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Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
Type of Trip
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!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Group equipment
- Personal Insurance
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
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.
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.
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.
Extra day or summit day
Backup day. In case we didn’t make it in day 3 this is our summit day.
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.
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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