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Ascent to Andean summits in 14 days

6000ers Atacama
10-day Atacama trek and climb to Licancabur
10-day Atacama trek and climb to Licancabur
10-day Atacama trek and climb to Licancabur

Discover all the beauty of the Andes! Eduardo, a certified mountain guide, takes you to Andean peaks. Join this 14-day adventure, which also includes climbing the peaks you want.

Group

Andes

14 Days

Jan - May, Sep - Dec

Very high

Intermediate


Highlights

Decide your climbs during the expedition

Enjoy bomber basecamp support with a dining tent, 4-course meals, internet, and a chef

Utilize modified 4WD transport to reach any of the chosen peaks

Description

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Our Andes 6000 FLEX Expedition is designed to let YOU choose your challenge! Start with the ascent of Nevado San Francisco (6017m) and then pay for every extra peak you choose to climb.

If you are already in love with this idea, don’t waste another minute: send a request to book it now! 

If you want to explore more of the Andes and you have a spare few days, you can try this 2-day guided ascent to Cerro Penitentes (4350 m) in Mendoza, Argentina.

Price includes

Price details

You pay for the first 6000-metre peak, then pay for every additional peak.

Base Package:

- First acclimatization peak: (Nevado San Francisco): $2530

Additional Peaks:

- Each additional "low" 6000m peak (up to 6300m): $440

- Each additional "high" 6000m peak (higher than 6300m): $880


Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome! Arrival to Copiapo (800m)

We’ll meet you at the airport, which is 50km away from Copiapo. This day is for checking your personal equipment to ensure you have everything needed for the trip. If you need any supplies, we will have time to shop for them. You will also meet all the members of the team and have dinner together. Included: Hotel with breakfast and transportation.

Day 2: Copiapo – Laguna Santa Rosa Hut (3700m)

We’ll drive 210km to a small mountain hut at the edge of a beautiful salty lagoon called Santa Rosa. The drive will take approximately 4 hours. Included: Transportation, breakfast at the hotel, snack, dinner, and overnight in a mountain hut with bunks.

Day 3: Climbing Siete Hermanas (4300m)

We’ll climb the small peak Siete Hermanas up to approximately 4300 meters. The goal today is to reach the highest altitude possible for acclimatization. Included: Breakfast, snack, dinner, and overnight in a mountain hut with bunks.

Day 4: Laguna Santa Rosa Hut – Laguna Verde Hut (4300m)

We’ll drive 120km to Laguna Verde after breakfast. Here, there is a natural hot spring with water at 40 degrees Celsius for us to enjoy. Included: Breakfast, transportation, snack, dinner, and overnight in tents.

Day 5: Climb to Mulas Muertas – 5200m

We’ll ascend to a viewpoint on Cerro Mulas Muertas, located near our base camp at Laguna Verde. We’ll go up to a plateau at 5200 meters. This round trip hike usually takes 4 hours. Included: Breakfast, snack, dinner, and overnight in tents.

Day 6: Rest day at Laguna Verde (4300m)

We’ll spend this day resting and enjoying the hot springs at Laguna Verde. Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and overnight in tents.

Day 7: Climbing Nevado San Francisco (6017m)

We’ll leave around 3:00 am from Laguna Verde with our 4x4s. The drive to the base of Nevado San Francisco takes approximately 1 hour, followed by a 7-hour ascent and descent. Included: Transportation, breakfast, snack, dinner, and overnight in tents.

Day 8: Rest day at Laguna Verde (4300m)

Another day to rest and enjoy the hot springs at Laguna Verde. Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and overnight in tents.

Day 12: Flight out

Day 13: Drive back to Copiapo

We’ll drive back to Copiapo after dismantling our base. Included: Breakfast, transportation (hotels in Copiapo not included if we stay in the city).

Day 14: Departure

You will be taken to the airport 2 to 3 hours before your flight. Included: Breakfast and transportation.

 

Details

More info

Please keep in mind that you will need complete and adequate mountaineering equipment to have a successful expedition to San Francisco. For that purpose, all your personal equipment will be checked by one of our guides in the hotel. There are no rental shops in Copiapo or Santiago. If you need to rent mountaineering equipment, we can rent it for you in Mendoza but we need to know all your sizes in advance.

Climbing Possibilities:

- Ojos del Salado 6898 m (22,616 ft) - Barrancas Blancas 6119 m (20,069 ft) - Peña Blanca 6058 m (19,873 ft) - Tres Cruces Norte 6030 m (19,792 ft) - Vicuñas 6067 m (19,902 ft) - Volcán Solo 6202 m (20,341 ft) - Incahuasi 6638 m (21,782 ft) - Muerto 6516 m (21,376 ft) - Nevado Copiapo 6052 m (19,857 ft) - Tres Cruces Sur 6742 m (22,112 ft) - Volcán Fraile 6061 m (19,881 ft) - And 10 more...

