Region II, Chile

This is an extremely tough road to try and climb up on a bike. The terrible surface and steep gradients meant that with loaded bikes we had to push about 80% of the way from 4,000m to a high point at 5,130m. The old mine road used to run to the top of Aucanquilcha (6,176m), but now much of it above 5,500m has been wiped out by landslides.

Although a number of people have taken their bikes to the summit, we left our at 5,130m (and went on foot from there to the summit) as above this the surface on many stretches of the road is so bad that we thought we wouldn’t be able to ride it in either direction. However, there are sections of rideable road all the way to the summit. On the summit itself it would also be possible to ride around a bit.

Name Aucanquilcha high point
Where 25kms from Ollague
GPS Co-ords 21.1937 S, 68.4555 W. (Summit is at: 21.2209 S, 68.4684 W.)
Altitude 5,130m
Amount climbed 1,430m (all on ripio) from Ollague in 1 ½ days

View Aucanquilcha high point – 5,130m in a larger map

Chile Pass List
<< Abra Pircas Negras – 4,253m                                                                           Paso Picavilque – 5,085m >>

No updates yet.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.