Vn. Ojos del Salado Climbing Tour (6.893m / 22.614ft)

Vn. Ojos del Salado Climbing Tour (6.893m / 22.614ft)


Our 13 days Ojos del Salado Climbing Tour takes you into the heart of the Atacama Desert. The trip starts in Bahia Inglesa near Copiapo, from where we move forwards the Ojos del Salado volcano. Through the trip, we visit places of amazing beauty and diversity. Our Ojos del Salado Climbing Tour includes the necessary acclimatization process to reach the Ojos del Salado summit.

From: US $ 2,800.00

Sign up now

Ojos del Salado Climbing Tour.

The Chilean desert high plateau east of Copiapó is well known amongst mountaineers from all over the world. This is because it concentrates the highest number of six thousand-meter peaks on earth. Amid all these giant volcanoes and mountains in the Andes highlands, the world's highest volcano, the Ojos del Salado, rises up to the sky. Our Ojos del Salado climbing tour is designed upon our experience guiding tours to its summit for 20 years.

This expedition will take you to the heart of the Atacama Desert, the driest spot on earth. The tour starts in Bahia Inglesa near Copiapo. From here we move towards the Chilean high plateau, a remote region visited by only few people. During the trip we come across places of amazing beauty and diversity. We drive through salt flats, camp next to pristine mountain lakes and climb an easy 5000 m. summit before reaching the San Francisco volcano. This is the first of two major peaks you can climb during this tour.

The ascent of the 6.018m. high San Francisco volcano summit will boost our acclimatization process and maximize our chances of climbing the Ojos del Salado.

Finally, we will approach the majestic massif of the Ojos del Salado volcano. Here we spend a few days on the mountain in order to prepare everything for the summit day. From the summit, the 360° views are beyond description.

During the Ojos del Salado climbing tour our UIAGM certified mountain guides take care of everything. For the trip we provide 4WD vehicles, tents and auxiliary equipment such as satellite phones, among others.

If you are looking for a physical challenge, combined with a journey through some of the planet's most spectacular landscapes, then join us for this memorable mountaineering expedition.

Season: 2019/2020

Set Departures: November to March

Duration: 13 days. Starting and ending in Bahía Inglesa (Copiapó, III Región, Chile)

Participants: Max. 12

See full itinerary here

Set Departures 2019/2020

Thursday November 28, 2019 Tuesday December 10, 2019 Open
Sunday December 22, 2019 Friday January 3, 2020 Departure confirmed!
Sunday January 26, 2020 Friday February 7, 2020 Open
Tuesday February 11, 2020 Sunday February 23, 2020 Open
Wednesday February 26, 2020 Monday March 9, 2020 Open
Thursday March 12, 2020 Tuesday March 24, 2020 Open


Shared vehicles, guides and services: US$ 2,800.00 per guest

Rates based on double tent and double room accommodation.
For single accommodation please add US$ 320.00 (not available on the huts).

Options for private services within the regular groups, same set departures, please request your customized proposal for:
• Private guide
• Private Guide +Private vehicle


  • Climb Cerro Doña Ines (5.095m)

  • Climb San Francisco volcano (6.018m)

  • Climb the highest volcano in the world. Ojos del Salado (6.893m)

  • Explore the beautiful Atacama Desert, the driest desert on earth...

  • Enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Andean highlands

  • Drive through the Maricunga salt flat.

  • Camp next to the turquoise waters of Laguna Verde.

  • Internationally certified UIAGM guide as expedition leader


Demanding mountaineering program. The mountains are technically easy, but the altitude, the temperature and the wind could make the ascents quite strenuous.

Ojos del Salado Itinerary in brief

Day 1: Copiapó – Pedernales Salt Flat (295 km - 183 mi).

Day 2: Pedernales Salt Flat – Cerro Doña Ines Climb (5.095m / 16.715ft) - Pedernales Salt Flat.

Day 3: Pedernales Salt Flat – Laguna Verde (170 km /105 mi).

Day 4: Laguna Verde Base Camp Rest Day.

