Ojos de Salado & Aconcagua with Porters
Ojos de Salado 6893 m/22615 ft &Aconcagua 6.959m/22.841 ft
The highest mountain in the world outside of Mount Everest is Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, very popular among those climbers willing to reach an easy Seven Summit and gain experience to climb higher peaks. And the second highest peak in the Americas is Ojos del Salado. Both Aconcagua & Ojos del Salado are strenuous and demanded introduction to any of those goals in terms of altitude, temperature and winds with the exception of technical degree, which have non through their respective classic routes.
KL Adventure has re set again this 25 day exclusive expedition tour in his annual climbing calendar for those climbers who want to take advantage to match two great peaks in the isolate Atacama region as well in the Central Andes.
Our acclimatization plan starts in the north city of Copiapo, a rich silver and copper mining district in the Atacama region. We follow a 5 days trekking and hiking in the Santa Rosa & Negro Francisco lagoon inside the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park. Located just south of the Salar de Maricunga, the Santa Rosa lagoon is known for its pink flamingoes, which reside on the lagoon year-round. Laguna Santa Rosa, along with Laguna del Negro Francisco, is a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. As a nationally protected area, there is an abundance of fauna, such as flamingoes and vicuñas.
Later we move north east into Laguna Verde 14,765' (4.400m) a turquoise lake with a view of snow-capped volcanoes and red desert slopes almost in front of our final destination, Ojos del Salado. The base camp named Refugio Atacama and located at 17,000' / 5.350m is a 4-wheel drive vehicles reachable point, which make this tour not only an easy and fantastic climbing peak, but a very necessary and gradually altitude adjustment step program minimizing any risk of high altitude sickness such as puna and edema.. From this point we hike to Refugio Tejos, a hut at 19,350' / 5.750m, which is probably the highest mountain hut in the world! Gentle scree slopes and occasional snow patches lead us to the main summit. There is fix rope at the last 80 meter summit push, which needs to be climb to stand in the real summit!!
Our return is directly to the city of Copiapo to catch the afternoon domestic flight to Santiago. On the following day we flight to Mendoza and start to climb the Aconcagua through the normal route.
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 Reception in Copiapo by a KL Adventure Guide, transfer to hotel, check in procedures, and climbing equipment check. Hotel
Day 2 Transfer to Valle Chico, 3.000 mts. Tent
Day 3 From Valle Chico we move to Santa Rosa lake, 3.800 mts. Tent
Day 4 Move to Negro Francisco lake, 4.100 mts. Tent
Day 5 Easy hike nearby San Francisco. Tent
Day 6 Climb Volcan Copiapo. Tent
Day 7 Today we move to Laguna Verde, 4.400 mts and take great hot spring with the full colors of the this high plateau lake. Tent
Day 8 Rest day, trek around this beautiful turquoise lake. Tent
Day 9 Climb Mulas Muertas 5.897 mts. and return Laguna Verde. Tent
Day 10 Move to Refugio Atacama at 5.350 mts. Tent
Day 11 Portage to Refugio Tejos at 5,750m, return to Refugio Atacama. Tent
Day 12 Rest day. Tent
Day 13 We ascend to Refugio Tejos. Tent
Day 14 Summit day and return to Atacama camp. Tent
Day 15 Reserve day. Tent
Day 16 Transfer to Copiapo to connect the afternoon flight to Santiago, transfer to comfortable hotel. Hotel.
Day 17 Early transfers to the airport and fly 30 minutes to Mendoza Argentina. Transfer to Aconcagua office for permits and transfer in a 3 hours drive to Penitentes. Transfer to Aconcagua park ranger station for registration and start trekking 3 hours to Confluencia middy camp located at 3.300 mts. Camp
Day 18 We continue on towards Plaza de Mulas base camp at 4,300m of elevation. This is a 7 to 8 hour hike to our Plaza de Mulas camp. Our Chef awaits us here with a big dinner and hot drinks. Tent.
Day 19 Rest at Plaza de Mulas base camp. It is necessary to drink plenty of water and rest to achieve a good adaptation to the altitude before continuing on to the high camps and before summit day. Tent.
Day 20 Ascent and portage to Nido de Cóndores high camp at 5,380m and return to Plaza Mulas camp. Tent.
Day 21 Rest at Plaza Mulas. Tent.
Day 22 Ascent to Nido de Cóndores high camp. Tent.
Day 23 Ascent to high camp 2, Berlin, at 5,850m. Tent.
Day 24 Summit day and return to Berlin or Nido. Tent.
Day 25 Extra day to allow for weather conditions at Berlin or Nido high camps. Tent.
Day 26 Descent to Plaza de Mulas. Tent.
Day 27 From Plaza de Mulas we have mules to help carry out our gear, allowing for a "light" trek through Playa Ancha and Horcones Valley to the village of Penitentes in a 6 to 7 hour hike. At the Park Rangers station transport awaits us to take us to Hotel in Penitentes village. Hotel
Day 28 Transfer to Santiago. End of expedition.
✓ Professional Bilingual Mountain Guide.
✓ Ratio Guide Clients 1-4.
✓ All local organization and supervision by KL Expeditions & Aconcagua Express Expeditions Staff.
✓ Private transportation.
✓ Four (4) Hotel nights double occupancy with breakfast.
✓ Difrol permit process.
✓ All meals during the expedition and trekking program.
✓ Full base camp set up dining tent, chair, tables, etc..
✓ High quality expedition common gear: The North Face, Mountain. Hardware and Marmot tents, isolate mattress, high camp stoves & Gaz.
✓ Permanent access to hot drinks, tea, coffee, biscuits at base camp tent.
✓ First aid kit, hyperbaric chamber, oxygen bottles, oximeter.
✓ Radio communication VHF 2 mt.
✓ Satellite phone at base camp on a per minute payment basis.
Services Not Included
Service does not include
✘ Ojos del Salado & Aconcagua climbing permit
✘ Flight Santiago - Copiapo - Santiago with 20 kg baggage
✘ Flight Santiago - Mendoza with 20 kg baggage.
✘ All personal climbing equipment gear.
✘ Porter for personal gear.
✘ Any cost involve in an early or late departure.
✘ Meals in Copiapo and Santiago.
✘ Any drinks (soda, beer or wine) in the cities.
✘ Cancellation, accident and rescue insurance.
✘ Cash for extra expenses.
✘ Any other service not mentioned in the list.
✘ Gratuities are not included.
☝ 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 6 persons
- Duration: 20
- Difficulty: Excellent physical shape
Dec 12, 2011 - Jan 08, 2012
Dec 19, 2011 - Jan 15, 2012
- Expedition cost:
- Single room suplement:US $1,000
- Reservation cost:US $700
- Balance payment date: 75 days prior departure
- Space available: 12