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Ascent to San Francisco Volcano, in Argentina

Ascent to San Francisco Volcano, in Argentina
Ascent to San Francisco Volcano, in Argentina
Ascent to San Francisco Volcano, in Argentina
Ascent to San Francisco Volcano, in Argentina

Join David into an unforgettable 9-day expedition to San Francisco Volcano (6036 m), in the Andean province of Catamarca.

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9 Days

Mar, Apr, Oct, Dec


I invite you to a 9-day expedition to the summit of San Francisco Volcano, a 6036 m peak in the Andean province of Catamarca.

This is a region of large volcanoes and snowy peaks with heights over 6000 meters. In fact, that's why this incredible scenery is called the 'Six thousands route'. 

During this trip, we'll admire the beauty of the landscapes, but also begin to acclimatize in the High Mountain.

In order to live an unforgettable experience there are many previous ascents to different peaks, so we can be at our best to reach our main goal.

You can find the complete program below for further information.

This is an experience you can't miss! Please contact me if you want to be a part of this expedition to San Francisco volcano. I will be happy to show you the best spots around this area. 

I organize many other trips in Argentina, like ascending Nevado de Chañi (5950 m) or climbing Llullaillaco Volcano at 6732 m.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Price per person to join a group up to 4 people.


Day 1: Fiambala

We’ll meet in the morning at the bus station of the town of Fiambalá and be transferred to the hotel.

Then we’ll talk about the expedition and its objectives. Later in the afternoon we will visit the Museum of Man and mueso six miles.

Overnight in Fiambala.

Day 2: Fiambala / Chaschuil

After breakfast a private vehicle takes us along the international route 60 towards Chaschuil Refuge (2850 m).

There we will spend two nights to get acclimatized. On this day there won’t be physical activity, only the transfer by 4×4 (1 hour with stops included).

Day 3: Acclimatization trekking

After breakfast we will start our first climb up to Cerro Chaschuil at 3750 m. It will take us about 5 hours to reach the summit.

Then we’ll return to the refuge to spend the second and final night. On this day there wont’ be any physical activity and we will be in full contact with nature and with views of the spectacular Andes Mountains.

5 hours duration, stops included.

Day 4: Chaschuil - Refuge Grottoes and trekking

After breakfast, a 4×4 takes us through the International Route 60 towards Refuge Grottoes at 4050 m. There, our second trek of acclimatization will start. We will hike to Cerro Falso Morocho at 4640 m. It will take us about 4 hours getting to the top. From there you can enjoy a beautiful landscape with breathtaking views of the Incahuasi Volcano and San Francisco lagoon and volcano, our main goal. Then we’ll go back to Refuge Caves.

Day 5: Acclimatization trekking

We travel in 4×4 from the caves to the base of Cerro Cuevas at 5250 m. It will take 7 hours in total with a height of 900 m. We will see the progress of acclimatization thinking of the main objective, then we’ll return to Caves Refuge.

Day 6: Free day

We will take a break and enjoy a swim in the Hot Springs Caves. Overnight in Refugio. During this day there won’t be physical activity, only a break from the previous days. Of course people who want to walk out can do it or you can stay in the Refuge.

Day 7: Las Grutas - basecamp

Transfer from “Las Grutas” to Filo Cumbrero at 4900 m.

After lunch at the caves we will go on a 4×4 that will take us to 4900 m. There begins the ascent to the volcano. The idea is to camp at 5250 m. It is a very hard terrain. We’ll also be carrying heavy backpacks and personal equipment, water and food enough for two entire days.

We will arrive in the afternoon and we’ll set up our camp.

Depending on the physical conditions, this hike will take about 3 hours with stops included.

Day 8: Summit!

We’ll attempt the summit of San Francisco Volcano at 6036 m.

Once there, the summit gives us an almost unreal landscape of lagoons and the most important volcanoes of the Andes. After that, we’ll return to high camp and continue down to the following 4×4 transfer to Fiambala.

There we’ll have dinner and celebrations. Night at the Baths or Fiambala.

Day 9: Extra day

In case of bad weather conditions or if you want to visit Aguas resort Termas de Fiambala. End of the trip.



