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Tupungato Volcano

Expedition to the highest peak of Central Chile, and the highest peak south of Aconcagua, the 6,560m Tupungato volcano. This is one of the most beautiful peaks in the Andes, whose graceful volcanic profile can be seen from Punta Vacas in Argentina, as well as from many points near Santiago. Slightly more technical than the normal route on Aconcagua, the long approach and remote setting add up to make this a much more serious undertaking. The word will soon be out, but for now Tupungato is a pristine big-mountainn challenge similar to what Aconcagua must have been like 50 years ago. Tupungato is also known by the story about the British passenger airplane "Stardust" disappeared on August 2,1947.

Route Map

Route Overview

Route Overview

Day 1 Santiago airport pick-up and transport to hotel. Afternoon group meeting with guides to review schedule and check personal gear. Hotel

Day 2 Santiago - Maipo Valley - Los Azules.  Transport to Alfalfal area to meet the arrieros and mules at Bocatoma Rio Colorado at 2.300 mts also named Chacayar. From this point we start a gentle hike to our first camp at Baños Azules located at 2.550 mts, some 3 hours trekking. Tent

Day 3 Los Azules - Vega Los Flojos.  Today some six hours trek bring us to from to beautiful next camp at Vega De Los Flojos, at 3.200 mts. We will cross an exiting area, where we see many Condors soaring the big Andes walls. Tent

Day 4 Vega Los Flojos. We will spend an additional day camped at Vega De Los Flojos to assist in a thorough acclimatization. A great day to enjoy a scenic hike up the valley of the Estero Del Museo to explore the Isla Pan De Azucar. Tent

Day 5 Vega Los Flojos - Base camp.  Eight hours trek from Vega De Los Flojos to our base camp, located at 4.200 mts below the hito, the point that mark the land between Chile & Argentina. Tent

Day 6 Base Camp.  Rest day at Tupungato base camp. Tent

Day 7 Base Camp - El Paso - Base camp.  Climb and carry to high camp 1 El Paso located at 4.800 mts and return to base camp. Tent

Day 8 Base Camp - El Paso camp.  Move to camp 1 El Paso at 4.800. Tent

Day 9 El Paso carry to high camp 2.  Carry to high camp 2 located at 5.125 mts. Beautiful view of the high Andes facing directly Aconcagua south face and return to camp 1. Tent

Day 10 El Paso - High camp 2.  Move to Camp 2. Tent

Day 11 High camp 2.  Rest day at Camp 2. Tent

Day 12 Move to camp 3.  Hike to camp 3 at above 5.500 and prepare for the next summit push. Tent.

Day 13 Camp 3 - Summit. Summit attempt and return to camp 2. Tent

Day 14 Reserve day. We wait better conditions at high camp 3. Tent

Day 15 Camp 3 - Base camp. Descent to base camp. Tent

Day 16 Trek down to Agua Buena camp. Descent to Agua Buena. Tent

Day 17 Trek Agua Buena to Bocatoma Rio Colorado.  Transfer to Santiago. Hotel

Services Included

✓ Professional Bilingual Mountain Guide.
✓ Ratio Guide Clients 1-3.
✓ All local organization and supervision by KL Adventure Staff.
✓ Private transportation included airport pick up.
✓ Santiago two Hotel nights doubles occupancy with breakfast.
✓ Tupungato permit including Electric Co and Difrol.
✓ All meals during the expedition.
✓ Full base camp set up dining tent, chair, tables, etc..
✓ High quality expedition common gear: The North Face, Mountain Hardware & Marmot tent, isolates mattress, high camp stoves & gaz.
✓ Permanent access to hot drinks, tea, coffee, biscuits at base camp tent.
✓ Mules for individual gear to base camp and return with maximum of 20 kg. pp
✓ First aid kit, hyperbaric chamber, oxygen bottles, oximeter.
✓ Radio communication VHF 2 mt.
✓ Satellite phone at base camp on a per minute payment basis.
✓ Porter for group gear (tents) all the time.

Services Not Included

✘ All personal climbing equipment gear.
✘ Porter for personal gear, except who applied for it.
✘ Any cost involve in an early departure.
✘ Any drinks (soda, beer or wine) in Santiago.
✘ Arrival and final dinner.
✘ Cancellation, accident and rescue insurance.
✘ Cash for extra expenses.
✘ Gratuities are not included.
✘ Any other service not mentioned in the list.


☝ All itineraries are subject to change due to changes in the weather, individual's acclimatization rates and the guide's preferences.

☝ Private Porter to be shared between two expedition members, carrying 10kg each, available upon request at additional cost.

☝ Any departure dates can be re-scheduled with a minimum of 4 persons.

  • Duration: 17 days
  • Difficulty: Excellent physical shape
  • Departures:
    Dec 11 - Dec 27, 2011
    Jan 8 - Jan 24, 2012
    Dec 02 - Dec 18, 2012
    Jan 06 - Jan 22, 2013
  • US $
  • Single room suplement:US $600
  • Reservation cost:US $700
  • Balance payment date: 75 days prior departure
  • Space available: 6 private