the expedition.
Although this is a physically demanding objective in the sheer number of climbs, these are relatively short climbs that take between 4 and 7 hours each to cover a little more than 1000 metres of elevation difference. For this reason, just a decent level of fitness, focus and determination are paramount to meet these continuous challenges. For every two mountains there is one rest day at base camp.
Next climbing days: november 16 to 24
Day 1: Flight to Copiapó-Vallecito, start of acclimatisation.
Early flight to Copiapó, from which the overland journey to Vallecito, the first camp at 2,800 mts-9,186 ft, will start.
Day 2: Laguna Santa Rosa (3,700 mts-11,811 ft).
One night at the shores of this picturesque lake inhabited by various flamenco species.
Day 3: Laguna Verde (4,300 mts-14.107 ft).
Arrival at base camp. Setting up the camp in which we will stay until the end of the expedition.
Day 4: Hike up Mulas Muertas.
Acclimatisation hike, up to an altitude of around 17.060 ft. Return to base camp.
Day 5: Climb of the volcano San Francisco (6,020 mt-19,803 ft).
Climb of the trip's first 6000 meter mountain (19685 ft). Up a clear path with excellent views of the Incahuasi volcano (21.817 ft).
Day 6: Climb of the volcano Peñas Blancas (6,056 mts-19,868 ft).
Ascent of the trip´s second 6000 metre mountain. Passing along the edge of the Laguna Verde salt flats. Short climb using a faint path.
Day 7: Laguna Verde.
Rest day in camp and the hot springs.
Day 8: Climb of the volcano Ermitaño (6,180 mts-20,275 ft).
Ascent of the trip´s fifth 6000 metre mountain. The highest of the 6 mountains. By far the mountain whose climb involves the greatest variety of landscapes.
Day 9: Climb of the volcano Vicuñas (6,060 mts-19,881 ft).
Ascent of the trip´s sixth and final 6,000 metre mountain. Short climb up to the pass that divides the Vicuñas and its neighbour, the Barrancas Blancas.
Día 10: Return to Caldera.
Drive towards the port of Caldera. Night in hotel or drop off at Copiapó airport.
*All the programs can be adapted to the needs of the different groups.