Day 5: Laguna Verde - Summit Vn. San Francisco (6.018m/19.744ft) - Laguna Verde.

Day 6: Laguna Verde Base Camp Additional Rest Day.

Day 7: Laguna Verde - Atacama Hut (38 km /23 mi).

Day 8: Atacama Hut (Base Camp) - Tejos Hut (Camp I) (5.825m/19.110ft) - Atacama Hut.

Day 9: Atacama Refuge - Tejos Refuge (Camp I).

Day 10: Ojos Del Salado Summit Day (6.893m/22.614ft)

Day 11: Reserve Day for Summit Attempts.

Day 12: Refugio Atacama – Bahía Inglesa.

Day 13: Bahía Inglesa – Out.

A detailed itinerary description is available on this page

Included in the price

  • Private transportation throughout the entire trip.

  • Bilingual (English) UIAGM mountain guide expedition leader (1)

  • Assistant mountain guides according to the group size (ratio guide/clients: 1 to 4)

  • Camp staff such as a cook and camp assistants according to the group size (1 or 2 )

  • Meals and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • One night in a 3 or 4-star hotel at the end of the expedition. (According to availability).

  • All activities as mentioned in the program.

  • High quality communal camping gear including tents, thick mats as well as full base camp infrastructure and services.

  • Airport transfers at the end of the expedition..

  • First aid kit and pulse oximeter.

  • Bottled oxygen for emergencies.

  • HF radio communication.

  • Satellite phone (on pay per minute basis).

  • DIFROL permit (a governmental authorization issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, needed only by no Chilean mountaineers, to climb summits located close to the country borders).

ChileMontaña reserves the right to modify the prices published on this website when the EURO or the DOLLAR suffers important changes in values.

You could download this program pdf in English

Programm auf Deutsch, HIER / Programma in Italiano, QUI / Programme en Français, ICI.

You could also download this program generic gear list pdf

For images of this mountain visit our Flickr Gallery


Reviews from our customers

Ojos del Salado

Review Date: April 13 2019 in Trip Advisor
I have just returned from an amazing experience with Chile montana. We could not have been looked after any better by their professional guides who could not do enough for us throughout the trip. The food was amazing and the guys went above and beyond to help us with everything. Would go back again in a heartbeat.

Ojos del Salado

Review Date: April 06 2019 in Trip Advisor
Amazing, considerate guides who made a group of women feel very comfortable and that they really could achieve what we had set out too.

Ojos del Salado

Review Date: April 05 2019 in Trip Advisor
The guides from Chile Montana helped us to reach the summit of Ojos del Salado on International Women's Day 2019. Our acclimatisation programme was perfect for the length of our trip and we even squeezed in an extra walking day on a mountain that wasn't originally on our schedule. Most of all, the guides were absolute professionals, kind and a laugh to work with. I cant thank them enough!

Ojos del Salado

Review Date: April 03 2019 in Trip Advisor
Chile Montana organised a great trip for our group of 12 ladies. We were a novice team and the guides really looked after us. The food cooked by JC was fabulous - especially the pizzas he somehow cooked on a stove! This really was an adventure of a lifetime that we will never forget. A special thank you must also go to Vivianne who was my main point of contact throughout all the organising. I highly recommend this company and hope to go on another trip in the future.

Ojos del Salado

Review Date: March 03 2018 in Trip Advisor
Had a great time with Chile Montana to climb Ojos del Salado. Very professional and well planned trip.. Highly recommend them...

Ojos del Salado

Review Date: May 02 2017 in Trip Advisor
Climbing the highest volcano on Earth, Ojos del Salado, was very enjoyable with Chili Montana: the guides, cook, driver are reliable professionals. Equipment, 4WD, tents, etc. everything is in very good shape.
Just a few advices:
* no need to check your equipment in their shop in Providencia, Santiago: just follow the equipment list
* I recommend to use two backpacks: one 60 l and one 40 l
* flying to Copiapo is the best option: they pick you and drop you back at the airport. Latam or Sky are affordable... when booked well in advance
* they take care of the housing in Bahia Inglesa.