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Ojos del Salado, 9-day Ascent in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Follow Carlos, an IFMGA certified guide, on this expedition to the summit of Ojos del Salar. Explore the Atacama desert and enjoy its hypnotizing sceneries.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Get some of the most breathtaking views in Chile

  • Explore the driest desert on Earth: the Atacama desert

  • Reach the summit of Ojos del Salado with an expert guide

Description

Discover the beauty of the Atacama Desert. Join this unforgettable 9 days journey to explore this mesmerizing place in Chile. And join me to reach the summit of Ojos del Salado.

The Atacama Desert is one of Chile’s most praised gems. This vast area is the driest desert on Earth! Yet, despite its desertic nature, it is incredibly rich, with unique natural and cultural wonders.  

On our expedition we will visit many marvels such as the Laguna Santa Rosa and Laguna Verde. And of course, we’ll reach the summit of Nevado Ojos del Salado, a volcano located right at the border between Argentina and Chile, in the Andes. Not only it’s the tallest active volcano on the planet, rising at 6,893 meters, it is also the highest mountain in Chile.

Because it lies within the desert, Ojos del Salado has dry conditions. However, there’s a permanent lake in its crater, located at 6,390 meters. Thus it is the highest lake in the world!

To reach the summit of Ojos del Salado, we will mostly trek, until we reach the final section. Here we’ll find a more difficult scramble area, where we may have to gear up and use ropes. But worry not, as I will be with you the whole ascent, to make sure you have a safe and fun expedition.

If you want to get to the top of Nevado Ojos del Salado with me, don’t hesitate and request to book this trip. It will be my pleasure to guide you across the Atacama Desert on this amazing journey.

Looking for a shorter trip? I also guide this 4-day trek in Rio Salado, San Pedro de Atacama.

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Accommodation

Camping

Meeting point

Copiapó


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Itinerary

Day 1: Copiapo - Transfer to Laguna Santa Rosa

Day 2: Laguna Santa Rosa - acclimatization at 4,400 meters

Day 3: Laguna Verde (Ojos del Salado base camp)

Day 4: Acclimatization at 4,700 meters

Day 5: Laguna Verde - Atacama Refuge (5,000m)

Day 6: Atacama Refuge acclimatization at 5,500 meters

Day 7: Tejos Refuge at 5,850 meters

Day 8: Ojos Del Salado summit (6,970 m) - Laguna Verde

Day 9: Laguna Verde - Copiapo


About the guide

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IFGMA/UIAGM Guide from Chile

I have extensive experience guiding in the Andes and Europe. I am a resident in Chile, Spain and Chamonix. I am very sociable and motivated. I am always available for projects in the mountains.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 3925 each

Group of 2

EUR 2578 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

On top of the guide fee the price includes: transportation 4X4, all the meals during the trip, camping gear (including tent, kitchen tent), group equipment, satellite phone.


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