Cerro Marmolejo

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Cerro Marmolejo, situated in the Andes Mountain Range, is known as the world’s southernmost six-thousand-meter peak. It boasts the expansive Marmolejo Glacier, stretching approximately 20 km. The challenging 25 km approach to its base has earned it the nickname “Muy, muy lejos” (Very, very far) among mountaineers. Marmolejo is a sibling and neighbor to the San José Volcano and Nevado Piuquenes, a.k.a. Nevado San Juan. Reaching the summit demands great physical capacity and time, but the reward is a privileged vantage point to admire the vastness of the Argentine valleys.

Itinerary

Santiago – Base Camp

Our journey will begin in Santiago at 7:00 am. We'll depart from your accommodation and head toward Cajón del Maipo, crossing this vast valley until arriving to El Cabrerio. There, we will meet the arriero and mules, load our equipment, and start a hike towards the base camp at 3,600 MASL.

  • Elevation: 3,600 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 6-8 hours
Base Camp – Camp 1

We will kick off the day at 7:00 am with a breakfast, followed by the preparation of our equipment to embark on a hike towards the high camp at 4,100 MASL. Once we set up our second camp, we’ll take some time to relax and plan the third day of acclimatization according to the group's needs.

  • Elevation: 3,600-4,100 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 6-7 hours
Camp 1 Camp 2 Camp 1

We'll have breakfast at 8:00 am. The day will consist of an acclimatization hike to camp 2, located at 4,800 MASL, with the possibility of reaching 5,000 MASL. From this point, we will be able to enjoy the incredible views of the Andes while experiencing the first sensations of higher altitudes. After exploring these amazing landscapes, we'll return to camp 1, where we'll have a chance to rest and recover before coming together for a group dinner.

  • Elevation: 4,100-4,800 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 5-6 hours
Camp 1 – Camp 2

After breakfast at 7:00, we'll organize our equipment and begin a progressive ascent towards camp 2 at 4,800 MASL, the highest camping point on the Marmolejo expedition. Once settled, we will ensure we have everything we need for the following day when we head towards the summit. We'll make sure to stay hydrated and have a hearty dinner, keeping the next stage of our ascent in mind. 

  • Elevation: 4,100-4,800 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 4-5 hours
Camp 2 – Summit Cerro Marmolejo – Camp 2

The summit day will begin early, at 2:30 am. We’ll have breakfast before slowly setting out, conserving every ounce of energy for the challenging day ahead. Our ultimate destination is the summit of Cerro Marmolejo at an impressive 6,108 MASL. We’ll navigate our path under the stars, traversing the glacier, with our headlamps illuminating the way. With the break of dawn, we’ll begin the final stretch of our hike toward the summit of the world’s southernmost six-thousand-meter peak. After commemorating this remarkable achievement and replenishing our strength, we'll initiate the descent, retracing our steps back to camp 2. There, we’ll rehydrate, enjoy a well-deserved dinner, and get some rest.

  • Elevation: 4,800-6,108 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 11-12 hours
Camp 2 Base Camp

The day will begin at 8:00 am with breakfast to replenish the energy consumed the previous day. After, we will prepare our equipment and descend to the base camp.

  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 6-7 hours
Base Camp – Santiago

The last day of our expedition will start at 8:00 am with breakfast, this time in a more relaxed manner as it's our final day in the mountains. Together with the arriero, we'll load our camp onto the mules and embark on the last long hike, leaving behind Cerro Marmolejo. At El Cabrerio, our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to you accommodation in Santiago.

In the evening, we will conclude our expedition with a group dinner, reminiscing about the past week's moments.  

  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 5-6 hours
Extra day

This day is reserved as an extra precaution, offering us flexibility in case of any changes in weather conditions for the summit push or to ensure a more comfortable and effective acclimatization process.

  • Backpack (35 liters)
  • Sleeping bag (-10° average)
  • Sleeping pad (foam or inflatable)
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Water bottle (recommended: Nalgene 1L minimum)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Toiletries
  • Hiking shoes (for approach)
  • Suitable mountain shoes (with stiff soles)
  • Base layer bottoms
  • Trekking pants
  • Hard shell pants or insulated pants
  • Short sleeve sports shirt
  • Long sleeve base layer
  • Fleece or polarguard
  • Down parka
  • Water- and windproof jacket
  • Beanie / warm hat and baseball hat and/or buff
  • Gloves (three pairs – lightweight gloves, thick gloves, and mittens)
  • Socks (hiking socks for daily use and warm socks for the summit day –
  • Primaloft merino wool are recommended)
  • Certified bilingual mountain guides (ANGM)
  • Private transportation from Santiago and back at the end of the expedition
  • Breakfast, box lunch, and dinner during the days of the expedition
  • Mules for transportation of the camping equipment
  • Tent (1 person or 2 people)
  • Kitchen
  • Technical team
  • First aid kit and security communication equipment
  • Acquisition of the necessary permits
  • All entrances and fees associated with the expedition
  • Arrival to and departure from Santiago, Chile
  • Services in Santiago (e.g., lodging, meals, activities, etc.)
  • Personal rescue, accident, travel, and health insurance
  • Personal porters
  • Apparel and other personal equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips

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