Ollague

On the border between Chile and Bolivia lies the Ollague Volcano, surrounded by a fantastic landscape of salt pans and other Volcanos. Before leaving inform the police about your trip.

The walk starts in the small village of Ollague (3600 m, very basic supplies and facilities).

You can make the peak easily in two days with a camp in a stone hut (no roof) around 4500 m (I called it "The Ritz" to honour Shackleton and his men).

It's a straight forward walk on an old mining road, near the peak you will find some volcanic activity.

For bikes it can't be recommended due to the very bad conditions of the track.

Elevation (feet): 19,255
Elevation (meters): 5,869
Continent: South America
Country: Chile
Range/Region: Central Argentina-Chile
Latitude: -21.302222
Longitude: -68.179167
Difficulty: Walk up
Nearest major airport: AntofagastaCalama
Convenient Center: Ollague

Thanks to Michael Borsdorf and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

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

There are 4 trip reports for Ollague.

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  • Log #12980 - by Peter Schoen on July 01, 2003
    Climbed with my mountainbike up to 5200 m, and climbed then on to the western summit (5700 m? 5800m?). Did this all alone from Ollague in one day. This was part of an extreme ski mountaineering,...
  • Log #12981 - by Hermann Kiendler on Feb 22, 2003
    After crossing the altiplano from Potosi to Uyuni and on to Ollag├╝e with our bikes we decided to climb this volcano. There is an old mining road going up to 5700 m. We camped at around 5400 m,...
  • Log #12982 - by matt roberts on Dec 29, 2001
    we took a 4x4 tour on the bolivian desert, that is how we had the chance to climb this volcano. It was pretty easy and good for acclimatization - cause we climbed Huayna Potosi with Bolivian Journeys...
  • Log #12983 - by Michael Borsdorf on Jan 06, 2000
    A good choice to spend two unforgetable days, if you get stuck in Ollague and you are in good shape. I tried it with the bike, but because of the very poor track condition (no maintaince since the...