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Ascent to Ojos del Salado Volcano 6893m

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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.



10 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec


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.


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.



More info

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.

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