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CHILE - ARGENTINA Llullaillaco Volcano (6.739 m.) IHE 05

The highest peak 4 o 5 in South America this is Llullaillaco with and elevation set at 6.723 m, is climbed by some people to be the highest in the world. However, Ojos del Salado. Llullaillaco is in that part of the Atacama desert that is widest; therefore, it is very dry this dryness coupled with the almost absence of roads or railways makes climbing very difficult all mountains on the over 5.000 m, all are volcanic.
The region of South Lipez with its views of the western volcanic range, salty lagoons populated by flamingos, and the unusual Colorada and Verde Lagoon, acclimatization ascent of the Licancabur volcano (5.900 m).
Lincancabur and Llullaillaco the sacred mountains of the Andeans-Sacred and it exists mysteries.

On Summit of Licancabur a crystalline lake exists in its crater and some culture ruins of Inca culture. Surprisingly 6 years ago some peoples carried out an archeology work and to found a round glass and then disappear in the bottom of the lake, Llullaillaco. Located in the country of Salta province Argentina and Chile border is a volcano sacred. In April of 1999 the peoples of EE.UU. they have founds an important discovery in the summit at 6700m. (Three 500 year-old mummies) well conserved and intact was buried during more than five Centuries. The reasons are the adoration of sacred mountain during the time of the Inca empire.

Day01:  Calama - San Pedro de Atacama: You will be picked up at the airport in Calama by your Guide and transfered to San Pedro de Atacama (2. 450 m.) After checking into the hotel, the Guide will make a gear and equipment check. In the afternoon we visit the Salt Range (Cordillera de la Sal), Death Valley, (Valle de la Muerte) and the Valley of Mars (Valle de Marte). We’ll take a gentle hike through this impressive area with its curious rock sculptures, sand dunes, and geological formations from the dawn of time.  Night in a hotel.

Day 02: Toconao – Salar Atacama – Moon Valley (2.500 m): Today we’ll drive 40 km (25 miles) south of San Pedro to Toconao, a traditional Atacama village of adobe houses,  situated on a river which tumbles down from the high Andes. Below is the Quebrada de Jeria canyon, a cool, green recess of exuberant vegetation in stunning contrast to the desert above. The surrounding Salar de Atacama is the largest salt lake in Chile. We’ll visit the Chaxa Lagoon, which provides habitat for a wide range of bird species, including Chilean and Andean Flamingos. We return for lunch to San Pedro and in the afternoon will visit Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna). From a viewpoint on an enormous sand dune, we’ll stay to watch the sun set over the moon-like landscape, the distant volcanoes and the peaks of the Salt Range bathed in intense gold, orange, pink, and purple light. Spectacular!.

Day 03: San Pedro – Guatin: After breakfast we’ll tour the fascinating archaeological museum of Padre Gustavo Le Paige, founded by a Jesuit priest dedicated to investigating and preserving the culture of the Atacama region. The museum holds more than 300,000 archeological artifacts from various pre-hispanic cultures and many impressively well-preserved mummies. We’ll then make a 3 km hike to the 12th century Pukara de Quitor National Monument and a second 2 km hike to Catarpe, to visit the ruins of what is believed to have been an Incan administrative centre for the region. We’ll continue our trek toward the Purifica River on ancient Inca trails in the Guatin canyon (3.000 m.) and set up camp for the night.

Day 04: Guatin – Machuca: Today we’ll make a 4 hour hike to the village of Machuca (4.100 m.). This isolated settlement was a regular stopover for ancient llama caravans traveling the Inca Trail to Peru and Bolivia. On the way, we’ll observe examples of traditional terrace agriculture, and enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife.

Day 05:  Machuca – El Tatio – Soquete: We’ll set out in the pre-dawn to reach El Tatio, the world’s highest geyser field (4.500 m). The smoking geysers—a phenomenon caused by the evaporation of the boiling geothermal water in the cold air--and the sun illuminating the surrounding mountain tops, unforgettable scene. We’ll then make an easy ascent of nearby Soquete peak (5.400 m.) returning to our camp near El Tatio for the night.

