We invite you to an unforgettable journey in a unique area. Maipo Volcano is located inside a Natural Reserve of great beauty, not very frequented.
During 6 intense days we will guide you to achieve a demanding goal: to reach the summit of this 5,260 m.a.s.l. volcano.
There, the place will leave us speechless: we will find the Diamante Lagoon, where the water reflects the volcano, actually creating the image of a diamond.
What does this activity consist of?
We will cover 30 km and 2,650 meters of elevation gain in a magical environment.
It is a destination that few travelers choose, perhaps because it is a bit “hidden” when trying to see it from afar. But for those who make it, the reward is worth 100% of the effort.
We will take care of all the logistics so that you don’t miss out on any part of a good traverse: acclimatization, physical challenge, rest, connection with nature and, of course, the summit.
Your task is to take on this physical and mental challenge, in order to take a step further in the world of mountaineering.
Who is this expedition recommended for?
We recommend the expedition to Volcán Maipo to people with good physical condition and experience in high altitude. You will have to be prepared to carry all your equipment on a journey of several days, with steep slopes and high altitude weather.
About the place
Maipo Volcano -located between Argentina and Chile- is a stratovolcano 5,323 meters above sea level. Conical in shape, and with a large extinct crater covered with snow and ice, it is extremely beautiful.
It is located within the Laguna de Diamante Reserve, in the Central Andes, 200 km. from the city of Mendoza, in the San Carlos district. On one side of the volcano, the most important river in the area is born: the Maipo River. And about 3,300 meters above sea level, we find the Diamante Lagoon, a large body of water after which the reserve is named.
Where does its name come from? Maipo is a word of Mapuche origin, derived from “maipun”, and means “to work the land; to plow”.
Historical mountaineering in Maipo Volcano: the first record of its summit dates back to 1883, with the German geologist Paul Güssfeldt and a Chilean herdsman as protagonists.
Guillaumet and Saint-Exupery: the famous author of “The Little Prince”, in his book “Land of Men”, tells a story that takes place in Maipo. It is about the difficult experience of a French pilot (Guillaumet), who was forced to land in the surroundings of the volcano due to bad weather conditions. There he survived for several days until he was rescued, and finally literature immortalized his story.
Itinerary. What you will experience day by day:
The 6-day itinerary of the Maipo Volcano expedition is designed to accompany our acclimatization time.
All meals are provided on a daily basis (breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and walking snacks).
Important: entrance to the reserve is subject to park ranger permission. It is possible that we will not be allowed to enter. In that case, we will modify the itinerary to climb another hill of similar characteristics in the area.