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Climb the Socompa volcano (6,051m) on the border of Argentina and Chile, 20 days

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Join certified mountain guide Luciano Badino on a 20-day mountaineering adventure to the top of Socompa volcano which lies on the border of Salta in Argentina and Antofagasta in Chile!



20 Days

Jan - Apr, Nov, Dec




* Discover a remote stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains!

* Enjoy climbing to the top of the stunning Socompa volcano.

* Join a certified guide on a 20-day mountaineering program in South America.


Located on the Chilean and Argentine Andean Volcanic Belt, Socompa volcano is a stunning peak that is just waiting for you to climb it. Ready to take on the adventure? Then join me on this 20-day program and discover this stunning peak on the border of Salta and Antofagasta.

At 6,051 m, Socompa volcano is a challenging climb. Cold and dry with fumaroles at the summit, it features a unique landscape that is famous for its high altitude species. Near to the volcano, there is also an abandoned railway, which adds a picturesque brushstroke to the stunning views.

On this 20-day adventure, we will set off from Salta. On the way, we will enjoy the awe-inspiring and remote path to the summit. Additionally, we will have the chance to stop to rest and acclimatize on the way. We have scheduled in several additional days into the program to ensure we have enough time to recover if needed, and in case there are challenging weather conditions. You can find a detailed account of the program below. Also, keep in mind that you can also combine the Socompa climb with a Llullaillaco climbing program.

For this adventure, you will require a very good fitness level. Although this is not a technically difficult climb, it is physically demanding. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you on the way.

So, are you ready to climb to the top of the stunning Socompa volcano? Then book your place now and join me on an unforgettable 20-day adventure in the Andes!

I also offer an 18-day program to climb the famous Tupungato in Mendoza, check it out!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Transportation start and back

- Tents

- Cooking utensils

Price details

Also included: solar panels, VHF radio communications, Satellite Phone (for emergencies only), First aid kits and pulse oximeter for daily updates of acclimatization progress.

Not included: Personal porters or common equipment.

All expenses arising from the abandonment of the trip.

Meals, drinks and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary at the farewell dinner.

Personal equipment and sleeping bag.

Personal Medication

Air and land evacuations

Room Service, Laundry, Beverages, Internet, telephone and satellite communications, personal elements

Insurance of Civil Liability, Hospitalization or medication of any kind,

any other service.


Day 1: Salta- 1,187 masl

Reception at the Airport and / or Bus Station, transfer to the Hotel. Equipment check and rental of missing items. Dinner.

Day 2: Salta / San Antonio De Los Cobres 3,700 masl

Mummy Museum. Departure to San Antonio de Los Cobres. Hostel, dinner.

Day 3: San Antonio De Los Cobres

Breakfast and visit to the Polvorilla viaduct, trekking around the area and photos.

Day 4: San Antonio De Los Cobres / Tuzgle Volcano Base Camp 4,500 masl

We will set up base camp at  Tuzgle Volcano.

Day 5: Tuzgle Base Camp / Tuzgle Volcano Summit 5,518 masl

Ascent to the Volcano lasting 8 hours.

Day 6: San Antonio De Los Cobres / Tolar Grande 3,500 masl

Arrival in Tolar in the afternoon, we will stay in our cabins or hostels. Dinner.

Day 7: Tolar Grande / Caipe / Customs

Breakfast. Salar de Arizaro, Caipe, incredible photographic places visiting the derailed train that is located at the edge of the road. We arrived at Customs Socompa. CB

Day 8: Base Camp/ Camp 1 5,800 masl

Hiking and acclimatization. Portering to camp 1.

Day 9: Base Camp 4,900 masl

Rest day

Day 10: Base Camp / Camp I

Ascent to Camp 1 of Llullaillaco Volcano, incredible landscapes.

Day 11: Camp 1/ Summit 6,051m/ Camp 1

At 6.00am we will begin our ascent to the summit of this beautiful Volcano. We will also visit the remains of the Inca huts in the antecumbre of the Hill.

Day 12: Camp 1/ Base Camp / Tolar Grande

Descent to the BC and to Tolar Grande but through the Cone of Arita, an incredible formation in the middle of the Salar.

Day 13: Tolar Grande / San Antonio De Los Cobres / Salta

Arrival in Salta. We can coordinate your arrival through the Las Nubes train. Farewell dinner.

Day 14 to 18: Extra days

Extra days scheduled in case of delays and bad weather conditions.

Optional request: combined program with Llullaillaco Volcano.

Day 19: Salta airport

Farewell of the Group at the airport.

Day 20: Arrival

Arrival to Buenos Aires and / or Arrival to Mendoza.


