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Just as in Asia there are 14 mountains that exceed 8000 masl, there are also 13 mountains higher than 6500 masl in America and in the Western Hemisphere. The seventh (7) of those 13 is the Llullaillaco Volcano, the highest Inca sanctuary, at 6739 masl, a majestic mass that rises in the west of Salta province, in the Andes Mountains that borders Chile.
In 1999, in an organized archaeological expedition, they found very close to the summit, two Inca mummies that today are displayed in the high mountain museum of Salta city.
In this expedition we also include, in the acclimatization process, an ascent to the Tuzgle Volcano (5550 masl), another of the emblematic mountains of northern Argentina.
Day 1: Salta (1187 mts.). Meeting in the city. Equipment check and guide presentation. Night in hostel.
Day 2: Salta / San Antonio de los Cobres (3,700 meters). Vehicle transfer. Night in a hostel.
Day 3: San Antonio de los Cobres. Short acclimatization walks around the town. Night in hostel
Day 4: San Antonio de los Cobres / Tuzgle Volcano Base Camp (4,500 meters). Transfer to the base camp of the Tuzgle Volcano. Camp.
Day 5: Tuzgle Base Camp / Tuzgle Volcano Summit (5,518 mts.) / San Antonio de los Cobres. Hostel night. We will try to reach the summit of the volcano, we will return to the vehicles and from there again to San Antonio de los Cobres.
Day 6: San Antonio de los Cobres / Tolar Grande (3,500 mts.). Vehicle transfer and en-route circuits. Night in hostel
Day 7: Tolar Grande / Llullaillaco Volcano Base Camp (4,900 meters). 4x4 vehicle transfer to the Llullaillaco base camp. Rest, hydration, high camp.
Day 8: Base Camp / Camp I (5800 mts.) / Base Camp. Porting of equipment to camp 1 and return to base camp.
Day 9: Base Camp (4,900 mts.). Rest at base camp.
Day 10: Base Camp / Camp I. Ascent to Camp 1. Camp and preparation for the summit day.
Day 11: Camp I / SUMMIT (6,732 mts.) / Camp I. Summit attempt day (check the use of extra days); return to camp 1
Day 12: Camp I / Base Camp / Tolar Grande. Hostel night. Descent to base camp and transfer to Tolar Grande.
Day 13: Tolar Grande / San Antonio de los Cobres / Salta. Final transfer to Salta. End of the expedition.
Day 14 and 15: Extra days to use in case of bad weather or that you need to use for better acclimatize.
The ascent to Llullaillaco Volcano presents no technical difficulties on rock or ice. It has a VERY DEMANDING level of difficulty, demands a large physical requirement and a high risk level since it combines demanding activities in remote regions (without infrastructure for medical care) at high altitudes. (see difficulty)