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Ojos del Salado Arg side 2023

Climbing Ojos del Salado 2023 Argentine side

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Our organized expedition to Ojos del Salado from the side of Argentina 

Ojos del Salado, Argentina side

There is still debate about whether volcano Ojos del Salado is the highest in the world or the second…. In any case, with its altitude of 6891 m, this is the second highest mountain in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres, yielding only 69 meters to the famous Mount Aconcagua (6960 m).

Route to Ojos del Salado from Argentina

As an object for climbing, Ojos del Salado can be considered as an uncomplicated training or acclimatizing mountain, the ascent to which does not present technical difficulties - the main objective on the route to Ojos del Salado is to acclimatize qualitatively to the altitudes of 5-6000 meters.

Route to Ojos del Salado from Chile

In this regard, any of the routes to Ojos del Salado are an almost ideal solution for acclimatization and training - the length of the routes and the very gentle altitude gain profile allow you to calmly and without stress for the body adapt to the new conditions of rarefied air and moderate physical activity. The main tourist activity on volcano Ojos del Salado goes on the western side, on the territory of Chile.

Ojos del Salado, Chilean side

There are several large shelters located there, as well as comfortable access to the last camp by off-road vehicles. The total length of the Chilean route, starting from asphalt, is 34 kilometers one way. However, the vast majority of tourists use the transportation service and drive to the last camp using the off-road vehicles, reducing the climbing program just to several days, and the length of the final section of the route to only 7.2 kilometers.

Sunset on the trek towards Ojos del Salado from the Argentinean side

The route from the Argentinean side is a more exciting, albeit time-consuming. The total length of the route from the Argentinean side from the asphalt road is 62 kilometers one way, the route is not equipped with shelters or drivable roads, which could greatly simplify, but also to make the route more entertainment and popular.

Close to the Camp Aguas Calientes, Argentinian side of Ojos del Salado

The Argentinian side of Ojos del Salado offers exactly the kind of climbing experience that is most valuable in mountaineering - the purity and pristine mountains, close contact with harsh wildlife, the absence of crowds and excessive commercial activity.

View from the Summit of Ojos del Salado

In general, from the Argentinean side, it is also possible to access by 4x4 - the last camp (Arenales 5500 m), from where it is possible to attempt the top of the volcano in one go (the length of this section is even less than from the Chilean side - 5.8 km).

In the camp at the foot of Ojos del Salado. Water procedures

However, it is the most interesting to be able to climb without significant reductions in the route, car traffic and crowded stone boxes with people - popular shelters.

Night on the slope of Ojos del Salado. The Southern Cross rises above the horizon

The route to Ojos del Salado from the Argentinean side takes 8-9 days in case if you are already acclimatized. The best option is a "supported expedition" - when the cargo of the expedition is transported by horses.

Support group on the Ojos del Salado route

This option is also the safest - in the event of complications or an accident, horses always provide the necessary mobility and the ability to get to the evacuation point.

Ojos del Salado, Colorful mountains, Argentina

The scale of the slopes of volcano Ojos del Salado is impressive. Incredibly flat sandy expanses go into the infinity of the blue of the sky and merge with the clouds somewhere in the foggy haze of the lifeless desert almost set on fire by the sun. Wind and death reign here.

Endless plains of Puna at the foot of Ojos del Salado. Argentina

Tiny islands of life are concentrated around the rarest sources of water - in these priceless oases, the green grass, birdsong and animal tracks delight the eye as the signs of life. But try to get away from the spring - each step takes you into the depths of a lifeless void, where only rocks, sand and white bones of animals killed by thirst or by a condor.

Water spring at the camp of Aguas Calientes, the route to Ojos del Salado from Argentina

The symbol and the King of this amazing land, a huge bird, hovers in the sky like a cross, which leads to the last journey anyone who makes even the slightest mistake in choosing the path or, having spent strength, does not reach the source of water. The Condor is the only sovereign judge, master and gravedigger here.

The summit of Ojos del Salado

The tongue never turns to call this severe relief as mountains or even hills. These are some kind of cosmic expanses, a Martian landscape in which a person is not present even in the form of a tiny point – the human being is nothing here equal to a grain of eternal sand.

The author of the text and photos - Alexey Trubachev

Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.