Now for only $4,000
Now for only $4,000
TUPUNGATO is a giant among giants and the third highest peak in the Chilean -Argentinean Central Andes, at 21,681′ / 6,570 mts. This is a great expedition if you have never experienced the Andes, or if you want alternative Andean mountaineering experience after having climbed Aconcagua or other mountain in the Andes.
A peak with a beautiful, remote and pleasant approach to base camp, with perfect altitude gain in between camps, which makes it perfect for acclimatization, it is uncrowded, unspoiled, and only a few hrs from the cosmopolitan city of Santiago. Tupungato can be described as one of the best well kept secrets in the Andes. At 21,681′, this massive volcano with conical snowy slopes of giant magnitudes, pristine, surrounded by 20,000′ glaciated peaks, making Tupungato an extremely desirable mountain to climb and a lifetme adventure.
Dates of Trips
Dec 1 – 18, 2018
Dec 12 – 29, 2018
Dec 18 – Jan 4, 2019
Dec 22 – Jan 8, 2019
Jan 5 – 22, 2019
Jan 12 – 29, 2019
Jan 19 – Feb 5, 2019
Jan 26 – Feb 12, 2019
Cost for reserving:$700
Group meets in Santiago, Chile. Equipment check and afternoon briefing at the hotel. For dinner we will have a chance to taste fine Chilean cuisine and wine.
Drive south from Santiago to Cajon del Maipo where we enter the Colorado River valley. We drive to the end of the road to a place called Chacayar at about 8,250´ where mules and cowboys will be awaiting us to load our equipment. We hike for about 4 hrs until we reach Baños Azules at 9,000´.
Day 03 - 04
Approach to Base Camp. Mules carry our gear. This approximately 30 mile approach is essential to our acclimatization. The next two days we follow the Colorado River all the way to our Base Camp, at 13,800'. The chances of seeing other expeditions on this route is remote. We may see Condors soaring in the afternoons.
Base Camp at 13,800'. Rest and acclimatization day at Base Camp. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to make the summit. The most effective way to do this is to take the time to acclimatize to the low oxygen environment. We will incorporate rest days into our schedule and climb in traditional expedition style. We will be carrying loads up to the next camp and returning to sleep below at the previous camp. The next day we will move to the higher camp.
Carry a load to Camp I at 15,500' approx. A moderate day and truly a perfect way to start the first carry of gear to Camp 1. Here we will be able to see Nieve Penitentes, unique snow and ice formations created by the direct sun. Return to Base Camp.
Leave Base Camp. Move to Camp I.
Carry a load to Camp II at 16,500', a pleasant large flat area with tremendous views of Cerro Polleras, Chimbote and many other imposing, glaciated Andean giants. Return to Camp 1.
Move to Camp II.
Carry a load to Camp III, at 17,600'. Return to Camp II.
Move to Camp III, depending on how the group is acclimatizing.
Move to High Camp at 18,200'.
Day 13 - 15
Summit! Weather permitting. We leave several days for our summit day in case of poor weather.
Descend to Base Camp.
17 - Next Day
Descend the Colorado Valley in 2 days, with the help of mules to carry our gear.Drive back to Santiago for Celebration Dinner! Next day fly home or continue traveling in South America.
- Professional Mountain Guides
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Santiago (four star hotel)
- all land transportation
- all expedition food
- all community gear such as tents, stoves, state of the art Base Camp, cooking gear, medical kits, satelite phones, radios, gamow bag, pulse-oximeters, etc
- Tupungato Climbing Permit.
You are responsible for
- Flights to Santiago
- meals in Santiago
- Personal equipment
- personal items and services (laundry, drinks, tips, etc.)
- expenses incurred in the case of a rescue.