Ojos del Salado

ITINERARY

DAY

 

1

Fly Santiago Airport to Copiapo Airport (CPO), transfer to Copiapó and overnight in hotel 

2

Copiapó to Valle Chico 3100m

3

Valle Chico to Laguna Santa Rosa 3700m

4

Trek to Siete Hermanos 4780m, return to Laguna Santa Rosa

5

Move from Laguna Santa Rosa to Laguna Verde 4340m

6

Hike to Cerro Mulas Muertas 5400m, stay Laguna Verde camp

7

Rest day in Laguna Verde

8

From Laguna Verde drive to Atacama Refuge 5400m

9

Carry to Tejos Refuge 5800m and return to Atacama 

10

Rest day

11

From Atacama Refuge climb to Tejos Refuge camp

12

Summit Day

13

Extra Summit Day

14

Tejos Camp to Bahia Inglesa

15

Bahia Inglesa to Copiapo Airport (CPO), then flight to Santiago

TRIP OUTLINE

We will pick you up at the airport in Copiapó and transfer you to the hotel for an equipment check and team briefing, before heading out for dinner.

The next day we begin our drive across the altiplano towards Ojos del Salado.  Each day we will trek for a few hours at increasing altitudes to aid our acclimatisation, before setting camp for the night.  Highlights include Laguna Santa Rosa, where we delight in watching the Andean Flamingos which nest on the lagoon year round, and the turquoise waters of Laguna Verde with its hot springs which ease tired legs during our rest day here. 

Suitably rested we pack up our camp, load the 4x4 truck and drive towards our base camp located at Atacama Refuge (5300m).

We spend a day carrying some of our summit equipment up to the next camp at Tejos Refuge, which serves to increase our acclimatisation and also lightens our loads for the following day, when we move towards our high camp at 5800m, giving us enough time for rest and acclimatisation before summit day.

Our long awaited summit day begins with a very early start. The route begins with a gradual climb before ascending the West Ridge up to the Crater.  From here the final challenge is a rock climb of around 20 meters on moderate ground, where fixed rope is used for security. At the top of this section the summit of this huge volcano awaits us. After pictures and celebrations, we will start our return to our camp. Summit day will be 12 to 14 hours in total.

Our itinerary includes rest days at the appropriate altitudes and contingency days in case of bad weather, allowing us the best possible chance of success.

Following our climb we dismantle camp and descend to the Atacama Refuge, where we will meet our trucks, then travel down to the coastal village of Bahía Inglesa to enjoy a well-deserved rest and a good meal that includes fresh seafood.

After bidding farewell to our new friends we transfer to Copiapo Airport, fly to Santiago to connect with your international flight home or continuing travels in South America.

 

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