Expedition to Nevado Ojos del Salado



Value in Chilean pesos per person for a group of 2.

Open dates season 2024/2025

  1. 14/22 December 2024
  2. 18/26 January 2025
  3. 08/16 February 2025
  4. 20/28 February 2025
  5. 15/23 March 2025

Explore the land of the world's highest volcano on our Ojos del Salado Expedition!

This adventure will take you on an exciting journey to attempt its summit and surprise you with its unique landscape. You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Chilean Andes and the Atacama Desert ecosystem.


9 days


1 to 9 people

1 guide every 3 customers


Copiapo / Bahía Inglesa or Caldera



6,893 masl


14.8 km (from Atacama camp to the summit and back)


+1,650 meters from Atacama camp

4x4 Pickup
Dinners and breakfasts
Incredible landscapes

Program description

An expedition focused on the mountains of La Puna de Atacama, an Andean plateau located between Chile and Argentina that houses a large number of mountains of more than six thousand meters of altitude, salt flats, and typical fauna of the area such as vicuñas, guanacos, flamingos, Andean foxes, and condors.

We will meet in the city of Copiapó (390 masl) the day before the defined date to see the last details of the expedition and make the last purchases of food and fuel before starting the trip to the Atacama Desert, driving directly to Laguna Santa Rosa - at 3,700 masl - so it is important to come already with an acclimatization process started.

Laguna Santa Rosa is a high mountain salt lake in the Atacama Desert, in the north of Chile, where a refuge is located and some facilities that will allow us to enjoy the first two days of our trip with a panoramic view of Nevado Tres Cruces and a good acclimatization trail to Cerro Siete Hermanas.

Our trip will continue in an easterly direction to close to the border with Argentina, enjoy the hot springs of Laguna Verde (4,310 masl) and continue our acclimatization process in the Nevado San Francisco (6,016 masl). Here we will have another camping option at the Murray Refuge (4,522), the starting place of the road to the base camp of Ojos del Salado.

We considered three days to organize our summit attempt at the Ojos del Salado volcano. The final plan will be defined together by evaluating how the acclimatization process has gone, how each one feels, and the conditions of the route for both 4x4 vehicles and in the upper part of the mountain. An alternative is to start the summit attempt from Laguna Verde (4,310 masl) or Campamento Atacama (5,200 masl) driving to the Tejos refuge (5,800 masl), and from this point start walking. But depending on the conditions, or so we decide, it is possible to start the ascent from Atacama the day before.

On our ninth day we will drive in the morning back to Copiapó or Bahía Inglesa / Caldera and thereby end our trip to the highest mountain in Chile and the highest active volcano in the world.


Season 2023-2024:

Program available between November 2023 and April 2024 for private groups. So if you are interested, happy to coordinate it and adjust the services as they best suit what you need.

Itinerary & Route

Day 1

  • 7 pm

    Meeting in Copiapo (390 masl), group meeting and last purchases.

Day 2

  • 9 am

    Transfer by 4x4 vehicle from Copiapo to Laguna Santa Rosa at 3,760 meters above sea level (+-3 hours, 150 km of asphalt and dirt).

Day 3

  • Acclimatization at Cerro Siete Hermanas

    4,780 meters above sea level; 7 km uphill; 1,000 meters of altitude.

Day 4

  • 11 am

    Transfer by 4x4 vehicle to camp in Laguna Verde 4,300 masl (+-1.5 hours, 110 km on dirt and asphalt road).

Day 5

  • Acclimatization in Nevado San Francisco

    6,016 meters above sea level; +- 5 km uphill; +-940 meters of altitude.

Day 6 to 8

  • Attempted summit Ojos del Salado

    Itinerary to be planned according to the conditions of the expedition.

Day 9

  • Return to Copiapo

    End of services.





Mountain guiding service in a non-private program with bilingual guides (English / Spanish). All guides are Chilean residents, members of the Nati... Read more

Does not include:

Tips; Additional and private services (private guide, individual tents, private rooms in refuges, etc.); Equipment responsibility of the client; L... Read more

Equipment responsibility of the client:

Thick, long socks (2) and a pair of thin socks (liner); Waterproof and windproof jacket; Base layer top and bottom: long underwear and long-sleeve... Read more

Criteria used to suspend the activity:

The participant puts activity or participants safety at risk; the participant does not follow actions for the good development of the activity; cl... Read more

Description of actions that the participant must follow for the proper development of the activity:

It will be required of those who participate in the program to respect and protect the historical, natural, and cultural heritage in which the act... Read more

Limitations and/or restrictions of the activity:

Not suitable for people with heart problems or disabilities that may prevent them from participating in long-term strenuous physical activity, chi... Read more

Experience and technical capacity required:

Apt for people without previous climbing experience but with an adequate shape to participate in up to +12 hours per day of physical activity in w... Read more

Payment Methods:

Payment in Cash (only Dollars, Euros, or CLP), Credit Card, Online bank transfer (Chilean - CLP or Austrian - EUR Bank). If payment is made in for... Read more


The prices of each program are presented in Chilean pesos (CLP, CH$) and correspond to the price per 1 person taxes included. All our programs hav... Read more


It is done through the website or by email (info@huellandina.com). We will confirm availability within 24 hours of receiving the information from ... Read more


Throughout the program whenever adventure tourism activities take place: hiking, trekking, climbing volcanoes participants will be covered by comp... Read more

Cancellation Policy:

- Cancellation requested by the client with more than 2 days before the program start date: refund available with a penal... Read more

“ChECKLIST FOR Expedition to Nevado Ojos del Salado”

In the following form you can check the items you need to bring with you to participate in the program and also let us know those you do not have or will not have with you. When you submit the checklist, it will be sent to us and we will be able to add it to your reservation details and prepare everything in advance. You can also download it as a PDF and receive it in your email!

If you have any questions or queries, you can do it directly in the chat or by email!

    • Please contact us for more information or advice on selecting clothing and/or equipment.

    Per group:

    The price indicated in the program is per person for a group of 2 or more participants.

    It is possible to carry out the expedition with only 1 participant, in this case the cost is $4.500.000 CLP.


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