Cerro Toco

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Daniel Almeida
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Business
This is a must-go tour!!!

It can be done by total beginners if you go slowly. Wait a few days before you go because of altitude sickness.

Go with Gerardo, from the White and Green tour agency. Hands down the best guide ever! Very welcoming and patient, even though we took a lot of breaks to catch our breath.
Written 6 September 2023
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Claire
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This hike almost killed me. I don’t know what I was thinking hiking this mountain with zero mountaineering experience and very little acclimation to the altitude (2 days in San Pedro before we hiked). The hike itself was amazing but I was so so sick all night from an extreme headache and nausea. Also, two people from our party (eight people total) barely made it down the mountain, they were puking and collapsing. I didn’t know them but they looked healthy and fit, so I don’t think it was a question of fitness. I am also very fit and again, this hike took me down for the whole evening. ALSO the wind was absolutely insane and hiking on an ice sheet was wild. At multiple times during this hike I seriously questioned whether I was going to make it.

Anyway, this hike is awesome. I would just recommend having a healthy respect for the altitude.
Written 23 July 2023
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Patryk W
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I confirm that it can be done by 4x2 car without any problem as of March 2020. Even with medium-sized car. I would definitely recommend!
Written 1 May 2020
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Bruno N
Toronto, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Emanuel and Carlos from Nortrek were amazing guides, they help us with the right equipamento (he even lended a mountain climbing pants since I was wearing jeans) , they gave us instruction on the climb and were very friendly always during the trip, giving tips and fixing some issues with posture and proper equipment handling. Overall fantastic experience I can only recommend them.
Written 30 January 2020
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Lorna Mc
Glasgow, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Great hike!! Must do if you’re in San Pedro!! I would advise you don’t book prior to arrival and get a tour when you get here - you’ll pay at least 70% less
Written 23 December 2019
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adiz
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I went climbing Cerro Toco with Emmanuel and Ronald from Nortrek agency in San Pedro de Atacama. It was my first time climbing over 5500m, and the guides were attentive and patient, so I had a great experience. We left San Pedro at 8:30 AM and were back at 15:00 PM, after we walked in a slow and steady pace and reached the summit. Before climbing - you should spend at least one day walking above 4000m (and even then - take it slow).
Written 22 June 2019
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Mario D
Canberra, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We hiked to the summit of volcano Toco at 5610m with guides Leon and Ronald from Nordtrek. We had a group of 7 of which 5 reached the summit and two made it to nice view points before attitude made it unsafe for them to continue. The guides ensured that the pace was slow and safe. I was the slowest of the five that reached the summit and at no time felt pressured by anyone. When a break was necessary due to effects of attitude Leon was particularly good at making an assessment of risk and at the same time keeping up an interesting commentary to keep group chilled and calm.
The day started around 8am with particular attention paid to ensuring that everyone hard the necessary equipment. The whole day was fun and safe. We were back at our hotel by 4 pm.
Written 16 May 2019
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Nicholas M
56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We did this trek after already having been at altitude for a while, which is a must for avoiding pain and discomfort.
Exerting climb with helmets and poles (provided by Nordtrek, who also provide any equipment you may be missing such as gloves, shows, jackets, pants, etc...) With great views of Licancabur and Juriques from the top. You can see a lagoon on the Bolivian side as well.

We went with Nordtrek who were great, took care of the group, were careful with everybody's preparedness and fitness level and were also fun guys. We were a group of 6 so had two guides, they have max 4 people per guide.
They pick you up early at your hotel, make sure everybody has all equipment, water and give you some hiking food and then drive to 4000m for a small acclimatization stop. Then continue on to 5000m to start the ascent to 5604m top.
It's tough but anyone motivated can do it! Be ready for the altitude and drink a lot of water...
Written 25 March 2019
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Elias_Rovielo
Sao Caetano do Sul, SP1,129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
We are already acclimatized to high altitudes after 8 days and had already climbed a peak around La Paz.

If you have just arrived in San Pedro de Atacama, do not go in the first few days, but be sure to climb.

The view is fantastic.

The physical exercise for climbing is tiring and strenuous.

It is a mega victory reaching the peak of the dormant volcano, with climbing equipment, two mountaineers, very cold and a biting and powerful wind at the top, but reward, you will feel like a conqueror. Many give up by altitude sickness or physical fatigue. The climbers take you to the van or stay with you until our return.

The ascent to the top of the volcano took 2h: 45m to our group and we descended in 45 minutes.

Our guides-mountaineers were super professional and motivating, without ever being inattentive to our safety.
Written 7 March 2019
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thomastsc
Manly, Australia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
At 5620 metres (higher than Everest base camp which is 5360 meters) this is one of the highest mountains in the world that inexperienced folks can ‘climb’ . Having read a bit about it we thought we should give it a go as it would likely be the highest any of us would ever get as we are not climbers and rarely visit counties with such high mountains. According to google maps it was a simple 36km drive from San Pedro De Atacama on the route 27 followed by an 11km drive on a dirt road to get to the spot where you start the climb, near a set of observatories. We had a decent 4wd vehicle with low range gearing and had warm clothing (ski jacket, gloves) and plenty of water and snacks as per advice we had read so were feeling confident.
The first challenge was to find the turnoff onto the dirt road to the right off the route 27; it’s not marked AT ALL so you really have to watch out for it by checking your odometer and going slowly - you can see the road snaking up the mountain so this is a clue. Once we got onto it it seemed pretty easy apart from some initial soft sand and rocks but a after a few km gets quite gnarly - very steep with deep ruts and nasty sharp rocks just waiting to slash a tire; not the place to try to change a wheel!,used low range 2nd or 3rd gear much of the way. I had some 4wd experience so knew what I was doing but this is not a place for first time 4wdrivers . Next challenge is to find the spot where to park , it’s not marked and we drove past and had to back track after realizing we had gone too far. The parking spot is just beyond the observatory but we would not have seen it were it not for another car leaving. Then we were the only ones there. You can see the summit to the left of a valley which has a number of trails up it to the summit. You start at 5200 meters . We checked each other for signs of altitude sickness and made sure we were hydrated and set off. It’s really tiring and easy to get out of breath even though it’s not too steep and not too uneven at first. Got into a rhythm of walking 20 -30 steps and then stopping to catch breath. Even at this pace the total distance to the top of 2km took only 2.5 hours. Gets very loose halfway up and you have to keep an eye on direction (keep to the left when in doubt) else you can end up climbing the wrong peak ! The view from the top was worth the exhaustion and dull headache from altitude, magnificent! Windy and cold at the top so did not linger for too long. We were the only people on the entire mountain! The descent was much quicker, less than 1 hour but you need to watch it on the loose shale.
Our headaches started getting better as we got back to the car where we rested before starting the slow drive back down, once again you need low range gearing so you can ‘idle’ down using engine braking.
All in all an experience well worth having including bagging a 5620 meter mountain!

Written 11 December 2018
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