Activities

Mountaineering

Some people say that where the Alps stop the Andes start. The medium altitude in the Andes is 4,500 m, sometimes even more. The infrastructure in Chile's highlands is well developed. Using a 4x4 vehicle can get you fairly close to the high area of the mountain and quite high, so that the time needed to climb peaks is much shorter. This makes the supply with water for base camps possible without having to use expensive transports. The best months for mountain climbing are from May to September. During this time the wheather is most stable. Since some of the mountains are located in the border area, official climbing permits from the Chilean authorities might be required.

Climbing to the Guillatire

Guaneguane 5,105 m

zum Aufstieg im Lauca national parkThe location of the Guaneguane is special because from the top you experience a unique mountain panorama of six volcanoes each higher than 6,000 m. You can climb the peak in one day (provided that you are already aclimatized for high altitudes). 1 hour's drive from Putre. [more...]

Duration:
1 day
Severity:
normal to difficult
Hiking area:
Chile / Putre

Parinacota 6,343 m

ParinacotaParinacota is the most famous peak of North Chile and the symbol of Lauca National Park. It presents a special charm for any mountain climber. The perfectly shaped volcanic cone is covered by glaciers and it stands next to his twin peak Pomerape. Both volcanoes seem to form an entity and are known among the locals under the name Payachata (Twin Mountain). [more...]

Duration:
2 days
Severity:
very difficult
Hiking area:
Chile / Putre

Guallatire 6,061 m

Guallatire: vulcano in the Lauca National ParkGuallatire is the highest active volcano world wide. Known as the eternal "smoky man" this mountain is the easiest 6,000 peak in the area. You can reach the starting point for the climb by 4x4 at an altitude of 5,000 m. This allows you to climb the peak on a single day. [more...]

Duration:
2 days
Severity:
difficult
Hiking area:
Chile / Putre