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.
Day 1: Arrival in Santiago.
Pick-up at the airport, drop-off at hotel in Santiago, check of equipment and clothing. Dinner at hotel.
Day 2: Flight to Copiapó. Vallecito, start of acclimatisation.
Early flight to Copiapó, from which the overland journey to Vallecito, the first camp at 2,800m, will start.
Day 3: Laguna Santa Rosa, 3,650 mts.
Two hour drive to the Lake Santa Rosa at around 3,600. Gentle hike around the shore of the lake.
Day 4: Laguna Verde, 4,320 mts.
Drive towards the Laguna Verde where we will set up base camp. Individual tents and a dining dome tent.
Day 5: Hike up the mountain Mulas Muertas.
Acclimatisation hike up the mountain Mulas Muertas, to an altitude of ~ 5,250 m. Rest and return to base camp.
Day 6: Climb of the volcano San Francisco (6,036 mts).
After an early start, the San Francisco is climbed within 5 - 6 hours. Return to base camp.
Day 7: Rest day.
Rest day in base camp and hot springs.
Day 8: Drive to the Atacama camp (5.300 mts).
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 9: Moving equipment to Refugio Tejos (5,800 mts).
Carrying equipment to Refugio Tejos. Return to camp Atacama.
Day 10: Night in Refugio Tejos (5,800 mts).
Day before summit. Walk up to Refugio Tejos, from where we will attempt to summit the Ojos del Salado.
Day 11: Summit attempt Ojos del Salado (6,893 mts).
Summit day. Early morning start for an ~12 hour return hike. Return to Atacama camp (possible return to Laguna Verde).
Day 12: Reserve summit day.
Reserve day in case of bad weather or other unfavourable circumstances.
Day13: Return to Caldera
Drive back down to hotel in Caldera. Dinner.
Day 14: Flight to Santiago
Return to Santiago. Drive from hotel in Caldera to Copiapó airport. Drive from Santiago airport to hotel.
Day 15: Day in Santiago.
Day to explore the city.
Day 16: Drop off at airport.
Drop-off at Santiago airport. End of the Ojos del Salado expedition and the services of AndesContact.
All the programs can be adapted to the needs of the different groups.