PARINACOTA – 6.342 M
The most beautiful Volcano on Earth
Andean High Plateau, Far North of Chile
From 2.390 USD
In the extreme North of Chile, in the border triangle between Chile, Peru & Bolivia, the Lauca National Park is located. It is one of the most beautiful natural reserves in South America. In this unique ecosystem, Parinacota a majestic and fantastic volcano rises, dominating the landscape with its 6.342 metres. From its slopes, those who try to climb it get an unforgettable view of the intense blue colour of Lake Chungará, and the infinite extension of the high plateau in the heart of the Andes. Without a doubt, this region is one of the greatest natural treasures of Chile. Climbing Parinacota requires experience in the use of crampons, but it does not offer big technical difficulties. Besides having a good physical condition and a very strong will, the thirst of adventure is a prior requirement for a safe and unique mountain experience on the volcano which might be the most beautiful on Earth.
- Fantastic camps in the Andean high altitude mountain landscape of the North of Chile.
- Unforgettable acclimatization hikes in the surroundings of the Huasco & Surire Salt FLats.
- Exploration of the fabulous Lauca National Park.
- Observation of the unique flora & fauna of the Andean high plateau.
- Ascent to the summit Cerro Rojo (5.340 m) before climbing the Parinacota Volcano.
- Visit of Lake Chungará, one of the highest in the world.
- Optimal acclimatization and maximum security thanks to the extra safety and rest days.
- Ascent to the summit of Parinacota (6.342 m).
- End of the expedition in the attractive port city of Arica, the northernmost city of Chile.
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 persons), a small group fee will be charged. All this depends on the final number of participants.
Expedition down 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, 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).
Trekking boots, 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 gaiters
Crampons, Telescopic trekking poles, Harness, 2 Climbing carabiners, Light Ice Axe
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 70L +, Back Pack 30L+, 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!