Parinacota volcano expedition - 6,376 mts / 20,918 ft, chile

The volcano Parinacota owes its name to the parinas (Andean flamingos). It is the region´s highest mountain and lies just north of the lake Chungará. It forms part of the Nevados de Payachatas mountain chain within the national park Lauca, a biosphere reserve.  


It is probably the most climbed mountain in the area owing to its height and its climb of low technical difficulty. The imposing Pomerape, another giant of over 6000 metres is its immediate neighbour. Both form the border with Bolivia and from their summits , the unique vast altiplanic landscapes can be observed.

The area through which we will pass is known for its great cultural and archaeological heritage. We will travel through populated areas such as the towns of Putre, Parinacota, Socoroma and Caquena.


The area boasts a wide variety of native fauna including vicuñas, guayas, flamingos, and vizcachas.


Día 1: Arrival to Santiago.
Pick-up at the airport, drop-off at hotel in Santiago, check of equipment and clothing. Dinner at hotel. 

Day 2: Flight to Arica. Drive to Putre, 3,600 mts. 

Early morning flight to Arica. Drive of around 3 hours to the small town of Putre, Night in hotel. Dinner. 

Day 3: Drive to Parinacota, 4,450 mts. 

Drive of around 2 hours to an inn in this small village.  Walk around the village.

Day 4: Climb of the mountain Guane-Guane, 5,190 mts.

Acclimatisation climb of the mountain Guane-Guane close to the village of Parinacota. A total of around 8 hours. Night in inn.

Day 5: Base Camp, 4,950 mts. 

Drive of around 2.5 hours to base camp, located at just under 5,000 metres of altitude, at the foot of the mountain. 

Day 6: Carry day to high camp (5,395 mts).

Carrying equipment to the high camp, just at the foot of the snowfields that lead to the summit .  Return to base camp. 

Día 7: CB-High Camp (5,395 mts).
Hike to high camp before the summit day.

Día 8: Summit Parinacota.

Summit day of around 8 hours. Night in high camp and then return to base camp. 

Day 9: Return to Putre.

Drive down from base camp to Putre. Night in hotel.

Day 10: Hot springs and return to Arica.

Visit of the Jurasi hot springs in the morning. Drive to Arica. Night in hotel. 

Day 11: Flight to Santiago

Drive from hotel to Arica airport. Return to Santiago. Night in hotel. 

Day 12: Day in Santiago
Day for personal matters in the city.

Day 13: Drop off at airport.


Drop-off at Santiago airport. End of the Parinacota expedition and the services of AndesContact. 

Directed planning for foreign or non-resident in Chile. For other trips consider the established dates.



-Transport * 4 × 4 in mountain and Arica, guiding and logistics.

-Assistant Guide.

-First aid kit and oximetry (saturation and pulse).

-VHF radios and satellite phone.

-Group cooking equipment (stove, gas, etc).

-2 people 4 season tents .

-All the food in mountain.

-Airport transfer.


-Transfer Santiago-Arica-Santiago.

-Flight tickets Santiago-Arica.

-Group and personal gear.

-Life and/or accident insurance. Should an accident occur, the affected passenger will immediately be transfered to hospital in Arica, the cost being carried by the passenger.

*Additional days are excluded from the program and must be paid separately.



Atención: Los campos marcados con * son obligatorios.