Ascent of Volcán Licancábur on 2018-03-11
|Others in Party:||Brian Cameron (Guide)|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, March 11, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||19409 ft / 5915 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI was picked up from my hotel in San Pedro de Atacama by a transfer bus at 7:45am. We drove up the road towards Paso Jama and we made a left towards Paso Hito Cajon towards Bolivia. Immediately we got in line with several other transfer buses, and we passed through Chilean customs at 10:45am. One passenger on the bus who was headed to the Uyuni salt flats got severe altitude sickness, and the guide I was traveling with monitored her and gave her oxygen (the crossing is at around 15,000ft). We drove down the road to Bolivian customs, where I paid $80 for a one-time entry visa as an American.
We continued on and were dropped off at the refuge at Laguna Blanca in Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. It is hostel-style with a large shared dining room and 5-6 rooms with 5 beds each. Water and snacks can be purchased, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. Apparently reservations can be made, but you may be stuck sleeping outside if it becomes full. I wandered down to the lagoon and found a few flamingos, and I walked back to the lagoon to watch the sunset, which was spectacular.
We got up at 3:45am, had breakfast, and hit the (dirt) road to Licancabur with our Bolivian guide at 4:45. We started our ascent at 5:28am and summited at 11:23am. We needed crampons for the final ~300ft of the ascent. We wandered around the summit for a half an hour. We descended down a large snow field, screed down into the gully we ascended, and then walked out, arriving back at the Land Cruiser at 2:10pm. We arrived back at the refuge around 2:45pm and had a quick lunch before heading back to the border. I was back at my hotel at 5:40pm.
Stats: 5h55m up, 30m at summit, 2h18m down, 6.85 miles, ~4,200ft gained.
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