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Ojos del Salado, 12-day Expedition to the summit in Atacama, Chile

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Come with UIAGM certified aspirant guide Nicolas to this 12-day expedition and reach the summit of Nevado Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world!



12 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec




* Get to the summit of the highest volcano in the world with a certified guide.

* Challenge yourself on this exciting ascent to the top of Ojos del Salado.

* Contemplate the stunning panoramas of the Atacama Desert and the Andes.


On the border between Chile and Argentina, in the northern area of both countries, we’ll find Nevado Ojos del Salado, a giant stratovolcano in the Andean range. Situated at 6,891 meters above sea level, Ojos del Salado is the tallest volcano in the world and the second highest mountain in the region after Aconcagua. Join me on this challenge to the the summit of this classic peak in the Andes!

Climbing from the Chilean side of this volcano is the most straightforward way up.  On this 12-day adventure, we’ll set off from Copiapó. We will head up to the camps along the way to the summit and take a few acclimatization days to get ready on the way. Nearing the top, we will go through a 100m stretch of snow at a 35º inclination. Finally, once at the crater, we will have to climb a level 5.6 30m stretch. During the program, we’ll have the pleasure to see the amazing views of the stunning Atacama Desert and other breathtaking sights. You can find a day by day itinerary below.

Please keep in mind that to take part of this adventure, it’s mandatory to have prior mountaineering experience and a very good level of fitness. The initial hike up is not too technically challenging, however, it will become progressively more difficult as we approach the summit.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! Send the request to book your place on this expedition and get to the summit of the highest volcano in the world. I’m sure it will be an experience you’ll never forget!

Looking for an easier mountaineering option? Take a look at this program that I lead to Cerro El Plomo, near Santiago de Chile.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Not included in the price: Hotels at the beginning and end of expedition (days 1 and 13 of the itinerary), flights. Transport included is from Copiapó to Copiapó.


Day 1: Pick up in Copiapó and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Acclimatization night in Vallecito.

Day 3: Transfer to Laguna Santa Rosa (3,762 meters) and acclimatization.

Day 4 to 5: Laguna Verde (4,350 meters), hot springs and acclimatization

Day 6: Preparation ascent to San Francisco volcano (6,018 meters), 6 hours

Day 7: Atacama Refuge at the base of Ojos del Salado (5,100 meters)

Day 8: Acclimatization day in Atacama Refuge

Day 9: Transportation of equipment to Refuge Tejos (5,800 meters)

Day 10: Refuge Tejos (5,800 meters)

Day 11: Exciting and long day to the summit, 13 hours

Day 12: Extra day

Day 13: Atacama Refuge - Copiapó or Bahía Inglesa

Day 14: Transfer to airport or bus station in Copiapó


About the guide

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Aspirant Guide

I am an aspirant IFMGA mountain guide, with extensive experience in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Perú and Ecuador.

I used to live in Cajón del Maipo, and now I live in Coyhaique, south Chile.

I do a lot of guiding in South America´s High Mountain, especially on technical routes. I also do rock climbing courses in different parts of Chile and in my city.

During my tours, I try to generate the best experience for my clients, and like to teach them about the cultural and environmental importance of the places we visit.





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What people are saying about Nicolás


My guide Angela was great. Her experience and expertise helped me make the climb of a lifetime. My safety and well-being were her first and foremost concern.

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