OJOS DEL SALADO – 6.893 M
The highest volcano on earth
Altiplano of the Atacama Desert, Chile
From 2.660 USD
The high plateau of the Atacama Region, where the Tres Cruces National Park is located, is known with good reason as, "The Roof of the Andes". There is no other area in the world, with such a high concentration of mountains and volcanoes above 6.000 meters above sea level. One of the most impressive mountains of this geographical area is without a doubt the, Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano on Earth at 6.893 m. On the other hand, the large amount of attractive summits found in this area offers wonderful opportunities for mountain lovers. These hidden giants, some of which are only known by specialists, offer no big technical difficulties, but require that the mountaineers have a very good physical condition and this is what makes them a wonderful challenge. The excellent acclimatization program as well as the vast experience of the SPONDYLUS team in this area, should be the guarantor of a save and successful expedition.
- Beautiful camp sites in the highlands of the Atacama Desert.
- Laguna Santa Rosa, at the Maricunga Salt Flat.
- Observation of local wildlife at the Tres Cruces National Park.
- Base camp at the spectacular Laguna Verde with its natural warm springs.
- Wonderful acclimatization trekking in the area of Laguna Verde.
- Climbing the mountains, Siete Hermanos (4.810 m), Mulas Muertas (5.908 m) and San Francisco (6.018 m) before the ascent to Ojos del Salado.
- Climbing to the summit of the Ojos del Salado Volcano (6.893 m)
- End of the expedition at Caldera / Bahía Inglesa, fishermen villages on the coast of the Pacific Ocean
Level of difficulty
We offer this expedition on FIXED DATES, but also as PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS.
Fixed dates - Season 2020/2021
The participants can make reservations freely for fixed date expeditions. SPONDYLUS will define the starting /ending dates of each expedition.
Minimum number of participants: 5 persons
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
If there are less than 5 participants in the group, there will be a small group extra charge.
The dates for private expeditions are requested by the participants. In general it is not possible to add external persons to the group. If required, the itinerary can be adapted to the group´s needs and priorities.
The price depends on the number of participants, and they are based on a double room/tent.
Single Room / Tent Supplement: * 150 USD
* The extra charge for single room & tent will be done at the moment of making a reservation for the single room. If there is no other person found for sharing a room at the moment of making the reservation of a double room, we will charge half of the extra charge.
Small Group Surcharge: If the size of the group is smaller than the minimum number of participants (5 people), a small group fee will be charged. All this depends on the final number of participants.
Expedition jacket, Breathable windbreaker (Goretex, Windstopper or similar), Polartec or fleece jacket, Medium weight polartec fleece, Thermal underware (it is very important it is breathable, no cotton, or similar), Breathable windbreaker mountain trousers (Goretex or similar), Trekking trousers, Thermal expedition socks.
Head & Hands
Sun hat, woolen hat or similar, Synthetic hat with ear protection, Ski mask (balaclava) or mask, First layer thin gloves, Trekking gloves (Goretex, Windstopper or similar), Goose down or synthetic expedition mittens
Goose down or synthetic expedition sleeping bag (comfort zone -20ºC) with compression bag, Expedition mattress (Therm-a-Rest type or similar).
High mountain expedition boots with inner boot and adequate for using with crampons, Light trainers and sandals or similar to wear at camp, Water proof hiking gaiters
Crampons, Telescopic trekking poles, Harness, 2 Climbing carabiners, Helmet
Sun glasses with 100% UV protection, Skiing goggles, Wide mouth water bottle, Thermos, Sun block factor 30+, Lip sun protector factor 30+, Pocket knife, Watch with alarm, Personal first aid kit, Expedition Duffel Bag, Head lamp with batteries & extra batteries, Back pack 30L +, Back pack 70L +, Swimwear, Towel
To guarantee maximum security, all along the expedition we always take with us oxygen, satellite phone, VHF radios and medicine for emergencies.
Besides this, we strongly recommend every participant to hire a Foreign Health insurance and an Accident insurance for South America.
We know that reaching the top of a mountain is the dream of every mountaineer. This is the reason why we make our best effort to make a successful ascent possible. Due to our wide experience on climbing high mountains, we normally succeed. However, it is not possible for us to guarantee reaching the summit of any mountain, and we will never put our health at risk trying to achieve the goal. The security of our clients, our mountain guides and the whole expedition team is our highest priority!