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3-day ski touring in Valle Hermoso, Mendoza

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Enjoy ski touring in the heart of the Andes. Join AAGM certified mountain leader Hernan on this ski touring program in Valle Hermoso, Mendoza.

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3 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug




Looking for a ski touring program in the middle of the Andes? Then this trip in Valle Hermoso is perfect for you! Discover beautiful landscapes while you enjoy skiing through the Andean slopes.

Valle Hermoso is an incredible valley located near the border between Argentina and Chile. From San Rafael, a city in the Argentinean province of Mendoza, you can take the route to Las Leñas ski resort and continue on to Valle Hermoso. Once there, you’ll be able to contemplate breathtaking views of the valley and lake in the heart of the Andean range.

Each day of the program, we’ll start at 7 am and finish around 8 pm. During our rides, we’ll enjoy skiing across the snow-covered terrain of Valle Hermoso. This program allows you to relax in a beautiful natural environment away from the crowded ski resorts. Furthermore, we can also go on another ski touring option in the area that consists of a 1-day program in Quebrada de Matienzo. Located near Las Cuevas village, this gorge is on the limit of the Argentinian side of the Andes. Whatever routes we do take, you will surely love them all!

Because this is a challenging ski excursion, you must have prior skiing experience. Also, it is important that you are physically fit. Of course, I will be there to assist you with anything you might need on the way.

If you want to enjoy skiing and explore an amazing spot in the Andes, all you have to do is send the request and book your place on this tour. I will be happy to be your guide on this adventure!

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

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


More info

Do not forget to bring: cross-country skis, helmet, goggles, poles, backpack, sealskins, rackets, appropriate clothing. If you don't have cross-country skis, we can 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

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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