Licancabur

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Volcán Licancábur is an extinct volcano rising above the Altacama Desert. It is part of an extensive north-south line of high volcanoes, many of which are over 18,000 feet. Pili, the highest mountain of the region, rises roughly forty miles to the south, entirely in Chile. The summit of Licancábur still holds the remains of an Incan altar and several Incan shelters. It also has a small lake near its summit which owns the distinction of being the world's highest lake. There are no glaciers on the mountain, and the ascent is fairly straightforward.

Elevation (feet): 19,455
Elevation (meters): 5,930
Continent: South America
Country:
Range/Region: Puna de Atacama
Latitude: -22.8333
Longitude: -67.8833
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Volcanic status: Extinct
Year first climbed: 1886
First successful climber(s): J. Santdias,
Nearest major airport: Santiago, Chile
Convenient Center: Calama, Chile

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 32 trip reports for Licancabur.

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  • Log #20478 - by Nicolas on Nov 07, 2006
    Summited on November 5th, 2006 from the chilean side. 6hrs from the base camp with a difficult ascent through rocks and unconsolidated sands. My guide was Enrique from Ivero Travel, a San Pedro de...
  • Log #20458 - by Edilson V. Benvenutti on Oct 27, 2006
    In September 18, 2006, We started I reached to the summit with Macario that is a Guide that lives in a refuge at the border of White lake. We started the treeking at 4:30 am, and we spend 6 h to...
  • Log #18944 - by Zitha KRAEMER-BAUM on Mar 13, 2005
    The climb is very straight forward but the last 150 m were difficult due to a ghastly freezing wind. Fortunately some stones shelter you from these winds once on the top. I was not able to climb down...
  • Log #15398 - by Guillaume Ceyrac on Sep 05, 2004
    Sommet par la voie bolivienne classique en 6 heures depuis un peu en dessous des ruines incas. Ascension faite avec Macario, guide au refuge de la Laguna Blanca. Ne pas se priver de ses services car...
  • Log #15399 - by Russell Kinch on Aug 20, 2004
    Kevin Sharpe, two other English lads, myself and a German named Helmut began the climb together. We got seperated, only two of us came down together but all did come down. A fantastic experience,...
  • Log #15400 - by Robert Wiesner on Aug 18, 2004
    Hola I reached the summit together with Markus. It was really a great but also exhausting trip. The scenery is great but on top we were nearly too tired to enjoy it. ;-) Fortunately I had no...
  • Log #15401 - by Markus Griem on Aug 13, 2004
    We traveled from Salta, Argentinia, to Uyuni, Bolivia, and then booked a 4 days trip through the salar de Uyuni, Las Lagunas Altiplanicas, Geysires, etc, to San Pedro de Atacama. The trip included...
  • Log #15402 - by Nathalie Cabrol on Feb 07, 2004
    We actually performed free diving at the summit lake (without O2 tank) and collected a large amount of physiological data. The lake is magnificent and rich in microorganic life. One note: we have...
  • Log #15403 - by expedition Bolivia 2003 on Oct 06, 2003
    Summit can be organized by chilean Colque Tours: http://www.colquetours.com/ on San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) or Uyuni (Bolivia). Price is 25$/day of tour (incl.
  • Log #15404 - by Olivier SAIZ on Aug 29, 2003
    Pour le Licancabur (13 août), il y avait qq névés à traverser (attention à une glissade fatale : un Tchèque s'est tué à la descente fin juillet). Heureusement qu'on avait un guide car j'ai...
  • Log #15405 - by Konrad Klatt on Aug 02, 2003
    Very exciting experience, my first peak over 5000m! But also very hard. My acclimatization wasn't well done even if I passed some tours to altitudes over 4000 meters the days before. In the night...
  • Log #15406 - by Bob St.John on Mar 17, 2003
    Jerry and Bob tour Chile after climbing Aconcagua. We summited Ojos del Salado and Licancabur in good weather. Luckily Jerry declined on swimming in the crater lake - it would have really screwed up...
  • Log #15407 - by Hermann Kiendler on Feb 22, 2003
    The Incas knew why to climb this mountain. The views are stunning. Altogether an inforgetable experience. This volcano must be one of the most beautiful in the world.
  • Log #15408 - by Brian Barker on Feb 14, 2003
