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Via Mine Road

Via Mine Road

Via Mine Road

Page Type: Route

Location: Uyuni/Region de Antofagasta, Bolivia/Chile, South America

Lat/Lon: 21.3°S / 68.17°W

Object Title: Via Mine Road

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: F

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Page By: Ski Mountaineer

Created/Edited: Jul 19, 2005 / Jul 19, 2005

Object ID: 165898

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Walk to the cementary on the SE side of Ollague. Here the tour starts

Route Description

Follow the road towards the base of the mounta. At about 4000 m (13100 ft) there is a short-cut up the mountains to the left. Take that one.

There a path leds to ruins at 4300 m (14100 ft), where there is perhapsthe highest basket ball course on earth.
From there continue again on the main road. There are often short-cuts on the lower part of the mountain, so you do not have to take the serpentines.
At around 4850 m (15900 ft) you will pass a remainder
of an house. Further up, the serpentines will become shorter as the volcanoes steepens.

Eventually you will reach the place where the mine used to be, at around 5600 m (18370 ft),.
From there, following the path in northerly direction you can easily reach the western summit (ca. 5700 m / 18700 ft).

From the mine you can also climb one of the main summits (both around 5865 m / 19250 ft), with the southern one being slighly lower.

For people intending to take their bikes:

The road is in really bad shape. You will have to carry your bike for a big part of the climb. The descend is rough, surprinsingly technical and demanding!

Essential Gear

- lots of water
- sturdy boots
- warm clothing
- if you intend to spend the night up on the mountain: Expect down to -40° C in winter and -15° in summer during the night.

In Winter and Rainy Season: light crampons and piolet if there is snow in the summit region

If you intend to go up and down with bicyle you probably know what to take. I will anyways post my high-altitude cycling setup here soon.

Miscellaneous Info

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The route up Volcan Ollague...View towards the main summit...