Expedition to Ojos del Salado Volcano

The ascent to Ojos del Salado volcano, in Atacama, Chile, is an unforgettable experience! Join Gastón, certified mountain guide, in this 9-day adventure.




Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip



  • Get to the top of the second highest peak in America.

  • Live an unforgettable experience in the Andes.

  • Contemplate amazing views from the top.


The objective of the expedition is to reach the summit of the volcano Ojos del Salado (6893 m), located at the Atacama highlands, third region. This mountain is the second highest in America, after Mount Aconcagua. It’s the highest peak in Chile.

Below you can check out a standard itinerary, which I can adapt depending on your needs and weather conditions.

I recommend this trip for experienced mountaineers who can organize themselves independently and who don’t expect too much of an infrastructure.

I can assure that we will have an unforgettable experience, contact me to start planning!

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Price per person

Group of 1
2025 USD

Group of 2
2025 USD

Group of 3
2025 USD

Group of 4
2025 USD

Group of 5
2025 USD

Group of 6
2025 USD

Group of 7
2025 USD

Group of 8
2025 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Day 1From Copiapó to Quebrada Paipote (3000 m). Acclimatization.
  • Day 2From Laguna Santa Rosa to camp or refuge. 3700 m.
  • Day 3From Mount Maricunga to Laguna Santa Rosa. 4900 m.
  • Day 4From Laguna Santa Rosa to Laguna Verde, camp or refuge Murray. 4500 m.
  • Day 5From camp to Mount Mulas Muertas, back to camp. 5200 m.
  • Day 6From camp to refuge Atacama (4x4 vehicle). 5200 m.
  • Day 7From refuge Atacama to refuge Tejos. 5850 m.
  • Day 8From refuge Atacama to refuge Tejos. 5850 m.
  • Day 9From refuge Atacama or Laguna Verde to Copiapó. End of the expedition.

Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
28/12/2020 to 05/01/2021

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required



We will camp or stay in refuges.

More info

I recommend a backpack 40-60 L.

Recommended equipment: high mountain boots, trekking boots, 3 wool sock pairs, thermic underwear, thick (or polar) pants, windbreaker pants, thick polar, wool sweater, windbreaker jacket, wool gloves, sun hat, balaclava, mountain glasses (or goggles), sleeping bag, insulation mat, water canteen (1 L), headlamp, crampons, ski poles, heavy bag for personal equipment (mules), small bag for personal grooming, sun lips and skin protection.


About the Guide


Come and let me show you amazing views in the Andes mountain range. Get in touch with me, I can offer you unique experiences!

I'm an instructor, Mountain Guide and professional photographer. I have more than 35 years of professional experience in expeditions such as the Himalayas, the Alps, the Antarctic and the Andes. I've reached more than 300 summits, such as the Aconcagua South Wall, Gasherbrum ll in Pakistan, Pilar of the Brenva Mont Blanc, Mount Everest, Mount Shisapagma in the Tibet and the Aconcagua, between many others.

I was a founding member of the National Mountain School, member of the expeditions commission of the UIAA (based in Switzerland), member of ANENA (France) and founding member of the Chilean Exploration Association. I've published 6 books related to mountaineering and produced several TV documentary films.

I currently work as an independent mountain guide and I organize expeditions and treks in Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Nepal, Chilean Patagonia and Chilean Andes. I'm also teacher at the San Sebastián University.



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What People are Saying

  • 3 reviews


We loved Gaston - he was very nice - BUT - one of the team members was not prepared - at all - for this type of climb which significantly hampered the performance of the other team members. I would STRONGLY encourage a stronger process of weeding out those who have no business signing up for such a climb - I will admit, my entire experience was \'ruined\' because of the weak climber - we had to take long, long, long breaks in order for her to catch up making the rest of us extremely cold - it was so unfortunate - additionally, I would suggest a higher hiker to guide ratio - since we were required to carry our own gear to the high camp - and one of the members was not strong enough to pull their own weight - this added additional burden to the other climbers! I am so frustrated that due to the lack of training, responsibility, and knowledge of one climber it ruined the entire experience for the rest of us!
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Biff Palmer
We had an incredible time on our trip! Gaston was amazing, and we were very fortunate to have him as our guide. He has spent a lifetime hiking in Chile, and it reflected in his planning and preparation for the trip. With his help we were able to push to the top, and make awesome memories along the way!
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Nels Pederson
I recommend Gaston as an example of a first rate mountain guide. Very attentive to his clients and an excellent chef. I have never been so well looked after on an expedition. Thank you all very much.
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