Lascar – San Pedro de Atacama - 1 day activity

About

Lascar – San Pedro de Atacama - All year round

Lascar is one of the most active volcanoes in the Andes. It has just erupted in 2015, 1993 among many other times. Because is so close and accessible to San Pedro de Atacama, Lascar is one of the most climbed high altitude mountains in the world!

The volcano can be reached by car up to 4900 metres and the walk to its crater isn’t technical at all! High altitude mountains like this however are not to be underestimated. Our experienced guide will take all the safety measures so you have a smooth ascent with no altitude problems.

Requirements for joining this expedition are:

  • Basic trekking experience;
  • Be healthy and fit for a 4 hour trek;
  • Fill the booking and medical form;
  • Read all the information available in this website;
  • We recommend you to sleep 2 or more nights in San Pedro de Atacama before the trip to improve your acclimatisation.

Itinerary

Lascar – San Pedro de Atacama - 1 day activity

1 day itinerary – 5am departure / 6pm return

After a very early start at 5am, we have a 3 hour drive to the nice and quiet Lake Lejía, a 4350 metre high beautiful turquoise lake. We then drive to the base of the mountain, about 4900 metres, where we start our walk to the summit. This normally takes 3 to 4 hours. On the 3 kilometre trek to the volcanic crater we get to witness breathtaking views and admire the smoky volcanic chimney. A short 1 hour descent and we’re back to the 4WD vehicle to start the drive back to San Pedro de Atacama.

** The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political / administrative problems and any other events not described.

Equipment

Having good mountaineering equipment is one of the key points to have a successful trip. Please note all your personal equipment will be checked by one of our guides before departure.

Head
  • equipamento buff

    Bandana

    Buff or similar

    Quantity: 1
  • equipamento balaclava

    Balaclava

    To protect your face on summit push

    Quantity: 1 (OPTIONAL for protecting your face)
  • gorro neblina cinza copia

    Hat

    Woollen hat or similar for cold days

    Quantity: 1 (OPTIONAL)
  • xNxExplorer noir vert J

    Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)

    With side protection to fit your face

    Quantity: 1
  • GG

    Sunscreen and lip balm

    30 FPS or more

    Quantity: 1
Torso
  • pluma

    Summit Down Jacket

    Heavy hooded down jacket for cold conditions

    Quantity: 1 (OPTIONAL, ask the guide about weather conditions)
  • jaqueta

    Snowproof jacket

    A good snow, rain and windproof jacket

    Quantity: 1
  • camiseta dry

    T-shirt

    Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirt

    Quantity: 1 long sleeve
  • fleece

    Fleece jacket

    Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performance

    Quantity: 1
Legs
  • Caláa de Trekking

    Trekking pants

    Light trekking pants

    Quantity: 1
  • caláa segunda pele

    Base layer pants

    For very cold days and summit push

    Quantity: 1 (OPTIONAL in case you feel cold)
  • Caláa anorak

    Snowproof pants

    Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditions

    Quantity: 1
  • pants

    Fleece Pants

    Fleece, polartec or similar. To be used with other layers for very cold conditions

    Quantity: 1
Hands
  • Miton

    Mittens

    Thick down mittens for summit push

    Quantity: 1 pair (OPTIONAL in case you have cold hands)
  • Luvas segunda camada

    Gloves

    Fleece or polartec gloves for every day use

    Quantity: 1 pair
Feet
  • bota

    Trekking boots

    Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expedition

    Quantity: 1 pair
  • Meias de trekking

    Trekking socks

    Good thick trekking socks

    Quantity: 1 pair
  • thicksocks

    Thick expedition socks

    For summit day

    Quantity: 1 pair (OPTIONAL in case you have cold feet)
Other Equipment
  • protetor

    Sunscreen

    25fps or above, any brand

    Quantity: 1
  • cantil

    Water Bottle

    Any sort of water container for hydration

    Quantity: 1 or 2 litres
  • mochila

    Small Rucksack

    25 to 35 litres for water, food and personal belongings

    Quantity: 1
  • Bast∆o de caminhada

    Trekking poles

    Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.

    Quantity: 1 or pair (OPTIONAL)

FAQ

View our photos of Christian Fernández:

Christian Fernández

High altitude mountain guide

Language skills:

English - Excellent command
Spanish - native speaker
Portuguese - Excellent command

Christian Fernández originally comes from Argentina but settled in Chile in 1998 in order to live and work closer to the Andes. He now lives in San Pedro de Atacama, the heart of the dry Andes and base for many of our expeditions.

He currently runs mountain expeditions on weekly basis and has over 300 high altitude ascents in the Andes including over 25 peaks above 6000 metres. Christian has excellent driving and logistic skills, essential requirements for safe expeditions at the Atacama desert.

Map

Cost

Cost is U$ 150 (U$ 250 for a private tour), contact us to know payment methods:

What’s included:

  • Assistant mountain guides depending upon number or clients (client per guide ratio = 2);
  • 4 WD transport from/to Lascar;
  • Breakfast;
  • Snack Lunch;
  • Satphone for emergencies;
  • VHF Radio;
  • Medical Oxygen;

What is NOT included:

  • Personal equipment (check equipment tab);
  • Money return in case you abandon the expedition;
  • International travel insurance;
  • Reimbursement for loss or damage of your personal equipment.

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