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Mountain Climbing in Atacama: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover the wild landscapes and massive mountains in this remote corner of the world!

Come to the Atacama desert in between Chile and Bolivia for a truly unique mountain climbing experience. Ascend snow-covered peaks towering more than 6.000 meters high as well as smaller volcanoes jutting out of the desert! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Mountain Climbing trips in Atacama. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Atacama

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Atacama?

Sprawling across northern Chile as well as going into Bolivia and Peru, the Atacama desert is a great mountain climbing destination. Witner (June to September) is the best time to come as the temperatures are not oppressively hot, but most guides offer trips year-round.

In addition to the aforementioned peaks, there are many others that are just beckoning to intrepid climbers. Among the most popular around the small city of San Pedro de Atacama are Sairecabur (5.971 meters) and Volcan Lascar (5.592 meters).

Over on the Bolivian side of the border, even farther north is Sajama National Park. In addition to being home to Nevado Sajama, the park is full of other incredible peaks to climb as well. Taking a week or more to see them all is highly recommended.

Why should I choose Atacama for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

The Atacama is an astoundingly beautiful place. The unique colours and shapes of the desert are eye catching and entrancing,. While the snow capped mountains and volcanoes of the andes are beckoning to be climbed. Every which way you go, the views are varied and sublime.

Magnificent Mountains

San Pedro de Atacama is an excellent starting point for all sorts of ascents. Numerous 6.000 meter high mountains are located right nearby and easily accessed. For single ascents that last two days to weeks long expeditions up multiple summits,. There are few better starting points anywhere in the world than Atacama.

Geological oddities

All around Atacama are plenty of geological oddities that are unlikely to be found in many other places. Head to Valle de la Luna for an eerily lunar landscape full of abandoned salt mines. Geysers and hot springs are also located throughout the desert making for an excellent place to have a soak as well as spectacular viewing from afar.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Atacama?

During the winter, the average daily temperatures in the Atacama region are around 15 ºC to 20 ºC in the day and drop to around freezing at night. Temperatures decrease as you gain elevation. Rain almost never falls here.

How can I get to Atacama?

Any trip to Atacama begins with a flight into the international airport in Santiago de Chile (SCL). From here, you will fly into El Loa Airport (CJC) and transfer by bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Atacama region?


What's the country code for the Atacama region?

+56 (Chile) & +591 (Bolivia)

What currency is accepted around Atacama?

Chilean peso (CLP) & Boliviano (BOB)

Best time to climb

May to October

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Atacama



Christian was an amazing guide and made sure everyone was safe and looked after. It was an awesome experience.


Lautaro did a truely amazing job!!!!



Hey, So I had a great time on this journey in the Atacama desert and up the the Ojos del Salado. Looking forward for other adventures of this kind :)



It has been difficult for me as the one group member who did not speak Spanish fluently to be and feel included, as most group conversations happened - understandably - in Spanish. Very fortunately, two fellow climbers spoke English very well, which was very important to exchange information and have good conversations in general. I recommend to non-Spanish speaking climbers to either join a trip like that with a friend or learn to speak Spanish very well. I can get through while traveling in South America with my rudimentary Spanish, but it is insufficient for me to follow or participate in Spanish spoken conversations.



Highly recommended, very professional and trained guide. Attentive at all times to the needs of each one. The expedition was a complete success. Thanks Eze!!

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