Ojos del salado Volcano

Ojos del Salado volcano is the second highest mountain in the American Continent, and also the highest volcano in the world. It’s included in the Seven Volcanoes Circuit, which consists in climbing the tallest volcanoes in the world. Ojos del Salado is an outstanding mountain, surrounded by a dry and spectacular landscape.

  • We have prepared a very complete program, to give you the chance to know Ojos del Salado volcano thoroughly, and also to be part of an expedition in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

  • A program designed to give you the best chance to acclimatize and reach the summit.

  • COMPLETE ITINERARY
  • SCHEDULE & PRICES
  • INCLUDED SERVICES
  • DIFFICULTY

OJOS DEL SALADO VOLCANO – ITINERARY – Heights in meters  

THE MOST IMPORTANT

CHANGING OUR MODERN LIFESTYLE FOR AN ADVENTURE REQUIRES IMAGINATION AND ENERGY. BEING MENTALLY PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE DIFFICULTIES AND INCONVENIENCES WILL BE THE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS.

  • DAY 01: SAN FERNANDO DE CATAMARCA CITY (1,385)

    The group will meet the guide at the hotel. He will check your mountain equipment and accompany you to hire the necessary things. That night the group will enjoy one of the finest hotels in Catamarca. (Food is not included)

  • DAY 02: CATAMARCA / CORTADERAS (3,000)

    The group will move in 4×4 vehicles to Cortaderas, (100 kilometers far from Fiambalá city). There, the group will stay two nights in Complejo Cortaderas Hotel. This first day will be used to recover from the long journey and talk about the expedition. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 03: CORTADERAS (4,000)

    After having breakfast the group will leave to find the trail that leads to the Quebrada Peregrino to reach 4,000m, and from there will be able to enjoy the incredible landscape of Cortaderas and its surrounding mountains. Then the group will return to Cortaderas (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 04: CORTADERAS / LAS GRUTAS REFUGEE (4,030)

    After breakfast the group will move in 4×4 vehicles to Las Grutas Refugee, (90 kilometers far from Cortaderas), They will settle in the mountain shelter. In the afternoon the group will make a two hour trek in the surrounding area. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 05: LAS GRUTAS REFUGEE / MT. “QUITAPENAS” (4,535) / LAS GRUTAS REFUGEE

    This day begins with a good breakfast and a trekking to the base of Mt. Falso Morocho or Quitapenas, which is climbed by its side following a trail of volcanic debris. Then, the group will descent to the Refugee to spend one more night. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 06: LAS GRUTAS REFUGEE 

    This is a resting day, which is really important to acclimatize and recover before going to the Base camp of Ojos del Salado. In the afternoon the gruop could make a short and relaxed trekking to Las Grutas Springs to enjoy the thermal waters. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 07: LAS GRUTAS REFUGEE / SAN FRANCISCO VOLCANO  (6,000) / CORTADERAS

    On this day the group will climb the San Francisco Volcano, a very simple climb that will provide a team with a great help in the acclimatization process. Then they will return to Las Grutas, pack the equipment and return to Cortaderas in the 4×4 vehicle (two hours). That night the group will comfortably sleep in the Cortaderas Hotel. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 08: CORTADERAS / INTERMEDIATE CAMP (4,100)

    This day begins very early with a breakfast, to then go in the 4×4 vehicles to an intermediate camp in a 6 hour ride, where the group will spend a night by the side of Cazadero River. There, the group will enjoy a traditional Argentinean style barbecue. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 09: INTERMEDIATE CAMP / ARENALES BASE CAMP (5,200)

    After breakfast, the group will pack the vehicles to continue to Ojos del Salado base camp in a 5-6 hour ride on the 4×4 vehicles. One in the place the group will set up the camp to start the climb in the following days. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 10: ARENALES BASE CAMP 

    On this day the group will climb some of the nearby peaks on the base camp, from which they will be able to see the “Six Thousand Circus” (a series of peaks over 6,000 meters high) that surrounds Ojos del Salado volcano. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 11: ARENALES BASE CAMP 

    This day will be taken as a day to rest and prepare the equipment before porting it to the altitude camps. It’s an important day to regain strength for the following days. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 12: ARENALES BASE CAMP / HEIGHT CAMP (5,800) / ARENALES BASE CAMP

    On this day the group will take part of the load to the height camp, and after enjoying the lunch, the group will return to the base camp, to recover before beginning the final ascent. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 13: ARENALES BASE CAMP / HEIGHT CAMP

