Lascar Volcano
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ernstsurb
Berlin, Germany6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went up Lascar Vulcano in a guided group. Which is absolutely recommendable. Be sure to have a good guide like Andrés from Nortrek-Tours. The trip leads you into the world of mountain giants and the tremendous power of vulcanism.
Written 13 January 2020
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Mini lanie
Vancouver, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Worth the suffering
Even for the bad road condition ( 4wd required ) and also to climb up this amazing Volcano
We spend the night before at Laguna Lejia the view and the flamingo in the morning was a spectacular start of our day
Written 8 November 2019
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Ken P
Kemerton, UK1,107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
To finish our holiday to the Atacama desert in Northern Chile, we decided to climb to the top of an active volcano. One of our travel companions on a previous tour from San Pedro de Atacama had been up Lascar and recommended it, so that is what we did. When booking the trip, we were given loads of advice and warnings about the walk from around 5000m up to the top at 5600m. We understood the risks and difficulties in doing that sort of climb as only last year we climbed Kilimanjaro and we had spent the previous 3 days on the Bolivia trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats so were fairly well acclimatised to the altitude. Others on our trip were not.

We drove to a beautiful lake, Lejia Lagona, close to the back side of the Volcano Lascar, where we had breakfast admiring the view in the mirror lake. You needed to wrap up warm, it was -7 degs C at the lake. We then drove another couple of kms towards the volcano stopping where the track ran out at about 5000m. We then set off on foot. In our group of 6, after less than an hour it was clear that 2 were not going to make it and the other 2 were slowing up rapidly. Our guide yelled to the group in front who were pulling away from us to ask if we could join them, which we did, but further up they started to struggle. In the end we pushed on ourselves to the rim (5500m) where we were going to wait, but the sulphur was too strong to hang around too long so we pushed on to the top (5600m).

It should have been a 3 hour round trip, but with our group it was over 5 hours. In our group of 6, only two made it to the rim and 2 didn’t make it at all. Of the other group we joined for a bit, 4 made it to the rim, none to the top. We overtook them on the way back down then had to sit and wait at the car.

I guess it was just our luck, but the tour operator may have oversold the difficulty of the climb a little, but hardly any on our group took any notice. None were really prepared for it. Ruined it a bit for us, but that aside, the views were fantastic, and now I have gazed into an active volcano.

Would certainly recommend this tour, but be prepared…..
Written 9 April 2019
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Alenka123
Mexico City, Mexico30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Really incredible day of climbing this active volcano.
After some search and shopping around, I chose the agency Vulcano Expediciones who have a shop on the main street of San Pedro with very friendly staff.
My guide was Christian, very friendly, warm , experienced and professional guide with loads of knowledge about everything around San Pedro.
We started at 5:30 and arrived to the Laguna Leíja right for a stunning sunrise during which we enjoyed a light breakfast. Then we climbed to the crater in a steady slow pace and enjoy fantastic view of the crater and fresh sulfur smell :) Then it was just a short while to the summit with incredible views.
I really loved this trip, just be sure you acclimatize well before going so you can really enjoy it!
Written 8 April 2019
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TDEDE
165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
The most difficult is the attitute, more than 5.500m above the sea level. With no doubts you gonna feel it, the way you breath, how fast you getting tired etc. Remember about how to breath do not go too fast and it should be fine, as long as you are more or less in a good shape.
It is worth going before the sunrise (about 2 hours drive from San Pedro de Atacama) and have a nice breakfast at the salt see watching tens of pelicans..
The views are spectacular
Written 31 January 2019
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GavinPortland
Portland33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
It is only a 2000 foot climb on an easy path but the elevation of 17000 feet makes it challenging. There is a beautiful view at the top. Must be in good, but not great condition. Highlight on our time in San Pedro de Atacama.
Written 31 December 2018
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Magga
Helsinki, Finland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Did a day hike up to Lascar volcano today. After some confusing searching on web regarding a good tour operator, selected Nortrek based on our hotel’s recommendation and also as they very very flexible and promised a guide with good English. Maybe it helped that I was the only participant as this was bit of a last minute programme on my behalf and subsequently also cost a bit more.

Anyway, Brian Cameron the guide (yes, he is Chilean, not a 6ft4 Scotsman with red beard ;-) showed up at hotel as promised 5am and we had a great day on the mountain. Did the crater and summit and back in 3h30 and Brian was well pacing me not go too fast, just as an experienced guide should do; it was anyway my first ever peak over 5000 metres. Brian’s command of English is very good and also the drive to and back was fun due to similar taste in music. I can highly recommend both Nortrek and Brian as the guide. Thanks for an awesome day on the mountain :-)
Written 28 November 2018
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Jurgen B
Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Recently snow arrived at the volcano Lascar. We had been informed that we could only reach Talabre and that the road would be blocked. Nevertheless, we decided to figure out the truth. With our 4WD we went up hill. Arriving in the old and abandonned town Tumbre we saw a lot of lamas and donkeys. It was great. Further up hill (road not on Google maps) we even saw a puma. Unforgettable. The snow became thicker and the road smaller. We decided to return and continue in the direction if Socaire. After a marvellous tour of 20 km seeing no human beings we got stuck in the snow. We had to turn but saw a lot of alpacas. We didn’t make it till Socaire however the tour was unbelievable beautiful.
Written 22 June 2018
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Shawnino
Halifax, Canada175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Breathtaking in more ways than one, as it inspires awe and is at altitude. Absolutely beautiful. We were totally blown away by the scenery.
Written 13 January 2018
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Tim B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
One of the most beautiful summit views I've experienced so far!

The difficulty of the hike depends on two things: the altitude and the weather.

The first you can control by acclimatising a few days before making the ascent. The second is a bit trickier. When we were there (in a group of three + guide) in march, it was a beautiful and clear morning, but it had snowed a lot in the past days. Our 4X4 got stuck in the snow some way below the normal starting point, so we had to climb quite a bit more than usual (still only 3,5 hours though). We also needed an ice axe to cut a path in the snow (which was 30-50 cm deep). Temperature at the top was well below freezing, so we had to wear face masks and heavy duty gloves. This all added to the sense of adventure though, and our guide seemed quite comfortable under the conditions. Above all, the snow made the area much more impressive than seen on many of the pictures here. The steam rising from the snowed in caldera was quite a sight!

All in all a fantastic experience and a great way to get away from the crowds on some of the other excursions available.
Written 13 June 2017
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