Equipment you will need to bring


Water bottle






Feet: 1 pair of comfortable trekking boots. 4 pairs of outer socks (thick wool or polypropylene). 3 pairs of indoor socks (fine silk or polypropylene). 2 pairs of cotton socks (for approach to base camp). Sandals to cross the rivers. Leggings. Legs: 2 synthetic thin pants (polypropylene or nylon). 1 polar pants (recommended long zippers). 1 Waterproof pants, such as Gore-Tex, with recommended side closures. 1 comfortable trekking pants. Shorts (optional). Upper part of the body: 2 shirts Thermal Base Layer (polypropylene or capilene). 1 polar jersey (polartec 100 or 200, or similar). 1 fleece jacket or similar. 1 coat jacket for -30 ° C / -22 ° F (below recommended). 1 Windbreaker jacket with hood (as Gore-Tex). 3 Cotton T-shirts or T-shirts. 2 Neck protection made of synthetic material (Buff or similar). Head: 1 hat or sun hat. 1 Cap (wool or fleece). 1 balaclava gaterneck. 1 pair of glasses with factor 4 protection (with UV filter and nose and side protection). 1 Ski goggles. Hands: 2 pairs of thermal indoor gloves (polypropylene or capilene). 1 pair of insulated gloves large fingers type ski that enter the interiors below. 1 pair of insulating gloves (wool, down or Polarguard). 1 more pair of gloves (like Gore-Tex, only if your mittens are not made of windproof material). 1 pair of warm covers. Personal Equipment: 1 Comfortable expedition backpack (70 liters / 4,250 cubic centimeters minimum). 1 backpack of 35 or 45 liters (for the approach to the base camp). 1 large extra strong canvas duffel bag (to be transported by mules to the base camp, at least 6,000 cubic centimeters. Large enough to fit all your equipment) Sleep: 1 Sleeping bag for -30 ° C / -22 ° F (below or Polarguard). 1 inflatable mat (Thermarest or similar). 1 Mat (only if you bring a Thermarest, to avoid a burst). Climbing Equipment: 1 pair of plastic boots. NOTE: Climbing or double plastic boots are the best option for high altitude Koflach Arctic expedition, Vega Scarpa or Asolo AFS 8000 are good examples of plastic boots. Ask us about these new models such as La Sportiva Nuptse, the 2000 Basque ice or the Salomon Pro thermal.1 pair of crampons (12 points, not rigid recommended). 1 Pair of trekking poles (adjustable preferred). 1 climbing helmet. Other: 1 head lamp, with spare batteries and bulb. Lip blocker and sunscreen (not less than 50 sun protection factor). Personal crockery (plate, cup, fork and spoon). 2 bottles of water (32 ml / 1 liter Nalgene recommended. Insulator Water bottle is required). 1 One-liter or half-liter stainless steel thermos (useful for high altitude camps and Summit Day). 2 hand warmers (summit day). 2 foot warmers (summit day). 1 Hydration system (such as CamelBak, for trekking approach to the base camp only, because at the height they freeze) OPTIONAL: Personal care items (small towel and soap, baby wipes). 2 hand warmers (summit day). Books, IPod, games or anything that helps distract. 1 Camera, memory cards and spare batteries. Earplugs (for windy nights). Pee bottle with wide mouth (32 ml / 1 liter Nalgene recommended. Very useful in height fields). Swimsuit (for the hotel pool). Swiss type knife.Your favorite energy bars. Money. Storage belt. Contact Lenses and spare accessories.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

EPGAMT Mountain Guide from Mendoza, Argentina.

I always enjoyed the mountains, and started with mountaineering activities since a young age, so it was natural for me to become a mountain guide. I’ve been working for more than 15 seasons in Aconcagua, first as porter, then as Mountain Guide assistant, and now as Mountain Guide.

I climbed a lot of peaks all along the Andes mountain range, in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, including Aconcagua (6.962 mt – 27 ascents, through different routes like the North and the Polish glacier-), Co Plata (6.000 mt), Ojos del Salado (6.780 mt), Mount Pissis (6.850 m), C° LLullaillaco (6.723 m), C° Incahuasi (6.450 m), Vn Sajama (6.550 m), Vn Bonete Chico (6 750 m), Co Junción (5000 m), Toclaraju ( 6036m), Pisco (5750m), and the three summits of Tres Cruces 6.780m. I recently did my first expedition in the Himalayas, where I reached the summit of Mt Lhotse (8.516 mt).

I usually enjoy organizing expeditions to wild, off-the-beaten-track destinations, that need a complex logistic that you won’t find easily elsewhere.

I am fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.


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What people are saying about Luciano



both guides..Luciano and Mauricio were first class and so was this fantastic region. I be looking for an encore in the future. Francis Lawrence



Luciano was excellent. His local knowledge showed as he was able modify the itinerary of the trip as circumstances - such as weather - changed in order to ensure the expedition was a success. He is a deeply experienced mountaineer with sound judgement prepared to provide advice whilst ensuring you have fun. I would highly recommend his services.



Personally, was more impressed with the road trip towards the mountain than the mountain itself, but it was definitely worth going. The lunar landscape in this remote area is absolutely awesome. The guide was well prepared, very friendly, and even a surprisingly good cook. The location is as far as you are likely to get from civilisation. The weather was also unusually good. But the mountain is tough and frustrating sliding down every step in the loose gravel and sand. Not everyone's cup of tea

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