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San Francisco volcano 10-day guided ascent

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Andy, EPGAMT certified mountain guide, will lead you on this 10-day guided ascent to the spectacular San Francisco volcano (6,018 m/ 19,738 ft) in the Atacama region of Chile!


10 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec




If you are looking to do your first 6,000 meter summit attempt, this San Francisco volcano 10-day guided ascent may be just what you are looking for!

I want to invite you to conquer the summit of the San Francisco volcano. Located in the Atacama Region and on the border between Argentina and Chile, San Francisco is one of the most accessible “six thousanders” of the area. Its ideal conditions are perfect for adventurers who are looking to take their mountaineering skills to the next level.

Our starting point will be in the charming city of Bahía Inglesa. This city is famous for having one of the most beautiful beaches in Chile. Then,  we will transfer to the Andes Mountains. Once there, we will start our expedition in the Santa Rosa Lagoon (3,700 meters) which has the ideal altitude to begin with the acclimatization process. Additionally, in order to get to the top of San Francisco in the best possible conditions, on the following days we will climb Siete Hermanos (4780 m / 16043 ft) and Mulas Muertas (5,200 m/ 19,390 ft).

Throughout this 10 day trip, we will stay in hotels, mountain huts and tents, all of which are very comfortable. Furthermore, in every location you will be amazed by the remote and wild landscapes this country has to offer. Finally, keep in mind that an excellent physical condition is mandatory.

Are you looking to tackle your first 6,000 meter summit attempt? Then send your request and get ready to conquer the stunning San Francisco volcano!

Or, if you are looking for a more challenging mountaineering adventure in Chile, you may also be interested on this 13-day climbing expedition to Ojos del Salado volcano.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

8-9 Pax: 1590 USD

10 Pax: 1390 USD

The price does not include:

• Personal climbing equipment.

• Any transfer not specified.

• Accident and rescue insurance.

• Rescue expenses and emergency evacuation costs.

• Altitude porter for personal loads.


Day 1: Arrival to Bahía Inglesa (Copiapó City) – 800 m

First, I’ll pick you up at the airport, 50km away from Copiapo.

Then, we will check your personal equipment and make all final adjustments (shopping if necessary). Finally, we’ll have our first dinner together and meet the rest of the team.

Included: transport and hotel.

Day 2: Copiapó City –Santa Rosa Lagoon (3700 m)

After a 210km drive, we’ll sleep at the edge of a beautiful salty lagoon.

Included: Full board.

Day 3: Climbing Siete Hermanos Peak (4780 m)

We’ll climb Siete Hermanos up to its summit or go as high as we can depending on the team’s condition. This is a fairly ‘low’ 4780m peak near Santa Rosa Lagoon. Included: Full board.

Day 4: Santa Rosa Lagoon – Green Lagoon (4300 m)

After a nice and generous breakfast we’ll drive 120km to the Green Lagoon.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy the hot springs located around the lagoon and sleep in tents.

Included: Full board.

Day 5: Climb to Mulas Muertas Peak (5200 m)

Another day for  acclimatization.

We will climb Mulas Muertas which is located just a few kilometers away from our hut. Again, we’ll take it very easy and go as high as we can without compromising our bodies.

Included: Full board.

Day 6: Drive to International Bordeline Hut area (4700 m)

Just a short 20 km drive to the hut area, located in the international borderline.

Included: Full board.

Day 7: Climbing Nevado San Francisco summit (6023 m)

After a very early breakfast, we will start climbing to the Nevado San Francisco summit via the north ridge.

The climb might take us between 5 to 7 hours. To get to the top it requires really good confidence and a proper acclimatization.

Finally, we´ll return to the hut area. Included: Full board.

Day 8: Extra day

Extra day in case of bad weather conditions.

Day 9: Drive back to Bahía Inglesa

Day 10: Last day.


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I´m Andy Jones, I was born in Rosario, Argentina's capital of the pampas (flatlands). During my early career I worked as a physical educator (a job I’m still very proud to keep), but I eventually moved to Mendoza and live there for the last 27 years.
I have been feeling a deep attraction to the environment for years, specially for the high altitude, as much as a sport option or an spiritual refuge. I have climbed every sort of Andean mountain since I started climbing in the 80s. I also climbed several high peaks including the highest in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

For the last 23 years I’ve been working as a High Altitude Mountain Guide. During the Southern Hemisphere summer my job has been focused on Aconcagua, leading expedition teams to the summit, where I’ve been 48

I am a relaxed and easy going person, who really loves to introduce people in the high altitude experience, being able to help them enjoy this magic challenge, providing specific logistic, accurate security criteria and dedicated commitment.



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