Ojo del Salado Volcano


Duration: 15 days 14 nights.
Main Summit: 6870 m.a.s.l.
Normal Route: Cazadero River – Catamarca – Argentina
Optional Route: the arenal (described in the itinerary).
Period: October to March
Difficulty: High

Clear dates


Ojos del Salado Volcano; Catamarca, Northern Argentina
Its name is due to the Salado River that rises from its west slope and flows south, flowing into
in the Tres Quebradas lagoon, at a height greater than 6300 m.a.s.l. there are geysers
where hot water and vapors sprout due to its post volcanic activity.
Its ascent can be planned by the Argentina slope, optional route of Birth.

Day 01: Catamarca – Fiambala:
Meeting in the morning and presentation of the Guides and transfer and Night in Fiambala.

Day 02: Fiambala – Cortaderas:
Free morning, afternoon transfer 2hs to the Hotel de Cortaderas (3,150mts.)
(BXL, M, C)  night at 3150mts. (On this day there is no physical activity only transfer in 4×4 of 1hs with stops included)

Day 03: Acclimatization Trekking:
First Trekking and ascent to Cerro Chaschuil 3,750mts. 5 hours approx. in total until the summit
(On this day there is physical activity and we are in full contact with nature) (D; BXL; M; C;) night in Cortaderas 3,150mts.

Day 04: Cortaderas Shelter – Las Grutas Refuge + TREKKING:
Transfer in the 4×4 and second acclimatization Trek in the Cerro Falso Morocho 4,640mts.
(On this day there is a transfer of 2 hours and physical activity of 4 hours) (D; BXL; M; C;) Night R Grottoes at 4,050mts.

Day 05: Acclimatization Trekking:
Trekking to the volcano at 5,350mts. Where we will see the progress of acclimatization thinking about the main objective, (On this day a 4×4 transfer of 1hs and physical activity of 7hs. Approx.) (D; BXL; M; C;) night R Grottoes at 4,050mts .

Day 06: Free day
It’s a day we take a break from the days
(On this day there is no physical activity) (D; BXL; M; C;) night R Grottoes at 4,050mts.

Day 07: Las Grutas – Base Camp:
Transfer up to 4,900m. trekking to camp 1 at 5,250m.
(Depending on the physical state, this day will be approximately 3 to 4 hours) (D; BXL; M; C;) night camp 1 5,250mts.

Day 08: Summit Attack:
Attack on the summit of San Francisco Volcano 6.050mts.
(Approximately 8 hours of ascent and descent trekking and a 4-hour transfer to Fiambala) (D; BXL) night at hotel

Day 09: Extra Day of the Expeditions.
(For bad weather or to acclimatize) Or (to visit in Aguas de Termas de Fiambala complex) (D; BXL; M; C;)

Day 10: Fiambala – El Arenal.
A long day from Fiambala to Base Camp. In the morning we move to the base camp of Ojo del Salado (the 5,650mts sandy area). (D; BXL; M; C;)

Day 11: free day.
Base camp. Free day rest or carry equipment to the high field. (D; BXL; M; C;)

Day 12: El Arenal – C 1 (5,950 m.a.s.l.)
Early we will begin the ascent to the height field at 5,950 m.a.s.l. Once in place, we will install our camp. Duration: 5hs (D; BXL; M; C;)

Day 13: Summit (6,864 m.a.s.l.)
The ascent to the summit lasts around 8/10 hours, depending on the physical conditions of the expeditionaries and especially on the meteorological factors. (D; BXL; M; C;)

Day 14: camp 1 – Base Camp – Fiambala.
Begin the descent to our base camp. We will prepare the vehicles and start our return to Fiambala. Termas Night, ideal after this expedition.

Day 15: Fiambala – Catamarca.
End of the expedition.

NOTE: Two extra days are planned due to weather contingencies.
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