Along the years climbing big mountains we have learn how challenging is to reach those summits and how several factors may be critical to ensure the success and enjoy the experience: logistics, health, weather, preparation and of course your personal gear and clothing.

In ChileMontaña, we think that at least 30% of the failures comes from lacking the right clothing for the high camp and for the summit day.

You are welcome to check the gear & equipment list for Ojos del Salado (link).

Just to mention some of the most critical:

.- The sleeping bag (-20C minimum)
.- The mountaineering boots (Spantik from Lasportiva or Phantom from Scarpa, or similar)
.- The mittens (Inferno himalayan mitts from North face, or similar)

The duffle bag

After checking the the gear & equipment list, many guests ask why they need a duffel bag instead of a regular big backpack. There are some reasons for that:

  • The Duffel bag will allow you to acces to any item inside of it much easily than any backpack.
  • Your belongings will be better protected from the dust, rain or snow.
  • You will be able to have all your belongings in just one big bag

What about backpacks?

You will need a small 30 to 40 liters daypack, to be used for the day hikes and climbs, but for the Ojos del Salado climb, when you need to spend one night at the high camp, your belongings wont fit in the daypack, this is why you will need a second one:  60 to 80 liters mountaineering backpack.

For the summit day

The final part of the ascent is an easy climb of a rocky step where the guide will use a rope for safety, for that part please make sure to bring the following:

  • A very light harness
  • A helmet

Gear available for rental (link)

Some items are available for rental at ChileMontaña, such as crampons, ice axe, backpack, thermarest, helmet, duffel bag, and more. Please let us know if you lack of any item for your expedition. We will do our best to provide it.