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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.



9 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec



* 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!

Looking for an Aconcagua program? Check out this expedition that I lead to the highest summit in America!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees


Day 1: From Copiapó to Quebrada Paipote (3000 m). Acclimatization.

Day 2: From Laguna Santa Rosa to camp or refuge. 3700 m.

Day 3: From Mount Maricunga to Laguna Santa Rosa. 4900 m.

Day 4: From Laguna Santa Rosa to Laguna Verde, camp or refuge Murray. 4500 m.

Day 5: From camp to Mount Mulas Muertas, back to camp. 5200 m.

Day 6: From camp to refuge Atacama (4x4 vehicle). 5200 m.

Day 7: From refuge Atacama to refuge Tejos. 5850 m.

Day 8: Summit attempt to Ojos del Salado (6,893 m) from Refuge Tejos.

Day 9: From refuge Atacama or Laguna Verde to Copiapó. End of the expedition.



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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.

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What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hostel El Medano Fiambalá Argentina
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Hotel Termas de Fiambalá Fiambalá Argentina
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Hotel de la Quebrada Fiambalá Argentina
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About the guide

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Alpine 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 about this trip



We summited Ojos del Salado on December 8th, 2023. We where a small and nice group of 3 mountaineers and 2 guides. Gaston was a very friendly senior guide. Very helpful was his admirable experience as a mountain guide. He provided a reasonable and balanced program consisting of acclimatization hikes, driving and rest days. Explore-Share was the only provider who offed me this expedition for a reasonable price at suitable dates and assisted very well in finding the right guide. It was an unforgettable trip I can recommend to everybody, who loves mountaineering and outdoor adventures.



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!



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.



It has been difficult for me as the one group member who did not speak Spanish fluently to be and feel included, as most group conversations happened - understandably - in Spanish. Very fortunately, two fellow climbers spoke English very well, which was very important to exchange information and have good conversations in general. I recommend to non-Spanish speaking climbers to either join a trip like that with a friend or learn to speak Spanish very well. I can get through while traveling in South America with my rudimentary Spanish, but it is insufficient for me to follow or participate in Spanish spoken conversations.



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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