Visiting the Summit

Our site at the summit of Cerro Pachón is currently under construction, hence access to the site is restricted. From time to time we provide permission to access the site. Without the "Pase de Ingreso" you will not be allowed to proceed to the summit.

To visit the site please complete the form below and and we will get in touch with you. We recommend that you contact us at least 3 months prior to your proposed visit date.

Safety: Please note that you will require steel-toe shoes while walking around the construction site. Hard hats and reflective safety vests will be provided if necessary. Refer to this flyer for additional informaion.

Meals: You should plan to bring your own food if you will be on-site during meal times. Prior arrangements can also be made for you to eat at the summit cafeteria at a cost.

Transport: Contact information for preferred drivers who have experience driving up to the summit is available on request—they can be contracted at your own expense. If you drive your own vehicle to the summit, the vehicle must be a 4x4 have roll bars. 

Drone usage info:

Drone usage is at the discretion of the site manager or delegate, and will depend on what is happening on the site at that particular time. Be prepared for permission to be granted or withdrawn at the very last minute.

To fly a drone weighing in excess of 750 grams in Chile requires authorization from Chilean authorities. You are responsible for obtaining this authorization.

Take note that conditions such as wind or whether a crane is currently in use are also determining factors. Drone batteries are exhausted faster at high altitudes so spare batteries are recommended. Our summit is at ‎2,663 m (8,737 ft).  

Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. 

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