• Trip duration
    9 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    4 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Mar, Apr, Oct, Dec

Description

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.

Itinerary

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.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment

Extras

Accommodation

Lodging: Two (2) night accommodation in double or triple base. We work with hotels, hostels, hostel, which offers single rooms, double and triple with private bath. The welcome dinner and breakfast are included.Refuges: Four (04) Nights in mountain hut with bunk beds (depending on the program) Bedroom tents: One (1) night in bedroom tents. We provide our clients with the best mountain tents available in the market. Ozark, The North Face, Marmot and Mountain Hard Wear.

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.