AACH03  Ojos del Salado Volcano (6893m/22609ft)   16D/15N 

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The great Ojos del Salado Volcano is located at 260 Km to the east of Copiapo (3th Region of Chile, 800 kms North of Santiago de Chile). It is considered as one of the highest active Volcanoes in the world, and surrounded by a deserted, windy area where we find plenty of an interesting fauna: birds, guanacos, vicuñas, and flamencos. Without doubt Ojos del Salado is a great challenge but cold and windy mountain requiring very good acclimatization and equipment. 

Day 1: Arrival in Santiago de Chile.
Welcome reception at the airport, and transfer to the hotel in Santiago. Briefing about next day activities. 

Día 2: Santiago de Chile.
Today we make a 4 hours City Tour to visit this modern and dynamic city, the Capital of Chile. We will visit to La Plaza de Armas, Plaza de La Constitución, the Paris – London neighborhood, the colorful Bellavista neighborhood and we will finish our visit on top of the San Cristobal Hill from where we get a nice view of the city. Free afternoon. Hotel. B

Day 3: Santiago – Copiapo – Vallecito (Valle Chico).
Morning transfer to the airport in Santiago for your flight to Copiapo, a traditional mining city located on the desert. After lunch in Copiapo, we start our 120 kms drive to Vallecito (or Valle Chico) at 3100m. This is a little Oasis with green landscape ideal for acclimatization. Camp and then we make a short trekking on soft terrain. B, L, D.  

Day 4: Vallecito – Laguna Santa Rosa
Breakfast, and then we drive towards the Tres Cruces National Park. Our drive continue to our camp at Laguna Santa Rosa, a beautiful place where you can observe flamingos (known as “Parinas” in the North of Chile), guanacos, and of course the beautiful lagoon. Here we make a hike around the lake. B, L, D.

Day 5: Climb Cerro “8 Patos”
Breakfast at 08:00 and afterwards we start a hike up to the summit of Cerro "8 Patos" (8 Ducks Hill) of 4890m. This hike takes about 4 hours up to the summit and we should expect a sunny and windy weather. Camp. B, LB, D.  

Day 6: Laguna Santa Rosa Camp – Laguna Verde
Breakfast and then we will drive towards Salar de Maricunga located at 3700m and then we continue to our camp at Laguna Verde at 4300m where we set up our camp next to a hot water spring. In the afternoon enjoy the surroundings and the hot water springs. B, L, D.

Day 7: Resting day and acclimatization.
Hike on the surroundings. B, L, D. 

Day 8: Laguna Verde – Cerro Mulas Muertas (Dead Donkies Hill)
Breakfast and then we start to our climb to the summit of the Cerro Mulas Muertas. The summit reaches 18445ft (5623m) of altitude. We should expect a very windy climb. Camp. B, LB, D.  

Day 9: Laguna Verde – Atacama Shelter
Breakfast and then we start our drive towards the Atacama shelter (5300m), our base camp for the next days. From 5000m of altitude we will hike for about 2 hours to the shelter and this in order to get a proper acclimatization. B, L, D.

Day 10: Atacama Shelter – Tejos Refuge – Atacama Shelter
Breakfast. Today we carry food and equipment to Tejos refuge at 5837m. This hike takes about 4-5 hours and each expedition member should help to carry some of the communal equipment. Hike back to Atacama refuge. B, L, D. 

Day 11: Atacama Refuge – Tejos Refuge
This day we take easy in the morning and then we start our hike with all our equipment up to Tejos Refuge where we will overnight. B, L, D. 

Day 12: Tejos Refuge – Summit – Atacama Refuge
Today at about 04:00 a.m. we will wake up for an early breakfast, and then we start our summit attempt to reach the summit of Ojos del Salado Volcano (8 hours). This day we can expect cold weather with temperatures of -25ºC to -30º C) and strong winds above 80 Km/h, so you will need very good climbing equipment. The climb also crosses a small 100 meters long glacier. After a 6 hours walk we will get to the crater of the volcano from where we will scramble above big rocks up to the feet of the last climbing. From there and up to the summit we will climb the last 30 ms at 6893m in loose rock (5.6 difficulty grade on the American Scale). After enjoying the magnificent view we will go down to the Tejos Refuge from where we trek back to Refugio Atacama for a celebratory dinner, and a good rest. B, LB, D. 

Day 13: Extra day
If due to bad weather or other circumstances we did not reach the summit in the previous day, we can use this day for another summit attempt. B, LB, D.  

Day 14: Refugio Atacama – Copiapo – Bahía Inglesa
After breakfast and a relaxing morning, we start our drive back to Copiapo from where we continue to English Bay city where we stay at the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Hotel accommodations. Farewell dinner with celebration drinks. B, LB, D. 

Day 15: Bahía Inglesa - Copiapo – Santiago de Chile
Breakfast in your hotel, and we transfer you to the airport in Copiapo for the flight back to Santiago. Hotel and free afternoon in Santiago. B.

Day 16: Santiago out
Transfer to the airport and flight back home. End of our services. B.

Recommended Months: November to March.

Shared in pool tours with Fix Departure Dates:   

Guaranteed departures with minimum 4 participants. 

Gross price per participant: us$ 3060. – pp. 

Single Supplement: us$300.-    

Tour Operators Commission: 10%

Included: Transfers, hotel accommodations in Santiago (3 nights), and in Bahia Inglesa (1 night) (in double or twin bed room with private facilities), complete camping equipment, private transport, English-speaking guide (or for groups in requested language at extra cost), meals as noted in the itinerary, Radio communication UHF and VHF and Satellite phone for emergencies, First aid kit.

Not included: international and domestic flights, airport taxes, park entrance fee (estimated us$ 200 - 300. - pp), extras, personal expenses, personal climbing gear, tips, and extras, personal travel insurance.

Category: easy to very hard

Fixed Departure Dates:  

          SEASON 2015 / 2016          

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January 5 - 20

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 February 2 - 17 

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March 2 - 17

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November 2 - 17 

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December 1 - 16 

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December 15 - 30

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January 5 - 20 (2016)

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February 2 - 17 (2016)

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March 2 - 17 (2016)

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