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OJOS DEL SALADO - CATAMARCA - Heigh:6870 m.a.s.l - Level: High

Duration: 13 days
Main summit: 6870 m.a.s.l
Regular route: Cazadero River-Catamarca, Argentina
Optional route: El Arenal (description located in itinerary)
Season: October to March
Difficulty level: High

Day 1: Catamarca. Meet at the Catamarca airport.

Leave Catamarca towards Fiambalá. Night in Fiambalá

Day 2: The "Refugio". Organization of the equipment for the climb.

We head to the "Refugio Pastos Largos" by car along the International Route 60. Altitude: 3050 m.a.s.l. Refugio for the night to acclimatize.

Day 3: Pastos largos – Las Grutas.

First day of trekking to acclimatize to the altitude. We ascend the Falso Morocho, 4 500 metres. Duration: 4 hours.

Day 4: La Grutas – Beltran volcano.

Trekking at to acclimatize to the altitude. We climb Beltran Volcano (5350m), from its Summit we will be able to see beautiful panoramic views of the San Buenaventura and the Andes mountains. Duration: 8 to 9 hours

Day 5: Las Grutas.

Free day to rest and continue to acclimatize to the altitude. Night in Las Grutas.

Day 6: Las Grutas.

Trekking up the San Francisco Volcano (6030m). Duration: 5 hours

Day 7: Las Grutas

Free day to rest and continue to acclimatize to the altitude. Night in Las Grutas

Día 8: Base camp

In the morning we will transfer to Base Camp at Ojo del Salado (el arenal 5350m).

Day 9: Campamento Base

Free day to rest or move equipment to the High Altitude Camp.

Day 10: Free day at the base.

rest day

Day 11: El Arenal – C1 (5950m.a.s.l.)

We set off early on our ascent to our High Altitude Campo, 5959 m.a.s.l. Once we arrive, we will set up our camping equipment for the night. Duration: 6 hours.

Day 12: Summit (6864 m.a.s.l.)

To avoid the strong winds, we set off early at our first attempt to reach the summit. The ascent to the summit takes approximately 8 or 9 hours, depending on the physical conditions of the climbers and weather conditions. This ascent follows a marked path, with sandy terrain with slopes ranging from 15 ° tilt. After 6/7 hours of walking, we reach the crater of the volcano. From there we walk to the summit, 6.860msnm. After reaching the summit we return to our High Altitude Camp, which will take approximately 4 hours. Duration: 12 hours approximately.

Day 13: Base Camp, Fiambalá Thermal Baths

After breakfast, we tear down the camp and begin our descent to Base Camp. We pack up the vehicles and being our return to Fiambalá. We spend the final night in Fiambalá, with its relaxing thermal baths, an ideal way to relax after the expedition.

» Usefull Information

- Transfers in a 4×4 light truck.
- All the equipment necessary for the camping. (Tent, kitchen utensils, etc.)
- Bilingual specialized guide (Spanish - English).
- 01 Assistant every 3 paxs.
- 01 Local Guide by vehicle for the excursion at Tolar Grande.
- All the meals specified in the program (B: Breakfast; BXL: Box lunch; S: Snack; D: Dinner).
- Basic Medical Insurance for disease or accident up to $3000 Argentinean pesos.
- 03 nights at the Tolar Grande refuge.
- First Aid equipment.
- VHF. Satellite Phone for emergencies only.

Does Not Include:
- Flights.
- Personal expenses and tips.
- Meals not mentioned in the program.
- Sleeping bags.
- Alcoholic Drinks.
- Taxes.

Recommended Equipment:
- Cap or Light hat.
- Balaclava.
- Wool or polartec beanie.
- Bandana.
- UV + 90% mountain sunglasses with side shields.

Upper part of the body
- 2 polypropylene long-sleeved t-shirts.
- 2 cotton or polypropylene t-shirts.
- 2 polypropylene long-sleeved undershirts.
- Polartec jacket.
- Gore tex or waterproof jacket.
- Duvet jacket.

- Polypropylene gloves.
- Polartec gloves.
- Waterproof mitts with wool, polartec or duvet interiors.

Inferior part of the body
- Polypropylene long underwear.
- Gore-Tex or waterproof pants.
- Light long pants.
- Polartec light pants.

- Waterproof gaiters.
- Long socks (4 cotton pairs and 4 thermal pairs)
- Trekking boots.
- Double plastic mountain boots.
- Comfortable trainers.

Technical equipment
- Trekking sticks.
- Crampons.
- Back pack (70 lt or more)
- Duvet Sleeping bag (-20 °C)
- Metallic thermus of 1 lt.
- Water bottle of at least 900 cc.
- Insulated sleeping pad.
- Head Lamp (Extra light bulbs and batteries)

Personal Objects
- Sunscreen.
- Lip protector.
- Hygienic bag.
- Personal medicine.
- Others: digital camera, mp3, books, etc.


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