Llullaillaco Climber's Log

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HansDN - Nov 21, 2022 5:30 pm Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2022

Cycling up to Llullaillaco  Sucess!

- Cycled up to 4600 and left the bicycles behind.
- Hiked up to basecamp at 4900m. Melted penitentes for water (and extra to carry back to bicycles)
- Hiked up to highcamp at 5900m
- Melted penitentes for water
- Climbed the northeast corridor. Lots of loose scree but easy going.
- Short section of 20m scrambling to summit

2h from bicycles drop-point to basecamp
5h from basecamp to highcamp
4-5h from highcamp to summit (start at 6am)
1,5h from summit to highcamp
1,5h from highcamp to basecamp
1h from basecamp to bicycles drop-point

Good resource information on https://www.estiloandino.com/

Bob Villarreal

Bob Villarreal - Feb 16, 2014 12:30 pm


For my several trips to this peak and others, please check my website: bobvillarreal.com. My book, "Clawing for the Stars: A Solo Climber in the Highest Andes" will be out on Amazon in July, 2014. My video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go6UypcKNck


monkeypike - Jan 17, 2014 10:13 am Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2013

LLullaillaco by bike  Sucess!

We approached the mountain by bicycle from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile via the Paso Socompa. We climbed from the NE to a base camp with penitentes at 5,000m.
We then joined the normal Argentinean route at a high camp at 5,900m where there were more penitentes. From the high camp it took 3 1/2 hours to reach the summit over slightly unstable rocks. Bits of wood from the Inca ruins marked the route.

This is an account of our cycle and climb: http://pikesonbikes.com/puna-9-part-1-llullaillaco-antofalla/

adamrotaru - Feb 19, 2012 5:32 am Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2010

On Llullaillaco on New Year's Eve 2010

We have visited this peak on New Year’s Eve of 2010, from the Chilean side, as part of our South-American honeymoon trip. The two of us went there alone, with no guide, with only a little Toyota Yaris and some sense of adventure. We made it to the summit saddle, 200m short of the peak.

See in the Trip report for more!

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Mar 9, 2008 1:55 pm Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2008

amazing climb!  Sucess!

An amazing climb on Number 7th of the andes, via the inca / archeological road (North east) from argentina, climbing to summit in 8hr (reaching it at 16.00) from a camp located at 5550m. A long steep climb direct from thge gully leading to an inca ruin at 6500 m or so. It's possible when acclimatized to make it with just one camp, leaving 4WD at 4850/4900m approx. Water is obtained from peintentes at 5500, sometimes even lower.

weather in february was perfect, some people (2 from austria) made it 7 days before, temperature was fine during the climb.

8 out of our 10 members expedition made it to the top.

be asbolutely sure about 4WD when going there, it's absolutely out of the way altough there seems to be some mining exploration in the area.

It's good to combine this climb with nearby unknown Antofalla (6440m) as a good warm up.

All the approach to Llulailaco , including the awesome site of Casualidad Mine is worth the trip. Summit is of course very special due to what is to be seen there!

Bruno baschung


Fabrice.Rimlinger - Nov 11, 2006 3:54 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2006

Great journey !  Sucess!

My highest so far. Thanks to Gnome's invitation.
View from the summit over Argentina is just AMAZING !
For the last part, I suggest you follow the "Quebrada" instead of trying a direct way to the summit (big unstable blocs).


Guillaume.Ceyrac - Apr 1, 2006 1:57 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2006

Beautiful moutain !!

I went on Llullaillaco with Fabrice but did not summit. I must say that this volcano is though one of my best experience in the Andes : the beauty of the landscapes and the feeling of loneliness are intense ! I will add some photographs as soon as possible on this new mountain page.
It is often said that Llullaillaco can not be climbed before mid March because of the bolivian winter (invierno boliviano) but we noticed in the conaf book (in the refugio) that some expeditions (3 or 4) went there right in the middle of this period and some of them made it to the summit.
Ascent from camp 1 to camp 2 is really easy as the trail is obvious : from beginning to the "end" we walked in the small quebrada and most of the time footprints of previous climbers could be seen.
After camp 2 (5700m), we had to climb a tough slope of instable rocks (approx. 1 hour) before arriving at a steep couloir of hard snow and little penitents(approx 40°). This couloir leads to a very big névé that we walked through within 2 hours. Then, we arrived at the "combe" between the two summits (approx. 6400m) where I had to abandon (cold feet and exhaustion) . Fabrice followed this combe on the left side (1 hour) to arrive at the pass between the two summits. The highest one is on the left and Fabrice reached it in 2 hours from the pass, after many false summits.
The weather during our stay (5 days in total) was perfect, even if every day big clouds were stuck on the mountain from (approx.) 4 oclock in the afternoon to sunset. The cold was not terrible, even if on the summit day the few hours around sunrise were really freezing. We had almost no wind.

An amazing mountain... I'll be back !

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