Ojos del Salado

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With its impressive 6,893 MASL, Ojos del Salado is the highest volcano in the world and the highest summit in Chile. It is located in the heart of the Atacama Desert, a place of unique beauty. This expedition represents a challenge in one of the most spectacular terrains in Chile, surrounded by high-altitude mountains, desert landscapes with its incredible colors, salt flats and lagoons, and hot springs. These sights will accompany us both on our journeys to the summit and during moments of rest at the camps. This mountain, the second highest in the Americas, separated by only a few meters from the summit of Aconcagua, presents a challenge for mountaineers from all around the world.

Itinerary

Copiapó – Valle Chico

After checking all our equipment, we will head towards Valle Chico located at 3,050 MASL, where we will set up our first camp.

  • Elevation: 3,050 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Lunch, dinner
Valle Chico – Laguna Santa Rosa

After spending our first night at 3,050 MASL, we will wake up at 7:00 am to have breakfast. We will then prepare our backpacks and begin a 2 to 3-hour acclimatization hike. Once back at the camp, we will pack it up to head towards Laguna Santa Rosa. This beautiful lagoon will be our second camping spot at 3,700 MASL.

  • Elevation: 3,050-3,700 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 2-3 hours
Laguna Santa Rosa – Cerro Siete Hermanos – Laguna Santa Rosa

At 7:00 am, we will rise to have breakfast and finalize the details of our acclimatization hike from Laguna Santa Rosa to Cerro Siete Hermanos at 4,878 MASL. This will be a significant achievement as it will be the first time on this expedition that we cross the four-thousand-meter mark. After the hike, we will return to our camp to relax and prepare for the next day.

  • Elevation: 3,700-4,878 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 6 hours
Laguna Santa Rosa – Laguna Verde

We will start the morning a little later, around 8:30 am. We will reflect on our experiences from the previous day and make the preparations to relocate our camp to Laguna Verde by vehicle. During the drive, we will have the chance to marvel at the vastness of Nevado Tres Cruces National Park, surrounded by imposing volcanoes, some of which reach heights of nearly 6,000 meters. Once settled in our new camp, we will strategize for the upcoming acclimatization days and take some time to relax, enjoying the beautiful landscapes and the thermal baths of Laguna Verde.

  • Elevation: 3,700-4,350 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Laguna Verde – Cerro Mulas Muertas – Laguna Verde

Our day will begin at 7:00 am with breakfast, as we prepare for another acclimatization hike to Cerro Mulas Muertas, which stands at 5,897 MASL. This hike will be more challenging, lasting approximately 6 hours, with its duration adaptable to the group’s conditions and needs during the ascent. Once we return to our camp at Laguna Verde, we will outline our plans for the following day.

  • Elevation: 4,350-5,897 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 6 hours
Laguna Verde

After breakfast, a second acclimatization hike to Nevado San Francisco at 6,018 MASL may be pursued, depending on the assessment of the mountain guide and the group’s condition at that time. The objective is to determine the most suitable the most appropriate approach to facilitate participants’ acclimatization, taking into consideration the upcoming stages of the expedition that will unfold at 5,300 MASL.

  • Elevation: 4,350 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Laguna Verde – Atacama Camp

We will start the day at 7:00 am with breakfast, then pack up our camp and begin the drive through the desert to reach the Atacama Camp, situated at 5,200 masl. The trip will take approximately 4 to 5 hours. Upon our arrival, we will set up camp once more and plan for the upcoming days that will unfold at altitudes exceeding 5,000 MASL, all in preparation for the day when we aim to reach the summit of the renowned Ojos del Salado.

  • Elevation: 4,350-5,300 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Atacama Camp – Tejos Camp – Atacama Camp

Our eighth day will commence at 8:00 am with breakfast and preparations for an acclimatization hike to the Tejos Camp, located at 5,800 MASL. During this hike, we will also carry some equipment that we will use at this camp as part of the preparations for the summit attempt. At the end of the day, we will return to Atacama Camp to rest and recover in anticipation of the final days of the expedition.

  • Elevation: 5,300-5,800 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 6 hours
Atacama Camp

We will dedicate this entire day to rest and recovery at the Atacama Camp, in preparation for our attempt to reach the summit of Ojos del Salado, which stands at 6,893 MASL.

  • Elevation: 5,300 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Atacama Camp – Tejos Camp

We will kick off the tenth day of our expedition with breakfast at 8:30 am. Then, we will organize our camp and prepare all the personal items necessary during the final stage of the climb. We will then begin the ascent to the Tejos Camp, our last campsite, where we will share dinner and get some rest, in anticipation of the early morning, when we will make our ascent towards the summit of the world’s highest volcano.

  • Elevation: 5,300-5,800 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 3 hours
Tejos Camp – Ojos del Salado Summit – Atacama Camp

On summit day, we will rise at 1:00 am, making an effort to eat and drink hot beverages before commencing our ascent of Ojos del Salado. Our journey will begin with a slow-paced hike, walking beneath the night sky until the break of dawn, when the first light of day will illuminate the surroundings of the volcano’s crater. After reaching and enjoying the summit of the world’s highest volcano, we will retrace our steps along the same route, eventually returning to the Atacama Camp. There we will recover after a long day of approximately 10 to 13 hours.

  • Elevation: 5,800-6,893 MASL
  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Approximate duration of activity: 10-13 hours
Atacama Camp (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.

  • Lodging: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Atacama Camp – Bahía Inglesa

The day will begin with a 7:30 am breakfast, after which we will dismantle the camp and load our equipment into the vehicle. We will then embark on a long descent through the desert towards Bahía Inglesa, situated along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, we will check into a cabin or hotel. The afternoon will offer us the freedom to explore the beaches and enjoy some leisure time. In the evening, we will gather for dinner and exchange stories from our mountain adventures over these past days.

  • Lodging: Hotel or cabin
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Bahía Inglesa – Copiapó (Airport)

On the final day of our expedition, we will rise at 8:00 am and enjoy our last group breakfast. Based on the participants’ requirements and preferences, we will coordinate the return points and schedules

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • 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)
  • 4x4 private transportation starting in Copiapó and returning to Copiapó at the end of the expedition
  • Breakfast, box lunch, and dinner during the days of the expedition
  • 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 Copiapó, Chile
  • Services in Copiapó (e.g., lodging, meals, activities, etc.)
  • Personal rescue, accident, travel, and health insurance
  • Personal porters
  • Apparel and other personal equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lunch in Bahía Inglesa on day 13
  • Tips

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