1-day ice climbing tour in Mendoza

Looking for an ice climbing program in an impressive mountain range? Follow AAGM certified mountain leader Hernan on this 1-day adventure in Cerro Agua Salada, Mendoza.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    If you love ice climbing and want to explore a beautiful area in the middle of the mountains, then this tour in Mendoza is ideal for you!

    This program will take place in Cerro Agua Salada, in the Argentinean province of Mendoza. The mountain is located near Puente del Inca, in the middle of the Andes.  Cerro Agua Salada is famous for its incredible ice walls. The excellent conditions of the ice and the beautiful surrounding landscapes of the Andean range make this mountain the perfect ice climbing spot. 

    We’ll start around 7 in the morning and enjoy a full day of ice climbing. Additionally, we’ll also enjoy great views of the trail to Mount Aconcagua, the highest summit in the American continent. The trip will end around 8 pm. Also, consider that you can spend 1 or 2 days climbing in this area. It’s up to you! If you decide to stay 2 days, you will spend the night in a hotel located in Las Cuevas village.

    The climbing distance we will cover goes from 20 to 120 meters. Therefore, it is important to have prior ice climbing experience. Also, a good fitness level is essential. Of course, I will be happy to help and guide you!

    If ice climbing in the Andes sounds like fun to you, then do not hesitate and send the request to book your place. I can guarantee it will be a fantastic adventure!

    Additionally, I lead a rock climbing program to Cajón de los Arenales, also in Mendoza. Take a look at it!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    600 USD

    Group of 2
    300 USD

    Group of 3
    200 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

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    Do not forget to bring: high mountain clothes, trekking shoes, gloves, hat and sunscreen. If you don't have part of the equipment, we'll provide it.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I love the mountain, and all its sports. It is a place where one can find peace and know in depth. It's my ground wire when I need quiet and silence. I started working as a guide and porter in 2006, I have been working and enjoying the beauty of the mountain for many years.

    I am a mountain guide AAGM and UIMLA, founder of Rocamadreaventura, a company dedicated to trekking, climbing in ice / rock, high mountain and skiing. Our company is composed of professional guides in charge of showing people what we love.

     
     

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    What People are Saying about Hernan Rios

     

    This review was for a guide (Gaston Lopez) sent by Hernan. This was the worst guiding I\'ve experienced on any trip taken over the last 8 years on over a dozen trips around the world. Numerous issues that you would not expect from a guide who\'s been certified for 12+ years. The most significant being: suggested I could wear normal hiking boots on a 6016 meter mountain (Nevado San Francisco) when I\'ve always worn doubles on 6000 and even on cold 5000 meter mountains. An inexperienced person could have had foot issues/frost bite as it was cold the day we summited. Not knowing the route on Ojos - he suggested we try for the summit at 13:30 after moving from Arenal to the higher camp, but couldn\'t provide an answer when I asked what the average time was for people to summit when leaving from the high camp. We eventually had to turn around from this summit attempt because he seriously misjudged the timing and lost the route during our ascent. After this failed attempt, he said we\'d make another attempt the following morning and that it would take maybe 7 hours up and 5 hours down, meaning we\'d need to leave by 8:00 at the absolute latest to make it back before dark. The next morning he was still sleeping at 7:00, and hadn\'t mentioned anything about departure time the night before, so I left before him and led myself up to the plateau before he caught up and we went the rest of the way together. By this point I had lost all confidence in his guiding ability, advice, and planning, so I made the decision to leave on my own for the summit because I knew he wasn\'t leaving me enough time by sleeping in. Other issues: every time this guide verbalized the itinerary, it was different (he was clearly very disorganized and lacked basic planning skills); this was the worst and cheapest food I\'ve experienced on any trip. Example: after an 11-hour summit day, we had canned lentils, canned vegetables, rice, tuna, and tomatoes mixed together for dinner vs. other teams that ate grilled meat, stir fry, hamburgers, tacos, etc. There was also inadequate/low quality breakfast of cookies and cereal only, as opposed to other teams eating eggs, toast with jam & peanut butter, bread/chapati, etc.; of all the guided teams at Las Grutas, we didn\'t have paperwork for the car to get past the gendarmie post so we had to get a ride from someone else to Nevado (shows poor planning and logistics); pacing was not great and he was so far ahead of me most of the time that he had no idea what my pace was, not to mention this is a dangerous practice in terms of keeping an eye on your client; guide had no hand sanitizer and didn\'t wash hands when preparing food; guide incorrectly told me I was developing HAPE because of a cough I tend to get at altitude but my oxsat was 83% and resting heart rate was ~95 bpm at 5500 meters.
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    Deborah Liao
     

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