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Tupungato is the highest mountain south of the Aconcagua River, and is considered the highest active volcano in the world, having erupted as recently as 1986. It is a huge isolated volcano, dominating the southern landscape as seen from Aconcagua (22,831 ft.), which rises just sixty miles north. It stands within approachable distance from a major international highway, and is roughly fifty miles east of Santiago. Several small towns and villages are found throughout the area. Tupungato is traditionally approached from either the north, west, or south, all routes being comparable in terms of length and difficulty.

Elevation (feet): 21,489
Elevation (meters): 6,550
Continent: South America
Country: Argentina
Range/Region: Central Argentina-Chile
Latitude: -33.3667
Longitude: -69.7833
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 1986
Year first climbed: 1897
First successful climber(s): Matthias Zurbriggen, Stuart Vines
Nearest major airport: Santiago, Chile
Convenient Center: Santiago, Chile

Trip Reports

There are 13 trip reports for Tupungato.

  • Log #7541 - by yvonnou arnaud & chaumont isabelle on Jan 06, 20043.00 stars
    notre premier gros sommet. nous sommes partis tous les 2 avec de quoi manger pour 12 jours. nous n'avons rencontré personne et au delà de 4000m plus aucune trace. 2 petites journées...
  • Log #7543 - by Jorge Luis Decurgez on Jan 07, 20043.00 stars
    Very tough mountain but as beautiful as very few. The weather is pretty constant throughout the month: clear skies at night until 10 - 11 am when clouds from the west arrives and the wind picks up....
  • Log #7544 - by Oliver Gerulat on Oct 27, 20033.00 stars
    Hi, we are planning to climb Tupungato end of December 2003/January 2004. Has anybody informations or contacts where or from who we can rent some mules/horses to get to basecamp from chileen...
  • Log #7545 - by dan on July 29, 20033.00 stars
    Any one planning on climbing this peak in February 2004? Also, can anyone give me the names / locations for mules providers? Maps of the trek in and the routes on the mountain would be good! ...
  • Log #7546 - by Claudio Lois A. on Apr 10, 20033.00 stars
    To climb from Chile you have to ask permision to enter and to climb ( Electricity company, Military and DIFROL), you can rent pack horses on Maitenes, and after 2 or 3 days you reach(north)Base Camp...
  • Log #7547 - by Pedro Hauck on Apr 09, 20033.00 stars
    The first at the acensiom of 2003 with my friend Maximo Serantes. Good weather but it was winding too much! Very wild mountain, much better than Aconcagua!
  • Log #7548 - by Pedro Hauck on Apr 09, 20033.00 stars
    Did the normal route without mules. sixteen days in the mountain, very tired aproximation, and lucky with the weather.
  • Log #7549 - by Alberto Ugalde on Dec 31, 20023.00 stars
    I'm leading a group of about 6 chilean going to the hill now in January 11th, 2003. We plan to go up by the normal route (north), and maybe to come back on the south. We will apreciate any usefull...
  • Log #7550 - by Kamil Mysik on Nov 10, 20023.00 stars
    Nice peak over 6000 meters in chile about 120 km far from Santiago.
  • Log #7551 - by Roland Valckenborg on Feb 13, 20023.00 stars
    Where is the summit book? From the IGM map Tupungato 3315-6945 (scale = 1:50.000) we concluded that the SW-peak on the summit plateau is the highest. But on that summit we could not find the summit...
  • Log #7552 - by Anton Paschke on Aug 03, 20033.00 stars
    Again me. I have a question to people, who mentioned Tupungato as a active volcano. Why? In 1986 I have seen no vulcanic activity on Tupungato. The mountain is a ridge from north to south, not a...
  • Log #7553 - by Anton Paschke on Aug 04, 20033.00 stars
    Together with Jiri Ulrych
  • Log #20623 - by bruno baschung on Jan 24, 20073.00 stars
    I climbed Tupungato from Chile in january 1994, it's a very nice expedition, same difficulty as aconcagua, but not so overcrowded. several camps on the way, last one around 5500m , crampons may be...