Day 06: El Tatio - Puritama – Laguna Verde: This morning we visit the Puritama hot  springs to relax in the natural thermal water. Following a light lunch we drive to Laguna Verde (4.300 m.) in Bolivia, a beautiful altiplanic lake at the foot of the Licancabur volcano (5.930 m) and home to a large number of Andean Flamingoes. We spend the night in the Laguna Blanca. Night in a refuge.

Day 07:  Laguna Verde - Licancabur Summit – San Pedro: Early in the morning at 4:00 am we make a 30-minute trip.  At 4.650 m. where we begin our ascent of Licancabur. A sacred peak of the Incas, we’ll pass an Inca construction at the base of the mountain. We hike 10 to 12 hours to reach the summit by way of the north ridge. From the summit we’ll look down into the volcanoes’ deep blue crater lake and also enjoy spectacular views of the Bolivian and Chilean territory. We return to San Pedro Atacama in the evening for a delicious dinner and a comfortable hotel night.

Day 08: Miscanti – Meñique – Tilomonte: Today we departure from San Pedro (2.250 m.) travel to Miscanti and Meñique two turquoise-coloured high plateau lagoons situated at 4.500m, and surrounded by imposing volcanoes. We will also visit the village of Socaire, well known for its traditional crafts and historic church. Reaching Tilomonte, an uninhabited oasis in the southern part of the Salar de Atacama. Night camping.

Day 09: Tilomonte – Aguada Zorrita: After breakfast we’ll make our way to Aguada Zorrita, in the Llullaillaco National Park—a drive of approximately 4 hours.  Night camping.

Day 10:  Aguada Zorrita – Llullaillaco Base Camp: After breakfast we’ll transfer to the base of Llullaillaco volcano. (6.739 m.) We’ll hike for 4 hours to reach base camp (4.900 m) where we will set up our tents. Night camping.

Day 11 Base Camp – High Camp – Base Camp: Today we make a portage to 5.800m. and return to base camp to sleep.

Day 12: Base Camp 4.900 m: Today is a rest day in which we’ll rest, eat, and drink plenty of fluids so as to achieve an optimal acclimatization.  Night camping.

Day 13: Base Camp - High Camp: Following a light lunch we’ll return to our high camp where we’ll spend the night. Trekking Time 5 hours, approx.

Day 14, 15:  High Camp – Summit 6.739 m. - Base Camp: With a day in reserve to allow for bad weather, we’ll have a pre-dawn breakfast and at 4 am set out for our summit push. After reaching the summit, enjoying the magnificent views and recording the achievement with photographs, we’ll return to base camp.

Day 15: Puente del Inca - Mendoza: Descent to Puente del Inca and last trek in the expedition. Your belongings will be carried by mules so you will only take a light bag pack with a jacket and your packed lunch. Transfer to Mendoza city. Night in the hotel.

Day 16: Base Camp – Aguada Zorrita: This morning we leave base camp and return to Aguada Zorrita.

Day 17: Aguada Zorrita – Antofagasta: Today we travel to Antofagasta, by way of the Escondida Mine (4.900 m), the open pit mine which produces the largest amount of copper in the world. A trip of three to four hours, we’ll have lunch en route. In the evening we’ll have a farewell dinner. Night in a hotel.

The Organized Service Includes

  • Exclusive round trip transport.
  • Professional English speaking trekking guide.
  • Full board pension. (Lunch, dinner, breakfast).
  • Tents for clients and insulation mat.
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Dinning tent. (Table, Chairs).
  • Medical kits during the expedition.
  • Communications by handies and mobile phone during the trek.
  • General Assistance.

Not included:

  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Any expense due to a rescue operation.
  • Bottle of Waters and Spirit drinks
  • Tips.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone or mail.

Duration: 17 Days/18 nights
Season: November – April
Contact: info@highexpeditionsbolivia.com
Phone: 591-2-2461902
Movil.: 591-79530949 / 73030569