    Long-live the beer in Calama. The rickety old mountain bikes in San Pedro. And the unbelievable view from the top of this peak. A must do if you're in the region.
  • Log #15409 - by swen maas on Oct 16, 2002
    After a long ride with the bike through chile and bolivia, it was a perfect day with no clouds, less wind and a wonderful view around. It's an easy climb when the conditions are right. With a good...
  • Log #15411 - by Nick Mew on Aug 05, 2002
    Geoff, thank you for dispelling any illusions I could be a proper climber. Took a trip from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile across to Boliva, Salar de Uyuni and the like. Geoff, an American who had...
  • Log #15412 - by Anna & Maurizio Billo on Aug 04, 2002
    awesome panorama.
  • Log #15413 - by Michael Borsdorf on Jan 04, 2002
    After 2 weeks of biking on the altplano I was good aclimatised. At Laguna Verde Refuge I could stock up my Coke supplies and then slept near the ruined houses at the foot of the volcano (around 15 km...
  • Log #15414 - by ken mcarthey on Dec 29, 2001
    Technically just a walk up, phisically pretty hard, but good for acclimatization. The way down on the morraine is just fun. I was recommended to climb this mountain by Bolivian Journeys on Sagarnaga...
  • Log #15415 - by marco berta, grazia franzoni on Nov 26, 2001
    we reached Licancabur after cycling all the way from Antofagasta through Atacama Desert, S. Pedro de Atacama, Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde. We slept in the tent at the volcan feet, around 4500...
  • Log #15416 - by Daniel Croll on Oct 27, 2001
    I climbed Licancabur in a whiteout snowstorm in September. The weather conditions were great all the time, except on this day... bad luck. Thanks to prior acclimatization (bicycle tour on the...
  • Log #15417 - by Sandro Meli on Feb 28, 2001
    A very amazing, tiring and breathless "skywalk". I want also to mention my friends, who summited together with me: Damiano Mazoli, Roberto Piancastelli, Elia Monica, Claudio Valenti, Luca...
  • Log #15418 - by Alain Kunz on Apr 05, 2000
    It's after a month of field work for my studies (geography)in the Altiplano, that I took a day off to climb this wonderful mountain. We camped at the inca ruins and started climbing an 4.50 a.m. I...
  • Log #15419 - by Julien on Apr 04, 2000
    The first time I attempted to climb the Licancabur I didn't know it an hour before ! It was so tempting, the summit seemed so closed from the bottom that I decided to try to reach the summit as I was...
  • Log #15421 - by Gregory Frux on Apr 27, 1999
    Climbed from saddle on Bolivian side, starting at Inca ruin. 4000 feet of loose rock, with a short technical pitch over a rock rib. Started at 7 am, arrived at summit 2 pm, pretty darn...
  • Log #15422 - by Jean-Marc Fiton on Apr 09, 1999
    If you are well acclimated, this mountain is not very difficult to climb ... I think the most difficult and dangerous is the way back, due to instable ground and lot of rolling stones under your...
  • Log #15423 - by Thomas Knob on Apr 09, 1999
    A typical volcano! Three steps up and two steps down! (Thanks to gliding, sliding, slipping.) Take a car from "Base Camp" on Laguna blanca (next to Laguna verde) to the Inca ruins. (Walking...
  • Log #15424 - by Ariel Handel on Feb 24, 1999
    I've underestimated this mountain. I came from sea level (Chile) and climbed it in 1 day (only 1 night at base camp). Not only this, I soloed it, and didn't take enough water (take at least 4 liters...
  • Log #15425 - by Rodrigo Echeverría Bernales on Feb 11, 1999
    Un cerro asqueroso para escalarlo, absolutamente seco, pero con una gran vista hacia la laguna verde. El acarreo que conduce a la cumbre es el peor que he sibudo en mis 10 años de montañista. De...
  • Log #15426 - by HARZALLAH THIERRY on Jan 22, 1999
    UN TAS DE CAILLOUX ! MAIS LA VUE DU HAUT SUR LA LAGUNA VERDE, VAUT LE COUP D'OEIL ! TOO MANY STONE (ROLLING) FROM THE SUMMIT, GREAT VIEW ON LAGUNA VERDE.
  • Log #15427 - by Hartmut Bielefeldt on Dec 22, 1998
    Technically, a horrible scree pile with no mountaineering "challenge", but a beautiful view over Salar de Atacama. The small icy crater lake was a real surprise for us.
  • Log #15428 - by Johan Groeneveld on Oct 13, 1998
    Basically a high altitude slog in a ray of snow (the only on the entire peak), followed by some scrambling over loose rock to the summit crater. No equipment needed, only a bit of acclimatization....