The fourth highest volcano in the world is in Chile and that is how the most intrepid have conquered it.
200 kilometers far from Copiapó, in the Atacama region, we find the Nevado Tres Cruces. A National Park of pristine mountains and climbing routes that challenge even the most professional practitioners of this sport.
The protagonist of the landscape within the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park is the imposing mountain that has given the park its name. Composed of four main summits, it is one of the highest volcanoes in the world and the second highest in Chile after Ojos del Salado.
This natural wonder became a challenge for the human for the first time in 1937, when the second Polish expedition, managed to reach its peak. Since then, others have tried, including the first Chilean expedition to arrive in 2017.
Juan Pablo Mohr, an athlete supported by The North Face, was the first Chilean to reach the top of the snow-covered volcano Tres Cruces in winter. A feat he achieved after conquering Mount Annapurna in the Himalayas.
But this achievement, already a milestone in national mountaineering, was not easy. Mohr was the only one of the expedition that reached the summit, due to the intense high plateau puna that is felt in the mass of 6,748 meters above sea level.
Climbing a volcano in the desertis an adventure in itself, and if this is added to the journey to get there and the spectacular scenery of Tres Cruces National Park, the plan becomes an incredible experience.
In the park it dazzles the impressive Santa Rosa Lagoon, located at 3700 meters above sea level, the Maricunga salt flat and the Negro Francisco lagoon, the whereabouts of more than 800 birds in summer, including the Andean flamingo, the Chilean flamingo and some rare individuals Flamenco by James.
In the area, you can also watch foxes, vicuñas, guanacos, pumas and if you're lucky, even condors.
Would you encourage yourself to make this journey?