DAY DESCRIPTION LODGING MEALS
1 COPIAPÓ AIRPORT – PEDERNALES SALT FLAT (295 km)
Pick up at your hotel in Caldera or Bahia Inglesa at 9am. We start driving east towards the Altiplano, following narrow and dry river valleys that lie in between the desert and the high plateau. We arrive to El Salvador, a mining town at the foothill of the Andes, where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we drive to our first camp next to Pedernales salt flat. Flat. We are now in the middle of the Chilean high plateau, the southernmost part of the Atacama desert and home to a great diversity of wildlife such as flamingoes and foxes. In the evening, we take a short walk to the nearby lagoon where we see local flora and fauna and a large variety of birds.
Camp (3,362m) Lunch, Dinner
2 PEDERNALES SALT FLAT – CERRO DOÑA INES CLIMB (5,095m) – PEDERNALES SALT FLAT
transfer by 4×4 to the base of Cerro Doña Ines (4500m). The climbing to the summit will take 5 to 6 hours round trip and allow for an amazing view of the surroundings. Back to the base camp.
Camp (3,362m) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
3 PEDERNALES SALT FLAT – LAGUNA VERDE (170 km)
Today we will drive along Maricunga salt flat, check in the Maricunga customs for our Ojos del Salado climb, and then keep going across the high plateaus to reach Laguna Verde. We set up a base camp nearby the lake, at the hot springs site.
Camp (4,350m) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4 LAGUNA VERDE REST DAY  ( RESERVE DAY)                                                     This rest day and extra night in Laguna Verde, at 4.350m, is of great importance for your acclimatization before the attempt of San Francisco summit. Taking a bath in the hot springs, hiking at the shores of the lake and taking pictures are a good way to rest and get ready for the next summit day. Camp (4,350m) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5 LAGUNA VERDE – SUMMIT VN. SAN FRANCISCO (6.018m) – LAGUNA VERDE
Starting off very early in the morning, we approach the mountain with the 4×4 (4800m). It is a full day climbing this beautiful mountain located at the very border between Chile and Argentina. The summit is at 6,018m and we will need around 6 to 8 hours to reach the top. Back to our camp.
Camp (4,350m) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6 LAGUNA VERDE REST DAY (RESERVE DAY)
Full day to rest and get ready to move to Ojos del Salado Base Camp. This extra day at 4.350m is a great boost to your acclimatization process and should be fully use to recover from the San Francisco climb, hydrate and relax. Going for another hike on this day won’t be of any help to your body. We strongly recommend to bring books and music with you and just enjoy this rest day. Please note that the expedition leader may choose to skip this rest day according to the weather forecast, in case a modification of the itinerary is needed to ensure the summit.
Camp (4,350m) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7 LAGUNA VERDE – ATACAMA REFUGE (38 km)
Today we leave Laguna Verde and the international road to Argentina, heading to the foothill of Ojos del Salado. We drive off road, gaining altitude very quickly as we cross sand flats and steep rocky, sometimes snow-covered, slopes. Finally, we arrive at the Atacama refuge area, where we set up our base camp.
Camp (5,255m) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8 ATACAMA REFUGE (BASE CAMP) – TEJOS REFUGE (CAMP I) (5.825m) – ATACAMA REFUGE
Today, we carry some equipment and food to Camp I, following the sandy and rocky slopes. We drop off our stuff in the mountain hut, take a look around and then go back down to the base camp. This hike is part of our acclimatization in order to maximize our chances of reaching the summit.
Camp (5,825m) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
9 ATACAMA REFUGE – TEJOS REFUGE (CAMP I)
Today we move up to Camp I, carrying the rest of the gear we will need for the summit. It is a short day: we arrive early to get hydrated, eat and rest for the summit day.
Camp (5,825m or 5,255m) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
10 OJOS DEL SALADO SUMMIT DAY (6.893m)
We start very early in the morning 3 to 5 am depending the wind and cold conditions, and climb 8 to 9 hours up to the summit. The terrain may be snowy or dry. The climb includes an easy climbing / scrambling step just before getting to the summit. We use harness,helmet and rope for this last part. From the top we have an amazing view over all major summits in the area, including Tres Cruces and Pissis. Going down we may stop for the night at Tejos camp or descend directly to Atacama base camp.
Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
11 RESERVE DAY Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
12 REFUGIO ATACAMA – BAHIA INGLESA
We dismantle the tents, organize the gear, pack the equipment and load the cars. Then we drive back to Bahia Inglesa, where we arrive 6 hours later. Transfer to the Hotel.
Hotel Rocas de Bahia (****) or Blanco Encalada (***) according to availability Breakfast, Lunch
13 BAHIA INGLESA – OUT Breakfast

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