Meeting point

Copiapó

FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

For the Andes 6000 Flex expedition, you need to have cardiovascular training up to date and prior experience with high-altitude mountains is recommended. This ensures participants are prepared for the physical demands and altitude of the climb. Physical demand is only responsible for 20% of success in these kinds of climbs. Given the demanding nature of the Andes 6000 Flex expedition, which involves high altitudes and physical exertion, it is generally not suitable for children or older individuals without the required fitness levels and prior experience. Although there aren't legal requirements, participants should generally be between 16 and 70 years old to do well.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

Participants should start training several months in advance, focusing on cardiovascular fitness, strength training, and acclimatization hikes. Specific recommendations include regular aerobic exercises like running, cycling, and stair climbing, combined with strength workouts targeting legs, core, and upper body. Altitude training or hikes at high elevations can also be very beneficial.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

Participants need to bring certain technical equipment. However, it is possible to rent equipment in Copiapó. The approximate costs are as follows: Thermal mat: $35, Down jacket: $115, Double boots La Sportiva: $130, Down mittens: $50, Crampons: $50, Climbing helmet: $40, Ice axe: $50, Sleeping bag (-5°C to -10°C): $90.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

There is no need for porters on the Andes 6000 Flex expedition. We use 4WD vehicles to carry heavy equipment up to 5900m.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

Accommodation will be provided in mountain refuges (e.g., Maricunga) and tents at various campsites along the route. Meals will be included throughout the expedition, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided at the camps. All meals outside Copiapó are included. Tents and hotel rooms (also included) are shared between two expedition members.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

A reserve day is included in the itinerary to accommodate potential delays due to bad weather. In cases of severe weather conditions, the itinerary might be adjusted to ensure the safety of all participants.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

Permits: Permits for climbing are included in the expedition package.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is recommended.

Vaccines: It is advisable to check for any health advisories related to travel to Chile beforehand.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

The guide-to-client ratio for the Andes 6000 Flex expedition is approximately 1 guide for every 2.5 clients on summit day and 3 clients per guide in other situations. This ensures personalized attention and support during the climbs.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

The best time to participate in the Andes 6000 Flex expedition is during the Southern Hemisphere summer, particularly between January and March. These months offer more stable weather conditions, making the climbs safer and more manageable.

Can I join a group?

Yes, you can join a group for the Andes 6000 Flex expedition. Check out our set dates to join.

What kind of altitude acclimatization strategies are used during the expedition?

During the Andes 6000 Flex expedition, we employ a gradual acclimatization strategy. This includes ascending to higher altitudes during the day and returning to lower altitudes to sleep. Acclimatization hikes and rest days are also incorporated into the itinerary to help your body adjust to the altitude gradually.

What safety measures are in place for the expedition?

Safety measures for the Andes 6000 Flex expedition include having experienced guides trained in first aid and high-altitude rescue, carrying medical kits and portable oxygen, and using satellite communication for emergencies. We also ensure regular LLS health checks for participants and have evacuation plans in place.

How are medical emergencies handled during the expedition?

In the event of a medical emergency, our guides are trained to provide immediate first aid and assess the situation. We use 4WD vehicles to evacuate participants if needed, which can take up to 5 hours to reach the nearest hospital. We recommend that all participants have comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuation.

Do I have to have rescue insurance?

No. Rescue insurances such as Global Rescue depend on organising air rescues through Chilean authorities which can be quite tricky and too slow to respond in emergencies. This is due to the fact we'll be climbing at the Argentine border area the helicopter flight have a few legal restrictions there. The other problem are the high winds. Therefore we consider a 4WD rescue much more efficient than helicopters in this area. We ask all our clients to bring at least USD 400 with them and use it in case of emergencies.

What are the living conditions like in the mountain refuges and campsites?

Mountain huts such as those at Laguna Santa Rosa are basic, with shared bunk beds and limited facilities. Campsites are equipped with high-quality tents, and we provide a communal dining tent. While amenities are limited, we ensure comfort and basic hygiene throughout the expedition.

Are there charging facilities at basecamp?

Our bomb proof basecamp does have a generator and a backup system to keep our Starlink system online as well as the backup communication system Inmarsat and our 'plan-C' system Iridium. Therefore there are AC and USB charging facilities during generator hours (9 hours per day).

What kind of food is provided during the expedition?

We provide nutritious and balanced meals throughout the expedition, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are designed to meet the high-energy needs of participants and include a variety of proteins, carbohydrates, and vegetables. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.

What if I'm a vegetarian or vegan?

No problem. Our chef can cook delicious vegan meals during the trip and have a very well balanced menu including high levels of vegetarian protein in all main courses such as quinoa, lentils, black beans, soy, mushrooms, etc.

Is there any communication available during the expedition?

While there is no 4G coverage once we leave Copiapó, we use a Starlink system to ensure participants can stay connected during the expedition. This allows for communication with family and emergency services as needed.

About the guide

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Eduardo

5.00

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Mountain Guide

I'm originally from São Paulo and lived in Brazil until 2010 when I decided to drop everything and live off the mountain.

I used to work in advertising, until I studied and graduated in 2013 from the EPGAMT school in Mendoza. Today I'm one of the few professional mountain guides from Brazil.

I've been a climber for 12 years and have great experience in climbing rock, ice and high mountain. I'm specialized in the Central Andes and climbed dozens of mountains in the region.

I've done crossings in the Central Andes from Argentina to Chile, and ice climbing as well, participating for 5 years in Vallecitos Ice Climbing Festival. In addition I climbed great mountains like: Aconcagua (6962m), Ojos del Salado (6898m), Tres Cruces Sur (6738m), Tres Cruces Central (6640m), Mercedario (6770m), Tupungato Volcano (6556m), Aconcagua and Cerro Plata (5943m), Vicuñas (6087m), among others.

I've been working in Aconcagua for the last 4 years in a row and started as a porter in 2012. I worked my way up and now lead several expeditions at Central and dry Andes.

Languages

Portuguese | English

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What people are saying about this trip

Alex

5.00

The expedition was very professionally organised with a good guide to client ratio (between 2:1 and 3:1), great food (cook Charlie was absolutely amazing, the food was better than in restaurants although we were in a remote location in a desert at 4,300+ meters above sea level), the guides all spoke English very well (big plus!) and the communication from the guides before and during the trip was very clear and helpful (e.g. asking questions what equipment to bring etc). Would recommend to others for sure


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