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Ascent to Licancabur – San Pedro de Atacama

The Licancabur is a perfect volcanic cone between Chile and Bolivia. Join a guide from the Vulcano Expediciones team on this 2-day ascent.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Reach the summit of the Licancabur volcano.

  • Learn about the Incan history.

  • Spend 2 days exploring the Andes.


A few hours away from San Pedro de Atacama we find the perfect volcanic cone of Licancabur. Located right between Chile and Bolivia, it rises almost 6000 meters high. It can be climbed from either of the two countries. Since the Bolivian side is more accessible and very beautiful, we will take this route.

Licancabur has a rich Incan history. Indeed, major Incan ruins are at its base and summit!

To join the expedition, you need to have basic trekking experience and be healthy and fit. In addition, be sure to comply with the legal requirements to enter Bolivia (passport and migration stamps).

Please note that acclimatization is important! We recommend sleeping at least 3 nights in San Pedro de Atacama before the trip. And it’s ideal to climb a lower mountain before Licancabur.

I propose to you the following 2-day program.

Day 1: Laguna Blanca (4400 m)
We leave at 7AM from San Pedro de Atacama. We cross the Bolivian border and drive until Laguna Blanca. During the day we will go on very light walks. Overnight in a mountain hut.

Day 2: Summit day (5917 m)
Today starts very early, at 4AM. Breakfast followed by a drive to the base of the mountain, where we start the walk. The ascent to the summit will be 7-9 hours long because of the high altitude. Return to San Pedro de Atacama around 6PM.

Does the ascent to this mythical volcano sound tempting? Then please contact me for more information! It will be my pleasure taking you there. 

Another option could be this ascent to the Lascar Volcano in Chile. Check it out!



In a mountain hut in Laguna Blanca.

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You need to bring: bandana, warm hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, head torch with spare batteries, warm hooded jacket, snow/rain/wind proof jacket, t-shirt, fleece jacket, trekking pants, base layer pants, goretex pants, chemical hand warmers, mittens, gloves, trekking boots, trekking socks, thick expedition socks, rucksack (25-35 L), carbo gels, 1L thermos, water bottle, trekking poles. We provide sat phone for emergencies, VHF radio and medical oxygen.

Meeting point

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.