Ojos del Salado expedition

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

Altitude 6893m, Grade 2B

Just sixty meters lower than Aconcagua, Ojos del Salado can be found on the edge of the Atacama Desert (the driest spot on earth). It is the world’s highest volcano and one of the seven continental volcanic summits.

Description

Just sixty metres lower than Aconcagua, Ojos del Salado can be found on the edge of the Atacama Desert (the driest spot on earth) and is the world’s highest volcano. Our journey to the mountain takes us by jeep to the remote region of the Chilean Altiplano where few people go, passing through salt flats and pristine mountain lakes in this region of amazing beauty.  We acclimatise on the beautiful peak of Volcan Copiapó 6052m, before making our ascent of the majestic massif of Ojos del Salado where the 360º summit views are beyond description. No crowds on this peak!

Ojos Del Salado is also the highest of the Seven Continental Volcanic Summits challenge and the highest volcano in the world. An easier and better peak to climb after Kilimanjaro.

You can extend your stay to climb Aconcagua.

Trip dossier

  • International flights from London to Santiago (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader. 
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition. 
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other valley/town accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb. 
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies
  • 90-120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 24 hour back up and support from UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Domestic return flights between Santiago and Copiapo (approx £200)
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified
  • Personal medical supplies 
  • Personal use of communication equipment
  • Excess baggage
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances

It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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5 reviews for Ojos del Salado expedition

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phil

    I had a fantastic time on Ojos, far exceeding any expectations I had. The hard work Carrie, Jeff and Enrique combined with the fact I was on the mountain with great group of people made it a truly memorable trip (the stunning views may have helped too).

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob S

    Carry was very friendly and laid-back. She coped well with the varied personalities. Faultless, spot on!

    Geoff and his team were well organised and had a very high standard. Food was excellent!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Iain

    Very satisfying trip and exceptionally well looked after. More comfort than one might have expected – but that all for the better as far as I am concerned. As for the food…well, I’ve never seen anything like it on a trip.

    I really liked the fact that all of the peaks were completely devoid of company until Ojos itself – and it was hardly packed. We did really well with the weather – though I can’t imagine that it is always clear skies and presume that the winds can get very much worse than we had. It was generally a pretty comfortable temperature throughout, rarely too hot (unless you thought to relax in the tent during the day) or too cold. The buildup was very well chosen – hadn’t thought that it was possible to hit 5000 m quite so early on in a trip, but it worked out well.

    It seemed physically tougher than I might have expected for a 2B – but that isn’t a complaint, just a measure of me being at my limit.

    Thanks to Jeff and Carrie for taking such good care of us.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barry

    This was an excellent trip and I would highly recommend it, in particular the local guides were fantastic and provided everything we needed, including great food and advice.

    I chose adventure peaks because of its professional attitude but relaxed at the same time and British company with good prices.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew Bryce (verified owner)

    I did this climb in January 2018. The tour was led by a guide who was highly experienced and knowledgeable. Given the isolation of the area the food was surprisingly good, had steak several times and the best coffee I had in Chile.

    The tour gradually proceeded up in altitude and difficulty of climbs. A couple of the climbs appeared to be rarely climbed by others, including Volcan Copiapo and it was a treat going off the beaten path.

    I think we lucked out with the weather on both Copiapo and Ojos, both days were calm during the climb and no snow though I think windy weather should be expected.

    This climb is definitely a step up from, say Kili, prepare for cold conditions (though it can get quite warm during the day) and expect some rough camping in an isolated place but is a god experience.

    Now my next challenge….trying to find a badge, sticker or t-shirt with Ojos el Salado on it :)

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Aconcagua extension (including park fees) from £3,255 (+14 days) Climb Aconcagua after Ojos del Salado. Park Fees of $730-$1000 (depending on when you travel) are included in this price but we will deduct this amount from your invoice and ask to take this out in US$ cash to be paid directly to the Park Authority whilst there.

Deposits

The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£400 per Person


Land Only Availability Days Price Book
19th Jan 2019 - 2nd Feb 2019
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23rd Nov 2019 - 7th Dec 2019
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14th Dec 2019 - 28th Dec 2019
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28th Dec 2019 - 11th Jan 2020
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4th Jan 2020 - 18th Jan 2020
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18th Jan 2020 - 1st Feb 2020
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12th Dec 2020 - 26th Dec 2020
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With UK Flight dates Availability Days Price Book
18th Jan 2019 - 3rd Feb 2019
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22nd Nov 2019 - 8th Dec 2019
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13th Dec 2019 - 29th Dec 2019
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27th Dec 2019 - 12th Jan 2020
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3rd Jan 2020 - 19th Jan 2020
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17th Jan 2020 - 2nd Feb 2020
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11th Dec 2020 - 27th Dec 2020
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