Ascent to Domuyo Volcano in 5 days

Ascent to the Domuyo Volcano, Neuquen. Join Benjamin, AAGM certified mountain guide, in this 5 day trip to highest point of Patagonia!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

5 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
     

    This 5-day ascent to the Domuyo Volcano is a perfect opportunity to have a first experience in high altitude.

    Domuyo is a volcano located in the Cordillera del Viento near the city of Chos Malal, in North Patagonia. Thanks to its 4709 meters of altitude it is the highest mountain in Patagonia. In addition it has a unique beauty due to the surrounding glaciers and volcanic valleys.

    The ascent to Domuyo Volcano implies a technical difficulty. Besides that, we must take it slowly in order to have a proper acclimatization. I usually say that it is a high altitude ‘school’ program, very useful to have a prior mountain experience before bigger challenges in other areas of Patagonia.

    You will find more details of the day by day itinerary at the end of this description. I have some confirmed dates in November as well as other departures in February to private groups.

    As a local AAGM guide I know this region as the palm of my hand. That way I can guarantee the safest experience. Actually you can check out this article which is about an ascent I led in Domuyo in November 2016.

    Please contact me now if you find this mountaineering trip interesting. Let’s get to the “roof of Patagonia” together!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    20000 ARS

    Group of 2
    20000 ARS

    Group of 3
    20000 ARS

    Group of 4
    20000 ARS

    Group of 5
    20000 ARS

    Group of 6
    20000 ARS

    Group of 7
    20000 ARS

    Group of 8
    20000 ARS

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Personal Insurance
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     This is the price to join one of our group tours up to 4 people.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Zapala/Chos Malal - Domuyo Base Camp

      Start from Zapala or Chos Malal. We will drive 400 km to the foot of the Domuyo Volcano. From there we will walk 30 minutes towards the base camp that is at 2400 meters.

    • Day 2Las Oyetas Camp

      We will go uphill to Camp 1 “Las Oyetas” which is at 3300 meters. It is an easy walk of 5-7 hours through a beautiful surrounding. A perfect trek to get well acclimatized.

    • Day 3Summit day or acclimatization

      Depending on weather and group conditions we’ll decide if we try a summit attack or if we do another acclimatization ascent to the summit’s ridge at 3800 meters.

      The way to the summit is quite hard through steep slopes. Besides, depending on the time of the year we can find ice, snow or rocks. The ascent takes 7-8 hours so we must start early in the morning (2 or 3 AM). That way we’ll reach the summit by midday. From the top we can see beautiful views of the Tromen volcano, Wayle and the south of Mendoza. We will then descend to the Camp 1 for other 4-5 hours.

    • Day 4Extra day or summit day

      Backup day. In case we didn’t make it in day 3 this is our summit day.

    • Day 5Back to Zapala

      We will get back to basecamp and drive to Zapala. If we have time we will finish the expedition with a visit to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes. That way we can recover energies after such an effort during the previous days.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Zapala or Chos Malal.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    AAGM and aspiring IFMGA guide from Argentina.

    Since a very young age I felt attracted by the mountains, so I started climbing and spending time there. That's how mountaineering and climbing became not just an activity, but a lifestyle for me.

    This lifestyle allowed me to discover many places, and get to know beautiful mountains. And I also realized that I could earn my living with this passion, so I became a guide,

    Nowadays I have the big pleasure of working in the place I like really love: the mountains.

    I worked a couple of seasons guiding in El Chaltén, and nowadays focus mainly in North Patagonia and Mendoza regions.

     
     

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    What People are Saying

    • 1 review

     

    I climbed Domuyo with Benjamín few days ago, it was amazing! Benja, and his assistant Martín, were very clever and professional handling a group in which the members had different levels of experience and training. Besides, they know the area and the mountain very well, so we were able to make it to the summit! I definitely recommend Benja as a guide in Patagonia, he made us feel very safe at all moments, and helped us discover a fantastic place.
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    Tomás
     

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