- Duration: 17 days
- Difficulty: Excellent Physical Shape
- Space Available: 6 climbers
- Trip Departures: All Year (AEE7)
- Expedition Cost: US $4,990 per person private 6 clients
- Other Costs: Hotel Single Supplement: US $ 600, Reservation Cost: US $900
- Balance Due: 120 days prior expedition departure
Expedition to the highest peak of Central Chile, and the highest peak south of Aconcagua, the 6,560m (21,522 ft) 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-mountain 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.
Santiago airport pick-up and transport to hotel
Afternoon group meeting with guides to review schedule and check personal gear. Hotel
Santiago – Maipo Valley – Los Azules
Transport to Alfalfal area to meet the arrieros and mules at Bocatoma Rio Colorado at 2,300m (7,545 ft) also named Chacayar. From this point we start a gentle hike to our first camp at Baños Azules located at 2,550m (8,366 ft), some 3 hours trekking. Tent
Los Azules – Vega Los Flojos
Today some six hours trek bring us to from to beautiful next camp at Vega De Los Flojos, at 3,200m (10,498 ft). We will cross an exiting area, where we see many Condors soaring the big Andes walls. Tent
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
Vega Los Flojos – Base Camp
Eight hours trek from Vega De Los Flojos to our base camp, located at 4,200m (13,779 ft) below the hito, the point that mark the land between Chile & Argentina. Tent
Rest day at Tupungato base camp. Tent
Base Camp – El Paso – Base Camp
Climb and carry to high camp 1 El Paso located at 4,800m (15,748 ft) and return to base camp. Tent
Base Camp – El Paso Camp
Move to camp 1 El Paso at 4,800m (15,748 ft). Tent
El Paso carry to High Camp 2
Carry to high camp 2 located at 5,125m (16,814 ft). Beautiful view of the high Andes facing directly Aconcagua south face and return to camp 1. Tent
El Paso – High Camp 2
Move to Camp 2. Tent
High Camp 2
Rest day at Camp 2. Tent
Move to Camp 3
Hike to camp 3 at above 5,500m (18,044 ft) and prepare for the next summit push. Tent
Camp 3 – Summit
Summit attempt and return to camp 2. Tent
We wait better conditions at high camp 3. Tent
Camp 3 – Base Camp
Descent to base camp. Tent
Trek down to Agua Buena Camp
Descent to Agua Buena. Tent
Trek Agua Buena to Bocatoma Rio Colorado
Transfer to Santiago. Hotel
- 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 per person.
- 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.