• Trip duration
    5 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    4 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

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!

Itinerary

Day 1

Zapala/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 2

Las 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 3

Summit 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 4

Extra day or summit day

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

Day 5

Back 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.

Looking to join a group?

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
24/11/2017 to 28/07/2017
Departures guaranteed on confirmed date. Ask for special dates for groups.

Price per person

Group of 411900ARS

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • All meals during trip
  • Group equipment
  • Personal Insurance

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Zapala or Chos Malal.