Cerro Toco – San Pedro de Atacama - 1 day


Cerro Toco – San Pedro de Atacama - All year round

Toco is 5604 metre volcano, not far from the Bolivian border. It is one of the most climbed peaks in the Andes as it is so accessible. Toco can be reached by car up to 5000 metres but requires a solid acclimatisation to avoid altitude problems. Any healthy adventures can reach the summit of Toco.

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 on this website;
  • We recommend you to sleep 2 or more nights in San Pedro de Atacama before the trip to improve your acclimatisation.


Cerro Toco – San Pedro de Atacama - 1 day

1 day itinerary – 7:30am departure / 3pm return

From San Pedro de Atacama, we have a 1.5 hour drive to 4500 metres where we’ll have breakfast. We then drive to 5000 metres where we start the 2 to 4-hour trek to the summit.

** 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.

  • equipamento buff


    Buff or similar

    Quantity: 1
  • equipamento balaclava


    To protect your face on summit push

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


    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
  • Summit Down Jacket

    Heavy hooded down jacket for cold conditions

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

    A good snow, rain and windproof jacket

    Quantity: 1
  • camiseta dry


    Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirt

    Quantity: 1 long sleeve
  • Fleece jacket

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

    Quantity: 1
  • 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
  • Fleece Pants

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

    Quantity: 1
  • Mittens

    Thick down mittens for summit push

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


    Fleece or polartec gloves for every day use

    Quantity: 1 pair
  • 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
  • Thick expedition socks

    For summit day

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

    25fps or above, any brand

    Quantity: 1
  • Water Bottle

    Any sort of water container for hydration

    Quantity: 1 or 2 litres
  • 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)


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.



Expedition cost is U$ 100 (U$ 200 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 Toco;
  • Breakfast;
  • Snack Lunch;
  • Satphone;
  • VHF Radio;
  • Medical Oxygen (if needed).

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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