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LLULLAILLACO VOLCANO - Heigh:22080 ft - Level: High

Itinerary: 10 days / 9 nights
Departs form: Salta City
Ends at: Salta City
Season: September – April
Difficulty Level: High
Elevation: 5840 ft

Day 1: Salta, Cerro Gógota, San Antonio de los Cobres.

Leave from Salta early in the morning headed to San Antonio de los Cobres using the international route 51, going by the imposing Quebrada del Toro, ascending to Santa Rosa de Tastil were you will find the mythical archaeological ruins by the same name; the first snow covered peaks from between five and five thousand eight hundred meters of the Puna will appear. Then the Abra Blanca is crossed at 13780 ft to arrive to San Antonio de los Cobres (11155 ft) at noon. In the afternoon a light walk around the town to start to acclimatize.

Day 2: San Antonio de los Cobres, Tolar Grande.

Departure to Tolar Grande in the morning, going through the passage 'Abra El Gallo', then through the mining camp of Olacapato and the Pocitos Salt Marsh, to get into the Salt Mountain Range, with its many forms and colors that resemble a lunar landscape. Once beyond it the Llullaillaco is first seen in the distance. Arrival to Tolar Grande after midday. During the afternoon a small walk in the surroundings to acclimatize. Dinner and night at the Franco Argentino Refuge in Tolar Grande to get acclimatized.

Day 3: Tolar Grande, Visit to Dead Men´s Cave, Sea Eye and Sand Dune.

During the day visit to the Dead Man´s Cave, an eye catching formation of stalactites and stalagmites formed by watery leaks that shaped them during hundreds of years; the sand dune is a sand mountain of a certain magnitude, immersed in the colors and silence of the Puna. In the afternoon visit to the Sea Eye, weird deep small pools formed in the salt marsh by the action of water descending the Macon Mountains. Dinner and night at the Tolar Grande refuge.

Day 4: Tolar Grande, Llullayllaco Base.

Leave to the Llullayllaco base camp, crossing the Arizaro Salt Marsh, third in size of the world, framed by mountains that reach 19685 ft (Aracar, Salim, etc); Ascent to the Caipe station, with the Arita Cone in the distance and a spectacular panoramic view over the salt marsh and the "island" that emerges from it, as well as other volcanic formations. Headed to the Llullayllaco Salt Marsh, the Catamarca´s mountains are seen in the horizon, going along the salt marsh and lunch at the limit. During the afternoon after passing by the Inca Cemetery in the east face of the mountain, base camp will be set up (15912 ft). Night at the Camp.

Day 5: Base Camp.

Day to get acclimatized in the base of the mountain, during which the area can be toured, and the equipment for the superior camps will be organized and prepared. Night at Base Camp.

Day 6: Ascent to Camp 1.

Ascent to the next camp, which will be mounted at 17717 ft. Rest of the day to hydrate and acclimatize. Climb of 5 to 8 hours depending on the weather, physical fitness and height adjustment of the hikers. Night preparing for the next´s day ascent.

Day 7: Ascent to Camp 2.

Ascent to the next camp, which will be mounted at 19685 ft. Rest of the day to hydrate and acclimatize. Climb of 6 to 8 hours depending on the weather, physical fitness and height adjustment of the hikers. Night preparing for the next´s day ascent to the peak.

Day 8: Summit Atempt.

Start of the climb early in the morning, if the weather is calm the summit will be reached after midday. Summit and return to Camp 2, with the option of descending to base camp, as long as the hikers are in physical conditions to do it and the weather conditions are correct. Night at Camp 2 or base camp.

Day 9: Base Camp, Tolar Grande.

Descent and night at Tolar Grande.

Day 10: Tolar Grande, Santa Rosa de los Pastos Grandes, Salta.

Return to Salta City by another route going trough Santa Rosa de los Pastos Grandes, base of the Quewar Volcano. Arrival to Salta City in the afternoon. END OF OUR SERVICES

» Usefull Information

The company reserves the right to modify the itinerary or suspend any of the activities when climate circumstances or any other circumstances compromise the safety of the members of the group.

- 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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