The search for environmentally friendly and cost-effective methods for gold extraction has been undertaken in order to provide alternatives to the use of cyanide leaching in the gold industry. Among such alternative reagents is the combination of chloride and hypochlorite ions due to their oxidation of metallic gold and its complexation. Therefore, the current work aims at investigating gold leaching from an oxidized material by means of a solution comprising calcium hypochlorite and sodium chlorite. The sample used in the current research contained 66.1% Fe2O3, 20.4% SiO2, and 35.7g/t of Au. In addition, XRD and SEM-EDS analysis revealed iron oxide, quartz and muscovite as the main crystalline phases in the sample. For comparison purposes, cyanidation of the oxidized material resulted in 90% gold extraction in 24 hours. The reference conditions for the leaching tests with the chlorite-hypochlorite system were: particle size -37µm, solid/liquid ratio of 10% (w/v), 10g/L NaCl, 10g/L Ca(OCl)2, pH 5-6, 3 hours of leaching. The effects of the: (i) Ca(OCl)2 concentration, (ii) NaCl concentration, (iii) pH range and (iv) the effect of pulp density in the extraction of gold were assessed. In addition, the stability of the hypochlorite solutions (OCl-) was investigated. The ideal concentrations of Ca(OCl)2 and NaCl were determined as 25g/L and 15g/L, respectively, whereas the optimal pH range was 4-6. Under these conditions, the final gold extraction reached approximately 84%. By varying the solids content of the pulp (10%, 20% and 30%), it was observed that the lower solids value resulted in greater gold extraction (84%). The degradation of the hypochlorite solution and the possible catalytic effect of the presence of the solid were evidenced. To sum up, in the experiment, high gold extractions were achieved in shorter periods of time (3 hours), as compared to the cyanidation of the same sample. On the other hand, it was necessary to use significant amounts of the reagent due to hypochlorite instability at the pH conditions recommended for high gold extractions.