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Ojos del Salado

Andes. South America. Argentina. Mountain climbing program of MCS AlexClimb "Climbing Ojos del Salado, 6893m"

Altitude: 6893 m
Program category: Mountain Climbing

Duration: 12 days
Season: December - March
First climb:
Justyn Wojsznis and Jan Szczepanski, 1937

Program price from: 3500 Euro 

  • 05.01.24 - 20.01.24mini group, special conditions 3500 EURO booking

Mountain climbing program in Argentina "Climbing Ojos del Salado" with MCS AlexClimb Guides

The highest volcano in the world - Ojos del Salado is located directly on the border of Chile and Argentina, only 600 kilometers from the highest mountain in South America - Aconcagua, in the province of Catamarca. For a long time the height of this mountain was the theme of debates among geographers from different countries, the altitude of Ojos del Salado, due to the errors in the measurements, was considered superior to the height of Aconcagua of more than 150 meters. However, the dispute over the height of these two giants was clearly settled in 1963, after a precise geodetic measurements. Mount Ojos del Salado retained the title of the second highest peak in the Western Hemisphere and the highest active volcano in the world. Location of the volcano in the vicinity of the high mountain desert Atacama, defines quite specific climatic features in the Ojos del Salado region - in particular, for its very serious altitude, on this mountain there is not constant snow cover - only in the rainy season the Summit of Ojos del Salado puts on a light blanket of snow. In addition to this unique for such altitude dry climate, Ojos del Salado has another interesting natural anomaly - in the crater of this volcano, at the altitude of 6390 meters there is a never freezing lake - there is nothing like that at such altitude  anywhere in the world.

The Summit of Ojos del Salado is very popular for climbing during the season (December - March), there are the routes of ascent of this mountain both on the Argentine and Chilean sides. The complexity of the ascension of the Summit of Ojos del Salado is determined solely by the significant altitude of this mountain - there are no technical difficulties on the route - well equipped trail leads from the base camp just to the Summit - almost like on the famous African volcano Kilimanjaro!

This 12-day program "Mountain climbing in Argentina, climbing Ojos del Salado " was developed for people who have no prior experience in mountain climbing and who want to try themselves at the basic altitude mountain climbing route. Regardless your climbing experience, we recommend passing the MCS AlexClimb Course of general physical preparation and  Course of Mountain Technique (basic level) before participating in this program.

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work.

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb South America Argentina climbing schedule (Climbing Ojos del Salado 2024)

Guided ascent of Ojos del Salado (6893 m)
Altitude mountain climbing, basic level

Day 1 - Flight from Buenos Aires to Catamarca, processing the documents, transfer and overnight at the hotel ***
Day 2 - Transfer by car to Fiambala, overnight in a hotel (B & B)
Day 3 - Transfer (130 km) and overnight in tents at the campsite by the Hunter River
Day 4 - Walking to the Aguas Calientes camp site, the load transportation by donkeys. Overnight in the tents
Day 5 - Walking to the camp site Plaza de Vicunias 5050 m, overnight in the tents
Day 6 - Walking to the Arenales Base camp 5250 m, overnight in tents
Day 7 - The day of rest, acclimatization, overnight in the tents
Day 8 - Walking to the high camp 1, 5800 m, overnight in tents
Day 9 - Climbing to the summit of Ojos del Salado 6864 m, descent to high camp 1, overnight in the tents
Day 10 - Walking to the camp Arenales 5250 m, overnight in the tents
Day 11 - Walking to camp Aguas Calientes, overnight in the tents
Day 12 - Descent to the camp Quemaditos, overnight in the tents
Day 13 - Extra day
Day 14 - Transfer to Fiambala, overnight in hotel
Day 15 - Transfer to Catamarca, overnight in hotel
Day 16 - departure to Buenos Aires, overnight in hotel ***

Prices and conditions

The price of the MCS AlexClimb mountain program "Climbing Ojos del Salado 2024":

3500 Euro* - mini-group 3-4 participants
On request* - private program for 1-2 participants
*Price per person

You have to be ready for:

  • Two weeks of camping life in the field conditions;
  • Carrying a 10-12 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -20°C on the altitude higher than 5000 m;

Conditions: minimum group 4 participants, the Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended.
The price includes: Professional mountain guide services,
local registering and climbing permits, cook services, rent of the communal equipment (navigation equipment, cooking gear), hotel and camping accommodation, transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Catamarca), using the communal basic medical kitfood for outdoor part of the program.
The price does not include: Argentina visa charges*, International and domestic flight expenses to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Catamarca), obligatory climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, food and drinks while being in cities, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 12
Guides: 2

*Most European citizens do not need visa for entering Argentina, check that in the Argentian consulate in your home country.

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Andes. Argentina. Climbing Catamarca" can be read in the Offer section

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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.