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"Lascar" Top 5 Page for this destination San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do Tip by SanguiniA

San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do: 105 reviews and 186 photos

  Lacar volcano covered by snowstorm clouds
by SanguiniA

Lascar is one of the monster 5000m+ volcanos in the area that you can climb. The special thing about this volcano is that it is still active - you can find some terrifying pictures of it erupting - I would have thought twice of climbing it if I had seen these pics before!. The largest eruption in recorded history occurred in 1993. The eruption was so severe that ash managed to arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The volcano can be climbed in one day (with a very early start of course). The situations are ideal for a mountain of such height as the weather conditions are usually always perfect. USUALLY. It so happens that when we attempted the climb we were caught up in a snowstorm which forced us to backtrack as if we would have climbed there would have been no way to get back to San Pedro due to the huge amount of snow. In fact, it took us 8 hours to get the car out of the snowstorm, involving a lot of getting stuck in precarious positions, towing and digging. The guides told us that the last time there were such conditions was 7 years ago - so I guess that if you are planning to climb it you should not worry about this too much.

Even though we were a bit disappointed, we did get the rare opportunity to see a snowstorm overlooking the sunny desert (and realise, to our dismay that the storm seemed to be just over our heads) So our pictures do not look like everybody else's!

The climb costs about 100 euros per person, and is offered by a few agencies (check the boards on the shopfronts). We went with Vulcano Expeditions as they had an excellent reputation. Make sure to bring with you sturdy boots and something other than jeans to climb with. Layers of fleece as well as a cold weather jacket, beanie and gloves are also a must. Needless to say, considering the altitude you should should be fit and have reasonable stamina, and be as well acclimatized as possible.

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  • Written Dec 7, 2009
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