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Guided 9-day climb to San Francisco volcano in Atacama


Eduardo, an IFMGA certified guide, takes you on a 9-day expedition to the summit of San Francisco volcano, the world's easiest 6000m peak to climb. You will also climb Siete Hermanos and Mulas Muertas as part of the acclimatization.



9 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec




The arid region of the Atacama Desert awaits your visit. This vast surface in northern Chile has a spectacular surprise for you: San Francisco volcano (6,018 m). Located right on the border of Argentina and Chile, this extinct stratovolcano will be our main challenge on this unforgettable 9-day expedition. 

Why is this experience for you? Thanks for asking: San Francisco volcano is considered the world’s easiest 6,000 m peak to climb, since its route grows gradually in height, allowing us to acclimatize well.

This is not a technical ascent. However, it’s an expedition that will take us to extreme altitudes, so you will need to have a multi-day altitude trek experience, climbing other peaks in the area first. You’ll also need to be healthy and fit.

We will start our exciting journey in the northern Chilean city of Copiapó, where we will prepare and adjust everything for the expedition. On the following day, we will drive to the Laguna Santa Rosa Hut to spend the night, located at the edge of the homonymous lagoon.

The next days we will witness the beauty of the Siete Hermanos peak (4,780 m) and the dryness that surrounds the Mulas Muertas peak (5,200 m), and will acclimatize our bodies for the 7th day challenge: San Francisco Volcano summit via the north ridge.

This last climb will take us around 5 to 7 hours to accomplish. Afterwards, four-by-four vehicles will be waiting for us at the bottom to take us back to our shelter for the night.

For this trip, it is essential that you bring with you personal climbing equipment or let us know beforehand if you want us to rent it for you.

If you are up for an exciting but demanding challenge, try this one! Don’t miss the chance to witness the inhospitable nature of the Atacama Desert over 6,000 m high!

Would you like to go further and higher? Join me in this 14-day ascent to the summit of the Ojos del Salado peak, the world’s highest volcano at 6,891 m.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide expenses

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Prices are for open groups on fixed dates. Ask me for private groups.

All transport within the trip, as well as meals and accommodation are included, except for lunch and dinner in Copiapó and flights to and from this city. You should also bring your own camping and personal equipment.


Day 1: Arrival to Copiapó

Pick up at the airport and transfer to Copiapó. We will prepare all the equipment for the next days and have dinner.

Day 2: Copiapó – Laguna Santa Rosa Hut (3700m)

210 km away from Copiapó, we will overnight at the Laguna Santa Rosa Hut.

Day 3: Climbing Siete Hermanos (4780m)

We will climb to the Siete Hermanos summit, at 4,780 m and overnight at the Laguna Santa Rosa Hut.

Day 4: Laguna Santa Rosa Hut – Laguna Verde Hut (4300m)

We’ll cook and gather in a small mountain hut and sleep in tents at the Laguna Verde Hut. Good news: there’s a large warm water pool  available!

Day 5: Climb to Mulas Muertas (5200m)

Another day for acclimatization: we will climb the Mulas Muertas peak, a few km away from the hut.

Day 6: Drive to Claudio Lucero Hut (4400m)

A day before the big challenge, we will spend the night at Claudio Lucero Hut.

Day 7: Climbing Nevado San Francisco (6023m)

We will start with an early breakfast and after a short drive, we will climb for about 5 to 7 hours to the summit of the San Francisco peak. We will overnight at Claudio Lucero Hut.

Day 8: 2nd attempt to climb San Francisco peak or drive to Copiapó (4400m)

If we didn’t make it to the top the day before, we can try again. If we did, we can drive back to Copiapó.

Day 9: Drive to Copiapó

We will drive back to Copiapó.




Hotel in Copiapó, Laguna Santa Rosa Hut, Laguna Verde Hut, Claudio Lucero Hut

More info

There are no rental shops in Copiapó or Santiago, so you need to bring your own equipment or let us know beforehand if you want us to rent it for you.

Remember that you will need special gear such as: single layer boots, trekking boots and trekking poles. You will also need clothing to keep you warm in extreme conditions like trekking socks, mittens, gloves, snowproof pants, base layer pants, trekking pants, a fleece jacket, snowproof jacket, a summit down jacket, and a hat. Please, bring your own camping personal items, including a sleeping bag and a sleeping mattress.

Meeting point

Copiapó Airport

About the guide

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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What people are saying about Eduardo Tonetti

Jerry Bierbower


February, 2019

You People there at Explore have really put a great trip together. I don,t know how you could improve on this. Thanks forgiving me the chance to experience Chile!

Simon Hebdon


January, 2019

We absolutely loved the Licancabur ascent, it was a real adventure despite the fact we didnt make it to the top.  The overnight stay in the very rustic Bolivian refuge was  a real experience that we will remember forever (very basic but comfortable). Its a credit to our guide Brian that we made it as far as we did but a combination of tiredness, altitude and overconfirdence meant we didnt make it to the top. This didnt however detract from this being an incredible experience for my wife and i. Watching the sunrise at 5300m was breathtaking, another memory that will last a long time. Would absolutely recommend this as long as you are fit, & used to very long hikes (12+ hours). The local team prepped us well as they could including some additional clothing and thicker gloves for the very cold start to the day (it warms considerably after sunrise). Brian provided expert guidance on the volcano along with snacks, great stories and helpful input when making the tough decision to call it a day at around 5400m. Highy recommended !

Anne-Laure Tinardon


October, 2018

These 2-days in Cerro Penitentes were amazing in the environnement of Aconcagua and the Andes in general. Eduardo has been very professional, very reactive to my questions before and during the trek, very aware or my wellness. We had a very good time and I should recommend it for sure.


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