Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
We meet in Chile, more specifically in Copiapo and we review the equipment of each member of the group. Later in our accommodation, you are briefed about the climbing. At night, we eat a delicious Chilean food accompanied by the best wine.
Our acclimatization process begins in the lands of the Small Valley where we will camp and enjoy the welcome meal.
We get to a beautiful place after hiking during the morning, in which we will contemplate marine fossils dating back thousands of years old. After having lunch we drive to the salares. We camp in Santa Rosa Lagoon just next to the Salar de Maricunga.
And here we are in the first climb of the trip: Siete Hermanas peak, at 4928 m of altitude. After 4 hours of hiking and climbing we set up our camping at Santa Rosa Lagoon again.
After driving up 4325 m we will be shocked by the turquoise water that contrasts with the dry desert. That’s why it is called Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon). We will spend a couple of days in a place surrounded by peaks up to 6090 m of altitude. While we acclimatize, we will be enjoying all the things this adventure has to offer us.
We move up to 5773 m early in the morning until we reach a peak known as Mulas Muertas. From that altitude we can admire Ojos del Salado and a lot of magnificent peaks. All that experience will prepare us to our final challenge: get to the summit.
For this part of the trip you cannot forget your camera. Hiking and surrounding the Laguna Verde and other valleys such as the Pena Blanca we may find archaeological sites and some guanacos herds.
We will enjoy a fun rally in our 4×4 driving up to Atacama Camp. We will organize a base camp there and have a great time together.
After an acclimatization hike we will arrive to Refugio Tejos. Although it is a little refuge you will be in front of the hut located in the highest place of the entire world!
Depending on its availability we can use the services of Refugio Tejos. We will also spend the night there.
We did it! We may spend several days before our summit day because of bad weather conditions or just in case we need some days of resting.
Starting the way down to Pan de Azucar National Park. The Pacific Ocean is the perfect place to enjoy wine and fresh seafood after days of hard work at the mountain.
We will visit Pan de Azucar Island after a big breakfast on the seaside. In the island we can admire all the marine wildlife such as seals, penguins and dolphins. After a delicious lunch we will go back to Copiapo to have a great time at the Celebration Dinner.
At the end of this fantastic experience you may go back to your country or keep traveling around the beautiful South America.
In Copiapo, Chile.
We will camp and sleep 2 nights in a hotel in Copiapo.
All meals are included, except for the food in Copiapo.
A medical kit is included.
An Internationally Certified UIAGM / IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rodrigo has been a guide for 30 years. He has led 24 expeditions to Denali and 28 expeditions to Aconcagua — the highest peaks in North and South America, respectively. He has been a member of expeditions to Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in the Himalaya, and his climbs in Patagonia include the North and Central Towers of Paine, Agujas Guillaumet and Poincenot, as well as Cerro Torre attempts. He’s made Patagonian Ice Cap explorations including the first east-west traverse of the northern Ice Cap. He holds first ascents in Antarctica, the Andes and Alaska; speed ascents of Denali, Aconcagua, and Juncal. He’s guided the Ellsworth Mountains and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and has extensive climbing and guiding experience in Yosemite and the Alps, including Frendo Spur and the Grand Jorasses. He’s a former Technical Committee member for the American Mountain Guides Association and a Senior Guide at Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rodrigo speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.
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