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15-day mountaineering trip to Cerro Bonete, La Rioja

15-day high mountaineering trip to Cerro Bonete, La Rioja

Follow AAGM certified mountain guide Hernan on this 15-day mountaineering trip to Cerro Bonete, a 6000-meter peak in Argentina.

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15 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec




How does reaching the summit of a 6000-meter peak in the Andes sound to you? Exhilarating, surely! Come and discover the amazing Cerro Bonete on this 15-day mountaineering trip in Argentina.

Cerro Bonete is a volcano in the Argentinian province of La Rioja, which is near the border with the province of Catamarca. At 6,759 meters above sea level, it is the sixth highest summit in the Andes and one of the highest volcanoes in the world.

In this volcano’s surroundings, we’ll contemplate a very particular landscape, typical of the Cuyo region of Argentina. Although we won’t be able to find a lot of flora, we’ll surely get to see some of the beautiful animals of the area, such as guanacos and vicuñas.


Finally, because this is a challenging trip, you need to be physically fit and have some previous mountaineering experience. Also, please consider that the  itinerary may vary according to weather conditions.

Enjoy 2 weeks in the Argentinean Puna by joining this mountaineering adventure! Send your request to book this program now.

Another option could be this ascent to Cerro Pissis, in the Argentinean province of Catamarca.

Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3000 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The price includes guide's assistant.


More info

Remember to bring: warm clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, sleeping bag, crampons and piolet.

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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Mendoza, Argentina

What people are saying about Hernan Rios

Deborah Liao


December, 2019

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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