The first ascent was made in 1937 by Jan Alfred Szczepański and Justyn Wojsznis, members of a Polish team.
The Atacama is one of the driest places on Earth, blocked from moisture on both sides by the Andes Mountains and the Chilean Coast Range, resulting in a rainfall of just 1 millimetre (0.04 in) per year. Some weather stations in the Atacama have never received rain! In fact there is some evidence to suggest that the Atacama may not have had any significant rainfall in the 400 year period from the late 1500s to late 1900s. Further studies by a group of British scientists have also suggested that some river beds have been dry for 120,000 years. It is so arid that Ojos del Salado is completely free of glaciers.
Our food on the expedition, when trekking in and on the mountain, is prepared by the guides. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form. For special diets such as vegan and gluten/dairy free we will call you to discuss your needs and how this will work in the group cooking situation. If your dietary requirements are especially strict you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.
Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary individual clothing and equipment to be provided. We will correspond with you prior to the trip to answer your queries and ensure you have met all the equipment requirements. Having the correct equipment is key to your performance on summit day and achieving success.