Lascar Volcano
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ernstsurb
Berlin, Germany6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went up Lascar Vulcano in a guided group. Which is absolutely recommendable. Be sure to have a good guide like Andrés from Nortrek-Tours. The trip leads you into the world of mountain giants and the tremendous power of vulcanism.
Written January 13, 2020
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Ken P
Kemerton, UK1,150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
To finish our holiday to the Atacama desert in Northern Chile, we decided to climb to the top of an active volcano. One of our travel companions on a previous tour from San Pedro de Atacama had been up Lascar and recommended it, so that is what we did. When booking the trip, we were given loads of advice and warnings about the walk from around 5000m up to the top at 5600m. We understood the risks and difficulties in doing that sort of climb as only last year we climbed Kilimanjaro and we had spent the previous 3 days on the Bolivia trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats so were fairly well acclimatised to the altitude. Others on our trip were not.

We drove to a beautiful lake, Lejia Lagona, close to the back side of the Volcano Lascar, where we had breakfast admiring the view in the mirror lake. You needed to wrap up warm, it was -7 degs C at the lake. We then drove another couple of kms towards the volcano stopping where the track ran out at about 5000m. We then set off on foot. In our group of 6, after less than an hour it was clear that 2 were not going to make it and the other 2 were slowing up rapidly. Our guide yelled to the group in front who were pulling away from us to ask if we could join them, which we did, but further up they started to struggle. In the end we pushed on ourselves to the rim (5500m) where we were going to wait, but the sulphur was too strong to hang around too long so we pushed on to the top (5600m).

It should have been a 3 hour round trip, but with our group it was over 5 hours. In our group of 6, only two made it to the rim and 2 didn’t make it at all. Of the other group we joined for a bit, 4 made it to the rim, none to the top. We overtook them on the way back down then had to sit and wait at the car.

I guess it was just our luck, but the tour operator may have oversold the difficulty of the climb a little, but hardly any on our group took any notice. None were really prepared for it. Ruined it a bit for us, but that aside, the views were fantastic, and now I have gazed into an active volcano.

Would certainly recommend this tour, but be prepared…..
Written April 9, 2019
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Milou456
Bern, Switzerland13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
Encouraged by many good reviews on Trip Advisor I decided to climb Lascar Volcano on the last day of my stay in San Pedro. Fortunately I had brought my hiking boots and a backpack. The road is paved to the village of Talabre, then a gravel road continues through a wonderful landscape with little farms and herds of Lamas to the Laguna de Lejia. Just before the laguna a fairly ok track continues straight to the beginning of the trail at an altitude of about 4900m. The path up to the crater is straight forward, easily found and poses no technical difficulties, apart of the altitude of course. However, if you are not an experienced climber or don't have the right equipment I very strongly recommend you book a guided tour! I passed some groups and the guides all seemed very competent. Once you reach the crater at 5500m there is an absolutely stunning view into the caldera with fumes and smoke emerging from the steep cliffs. I was a bit worried about toxic gases, but the air was totally clear and there was no bad smell. The path then continues further up to the summit at 5600m, an extra effort absolutely worthwhile. The view over the Salar de Atacama and all the surrounding high peaks is (literally speaking) breathtaking. It took me a little less than 2 hours to reach the top. The only real difference I felt to hiking in the Alps was the enormous amount of water I had to drink. Getting down on the sandy path was quick and fun like skiing. On the way back to San Pedro I had lunch at the Laguna de Lejia and watched the Flamingos (avoid walking into the mud, it stinks and is really hard to get off the shoes...). What a great day out!
Written November 7, 2014
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AzelCentauri
Barra do Garcas, MT6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
David, our guide took some advantage of our fatigue and when he dropped us at our hotel. We forgot an iphone in the car with all our honeymoon pictures. We called him later and he said there was never a phone in the car. That We lost it in the city. At that time it was a possibility. But when we were half way to Santiago we started receiving messeges from him asking to help us retrieve the phone. Saying that in chile it was easy to reset a phone and find my phone would not block the phone for long. He promissed us he had a friend that knew how to hack phones to retrieve info and said we needed to give him the apple id password. Emotionly blind, we gave him the password only to find out minutes later we lost contact with find my phone, and all our honeymoon pictures in the desert were deleted from the phones online backup. David, the guide kept promissing to catch the thief and when we called the carabineros they said they could not do anything becuse we did not have proof David reset our phone. But he was the only person in the world with our password.

