Cerro Armazones, The Road That Has It All

Cerro Armazones is a high mountain eak at an elevation of 3.060m (10,040ft) above the sea level, located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, the driest and remotest on Earth.

Cerro Armazones

The road to the summit is asphalted. It was built to gain access to an astronomical observatory called European Extremely Large Telescope, a massive, 2,500 tons of steel which is being built at the summi. The road is pretty steep. To build the road the mountaintop was broken apart and bulldozed to a plateau large and strong enough to hold the enormous observatory. The wind is usually quite strong at mountain areas. High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. It can often be treacherous, with ice and snow accumulating even in the summer, so exercise caution as you make your way. It is subject to winter snowfalls with such a high summit altitude, and the road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade, and overall inaccessibility make the pass dangerous and summit trips difficult.