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:
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.
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.
Buff or similarQuantity: 1
To protect your face on summit pushQuantity: 1 (OPTIONAL for protecting your face)
Woollen hat or similar for cold daysQuantity: 1 (OPTIONAL)
Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)
With side protection to fit your faceQuantity: 1
Sunscreen and lip balm
30 FPS or moreQuantity: 1
Summit Down Jacket
Heavy hooded down jacket for cold conditionsQuantity: 1 (OPTIONAL, ask the guide about weather conditions)
A good snow, rain and windproof jacketQuantity: 1
Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirtQuantity: 1 long sleeve
Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performanceQuantity: 1
Light trekking pantsQuantity: 1
Base layer pants
For very cold days and summit pushQuantity: 1 (OPTIONAL in case you feel cold)
Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditionsQuantity: 1
Fleece, polartec or similar. To be used with other layers for very cold conditionsQuantity: 1
Thick down mittens for summit pushQuantity: 1 pair (OPTIONAL in case you have cold hands)
Fleece or polartec gloves for every day useQuantity: 1 pair
Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expeditionQuantity: 1 pair
Good thick trekking socksQuantity: 1 pair
Thick expedition socks
For summit dayQuantity: 1 pair (OPTIONAL in case you have cold feet)
25fps or above, any brandQuantity: 1
Any sort of water container for hydrationQuantity: 1 or 2 litres
25 to 35 litres for water, food and personal belongingsQuantity: 1
Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.Quantity: 1 or pair (OPTIONAL)
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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.
Cost is U$ 150 (U$ 250 for a private tour), contact us to know payment methods:
What is NOT included: