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7-day Trek across the Andes from Mendoza (Argentina) to Santiago, Chile


Follow EPGAMT trekking guide Claudio on this 7-day trek and cross the Andes from Mendoza in Argentina to Santiago de Chile. We will take a historical pass!



7 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar




  • Cross the Andes from Argentina to Chile.
  • Hike across a historical pass in the range.
  • Contemplate breathtaking views of the mountains.
  • Discover beautiful natural spots.


Would you like to live an unforgettable experience in the Andes? Go from Mendoza in Argentina to Santiago de Chile on this 7-day trek and cross the range through a historical pass.

On this program, I invite you to cross the Andes through the Portillo Piuquenes Pass, a historical site used by the Army of the Andes to liberate Chile in 1816.

Take a look at the itinerary below to see what we will do each day of the trip.

Although this expedition is not technically difficult, keep in mind that it is physically demanding, so it is very important to have a good level of fitness.

Are you ready for this adventure in the Andes? Get in touch with me by sending your request. I will be happy to be your guide.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The group porters are included. Personal equipment can be carried up to 10 kilograms. Not included: meals in the city, personal items, personal expenses and food outside the mountain itinerary.


Day 1: Mendoza - Portinari Refuge - Yaretas Valley

Arrival at Mendoza. Meet with the guides and check the equipment. We will drive to Manzano Histórico, situated at 1,700 meters above sea level, and continue to Portinari Refuge, where we carry out customs formalities. Then, we will begin our trekking to Scaravellia Refuge, at 3,660 meters above sea level, and from there to the Yaretas Valley, in a 3-4 hours trek. Surrounding us, we will get to see Cerro Keops, Cerro Punta Negra and Cerro Punta Blanca.

Day 2: Acclimatization day in Yaretas

This is an essential day in the expedition. We will practice some trekking and rest in order to acclimatize and prepare for our next day’s goal.

3 hours of trekking.

Day 3: Portillo Argentino - Real de la Olla

Slow ascent to Portillo Argentino, a historic spot situated at 4,380 meters. We will pass between two peaks, Cerro Chiquitoon our right and Portillo Norte on our left. On the way, we will contemplate great panoramic views of the Alto Valle of the Tunuyan River and the surrounding glaciers and mountains such as Cerro Mesón San Juan, Tupungato Volcano and Cerro Marmolejo. Then, we will descend to the Real de la Olla camp.

Full-time working time, approximately 10 to 11 hours.

Day 4: Real de la Olla - Corral de Alambre

After the long journey of the day before, on this day we will take a 4-5 hour walk to Corral de Alambre. We will cross the Tunuyan River with the help of the horses.

Day 5: Corral de Alambre - Casa de Piedra

Easy walk of 5 or 6 hours where we will have to cross streams.

Day 6: Termas del Plomo - Santiago de Chile

On this day, we will start our hike before dawn and ascend to the “Hito Fronterizo Paso Piuquenes”, located at 4,040 meters above sea level in the border with Chile. From there, we will descend through Chilean territory to Yeso River and, after 3-4 hours, we will reach Termas del Plomo, where we will relax in the thermal baths.

Day of 8 to 9 hours of walking. Lastly, we will go to San Gabriel for customs procedures, and continue our trip to Santiago de Chile. Arrival at the hostel (dinner not included).

Day 7: Hostel in Santiago. End of services.

Meals not included.



More info

We can arrange other group dates by request.

Meeting point

Bus station in Mendoza, Mendoza Province.

About the guide

I am an EPGAMT certified trekking guide. I look to share my experience and to provide a safe and unique experience to my clients. I prepare each expedition with all the effort, professionalism and passion for what I do. We know how rewarding it is to reach your expedition goals and objectives, so we work professionally, responsibly, and in maximum safety to provide you the best experience in the mountains. Safety is always our main concern.

We offer all the services and logistics you need for your trip: transfers, hostels, hotels, shelters, food, high mountain tents, mountain kitchen equipment, mules, porters, VHF communication, GPS satellite security, and monitoring of expeditions day by day by on-line Satellite Spot and all the extra service you need for a great experience in the mountains.



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