Easy mountaineering program, basic technical skills and good shape required.
Climb with us two amazing and most beautiful mountains, just above Santiago!
La Paloma with their side shown towards town all cover with glaciers, which remind us, a white dove and Altar, which looks like the top of a shrine.
Both are technically easy, but require the use of crampons as well as are in good physical shape.
This expedition is less demanding than others 5000 thousand meters peaks and our group will probably be alone in the mountain, being this area rarely visited. It offers a very good acclimatization for those who are going to climb others big mountains during the season: Aconcagua, Mercedario, Ojos del Salado or other.

In the morning we pick up you at your hotel and after check the personal gear, we drive up to the mountains. In no more than one hour, we arrive to Villa Paulina just above Santiago, were we set up our first camp, not far from the car in a place surrounded of trees at about 1800m, then we hike up a mountain just above camp, to begin with our acclimatization process, then back to camp, free time and dinner Camp (L, D)
After breakfast we begin our hike up, along the Villa Paulina valley, we will follow a mountain river during all the day, and in the meantime we will see lot of different birds, even a condor if we are lucky. On the way up the landscape will surprise us with always changing views, including water falls and high altitude grasslands, after 5 hours we arrive to Piedra Carvajal which is an old cowboy's stone hut sit at 3000m. Today our gear and equipment it's move by mules, so we hike up, just using a day pack for the personal items. Set up camp and dinner Camp (B,L,D)
Today ours packs will be heavier as we are not using the mules, so first thing is to pack properly. Then we hike up for about 4-5 hours to our camp I at 4000m, now we are in more open and harsh terrain, so we move slowly to aloud our body get the habitude to altitude and effort, as we also will take our time to set up camp. The rest of the day, we hydrated and rest Camp (B,L,D)
Early morning start up with Santiago lights back down, at this point depending on the situation we could decide the use crampons. The walk is on easy terrain, which leave us to gain altitude slowly but a good rhythm and after 4 hours we arrive to La Paloma summit, after celebrating and a rest, we keep going for the one hour more up to the Altar Summit, from where we came down reversing the way up. At camp I we eat, drink have a small rest and then keep going down to Piedra Carvajal, where we set up camp and spent the night Camp (B, L, D)
Breakfast, put down the camp and then we hike to the cars, arriving to them we have lunch and then one hour ride to town. Our luggage is carried again by the mules. Transfer to the hotel (B, L)
Season: November to April
Participant: Min. 2 - Max. 8
2004-2005 Departures
November 5, 19 & 26
December 3, 10 & 17
January 14 & 28
February 11 & 25
March 4 & 18
Based on double occupancy
4 -8 people
US$ 594
Single supplement
US$ 40


  • Private transportation Santiago/Villa Paulina/Santiago.
  • Park fee.
  • Professional bilingual private mountain guide (ratio clients /mountain guides: 4/1).
  • Camp staff (over 6 people).
  • Mules for the luggage on days 2 and 5.
  • Meals as mention in the day-by-day program.
  • Community camping and mountain gear, including tents in double accommodation, and mess tent for the base camp.
  • First aid kit and pulse oximeter.
  • Radio Communication VHF.


  • Personal gear & equipment (mattress, sleeping bag and others) .
  • Any kind of insurances.
  • Tips.
  • Any cost not mentioned in the program.
  • Medical expenses.
Easy mountaineering program, basic technical skills and good shape required.
This is a reference list, of available options you will find in the market to provide you isolation, comfort and safety, anyhow, it's impossible, due to the large amount of fabrics, variety and models out there, to give a more specific list, so at the beginning of each trip we will have a gear check, to be sure that the gear and equipment you bring in, applies and cover everything you will need for that particular adventure.
So, please feel free to contact us, to clarify any doubt you could have about this specific topic.
  • T Shirts, Light Upper Body Shirt, Heavy Upper Body Shirt, Fleece Jacket Medium Weight, Fleece Jacket Expedition Weight, Rain Jacket and/or Poncho, Gore-Tex Jack, Parka, Down Jacket, Underwear.
  • Light Weight Long Johns, Heavy Weight Long Johns, Fleece Pant, Trekking Pant, Rain (wind) Pants, Gore-Tex Pants, Shorts.
  • Light Socks, Heavy Socks.
  • Light (inner) Gloves, Heavy Weight Fleece Gloves, Mountaineering Gloves, Mittens.
  • Sun Hat, Wool Cap, Balaclava.
  • -20ºC Mountaineering Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad or Therm-A-Rest.
  • 30-40 lt. Daypack, 70-90 lt. Mountaineering Backpack, Expedition Duffel Bag.
  • Trekking Shoes, Plastic or Leather Mountaineering Boots, Gaiters.
  • Headlamp + batteries, Sunglasses, Pen Knife & Lighter.
  • Water Bottles.
  • Toiletries & Moisturizing Cream, Sun block Cream (face and lips).
  • Camera & Film / Binoculars.
  • Swimming Suit + Towel.
  • In Town Clothes, in Town Shoes (Tevas).
  • Trekking Poles (telescopic), Crampons.

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