Domuyo Volcano | Argentina

5 Days

Domuyo Volcano has a remarkable height that earned it the name of the “roof of Patagonia” and is, without doubt, one of the most challenging climbs for mountaineers. This ascent is framed in the unique scenery that is the Cordillera (mountain range) del Viento, with its thermal springs, geysers and fumaroles.

This programme includes a couple of height adaptation days before we adventure into the climb itself. Also, there are some incredible spots to visit in the area nearby, like the Epulafquen lakes, a plus that you shouldn’t miss. However, do not hesitate to ask for a tailor-made experience.

Extra Day: The same day we return from Camp Base, we’ll head to the Epulafqen lakes. Two smaller lakes located in Minas district, Neuquen, Argentina, right on the Andes mountain range close to the border with Chile. These are protected as a part of a provincial park where we’ll have the chance to camp. Here, the options are many but will mainly depend on group motivation. One of the prettier is a trekking activity to the border with Chile, through Vacalaufquen lake. An incredible lookout for the Nevados de Chillan. 

The programme hereby presented is estimative. It is possible to combine it with some hikes around the area too. We can offer you a tailor-made experience according to your objectives!

Food in the mountains

We recommend packing your snacks of choice for those long days in the mountains. The same goes for your favorite beverages. Eating well is key for keeping your strength up out in the wild. And to cope with the loss of appetite, the best you can have is a wide variety of food at your disposal, from sweet to sour and salty. Carrying at least 2 liters if water is essential.  

Accommodation during the trip

In Las Ovejas, we’ll be staying in a hotel with all the amenities. During the days in the mountains we’ll sleep in domes. They are built with an insulated floor where we’ll only need to use our mats. 

Travel and rescue insurance

An insurance plan is mandatory to protect yourself from the unexpected. Check with your insurance company on the details about coverage and policies. Feel free to contact us for details or in doubt. 

Location: Las Ovejas, Neuquen 

Duration: 5 days 

Dates: November to March

Requirements: Ideal – Experience in trekking and camping. Good physical condition.

Guides and Ratio: 2:1

12 people max.

  • Professional AAGM/UIAGM Mountain Guide
  • Accommodation in Las Ovejas.
  • All meals as noted on the daily itinerary (see exceptions)
  • Dinner and cooking tents
  • Accomodation in domes
  • Satellite communication service
  • Personal insurance in case of accidents
  • Transfers to Las Ovejas
  • Meals/food outside of this programme
  • Personal gear (sleeping bag, layered clothing, boots, etc)
  • Travelers insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcohol
  • Some unspecified item in this programme

Day 1: We leave Bariloche to Las Ovejas. It’ll be a 9 hours ride approximately. The plan is to spend the night at the inn, run a gear check and get to meet everybody. Should you travel from a different place, Las Ovejas will be our gathering place. Night at the inn. 

Day 2: Trekking to Base Camp (CB) – 3100m. With the group already coordinated and the logistics figured out, we’ll leave early in the morning for the base of the volcano. It’ll be roughly 3 hours walking. Once there, we’ll be staying in domes with all the services you’d expect. We’ll be having breakfast, an afternoon break and dinner. Night at the domes. 

Day 3: Altitude adaptation day. The area near the domes is perfect for an acclimatization walk, this will help us adapt to altitude and increase our chances of summit. We’ll talk about the effects of height on the human body and how to avoid the acute mountain sickness. Night at the domes. 

Day 4: Summit attempt. We begin the most intense day of the expedition walking the 6km (1600m elevation gain) that separate us from the top. After we sort some low slope moraines, we’ll face “La Montura” at 4200 masl. This is the most technical section of the day: a 45 degrees climb that will lead us to the Southern edge, ready for summit. From 4am and after 12 to 14 hours of activity, we should have traveled from the Camp Base to the top and back. Night at the domes. 

Day 5: Hot springs and comeback. We’ll leave the Camp Base behind and head to the well-known hot springs. After a good rest, we’ll begin our return to Bariloche. Those who wish to stay, can spend another night in Las Ovejas. The End.