Day 1: Copiapo Airport - Copiapo (200m)
Transfer to hotel, meeting with guide and question time.
45 mins drive, Hotel 3*
Day 2: Copiapo – Valle Chico (3000m)
We leave Copiapo in the morning and head east, up the dry valleys. Scenery changes
from dry mountains to rivers in the lower valleys. Our camp is along the road in one
of the dry valleys. This first night is part of our acclimatizing before we head up to the
3 - 4 hour drive (BLD) camping
Day 3: Valle Chico - Laguna Santa Rosa (3800m)
We make a short walk in the morning near area, which is all part of our acclimatizing.
After lunch we pack up camp and drive to our second camp site. The road takes us to
the pass of, Portezuelo Maricunga, at 4125m above sea level. From the pass we head
down to Laguna Santa Rosa and Maricunga Salt Flat. Near the Laguna is a small hut
where we make our second camp, at 3800m. We are in the middle of the Chilean high
plateau, which is the most southern part of the Atacama Desert and the home of a very
diverse wildlife, such as flamingos and foxes. In the evening we can make a short walk,
where we have the chance see local flora and fauna where there is a large variety of
2 - 3 hour trek, 1 - 2 hour drive (BLD) hostel/camping
Day 4: Laguna Santa Rosa – Siete Hermanos (4950m) - Laguna Santa Rosa
After breakfast we begin our acclimatization process by climbing Cerro Siete
Hermanos. From the top we can see Ojos del Salado in the distance. From the summit
we head back down the same way to camp. If we are lucky we might meet some
guanaco's families (Lama Guanicoe) during the climb.
6 - 8 hour trek (BLD) hostel/camping
Day 5: Laguna Santa Rosa - Laguna Verde (4350m)
We drive through an incredible landscape that leads us to Laguna Verde. We join the
international route to Argentina. We have a short drive today and this will give us time
enjoy a dip in the hot springs near Laguna Verde.
2 - 3 hour drive (BLD) camping
Day 6: Laguna Verde - Volcano San Francisco (6018m) - Laguna Verde
We start very early in the morning, with a transfer to the start of the climb. The
summit is at 6018m with views of all the surrounding mountains. The climb is on easy
terrain with some scree in places Same way back down and drive back in the afternoon
to Laguna Verde.
1 hour drive each way, 8 - 10 hours climbing (BLD) camping
Day 7: Laguna Verde (4350m) - Atacama, base camp (5300m)
Today we drive up to base camp. The road follows the dried out river beds. We cross
sand flats and steep rock, which are sometimes snow-covered slopes. At base camp
there is a small hut (Atacama refuge). This place will be our base camp for the next
1 - 2 hour drive (BLD) camping
Day 8: Atacama Refugio (BC) -Tejos Refugio (5837m) - Base Camp
Today we carry some food and fuel to Camp I (Tejos). The trail is sandy and rocky.
We walk mainly on the road which is easy walking. Once at Tejos we drop our gear
inside the metallic hut. Here we have a rest and take a look around the area before
we head back down to base camp. The walk up and sleep low is to improve our
5 - 7 hour trek (BLD) camping
Day 9: Rest day at Atacama Refugio (Base camp)
We use this day to rest and recover, before we go up to camp I and give the final push
to the summit, which will be physically demanding. We will prepare our gear for the
summit day. This day could be a reserve day in case we have bad weather.
Day 10: Atacama Refugio - Tejos Refugio (Camp I) (5825m)
Today we move up high camp, following the same trail. We also carry the rest of the
gear we will need for the summit day. We will arrive early to get hydrated and rest for
3 - 4 hour trek (BLD) camping
Day 11: Tejos Refugio - Summit (6893m) - Tejos Refugio - Atacama Refugio
Starting very early in the morning, we climb 8 to 9 hours up to the summit. The route
follows a small zig zag trail up to around 6400m. From here the trail becomes loss on
pomes stones making the terrain loos, the ground that may be snowy or dry. This part
will take us to the carter rim and from here we can see the true summit. From the carter
rim there is a small track in the rock where we reach the final rock climb to the summit.
Normally there is a fixed rope in this section to help with this part. From this amazing
summit we will see all the major summits of the area, including Tres Cruces, Pissis just
to name a few. Depending on our time we can walk back down to Refugio Atacama.
12 - 18 hours climbing (BLD) camping
Day 12: Atacama Refugio - Bahia Inglesa, Caldera (20m)
We dismantle the tents, organize the gear, pack the equipment and load the cars. We
drive back to Copiapó, and onto Bahia Inglesa next to the beach for a relaxing rest.
5 - 6 hour drive (BL) Hotel 3*
Day 13: Bahia Inglesa - Airport or Copiapo
Transfer to the airport, 20 minutes drive (B)
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