Domuyo is the highest peak in Patagonia standing 4710m above sea level. Domuyo is actually a volcano with a huge crater. In the local mapuche language it means “The shaky one“. It is still a little active as it produces steam chimneys and has thermal activity. The climb is very straight forward and very accessible for anyone fit enough.
Requirements for joining this trip are:
Day 1 – Neuquén – Varvaco
Our trip starts at Neuquén, province’s capital. We’ll pick you up at the airport and drive you for 400km (about 5 hours) to Chos Malal, the largest city at the northern part of the province.
After lunch we’ll keep driving another 100 km, passing through farmers villages. Two hours later we arrive to Varvarco, the last village before the trek. We stay in a hostel, where we can organise our personal and expedition equipment.
Day 2 – Varvaco – BC – 3000m
After breakfast we will drive for around one hour to the end of the road. After meeting the horse driver and giving him all duffels, we start hiking for around 4 hours to BC at 3000 mts. Our camp will be on a glacier valley close to a lagoon right at the base of the mountain.
Day 3 – Carry to Camp 1 – 38000m
We will hike to camp I (3800 mts), for acclimatisation and to carry some gear. It will take around 5 hours round trip. Back at BC we will enjoy the afternoon taking photos of the surroundings.
Day 4 – BC – C1 – 3800m
After taking down camp packing our backpacks, we will start hiking again. After 3 hours we get to our camp site, a beautiful spot with an amazing view.
Day 5 – Summit Attempt – 4710m
We will wake up at 5 for breakfast. At about 6:30 we’ll start climbing to reach the summit. This is the hardest and longest day in the trip. After summiting we descent to camp 1.
Day 6 – C1 – Varvaco
We will take down the tents and go back to BC. After sorting the duffels for the horses, we start the hike back to the start of the road. We then drive back to Varvarco and have a celebration dinner! Night at hostel.
Day 7 – Varvaco – Neuquen
After breakfast we will drive back to Neuquén. Night in a Hotel.
Day 8 – Flight back home
** The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political / administrative problems and any other events not described.
Having good mountaineering equipment is one of the key points to have a successful expedition. Please note all your personal equipment will be checked by one of our guides in the hotel.
Buff or similarQuantity: 1
Woollen hat or similar for cold daysQuantity: 1
Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)
With side protection to fit your faceQuantity: 1
Working headtorch and spare batteriesQuantity: 1
Light down jacket
A good snow, rain and windproof jacketQuantity: 1
Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirtQuantity: 2 long sleeve if possible
Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performanceQuantity: 1
Light trekking pantsQuantity: 1
For snow, sand or scree terrainQuantity: 1 pair
Base layer pants
For very cold days and summit pushQuantity: OPTIONAL
Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditionsQuantity: 1
A pair of good waterproof gloves for ice climbing with padded knucklesQuantity: OPTIONAL
Chemical hand warmers for the summit push.Quantity: OPTIONAL
Fleece or polartec gloves for every day useQuantity: 1 pair
Single layer boots
Any single layer boot such as Nepal Extreme, Latok, Batura, pro Thermic Salomon, Super Mountain 9 Salomon, etcQuantity: OPTIONAL
Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expeditionQuantity: Make sure they're waterproof!
Good thick trekking socksQuantity: 1 pair
Thick expedition socks
For summit dayQuantity: OPTIONAL
A pair of double or double plastic boots such as Koflach Exped, Koflach Vertical, Asolo Ottomilla, Asolo AFS, Trezetta, Scarpa Vega, Scarpa Inferno, La Sportiva Baruntse, Olympus Mons, La Sportiva Spantik, Scarpa Phantom.
Single layer boots such as La Sportiva Nepal XT, EVO, Batura or Boreal Latok, ARE NOT SUITABLE.Quantity: OPTIONAL (for very cold months)
A light helmet with enough room for your clothingQuantity: 1
A traverse ice axe (piolet). Can be a straight tool or slightly curved.Quantity: 1
An inflatable mattress and its repair kitQuantity: OPTIONAL
25fps or above, any brandQuantity: 1
These gels help out on recoveryQuantity: 1
A good down sleepingQuantity: -5C (Comfort temperature)
A decent rucksack with hip belt and rain coverQuantity: 55 litres or more
Personal Hygiene kit
Soap, tooth brus, come, etcQuantity: kit
We prefer taking 2 foam sleeping mattress because of sharp rocks. If you have an inflatable mattress you should also bring a foam mattress to protect the inflatable one against sharp rocks. Don’t forget bringing a repair kit if you have an inflatable mattress.Quantity: 1
Nalgene 1 litre bottles or similar are great for expeditions! We prefer to not use camelbacks as its hose pipe might freezeQuantity: 2 x 1 litre
Used to transport or store your equipment. In many cases, we transport your personal gear on animals and we don’t want your equipment to get wet or have mule smell…Quantity: 1 (for the horses)
Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.Quantity: 1 or pair
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Adrián started mountaineering very young. While he was a porter in Aconcagua, he joined the EPGAMT guiding school in Mendoza and graduated as a High Altitude Mountain Guide in 1999. Depending on which season, Adrián spreads his time in between mountain guiding, teaching first aid WFR courses and mountain biking. Al of these in large numbers: led 36 expeditions to Mount Aconcagua, taught over 32 WFR courser and cycled over 13,000 km in a single cycling trip in South America.
Adrian participated in a large number of expeditions in the Andes of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and the Alps of France, Italy, and Switzerland. Although he looks pretty serious, anyone who spends 5 minutes with him will soon figure out what a funny character he actually is!
Cost varies according to the number of participants, contact us to know payment methods:
Price for 1 person: U$ 2800
Price for 2 persons: U$ 1600
Price for 3 persons: U$ 1500
Price for 4 persons: U$ 1550
Price for 5 persons: U$ 1400
Price for 6 persons: U$ 1200
What NOT included: