Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
We’ll meet you the airport, (50km away from Copiapo). This day is for checking your personal equipment and to make sure you don’t need anything else for the trip. In case you are in need of any supplies, we will have time to shop for whatever is necessary. On this day, you will also meet all the members of the team and have dinner together.
On this day, we’ll drive 210km and sleep in a small mountain hut at the edge of a beautiful salty lagoon called Santa Rosa.
The plan for the 3rd day is to summit Siete Hermanos if conditions are favorable, if not, we’ll go as high as we can. This is one of the ‘low’ altitude we’ll be exposed to (4780m peak near Laguna Santa Rosa).
We’ll drive 120km to Laguna Verde, after a delicious and generous breakfast of course! We have a lot of surprises planned for this day:
-Cooking in a small mountain hut
-Sleeping in tents
-Inside the hut there is a large pool of warm water which comes from nearby hot springs for us to enjoy!
Time to climb Mulas Muertas (5200m), just a few kilometers away from our hut. As progress during this hike, we’ll take it very easy and go as high as we can depending on the team’s overall condition.
Short drive (12km) to another hut just a few meters away. We will have much more space and comfort at this spot.
We have to wake up very early on day 7! Time to start climbing Nevado San Francisco via the north ridge. With our plastic boots and packs on we’ll drive to 5,000 meters before starting the climb. The drive takes about 30 minutes, and the climb might take us 5 to 7 hours. Today we need to try our best to get to the top. This will be an inflection point to increase your confidence and acclimation with the mountain. After summiting, our 4WD vehicles will be waiting for us at the bottom, then take us back to the hut.
Recovering day at Claudio Lucero’s hut.
This day will include a 2-hour drive to “Atacama” our higher hut (5,200m). So, again: Put on your seatbelt!!! The roads can be bad, but relax and enjoy the incredible views. Our talented and experience drivers can handle it with ease.
No more crazy driving! Put your backpacks on and get ready to walk! After an early lunch, we’ll walk for 3 to 5 hours to a metal hut named Tejos, located at 5,800 meters.
What a day!!! One more time we need to start very early: 3am. We expect a 7 to 9 hour push to reach the summit. The climb starts with straightforward switchbacks then changes to a huge traverse at 6,500 meters. We then reach the main crater and work our way to the summit over a final steep gully and a technical 10 meter rock section to the main summit. Just a detail to consider: YOU WILL SUMMIT THE LARGEST VOLVANO ON EARTH!
We reserve this day in case of bad weather in Day 11 that prevents us from summiting.
You will leave the airport full of wonderful memories!
|03/02/2020 to 16/02/2020|
|22/02/2020 to 06/03/2020|
- Copiapó: 2 nights in a 3- star hotel (the rooms are shared by each two expedition members).
- During the expedition: Huts/tents.
How to get to Copiapó? Flying from Santiago de Chile is the best option. Check out LATAM and Sky Airlines web sites.
- Hat and cap (for sun protection and cold days), Bandana, Balaclava
- Ski goggles, Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Light down jacket, Summit Down Jacket,Snowproof jacket, T-shirts, Fleece jacket
- Trekking pants, Gaiters Base layer pants, Snowproof pants, Fleece Pants
- Mittens, Gloves, Hands warmers.
- Sandals or crocs, Trekking boots, Trekking socks, Thick expedition socks, Double boots
- Helmet, Crampons
- Carbo gels, Snacks, Freeze dried food
- Stuff sacks or bin bags, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping mattress Rucksack, 1 litre thermos, Water
bottle, Duffel Bag
- Padlock, Trekking poles
- International Travel Insurance
As we mentioned in the itinerary, on our first day we will check all your personal equipment to make sure you dont need anything else. If you need to rent some of these items, we can do it for you in Mendoza, but please let us know in advanced.
I'm originally from São Paulo and lived in Brazil until 2010 when I decided to drop everything and live off the mountain.
I used to work in advertising, until I studied and graduated in 2013 from the EPGAMT school in Mendoza. Today I'm one of the few professional mountain guides from Brazil.
I've been a climber for 12 years and have great experience in climbing rock, ice and high mountain. I'm specialized in the Central Andes and climbed dozens of mountains in the region.
I've done crossings in the Central Andes from Argentina to Chile, and ice climbing as well, participating for 5 years in Vallecitos Ice Climbing Festival. In addition I climbed great mountains like: Aconcagua (6962m), Ojos del Salado (6898m), Tres Cruces Sur (6738m), Tres Cruces Central (6640m), Mercedario (6770m), Tupungato Volcano (6556m), Aconcagua and Cerro Plata (5943m), Vicuñas (6087m), among others.
I've been working in Aconcagua for the last 4 years in a row and started as a porter in 2012. I worked my way up and now lead several expeditions at Central and dry Andes.
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