Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek
Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek

Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek

6 days

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Experience the Central Andes on this 6-day trekking adventure up Maipo Volcano

The 6-day guided Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek offers a chance to summit Cerro Maipo, a stratovolcano in the Central Andes that sits adjacent to Laguna del Diamante, meaning “Diamond Lake.” The lake is named for the reflection of Cerro Maipo above, which looks like a diamond on a glassy day. This is a special corner of the world!

Not only will you summit an imposing volcano, you will experience the wildlife that calls this area home. Cerro Maipo is within the confines of Laguna del Diamante Natural Reserve, a well-protected area with diverse and thriving wildlife. Spotting condors, guanacos, and flamingos will be commonplace during your trek.

During this tour, you’ll climb steadily over 5 days, eventually reaching a peak height of 5,323m / 17,463 ft on Cerro Maipo. This trail is not technical, making it the perfect thrilling expedition into the remote depths of the Andes!

Highlights of the Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek

Get acquainted with Cerro Maipo, a stratovolcano that lies on the Argentine–Chilean border in the Central Andes.
Pass the time in the Laguna del Diamante Natural Reserve and watch for migratory birds thriving in the area, like guanacos and condors.
Witness an impressive mirror-like reflection of Cerro Maipo on the Laguna del Diamante, which emulates a diamond, giving the lake its name.
Escape busy city life, spending your nights under a blanket of stars, far away from everyday worries.

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Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Mendoza

Mendoza welcomes you! Meet your guide and group in the morning to check the equipment you’ll use for the next 5 days during the trek. You’ll be able to rent anything else you need locally.

Spend the night in Mendoza before heading into the wilderness tomorrow.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Mendoza
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Transfer in 4x4 to Laguna del Diamante Natural Reserve

After breakfast in Mendoza, the group will hop into some all-terrain vehicles and head towards the start of the trek. You’ll set up camp for the night in the stunning Laguna del Diamante Natural Reserve. The lake is named after the diamond-shaped reflection of Cerro Maipo—muy lindo!

Keep an eye out for flamingos dotting the lake and other migratory birds flying above. Tonight will be your first night of camping.
Overnight Location: Camping in Laguna del Diamante Natural Reserve (3,300m / 10,826’)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Trek to Camp I (3,800m)

Fuel up on breakfast for a big day of ascent. You’ll start at base camp and climb 500m to Camp I through vast rocky plateaus with lots of fascinating volcanic formations to admire.

You’ll find a sheltered area to set up camp for the night- your first day is sure to have you buzzing.
Overnight Location: Camp at Camp I (3,800m / 12,467’)
Distance: 6 hours, 500m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Trek to Camp II (4,450m)

Today, you’ll keep pushing onwards and upwards, reaching 4,450m by the end of the hiking day. Leaving Camp I behind, hike among the spectacular scenery of immense moraines and ridges. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the path you’ll take tomorrow to Maipo’s crater.

Set up camp in a sheltered area for the night and hit the hay early for a pre-sunrise start tomorrow.
Overnight Location: Camp at Camp II (4,450m / 14,600’)
Distance: 5 hours, 650m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Summit Maipo Volcano (5,323m)

Rise and shine! You have an early wake-up call today as you set out for the summit before sunrise. Once that alpine glow hits the mountains, you’ll witness stunning views of snowfields with red rocks poking through.

Hike among volcanic boulders and along ridges to reach the highest point for today. You’ll be rewarded with some serious views—take several moments here to appreciate your hard work and catch your breath!

Descend to Camp II and spend your last night under the Andean skies and get some well-earned rest.
Overnight Location: Camp at Camp II (4,450m / 14,600’)
Distance: 8 hours, 873m of ascent, 873m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Descend/Extra Day In Case of Bad Conditions

Depending on how the weather was during the tour, today you will either descend from Camp II or I. The tour includes an extra day in case of poor weather conditions—the last thing you want to do is hike a challenging route and not be rewarded with the summit!

The tour ends with a return transfer to your hotel in Mendoza. Time to say adios to your volcano-climbing pals and head home!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: Flexible
Meals: Breakfast

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Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek Price and Dates

This guided tour in Argentina is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price always depends on the number of people in your group.

The best time to travel to Argentina for hiking is from December to March when the weather is mildest.

Private Guided Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2+: $890 USD
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Accommodation on Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek

During this tour, you will camp in high-end, fully-equipped North Face tents. The first night will be spent at a hotel in Mendoza.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement of to stay in a private tent where possible (please enquire for the pricing).

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Hotel in Mendoza

Prepare for your journey ahead by enjoying a hot shower and comfy bed at this hotel in Mendoza.

Night 2-5

Camping in Andes

Rest easy each night in North Face’s V25 tent with solar panels, lights, and a 12v charger. You’ll be cozy and warm in this fully-equipped mountain shelter.

What’s Included in the Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek?

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 5 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Roundtrip private transportation from your hotel in Mendoza is included.

Also Included

  • Shared camping equipment (tents, stoves, etc.)
  • First aid equipment
  • Radio communication
  • Guide services

Not included

  • Meals in Mendoza
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bags and sleeping pad)
  • Personal porter
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Rescue expenses if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Mendoza before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades

Frequently Asked Questions about Maipo Volcano Ascent Trek

Andes Vertical is a boutique adventure tour operator based in Mendoza, Argentina, founded in 2005. With a focus on sharing the best of this part of the Andes, Andes Vertical specializes in mountaineering, trekking, and horseback adventures in the stunning Andes outside Mendoza. Explore a less-visited part of the Andes, and see why this part of Argentina and Chile are becoming more popular.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 5/5, due to the high elevation you hike to and sleep at. You should be comfortable hiking for up to 6 hours daily on moderate terrain. While the trail is not technical, it is at a high elevation, which makes hiking more challenging.

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