LLULLAILLACO - 6.739 M

LLULLAILLACO‌ ‌–‌ ‌6.739‌ ‌M‌

Following the Inca Tracks
High Mountains
Trekking
Mountaineering
Off Road
Nights in Tent

Code

E08

Region

‌Atacama‌ ‌Desert,‌ ‌Andean‌ ‌High‌ ‌Plateau,‌ ‌North‌ ‌of‌ ‌Chile‌ 

Duration

20 Days

Prices

From 3.890 USD

Next trip

21.11.2021

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Introduction

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!

Highlights

  • 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).

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