Mount Ojos del Salado is a mountain in the Andes. It is located in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The mountain is 6,835 m (22,615 ft) high and is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the world. It has a height of 6,893 meters (22,615 feet) and is nicknamed “El Viejo,” which means “The Old Man.”
There are two different approaches to climbing Mount Ojos del Salado: The Northwest Ridge and The Northeast Ridge.
The Northwest Ridge route begins at Laguna San Francisco, which is an hour’s walk from Refugio Los Cuernos on the Chilean side of the mountain. This route takes climbers through a volcanic rock field called “The Labyrinth”, which leads up to a saddle between Mt Ojos del Salado and Cerro de la Muerte (6,534 m). From here, it’s a steep climb up to the summit of Mt Ojos del Salado at 6,835 meters (22,615 feet).
The Northeast Ridge route begins at Laguna Miscanti on Argentinean side of the mountain. Climbers have to cross over into Chile at Paso Superior and make their way up to Refugio Los Cuernos where they can stay overnight before climbing towards the summit of Mt Ojos del Salado. The mountain’s slopes are steep and rocky, with few areas that can be used for camping.
Climbing Mount Ojos del Salado requires a permit from CONAF (the Chilean National Forest Corporation) and is only available to qualified climbers who have experience with high-altitude climbing. Don’t worry about the permit SummitClimb manages all your paper work and permit from CONAF. Not only in Ojos del Salado in other trips like Everest, Ama Dablam, K2, Manaslu, Lobuche, Island Peak and any other trips, SummitClimb teams make sure all permit and paper works are done.
The ascent to this peak is quite demanding and requires a lot of effort and determination. However, it can be climbed by even inexperienced hikers. The best time for climbing this mountain is from December to May when the weather conditions are optimal for such activities. The route is often considered as one of the most difficult ones because it takes you through harsh terrain with low oxygen levels, so make sure that you have enough experience before attempting this climb.
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