LLULLAILLACO – 6.739 M
Following the Inca Tracks
Atacama Desert, Andean High Plateau, North of Chile
From 3.890 USD
Our expedition will take us from Santiago to the legendary Atacama Desert. We start our activities by doing a trekking that is made-up of a number of days. Starting from about 2.400 meters we progressively ascend up to over 4.000 meters above sea level, and we will climb the following volcanos: Soquete (5.408 m), Lascar (5.595 m), Pili (6.046 m) and finally Llullaillaco (6.739 m). Considering that the Atacama Desert is the driest, this area of the desert is full of marvellous surprises for all nature lovers. In the shadow of the Andes, emerald coloured lakes and white salt flats fascinate the beholders. Our adventure activities will be done in areas surrounding the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, leaving as much as possible the heavily travelled mass tourist routes. This region is a scenic treasure trove in the heart of the desert and is a must for any mountaineer interested in archaeology, geology, astronomy and history regarding the ancient cultures. The ascents of the Pili and Llullaillaco volcanos, both over 6.000 m and considered sacred entities by the Inca are just two of many highlights in our expedition.
The Llullaillaco volcano is the second highest peak in Chile and is also the world’s highest ceremonial center that has been found to date. Just below the summit on a sandy platform at around 6700 meters, the most important Inca ritual, the “Capacocha” was performed, during which they made offerings to the gods. Here three mummified children were found buried in graves. The ascents included in the program are not technically difficult, but are very demanding physically and are very interesting challenges from a mountaineer’s point of view. The excellent acclimatization process that is included in this program along with years of experience of the SPONDYLUS team in the areas visited, are key factors for achieving a successful expedition. This program is marvellous and unique. Due to the fact that the volcanos we will be climbing are isolated and that the access is difficult, they are not visited and climbed very often. So they are fantastic destinations, offering an authentic experience in little travelled routes. This unique trip has been designed principally for people that are motivated by diverse interests and that are not only interested in reaching the summit, but also are interested in experiencing the country and its culture. SPONDYLUS invites you to live a fantastic adventure in the mountains following in the steps of the Inca!
- The oasis of San Pedro de Atacama is an international magnet for nature and cultural history enthusiast’s. The busy dirt streets that make up the historic centre invite one to spend some time to explore the village.
- Fantastic camp sites located in a high Andean mountain setting in the North of Chile.
- Unforgettable acclimatization treks in the vicinity of San Pedro de Atacama.
- Observation of the flora and fauna unique to the Andean high plateau.
- Ascents of the volcanos; Soquete (5.408 m), Lascar (5.595 m), Pili (6.046 m) in our preparation phase for Llullaillaco.
- Maximum security and optimal acclimatization thanks to our reserve and rest days.
- Ascent of the volcano Llullaillaco (6.739 m).
Level of difficulty
We offer this expedition on FIXED DATES, but also as PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS.
FIXED DATES - SEASON 2021/2022
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: * 380 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 or fleece pullover, 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, 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 cross rivers and to wear at camp, Water proof gaiters
Crampons, Telescopic trekking poles
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!