Expedition to Ojos Salado 6893m the highest Volcano in the World

Expedition to Ojos Del Salado Volcano

The Ojos Del Salado volcano is the highest summit across Chile, the second summit in America,
and it is also the tallest active volcano in the world. That’s why this is one of the most desired
challenges among mountaineers around the world. Ojos Del Salado is almost as tall as Mt.
Aconcagua which surpasses it by 60mts. The volcano is located in the borderline between Chile
and Argentina, in the Chilean Atacama region, one of the most active mining regions in the
country. Inside the Nevado de Tres Cruces National Park we can spot the Negro Francisco Lake
and the Maricunga salt-flat which serves as refuge to three flamingo species. The closest city is
Copiapó, where we can find everything we need to start our climbing upwards Ojos Del Salado.

Expedition to OJOS DEL SALADO VOLCANO
Program length: 14 days

  • Altitude: 6893 m / 22615 ft
  • Location: Copiapó, Chile
  • Slope: 2500 m / 8200 ft from Laguna Verde
  • Season: November to March
  • Difficulty: This is not a technical track, but it is physically challenging. It requires crampons and ice-axe (piolet)
  • Expedition Team size: minimum 2 people

 

Itinerary and services (per day)

Day 1: Copiapó airport / Hotel / Our service begins (IN)

We’ll meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel where you’ll have a talk with our guide
in order to crystal clear any doubt clouding your mind and to check your equipment is proper
and fitted for the purposes.

  •  Max altitude: 390 m / 1280 ft
  •  Lodging: Hotel
  • Meals: No
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Reception at the airport, head to the hotel, equipment checking, itinerary
    checking, and then you’re all free to do as you see fitted.

Day 2: Copiapó / Valle Chico

We set out towards Valle Chico to set up our first camp. This place is perfect to start our
expedition because it has the ideal altitude for starting the acclimatization process.

  • Max altitude: 3040 m / 9970 ft
  •  Lodging: Mountain tent
  •  Meals: Breakfast Hotel, dinner.
  •  Transport: 4WD
  •  Scheme: Camp set-up, cooking, acclimatization.

Day 3: Valle Chico / Laguna Santa Rosa / Trekking

On this day we’ll set up the second camp around the 3700 meters in order to keep on with our
acclimatization process, which is crucial to our objective. We’ll do a light trekking to keep with
our acclimatization process in order to get our bodies accustomed to this high altitude desert
environment. This trekking is to be done around the Laguna Santa Rosa lakeside.

  • Max altitude: 3700 m / 12140 ft
  • Lodging: Hotel, Refuge or mountain tent is not including in our service
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Camp take-down and up, cooking, acclimatization.

Day 4: Climb mt 7 Hermanas (4700m)

On this day we will perform our first ascension to the 7 Hermanas hill. Altitude: 4700masl.

  • Max altitude: 4700 m / 15748 ft and back to 3700 m / 12140 ft
  • Lodging: Hotel, Refuge or mountain tent is not including in our service
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
  •  Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Cooking, acclimatization climb.

Day 5: Laguna santa Rosa / Laguna Verde

On this day we’ll finish the first stage of our expedition. We’ll head toward Laguna Verde where
we’ll set-up the base-camp, rest for the remaining day and get ready for the days to come.

  • Max altitude: 4340 m / 14240 ft
  • Lodging: Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Transport the equipment (4WD), cooking and acclimatization.

Day 6: Laguna Verde / climb Mulas Muertas (5600m)

On this day we’ll put our bodies to the test. We’ll see how your body is enduring the lack of
oxygen in this area. We’ll go up a bit higher than 5,600 meters and then go back to sleep at the
Laguna Verde.

  • Max altitude: 5600m / 18360 ft
  • Lodging: Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: climb Mulas Muertas, cooking and acclimatization.

Day 7: Laguna Verde / San Francisco or Vikuña (6100m)

In order to go forward into our expedition, we will ascend a 6000 and so check how our body
reacts when facing that kind of altitude. We can either choose between Mt. San Francisco, at
the frontier with Argentina, or Mt. Vicuñas. Both are above the 6000m.

  • Max altitude: 6100m / 20000 ft
  • Lodging: Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: acclimatization climb San Francisco, cooking.

Day 8: Laguna Verde / Refugio Atacama

This is the last day we’ll be able to use the 4WD vehicle. We’ll transport the equipment to Refuge
Atacama and from there we’ll have to work harder.

  • Max altitude: 5260 m / 17260 ft
  •  Lodging: Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
  • Transport: 4WD
  • Scheme: Transport the equipment (4WD), cooking and acclimatization.

Day 9: Refuge Atacama / Refuge Tejos / Refuge Atacama

Each one of us has to carry his/her personal equipment plus a piece of the common equipment
towards Refuge Tejos in order to prepare our last camp (high camp) and it clearly helps with the
acclimatization process. Once we get to the shelter we’ll get some rest, leave our equipment
there and head back to Refuge Atacama to sleep.

  • Max altitude: 5837 m / 19150 ft
  • Lodging: Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  • Transport: No
  • Scheme: Carry the equipment, cooking, acclimatization.

Day 10: Refuge Atacama / Refuge Tejos

We’ll carry the remaining equipment towards Refugio Tejos. This time we’ll spend the night
there. Since we’ve already carried most of the equipment the day before, we’ll be saving a lot
of necessary energy for our next day, which is without doubt the most important day of our
expedition.

  • Max altitude: 5837 m / 19150 ft
  • Lodging: Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner
  •  Transport: No
  • Scheme: Carry the equipment, cooking, acclimatization.

Day 11: Refuge Tejos / climb Ojos del Salado / Refuge Atacama

We’ll set out early morning to reach the Ojos Del Salado summit (6,893masl). On this day we’ll
see how all of our hard work flourishes. All the previous acclimatization process is to endure this
SO challenging summit. No doubts about it, this is the hardest day in our expedition. We’ll be
ascending 1,000 meters, crossing a glacier, rock climbing, reaching the summit, descending, and
carrying the equipment back to Refugio Atacama all in the same day.

  • Max altitude: 6893 m / 22615 ft
  • Lodging: Refuge or mountain tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
  • Transport: No
  • Scheme: Carry the equipment, cooking and equipment checking.

Day 12: Extra Summit Day

Day 13: Refuge Atacama / Copiapó Hotel

This is the last day we’ll spend in the Parque Nevado de Tres Cruces area. Calmly we’ll take-down
our camp and head back to Copiapó, leaving behind us this giant, the highest summit in Chile
and the tallest volcano in the world

  • Max altitude: 390 m / 1280 ft
  • Lodging: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch
  • Transport:4WD
  • Scheme: Camp take – down, transfer

Day 14: Hotel / Copiapó Airport / End of our services (OUT)

The whole group will be driven to the airport.

  • Max altitude: 390 m / 1280 ft
  • Lodging: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: 4WD or minivan
  • Scheme: Airport transfer (optional)