9-day guided expedition to San Francisco Volcano

Join Tomás, an EPGAMT certified guide, in this amazing 9-day guided expedition to the San Francisco Volcano, in the Northern Andes in Argentina.




Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Join me in this 9-day guided expedition to San Francisco Volcano (6050 m), in the Northern Andes, in Argentina! Come and discover a very special landscape along our way!

    The extinct San Francisco Volcano is located in the province of Catamarca. It’s in the border between Argentina and Chile. In this region, you can find the highest volcanoes in the world! It’s called the region of the seismiles, for its peaks of over 6000 (seis mil, in Spanish) metres. 

    The volcano is located near the international border crossing highway. So, we will have an easy access to its base (4700 m).

    This program is perfect for people starting to venture into high-altitude mountaineering. And although is not technically difficult, you should be in excellent physical condition. Most important, you must be ready to live an unforgettable experience!

    We will meet in the city of Fiambalá, in Catamarca. Then, we will check our equipments and get ready for our trek. We will enjoy amazing scenery! Besides, we will do some previous ascents to different peaks. Our goal is to be at our best for the summit!

    Also, we will enjoy the stunning view of the Green Lagoon. A very special landscape full of mountains an volcanoes awaits for us! You can find the complete itinerary below this text.

    So contact me and let’s live an unforgettable 9-day adventure! I will be happy to answer your questions. I also offer a challenging 8-day guided expedition to Cerro Plata, in Mendoza.

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    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back


    • Day 1Fiambalá, Catamarca

      Group reception in the town of Fiambalá. Informative talk and equipment check. Accommodation in hostel.

    • Day 2Fiambalá - Las Grutas Refuge

      Breakfast. Transfer to Las Grutas Refuge(4000 m), our base for the next few days.

    • Day 3Las Grutas Refuge

      Breakfast. Acclimatization trek to a hot springs area, a few kilometers from the refuge.

    • Day 4Las Grutas - Cerro Falso Morocho

      Breakfast. Ascent to Cerro Falso Morocho (4700 m). We will continue our acclimatization process and appreciate all the beauty of the place at the same time. Return to refuge.

    • Day 5Las Grutas- Road Refuge N° 5

      Breakfast. From las Grutas Refuge a transfer will take us to Refugio Vial N ° 5 (4700 m), located in  San Francisco International Pass.

    • Day 6Road Refuge - Camp I

      Breakfast. Climb to High Camp I (5200 m), where we will spend the night and enjoy an incredible view of the Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and the surrounding mountains.

    • Day 7Camp I -San Francisco Summit - Camp I

      Breakfast. In the early morning we will begin the ascent to the summit of the San Francisco Volcano (6050 m). Descent towards Camp I.

    • Day 8Camp I - Fiambalá

      Breakfast. Transfer to the town of Fiambalá. Overnight in hostel. Hot springs and farewell asado.

    • Day 9Fiambalá

      Breakfast. End of program.

      *The itinerary has an extra day in case of bad weather.


    Other details

    Meeting point

    Fiambalá, Catamarca


    -2 nights accommodation in hostel or cabin in Fiambala

    -Refuge and Camp

    More info

    Contact me for information about the price.

    The price also includes:

    -Personal advice before the expedition

    -Equipment check and advice to buy and/or rent gear

    -Reception in Fiambalá

    -Transfer Fiambalá-San Francisco-Fiambalá

    -2 nights accommodation in hostel in Fiambalá

    -Complete kitchen equipment for expedition

    -All meals during expedition

    -Mountain first aid kit

    -VHF and GPS communications equipment


    About the Guide


    Mountain Guide - EPGAMT - Argentina
    I was born in Patagonia, Argentina and formed at an early age as a climber in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Currently I completed a large number of rock and ice climbing routes, backcountry skiing and ascents in many mountains around the world such as Mt. Lhotse (8.516 mts.), the 4th highest peak in the world, without using supplemental oxygen (May, 2012).
    I'm a certified Mountain Guide from the EPGAMT and a member of the Argentinian Mountain Guides Association (AAGM) and work on Mt. Aconcagua, which I had repeatedly ascended, as well as in other peaks in the Central Andes, Patagonia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and in The Himalayas in Nepal.
    During the winter season, I practice backcountry skiing, mostly on the volcanoes in Patagonia, where I can offer you different adventures, according to your level (beginner, learner or advanced learner).
    I feel very privileged to work as a mountain guide, to do the job that I love, and to be able to share it with people that have the same passion.
    Join my expeditions and I will provide you a high standard of safety and personal attention!



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