OJOS DEL SALADO VOLCANO EXPEDITION - 6,893 M / 22,614 FT, CHILE

The volcano Nevado Ojos del Salado marks Chile´s highest peak, and the second highest in the Americas after the Aconcagua. It is the world´s highest volcano, which calls the attention of mountaineers from all over the world.
 

Nestled in the heart of the Atacama Desert, in an area known as the Puna de Atacama, this giant towers at 6,893 metres above sea level dominating its immediate neighbours (such as El Muerto, Fraile, Vicuña, Incahuasi). During its high season from November to March, the Ojos is the mountain that is most visited by foreigners in Chile. 
 

Paradoxically, the Ojos is rather a comfortable mountain in the sense that in some parts possess toilet facilities, there are hot springs to relax in, and drivable paths that allow altitude to be gained without having to shoulder much weight. This however does not make the climb itself easier: the Ojos remains in the middle of the desert with a relative humidity around 0%, which immediately complicates its climb. 

 

Nevado Ojos del Salado, the world´s highest volcano, Chile´s highest mountain and a vast desert make this one of Chile´s most popular expeditions.

Next expeditions:
• January 9 to 20, 2021.

• January 30 to february 10, 2021.

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PROGRAMME

•Day 1: Flight to Copiapó. Drive to Santa Rosa (3,750 m - 12,303 ft), start of acclimatization. 

Early flight to Copiapó, from which the overland journey to Santa Rosa camp, the first camp, will start.

Day 2: Laguna Santa Rosa, 7 Hermanos climb (4,850 m - 15,912 ft) . 

Climb of 7 Hermanos mountain; return to camp.

•Day 3: Laguna Verde (4,320 m - 14,173 ft).  

Drive towards the Laguna Verde where we will set up base camp. Individual tents and a dining dome tent. 

•Day 4: Hike up the mountain Mulas Muertas. 

Acclimatization hike up the mountain Mulas Muertas, to an altitude of  5,000 m - 16,404 ft. Rest and return to base camp. 

•Day 5: Climb of the volcano San Francisco (6,036 m - 19,803 ft).

After an early start, the San Francisco is climbed within 5 - 6 hours.  Return to base camp. 

•Day 6: Rest day.

Rest day in base camp and hot springs. 

•Day 7: Drive to the Atacama camp (5.300 m - 17,388 ft).

Trip of around an hour to the camp Atacama where we will stay two nights acclimatising. From here we will carry the equipment to the Tejos camp.

•Day 8: Moving equipment to Refugio Tejos (5,800 m - 19,028 ft).

Carrying equipment to Refugio Tejos. Return to camp Atacama.

•Day 9: Night in Refugio Tejos.

Day before summit. Walk up to Refugio Tejos, from where we will attempt to summit the Ojos del Salado. 

•Day 10: Summit  attempt Ojos del Salado (6,893 m - 22,614 ft).

Summit day. Early morning start for an 12 hour return hike. Return to Atacama camp (possible return to Laguna Verde).

•Day 11: Return to Caldera/Copiapó

Drive back down to hotel in Caldera. Dinner.

•Day 12: Flight to Santiago

Return to Santiago. Drive from hotel in Caldera to Copiapó airport. End of AndesContact services.

*All the programs can be adapted to the needs of the different groups.

 

Climbing & trip conditions.