Hill and volcano climbing

Tierra Atacama / Atacama Desert Tours

Climb the Lascar Volcano, Chile

Conquering the elements, altitude and weary legs to reach the rim of the Lascar crater is a mission that promises all the thrills of a strenuous mountain climb.  You’ll earn effortlessly beautiful scenery along the way and an opportunity to boast that you climbed Lascar Volcano, the most active volcano in northern Chile!

Departing the hotel in the safe hands of our expert local guides, you will travel by van across the plains to the trailhead.  The drive will gradually ascend to a starting altitude of 4,800m (16,000ft), passing the blissful waters of Laguna Lejía on the way. You’ll experience an increase in altitude of roughly 600m during the 3km hike, with each exciting step taking you closer to the tantalizing prospect of steaming fumaroles and smoking potholes, both of which fill the main crater of the Lascar Volcano. The rocky trails do not require technical ability, though the climb is relatively steep, snaking your way up the south-eastern side of this famous Chilean landmark.

Upon reaching the crater’s edge, the resulting vistas are all about the sprawling salt flats and adjacent Laguna Lejía below.  The sheer spectacle of witnessing the inner workings of a slowly depleting volcano up close is an irreplicable and unforgettable experience.

If you’re interested in volcanoes, you might like to read our blog article about the Licancabur volcano.  This enormous volcano, sacred to the indigenous people, dominates the skyline and fascinates those who visit San Pedro de Atacama.


Please note:  Climbing hills and volcanoes in the Atacama is considered to be highly challenging. While ascents can never be guaranteed, it is absolutely imperative that a guest spend a minimum of five nights in order to acclimatize properly, both to the altitude and extreme desert conditions, before attempting an ascent. Climbers must be of legal age. Based on the physical conditions of each guest, and for their own security, we reserve the right to prohibit high-altitude excursions.
Level: Difficult
Duration: Full Day

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