Besides loosing a phone and apple id. We strongly recomend this mountain. Be carefull. Altitude sickness will leave you lightheaded on the way back. Please dont let your self be taken advantage. The picture below is our guide.
Written June 10, 2016
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david no trabaja en nuestra compania ! nosostros somos vulcano expediciones y volcan lascar nuestro principal destino !! Atte Christian vulcano Expediciones !!
Written June 11, 2016
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220Backpacker
Welt, Germany32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This tour was just the best tour we did in atacama. We booked it in the agency cumbre6000 with rosanna. She was so nice and helpful. Our tour guide was fabricio xavier. We stopped in the morning at a lagune. We had breakfast there and were watching the flamingos. The patricio walked up with us to the volcano very slowly with lots of breaks. We needed nearls 3 hours to go up and the view was just amazing. Best tour we did. Not touristic at all. Thanks rosanna and patricio for this wonderful day!
Written October 23, 2014
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TDEDE
158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
The most difficult is the attitute, more than 5.500m above the sea level. With no doubts you gonna feel it, the way you breath, how fast you getting tired etc. Remember about how to breath do not go too fast and it should be fine, as long as you are more or less in a good shape.
It is worth going before the sunrise (about 2 hours drive from San Pedro de Atacama) and have a nice breakfast at the salt see watching tens of pelicans..
The views are spectacular
Written January 31, 2019
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Rafael M
83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
If you like adventures, this one is a must do! Or you can try exploring other volcanos in the area.

My greatest advice, check the weather condition days before going there and including it in your schedule. You will be able to plan better your trip. Use the website Mountain Forecast for that. The reason is that if it is too windy (I've experienced winds of more than 60 km/h), or even cloudy, you will not enjoy the tour in total. Climbing it will be tough and when you reach the top it might be impossible to stay there for more than a few minutes.

However, if you are able to go up in days with good weather conditions, then it is going to be even more amazing!

Also, you do not need to be an experienced climber to go up there. You just need to be physically well prepared. It is an easy trekking (Walking only), but your knees will be heavily demanded.

I went to Lascar last week with Volcano Expediciones, Christian (our guide) was a great guide and very well prepared to assist us. Thanks a lot man!
Written May 16, 2017
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danielleallen28
Genval, Belgium6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
We booked our entire trip with Ivero travels, who were absolutely excellent and very competitively priced! Luckily, it was just my boyfriend and I on the tour (I think two more people were supposed to come but canceled). The tour starts off with breakfast around the lagoon lejia, which might be one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. As someone who suffered from altitude sickness a few days beforehand, I was a bit nervous about doing this, but it ended up being an unforgettable experience. Physically, it was extremely tough, due to the altitude (starts off at around 4700m), but the views from the crater were worth it (we decided not to go for the summit, as we were exhausted!) Our guide, Roberto, provided us with poles, boots, and snacks. His english was flawless and he was extremely friendly and encouraging. If you're in good shape, go for it!
Written April 4, 2016
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luiza-furquim
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015
Lascar - or Laskar - is 5.600 m above sea level and, even though it's not the hardest climb around San Pedro, the effort you put into it makes reaching the crater a very special experience. It's an easy climb - 800 m up and around 4 km of path -, but you can feel the altitude, therefore you walk pretty slowly. For that reason, it's very important being acclimatised. My boyfriend and I booked the tour with an agency named Ivero, on Caracoles street, and loved it. We were with a group of 7 people and there were 2 guides. One of them spoke reasonable English and they were both very professional. They took our pulse and didn't let us eat much for breakfast, cause digestion takes a lot of oxygen. The price of the tour was 85.0000 pesos per person. It's not cheap, but totally worth it! The agency provides walking poles and boots if you need them. You don't have to be fit to do it, just pay attention if you are feeling headaches or too much dizziness. We had no problem and recommend it! The view from the top and the crater is incredible!
Written February 6, 2015
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Magga
Helsinki, Finland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Did a day hike up to Lascar volcano today. After some confusing searching on web regarding a good tour operator, selected Nortrek based on our hotel’s recommendation and also as they very very flexible and promised a guide with good English. Maybe it helped that I was the only participant as this was bit of a last minute programme on my behalf and subsequently also cost a bit more.

Anyway, Brian Cameron the guide (yes, he is Chilean, not a 6ft4 Scotsman with red beard ;-) showed up at hotel as promised 5am and we had a great day on the mountain. Did the crater and summit and back in 3h30 and Brian was well pacing me not go too fast, just as an experienced guide should do; it was anyway my first ever peak over 5000 metres. Brian’s command of English is very good and also the drive to and back was fun due to similar taste in music. I can highly recommend both Nortrek and Brian as the guide. Thanks for an awesome day on the mountain :-)
Written November 28, 2018
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