    On this day the group will climb to the height camp for around seven hours, where the camp will be installed. Then, they will enjoy the magnificent view. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 14: HEIGHT CAMP

    This day will be used to rest and prepare the final details before attempting the summit. Everyone in the group will hydrate as much as possible, leaving their equipment ready. The team will have the chance to appreciate the immensity of Catamarca’s Puna (highlands) in the vivid colors of the sunset. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 15: HEIGHT CAMP / SUMMIT (6,879) / HEIGHT CAMP

    The group will have breakfast early in the morning. The walk to the summit lasts about 8 hours. The climbing is made over a strongly marked sandy trail, with inclinations ranging from 15 to 40 degrees. After six hours walking the group will arrive to the volcano’s crater, and from that point you can continue to the summit over big rocks, to finally face the last part of the ascent: 30 meters of climbing at 6,860m, with a difficulty of 5.6 in the American scale (4 in the French scale). After few minutes in the summit the group will return to the Altitude Camp in a 4 hour walk. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 16: HEIGHT CAMP / ARENALES BASE CAMP

    After breakfast, the group will prepare the equipment for the way down, enjoying the final moments and images of the magnificent landscape. Once the group is on the Base Camp they will prepare everything to be loaded in the vehicles the next day. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 17: ARENALES BASE CAMP / FIAMBALÁ CITY (1,550)

    The group will descend from the Base camp to Fiambalá City in the 4×4 vehicles (9 hours approximately). They will spend the night in the Hotel and have a delicious dinner. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 18: FIAMBALÁ CITY / SAN FERNANDO DE CATAMARCA CITY

    After breakfast the group will return to San Fernando de Catamarca City (5 hours approximately), previously visiting the “Six Thousand Museum” and the “City’s Archaeological Museum”. Once in Catamarca the team will check in the Hotel. (B)

  • DAY 19: SAN FERNANDO DE CATAMARCA CITY

    Breakfast. (B)

    End of services.

  • DAY 20: EXTRA DAY

    Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.

  • NOTE:

    THE ABOVE ITINERARY IS INTENDED AS A GUIDELINE ONLY. ALTHOUGH EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ADHERE TO IT, CHANGES MAY BE CAUSED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, TRANSPORT FAILURE OR OTHER UNFORESEEN EVENTS. PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE IF NECESSARY.

    PLEASE, READ VERY CAREFULLY OUR GENERAL OPERATION CONDITIONS. THIS MUST BE SIGNED BEFORE STARTING THE JOURNEY. BY SIGNING IT, YOU ACCEPT OUR GUIDE’S AUTHORITY DURING THE WHOLE EXPEDITION.

OJOS DEL SALADO VOLCANO

 

Start End Price
23 – Dec – 2016 11 – Jan – 2017 CONSULT
10 – Jan – 2017 29 – Jan – 2017 CONSULT

INCLUDED SERVICES

   
  INCLUDED LODGES
   
  INCLUDED TRANSPORTATION
   
  MEALS
   
  OUR GUIDES
   
  EXTRA DAY
   
  TENTS
   
  COMMUNICATIONS
   
  FAREWELL DINNER

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES

   
  DRINKS AND OTHER PERSONAL COSTS NOT MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY
   
  EXPENSES FOR GIVING UP THE EXPEDITION
   
  SLEEPING BAG AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
   
  PERSONAL INSURANCE
   
  PROBLEMS WITH YOUR LUGGAGE (LOSS OR DELAY DURING THE FLIGHT)

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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY

Climbing “Ojos del Salado” volcano via the Argentinean side does not present any technical difficulties; this means that the participant does not require any previous climbing experience on rocks or ice. This route may be climbed, just by walking. You may have to use crampons and fixed ropes for your security, depending on the conditions of the route. These decisions will be made by guides during the expedition.

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PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

In order to avoid any kind of inconveniences in the process of acclimatization and to succeed in reaching the summit, we suggest you to follow a training program adapted to the activity that you are going to do, as well as eating a balanced diet some months before the start date of the expedition. This is important to have more chances to reach the summit, because most of the days you will walk many ours.

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OTHER TYPES OF DIFFICULTIES

The biggest problem that you can face on your expedition is the effects of the altitude on your body. This can be overcome with a previous training and correct acclimatization (this aspect is covered in our program). Another difficulty is the low temperatures on the mountain, the effects of which are reduced with a high-quality clothing and equipment.