More info

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: Head • Hat sun. • Woolly Hat or balaclava. • Buff or scarf soft cotton.

Upper part of the body • polypropylene long sleeve shirt (two). • Cotton T-shirt or short-sleeved polypropylene (two). • Polar jacket (one). • Jacket breathable Gore-Tex or waterproof. • Duvet jacket.

Hands • polypropylene gloves. • polar thick gloves.

Lower Body • Pants for polypropylene legs. • Breathable and windproof trousers gore-tex or similar. • Long pants light. • Pants polar light coat.

Feet • Long socks (3 pairs of cotton and 2 synthetic ones). • trekking boots. • comfortable shoes.

Technical team • Trekking poles. • crampons. • Backpack (70 liters or more). • Sleeping bag pen (at least -20 ° C). • Water bottle of at least 900 CC. • insulating mat. • Headlamp with batteries and spare bulb. • Bolson expedition.

Personal items • Cream sunscreen. • Chapstick. • Hygiene bag. • personal first aid kit. • Personal items: camera, mp3, books, etc.

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

AAGM Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I was born in Catamarca province, land of 6000m peaks (los seismiles), such as Pissis and Ojos del Salado.

I now live in Tilcara, Jujuy, located in the 'Quebrada de Humahuaca' a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I guide mountaineering, trekking, horse riding and multi adventure trips in Argentina's North and North-West region.

When guiding, my objective is to provide confidence and safety to my clients, and by the end of the trip to say goodbye as friends.



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What people are saying about David



I dont know where to start. But david do not speak english, as he said and lupe from explore and share said he did. But I was thinking okay ill get to practice My spanish. But we had some trouble in communication. And there was some bad communication between david and Explorer and share so i did not get the expedition i bought. I paid My self for 3 days at hostels and hotels althoug it was included also 100 dollars extra for base camp at llullaillaco. At grand tolar david left me at gave me a local guide lorenzo also only speaking spanish but really nice and peacefull and great Guy by the way. But david said he has problems so he had to go. When i got down from summit no david. So i write to him a litle angry where he was and where My stuff was and he was in a city 3 hours away. But he got me some transport to him and ill ended up paying for My hotel there to. Now to the good things. The expedition where beutyfull. And david know whats good for you i got good aklimatation and most places where absolutely stunning. Will i recomend david. Probely not. Unless you speak spanish and make sure everthing is sorte out and no misunderstandings.



I had a mindblown experience riding in the mountains for 3 days in Juyjuy, or should I say horseback mountain climbing. I do have previous experience with horseback riding, but I have never done anything compared to this. Mesmerizing views, primitive overnight stays and food in the nature. I was also allowed to book very last minute, resulting in me being alone in the mountains with a guide. This tour is an experience that I will take with me fondly for life. My communication with David was good. My guide on the journey, Gonzalo, was very shy and timid. He only answered questions and did not explain to me the areas we were riding through. Something that I would have appreciated. This is also a very Argentinian experience in the sense that they sent an itinerary that was not exactly followed, and they were not punctual on time. If you have a relaxed view upon things like these, you will have an amazing time. Living here, I have come to learn that this is very Argentinian, so you also get a cultural experience. On the plus side, here, everything has a solution. The only thing, as an urbanized European, I would have highly appreciated, is that they bring a satellite telephone (mentioned in the itinerary) and a primitive first aid kit (mentioned during the briefing), that they did not. I do understand that they know these mountains like the back of their hands. But I do not, if something would have happened. I did feel safe during the tour. All in all, I highly recommend this tour, while ensuring that important things to me are brought on the trip.



I hired David Torres for a full-day mountain hike at least 2 months in advance. Without explanation or warning, he sent in his place a man with a recently broken ankle who uses a cane to walk! My entire day of "hiking" was a 3k slow walk on a flat trail. I have attempted to get a refund, but the company has refused to communicate with me. The replacement guide told me David had another trip at the same time as mine, and chose the other, more lucrative, trip.



The trip was amazing. The climb especially. Not being used to horse riding it was quite exhausting but overall we were very satisfied with how the day went.

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