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Ascent to Ojos del Salado Volcano 6893m

Do you want to climb the highest volcano in the world? Indio, IFMGA certified mountain guide, will lead you on this fantastic adventure with amazing views.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration10 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Type of tripPrivate


Join me in the ascent of Ojos del Salado volcano, in the border of Chile and Argentina!

The area is surrounded by many high mountains. But the Ojos del Salado is the most outstanding. It has therefore several awards. It’s the world’s highest volcano, the second peak in the Americas, the highest mountain in the Chilean Andes and the second in the Argentine Andes after the Aconcagua (6959 m). A great adventure with a particular scenario!

We can start the trip either from Copiapo (Chile) or Catamarca (Argentina).

On the acclimatization days, we can hike or ascend other summits in the area. Some options are Laguna Verde, Mulas Muertas or San Francisco. Everything depends on our adaptation and climate.

Does this mountain trip in the Andes sound interesting? Then contact me and let’s climb Ojos del Salado together!

Please note that I won´t be guiding Ojos del Salado in 2018-2019. 



We will camp.

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Technical equipment included: helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe. Lodging in Copiapo or Catamarca after the expedition is not included. Personal equipment suggested to bring: - Upper body: 2 thin long sleeve polypropylene t-shirts, 1 polypropylene Short Sleeve t-shirt, 1 thin polar jacket (second layer), 1 polar jacket (second layer), 1 Gore-Tex jacket, 1 feather jacket. - Hands: 1 thin polypropylene pair of gloves (first layer), 1 pair of polar windstopper gloves, 1 pair of Gore-Tex gloves. - Head: sun hat, wool or fleece hat, buff. - Lower body: 1 polypropylene leg fit (first layer), 1 windstopper pair of trekking pants (second layer), 1 windproof pair of Gore-Tex (or similar) trousers. - Feet: 1 pair of leggings, 1 pairs of thin polypropylene socks (first layer), 2 pairs of polypropylene socks (second layer), 2 pairs of synthetic trekking socks, 1 pair of trekking shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of mountain double boots. - Equipment: adjustable trekking poles (telescopic), ice ax (ca. 60-70 cm), semi automatic crampons, backpack (70-80 liters), feather or synthetic sleeping bag (at least -15 °C), insulating blanket (thick foam or inflatable), waist harness, locking carabiner and descender. - Personal: 2 pairs of sunglasses (one as spare), sunscreen (SPF 50), lip sun protection (SPF 30), moisturizing skin cream, bottle of water of at least 900 cc with thermal lining, front lamp (with spare batteries), sailor bag with padlock.

Meeting point

We will start from Copiapo, Chile, or Catamarca, Argentina.




Day 1: Start

From Copiapo, Chile or Catamarca, Argentina, to Laguna Verde.

Day 2 to 4: and Day 3 and 4 - Laguna Verde

Acclimatization in Laguna Verde.

Day 5: Laguna Verde - Atacama refuge

Hike to Atacama refuge.

Day 6: Atacama refuge

Acclimatization in Atacama refuge.

Day 7: Tejo refuge and return

Hike from Atacama refuge to Tejo refuge, and return to Atacama refuge.

Day 8: Tejo refuge

Hike to Tejo refuge to stay there.

Day 9: Summit

From Tejo refuge, ascent to the summit. Then return to Atacama refuge or Laguna Verde.

Day 10: Return

Return from Atacama refuge or Laguna Verde to Copiapo.

About the guide

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I am an IFMGA and a High Mountain AAGM certified Mountain Guide. I was born in San Juan, where I found my passion for the mountains when I was a child. Today my home is El Chalten, this magical place where I have my family and where I work and live since 2008.

I have climbed many different peaks along the Andes, as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, France, Spain, Germany Italy, Austria and Switzerland. I have climbed great mountains and new routes in Patagonia, both in Cerro Torre and in the Fitz Roy mountains. I climbed Mount Fitz Roy five times and Mount Torre three times. All of them through different routes and some of them opening a new one.

One of my biggest achievements was the Standhardt - Herron - Egger traverse and the "Directa Huarpe" new route, on the west face of Cerro Torre. As well as climbing the Tehuelche route on the Fitz Roy hill in 16 hours.

I also guide in the Central Andes, in places such as Cerro Mercedario and Vallecitos in Mendoza, among other mountains. I am also a Mountaineering and Climbing instructor in different associations and member of the relief committee at the Club Andino Mercedario of the San Juan Province. I am also a member of the technical committee of the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides, in which I am part of the staff of instructors for IFMGA guides.

I guide my clients mainly in Patagonia. I spend summer in the town of El Chalten and I move to Bariloche, in northern Patagonia, in the winter, where I guide more technical excursions, like ice and/or rock climbing, as well as classic mountaineering ascents. During the year I also guide in the mountains of Peru, Bolivia and in Europe.

Even when I’m not working I enjoy climbing, bouldering, sport skiing and mountaineering. Keeping at my highest level of performance helps me ensure my clients’ safety, that is always my top priority.

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