Ojos del Salado
The Tallest Active Volcano in the World
Height 6893 M
Length 14 Days
Price USD $
- Trip grade
Climb Ojos del Salado, expeditions 2017/2018
Ojos del Salado volcano is the highest summit across Chile and the second summit in America, and it is also the tallest 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 only. The volcano is located in the borderline between Chile and Argentina, in the Chilean Atacama region, on of the most active mining regions in the country. Inside the National Park Nevado de Tres Cruces 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.
- Climb 4 mountains: 7 hermanas 4900m, Mulas muertas 5600m, San Francisco 6050m and Ojos del Salado 6893m
- We will use Laguna verde to camp and enjoy the naturale hotspring and relax
- Enjoy a incredibles landscape like laguna Verde, Laguna Santa Rosa and Maricunga salt flat
- Have the opportunity to admire the wildlife of the desert such as foxes, flamingos, llamas
- Fight with a extreme desert environments with very low temperatures
- Cross a huge distance of the desert, thanks to the support of our 4×4 truck
- We will save a lot of energy because we just carry one day our gear to the high camp
- Program length: 14 days
- Altitude: 6893 m / 22615 ft
- Location: Copiapó, Chile
- Slope: 2500m / 8200 ft from Laguna Verde
- Season: November to March
- Difficulty: This is not a technical track, but it is physically challenging
- First ascent: 1937 by Justin Wojsznis and Jan Szczepanski (PL)
- Open Expedition Team size: max 9 climbers + guides
Dates and Prices
Dates and Prices
Open Expedition: September discount, Hurry!!!
This expedition has pre-established departure dates and you share it with other people, the groups consist of a maximum of 6 climbers plus the guides.
Departures, season 2017/2018
- New Trip: 30th October 2017 / Guaranteed + LLullaillaco extension
- Trip 1: 12th November 2017 /Not Available, contact us in case you are looking for an option for you.
- Trip 2: 26th November 2017 / Not Available, contact us in case you are looking for an option for you.
- Trip 3: 03th December 2017 / 2 places left
- Trip 4: 10th December 2017 / Not Available, contact us in case you are looking for an option for you.
- Trip 5: 17th December 2017 / Open
- Trip 6: 30th December 2017 / Not Available, contact us in case you are looking for an option for you.
- Trip 7: 07th January 2018 / Guaranteed
- Trip 8: 21th January 2018 / Open
- Trip 9: 04th February 2018 / Guaranteed + Aconcagua extension 2 places left
- Trip 10: 18th February 2018 / Guaranteed 2 places left
- Trip 11: 04th March 2018 / Open
- Trip 12: 18th March 2018 / Open
Private Service: You choose the best convenience date for you and your group. Price depending on number of people booked.
Itinerary and services (per day)
Day 1: Copiapó airport / Hotel / Our service begins (IN)
Day 2: Copiapó / Valle Chico
Day 3: Valle Chico / Laguna Santa Rosa / Trekking
Day 4: Climb mt 7 Hermanas (4700m)
Day 5: Laguna santa Rosa / Laguna Verde
Day 6: Laguna Verde / climb Mulas Muertas (5600m)
Day 7: Laguna Verde / San Francisco or Vickuña (6100m)
Day 8: Laguna Verde / Refuge Atacama
Day 9: Refuge Atacama / Refuge Tejos / Refuge Atacama
Day 10: Refuge Atacama / Refuge Tejos
Day 11: Refuge Tejos / climb Ojos del Salado / Refuge Atacama
Day 12: Extra Summit Day
Day 13: Refuge Atacama / Copiapó Hotel
Day 14: Hotel / Copiapó Airport / End of our services (OUT)
Our mountain expeditions include the following services:
- Mountain guide (Spanish / English )
- Private transportation to climbing areas (4WD)
- Transfer airport – hotel and hotel – airport
- 2 hotel nights in (Copiapó)
- Mountain tents (each one is for 2 persons)
- Dinner tent (with table and chairs)
- Cooking kit
- All meals within the expedition (Breakfast, box lunch, diner)
- Professional first aids kit
- Heart rate monitor and oximeter
- VHF Radio
- Satellite radio
- All group equipment; rope, high altitude tent, stove, GPS, etc.
Our services don’t include
- Personal mountain equipment
- Traveling and rescue insurances. We strongly recommend you to get them.
- Any other service which wasn’t mentioned above. (restaurant meals, beverages , tips, etc.)
- International and national flights and boarding fees.
- Climbing permit USD 200 “from the last two years this payment are not required”
- 1 guide every 3 passengers
- Satellite phone (fees by minute usage – U$ 6/m)
- 2 persons per hotel room.
- U$ 300 per person if you want single room, please let us know
- U$ 100 per person if you want single tent, please let us know
- Hotel lodging includes *Breakfast (see itinerary)
- Dirección de Límites y Fronteras del Estado, permit is free of charge
- Climbing permit USD 200 per person, cancel
- We recommend you travel with small bills
- Weather can get as low as -25ºC /-13ºF in the area
High Mountain Expedition is NOT responsible for:
- Personal services (laundry, snacks, beverages, restaurant meals, tips, etc.)
- Personal mountain equipment
- Expenses in case of rescue or early departure from the expedition.
- Delays caused by your flight or any transportation issue which you are responsible for.
- Weather changes which may affect the expedition.
Clothing and proper equipment
In order to avoid any injury we strongly recommend to all the expedition members to have the mountain equipment described below. Each piece of the equipment will help us on the summit day, which may be terribly cold (even -25ºC /-13ºF). The proper equipment is crucial to achieve our goal.
Upper body parts
- Sun hat
- Wool hat
- Balaclava / ski mask
- 2 or 3 long sleeve polypropylene shirts or similar
- Polar windstopper, soft-shell or similar
- Waterproof jacket (Gore Tex, Triple Point, or similar)
- Down feather parka with hood
- Polypropylene gloves
- Waterproof gloves
- Down feather mittens ( -25 ºC / -13ºF)
Down body parts
- 1 polypropylene long underwear (or similar)
- 2 trekking pants
- Windproof pants (Gore Tex, Triple Point, or similar)
- 2 or 3 pairs thin socks (Liners)
- 2 or 3 pairs of thermal socks
- Trekking boots (approach)
- Mountain boots (double plastic or leather boots)
- Trekking stick (telescopic)
- Sleeping bag (Tº lower than -20ºC)
- Inflatable and foam mattress
- Expedition duffel or backpack (100 liters aprox.)
- Daypack (40 liters)
- Headlamp (and extra batteries)
- Sunglasses (category 3 or 4)
- 2 bottles of water (1 liter each)
- Thermos flask (1 liter)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
- Lips sunscreen (SPF 30) (Blistex)
- Whistle, emergency mirror and pocket knife
- Digital camera, book, mp3, Binoculars. [optional]
- Personal repair kit