11-day ascent to Cerro Plata in Central Andes

Come and join certified mountain guide Eduardo for this 11-day ascent to the summit of Cerro Plata, in Central Andes, Mendoza.




Trip Duration

11 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Private and Group



    Cerro Plata is a great option for those who wish to climb a high altitude mountain for the first time or those who want to prepare for something bigger like Aconcagua. This 11-day mountaineering trip is your chance to reach its summit under expert guidance. Join me!

    Plata (‎5,968 m) is the highest peak in Cordón del Plata and one of the most accessible peaks in the Central Andes. It is located in the province of Mendoza, in Argentina. Gettin to its summit it is not technically difficult but requires good health and fit.

    This 11-day ascent starts from Vallecitos, an old ski station used now as a base for expeditions. We will spend the first night in a friendly mountain hut named Mausy, which offers very good food. The following days we will climb up to Piedra Grande camp and Salto, where we will spend our next 3 nights for acclimatization.

    Our 9-day acclimatization plan is designed based on our 12-year experience at the Plata range.  We use the ‘Carry high and sleep low’ strategy to increase your chances of summiting.. When we are ready, we will head up from Hoyada to the top of Cerro Plata.

    The requirements for joining this expedition are:

    – International Travel Insurance

    – Multi-day altitude trekking experience

    – Good healthy and fitness

    So, if you are up for this intense 11-day adventure to the summit of Cerro Plata, in Mendoza, please contact me! I’m sure we’ll enjoy this beautiful high altitude mountaineering expedition together!

    I am also offering an amazing tour to the summit of Aconcagua, the highest peak of South America, check it out!


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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1900 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
     There is the possibility to organize a private trip, but take into account that the price will be higher. What’s included: English speaking guide with at least 5 years experience guiding Plata; 1 or 2 assistant mountain guides (EPGAMT/AAGM certification) depending upon number or clients (client per guide ratio = 2/3); Support on purchase and equipment rental in Mendoza; Transport from/to airport; 2 nights in a 4 star hotel with breakfast included in Mendoza (rooms for 2) Night at mountain hut in Vallecitos; Transport from/to Vallecitos; Mule transport of a 20kg load to/from basecamp; Transport/assembly of tents, pots, gas, food, water in all camps in Plata; Use of toilets tents, mountain tents, medical oxygen, gamow bag and medical kit in all camps; Breakfast, lunch, dinner, packed lunch, treated water in the whole mountain; Gas stoves and pots and cups in all camps; //////////////////////////////// What is NOT included: Flights from/to Mendoza; Personal climbing equipment (check equipment tab); Money return in case you abandon the expedition; International travel insurance; Any costs caused by excess luggage (over 20kg); Lunch and dinner in Mendoza; Reimbursement for loss or damage of your personal equipment.


    • Day 1 Arrival to Mendoza – 900m

      A member of our staff will welcome you at the airport and bring you to the hotel. In the evening all expedition members will meet for dinner. Depending on your arrival time, we will assist you to buy or rent all the equipment you need. Included: Transport and hotel.



    • Day 2 Drive to Vallecitos – 2900m

      In the morning of our second day, we will leave the hotel after lunch and head to Vallecitos.  Overnight in mountain hut Mausy.  Included: Transportation, night in mountain hut and dinner


    • Day 3Hike to Piedra Grande – 3550m

      After breakfast we start a 600 meters climb to Piedra Grande, a very comfortable camp at 3550m. Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner




    • Day 4Piedra Grande – Salto BC – 4300m

      We will take a 3km walk to Salto where we will set up our base camp and spend our next 3 nights. Salto means waterfall in Spanish and this comes from a small waterfall a few metres above camp. Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner


    • Day 5Rest – 4300m

      Rest day at Salto. Depending on our entire team’s health, we can take a short walk to a nearby glacier or just rest for the whole day. Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


    • Day 6Salto – Hoyada – Salto – 4700m

      Let’s take a 2km walk to a camp named Hoyada which is almost 4700m. This will be our summit camp and we want to stock it before we actually go there to sleep. This walk to 4700 metres is a great acclimatization opportunity. Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner



    • Day 7Rest – 4300m

      Rest day at Salto. Very important day of doing absolutely nothing, this will really helpful with the acclimatization. Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


    • Day 8Salto – Hoyada – 4700m

      We will go to sleep to Hoyada and take the remaining equipment up there. Included: Breakfast and lunch


    • Day 9Hoyada – Summit – Hoyada – 5943m

      We will try to reach Plata’s summit today. We expect a 8 to 12-hour summit push (up and down).


    • Day 10Hoyada – Mendoza – 900m

      We will start early to walk down the mountain passing through Salto, organizing our tents and loading the mules. From there we have a 3-hour walk to Vallecitos. Included: Snack, dinner, and transport.


    • Day 11Flight home – 900m

      You will be taken to the airport three hours before your flight. Included: Breakfast and Transport



    Next departures

    For private groups contact the guide
    Next datesInfo
    25/01/2020 to 04/02/2020
    21/02/2020 to 02/03/2020

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Mendoza Airport


    2 nights in a 4 star hotel with breakfast included in Mendoza (rooms for 2)

    Mountain huts.

    More info

    You can easily rent or purchase all the necessary mountaineering equipment in Mendoza:





    Sunscreen and lip balm

    Batteries (AA or AAA depending on your Headtorch)


    Light down jacket

    Summit Down Jacket

    Snowproof jacket


    Fleece jacket

    Trekking pants


    Base layer pants

    Snowproof pants

    Hand warmers

    Fleece Pants



    Sandals or crocs

    Trekking boots

    Trekking socks

    Thick expedition socks

    Double boots

    Crampons with antibott system

    Water purifying tables/drops

    Carbo gels


    Stuff sacks or bin bags

    Sleeping Bag


    Altitude medicine (Ibuprofen and Loperamide)

    Personal Hygiene kit

    Sleeping mattress

    1 litre thermos

    Water bottle

    Duffel Bag

    Freeze dried food


    Trekking poles


    About the Guide


    I'm originally from São Paulo and lived in Brazil until 2010 when I decided to drop everything and live off the mountain.

    I used to work in advertising, until I studied and graduated in 2013 from the EPGAMT school in Mendoza. Today I'm one of the few professional mountain guides from Brazil.

    I've been a climber for 12 years and have great experience in climbing rock, ice and high mountain. I'm specialized in the Central Andes and climbed dozens of mountains in the region.

    I've done crossings in the Central Andes from Argentina to Chile, and ice climbing as well, participating for 5 years in Vallecitos Ice Climbing Festival. In addition I climbed great mountains like: Aconcagua (6962m), Ojos del Salado (6898m), Tres Cruces Sur (6738m), Tres Cruces Central (6640m), Mercedario (6770m), Tupungato Volcano (6556m), Aconcagua and Cerro Plata (5943m), Vicuñas (6087m), among others.

    I've been working in Aconcagua for the last 4 years in a row and started as a porter in 2012. I worked my way up and now lead several expeditions at Central and dry Andes.



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