The San Jose volcano is a perfect mountaineering experience as a first approach before bigger goals. Join Gaston, a local ACGM mountain guide, in this 5-day adventure!
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Just 90 kilometers from Santiago the Chile, in the beautiful green reserve of Cajon del Maipo, rises the San Jose volcano (5,856 m). It is a border mountain and one of the highest peaks in the central Andes mountain range.
The San Jose volcano is a perfect summit for people who are taking their first steps in high altitude ascents. That is because of its easy access and its ascent route, which does not present major technical difficulties.
In fact, it works perfectly as a preparation experience before a bigger goal, like climbing the Ojos del Salado Volcano, the highest volcano of the world.
The complete program I am leading in the San Jose volcano will take us 5 days. We can use donkeys to carry the load and help you reach the base camp at 3,500 meters of height.
This expedition requires a good physical condition and an adequate prior acclimatization.
So, if you want to join me on this amazing program contact me as soon as possible. It will be a pleasure for me to guide you up to the roof of the San Jose Volcano!
Santiago de Chile
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.
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 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!
Gastón is incredible and so professional! He met with us before the trip to make sure we were prepared and to go over all the details which was extremely helpful. Dinners with his great cooking and good conversation were one of my favorite things. When we hiked, he set the perfect steady pace for acclimating to the altitude and not getting too tired. This trip wouldn't have been the same without Gastón. I wouldn't go with anyone else!
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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!
Gaston Oyarzun is obviously an excellent climber/mountaineer, but he lacks a great deal of organization/logistics. This applies to all aspects of the expedition, from food to itinerary.
The trip to Aconcagua with Gastón was really nice. Gaston was a great guide and we all learned a lot from him. In addition to his mountaineering skills he is an excellent story teller and we enjoyed his company a lot. It was unfortunate that we were not able to summit, but I was expecting that may be the case with weather so I was not disappointed. All in all, I was really pleased of the service, food, wine, company, mountain. I can not think of anything bad to say.
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.
Gaston is the most experienced guide and trustworthy person that I've ever met in my life. We summited Aconcagua in 9 days and it was the best adventure in my life. Definitely recommend!
Gaston is very a reliable and respected guide. He has a great experience to share. We climbed together Plomo from Santiago de Chile. It remains unforgettable.
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