The Licancabur (5918m), that in Kunsa language means “The People’s Mountain”, is the volcano of the Lípez Mountain Range that dominates the famous Green Lagoon. The ascent to the summit going through a stony place is relatively tough but the panoramic view of the desert of South Lipez makes it worth the effort.

This volcano is exactly located on the border between Bolivia and Chile but it is climbed up on the Bolivian side.

The main thing of the Licancabur tour is not only its ascent itself but the 4WD trip necessary to reach it. Before arriving at the Green Lagoon, starting point for the ascent, we cross a good part of the South Lipez desert. This last one is in itself a great tourist destination. Also, the journey in 4WD allows the traveler to have some days to be acclimatized.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 8:30 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 18:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Private transportation to and from the climb Qualified Mountain Guide , Spanish speaking
Camping equipment – tent, mattress, cooking equipment  Equipment – Climbing Boots, Crampons, Ice Axe, Mountain jacket and Trousers, harness, ropes, gloves etc
Meals including drinks at camp meals Pack animals add porters where indicated
Sleeping Bag (required to at least -10) – you can rent a sleeping bag -18 from us if required (deposit required) Head torch – if you dont have your own we can supply this – you supply batteries
Thermal under trousers , fleece jacket and thermal upper body wear, fleece hat, perosnal gloves for inside mountain gloves Backpack 50 to 60 liters for carrying personal equipment
Water (2 liters bottle required – refills available) Chocolate or high calorie sweets /snacks
Warm gloves for wearing inside Mountain Gloves, Warm Hat Sunglasses, Sun cream and Lip balm – essential.
Travel Insurance – recommended Any camp or national park fee.

–> You must be well acclimitiesed to climb this mountain.

Important booking Information
This climb is available only from May to October due to weather conditions. The is a minimum requirement of 2 people for this climb. If you are just one person and wish to climb you can pay double and the climb will be confirmed. PRICE IS PER PERSON.

There is one guide for 2 people, 2 guides for 3/4 people, 3 guides for 5/6 people. Larger group sizes are better as they provide more flexibility. For example if there are just 2 people and one guide and one person cannot continue the climb then both climbers must return with the guide and no refunds will be given. If there is a larger group one guide can bring 1 or 2 people down whilst others continue.

Day 1

La Paz – Uyuni (3670m)

Departure from La Paz toward Uyuni going through the High Plateau (Altiplano) until the southern regions to arrive to Uyuni passing by the mining city of Oruro. The trip is done by bus or train. It depends on the departure day – arrival to Uyuni at night. Transfer to simple hotel. – Breakfast, lunch and dinner on your account.
Day 2

Beginning of the 4×4 Riding: Uyuni – Uyuni Salt Flat – Incahuasi Island – San Juan (3900m)

We leave in the morning to cross the Uyuni Salt Flat – visit to the small “salt factory” – A walk on the Incahuasi Island located at the middle of the Salt Flat, full of giant cactus. Arrival to San Juan del Rosario there it is possible to visit the Kausay Wasi chulpas, prehispanic tombs that still contain their mummies. We spend the night in lodging.
Day 3

San Juan – Silala Desert (4700m) – Honda, Hedionda, Cañapa Lagoons – Stone Tree – Red Lagoon (4272m)

During the whole day we pass near numerous lagoons inhabited by pink flamingos and other birds. The Silala desert is famous not only for its lagoons but also for the Stone Tree and the 7 Colors Mountain – Arrival to the Red Lagoon lodging just on time to admire the sunset.
Day 4

Red Lagoon – Geysers of the Morning’s Sun – Dali’s stones Valley – Green Lagoon – Arrival to the Green Lagoon lodging

Setting out from the Red Lagoon, we go toward the place called Geysers of the Morning’s Sun, to immediately flank the famous Dali’s stones Valley before arriving to the housing of the Green Lagoon.
Day 5

Licancabur ascent (5918m) – Quetena (4200m)

We leave by 4WD to the Inca’s Step at 4800m and from there we ascend on foot over a stony place in 5/6 hours to reach the summit. The descent is completed in 2/3 hours. We take a bath in thermal waters at the base of the Licancabur and immediately we go towards Quetena (2 hours) where we spend the night.
Day 6

Quetena – Malku Cave – San Cristóbal – Uyuni

We leave in the morning to arrive at the town called Mallku Cave (Villa Mar) and to visit the rupestrian paintings and the Valley of the Death, archeological place made up of presumably funeral monuments belonging to the pre-incan civilization called Mallku. Arrival to Uyuni visit to the cemetery of trains. We spend the night on the train or in the bus returning to La Paz – Dinner on your account.
Day 7

Return to La Paz

The return to La Paz is completed according to the given possibilities, by bus or train. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on your account. Arrival to La Paz in the morning.

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