Cerro Mercedario is one of the four highest mountains of Cordillera de Los Andes. Reaching to its summit will be an experience you will never forget!
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At 6720 m, Cerro Mercedario is one of the most important but unknown mountains of the Central Andes.
It is surrounded by four peaks: Pico Polaco, La Mesa, Alma Negra and La Ramada. That’s why it's impossible to see it from Colorado Valley, the campsite from where we start climbing.
The isolation and remoteness of Cerro Mercedario make this place a perfect mountain to live an adventure with the only company of nature.
Our challenge will start in Alto Andina Village, in the Argentinian province of San Juan.
Then, a transfer will take us to Hornillas Superior, from where we'll start hiking through an easy trail during 4 hours.
We'll begin our acclimatization at a base camp at 3100 meters of height. After that, we'll head to Pirca de Placo, our next campsite at 4000 m.
Once we climb the unknown Southern side of the mountain, we will finally get to the summit of Cerro Mercedario.
Please contact me if you want to join me for this trip. Let's reach the summit of Cerro Mercedario together!
I organize many mountaineering trips around Argentina. You can check some of them, like this ascent to Ojos del Salado volcano.
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
HOW TO GET THERE? You can arrive at Mendoza airport by plane and there, drive to Barreal across Uspallata. If you arrive at San Juan airport you have to drive through its capital city until you get to Calingasta (approximately 230 km)
ACCLIMATIZATION NEEDED A progressive ascent is required in order to prepare the body slowly. I will give you other tips about nutrition and hydration in order to be well acclimatized in such an altitude.
I am an IFMGA and a High Mountain AAGM certified Mountain Guide. I was born in San Juan, where I found my passion for the mountains when I was a child. Today my home is El Chalten, this magical place where I have my family and where I work and live since 2008.
I have climbed many different peaks along the Andes, as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, France, Spain, Germany Italy, Austria and Switzerland. I have climbed great mountains and new routes in Patagonia, both in Cerro Torre and in the Fitz Roy mountains. I climbed Mount Fitz Roy five times and Mount Torre three times. All of them through different routes and some of them opening a new one.
One of my biggest achievements was the Standhardt - Herron - Egger traverse and the "Directa Huarpe" new route, on the west face of Cerro Torre. As well as climbing the Tehuelche route on the Fitz Roy hill in 16 hours.
I also guide in the Central Andes, in places such as Cerro Mercedario and Vallecitos in Mendoza, among other mountains. I am also a Mountaineering and Climbing instructor in different associations and member of the relief committee at the Club Andino Mercedario of the San Juan Province. I am also a member of the technical committee of the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides, in which I am part of the staff of instructors for IFMGA guides.
I guide my clients mainly in Patagonia. I spend summer in the town of El Chalten and I move to Bariloche, in northern Patagonia, in the winter, where I guide more technical excursions, like ice and/or rock climbing, as well as classic mountaineering ascents. During the year I also guide in the mountains of Peru, Bolivia and in Europe.
Even when I’m not working I enjoy climbing, bouldering, sport skiing and mountaineering. Keeping at my highest level of performance helps me ensure my clients’ safety, that is always my top priority.
AAGM | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA
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Indio was a fun and skillful guide! My friend and I did multi and single pitch with him and felt very safe. We felt like we were climbing with a friend and learned along the way! We will be back, maybe next time mountaineering with Indio!
Indio was an amazing guide! I am safe and sound on the ground now :) He was very knowledgeable about the terrain and weather patterns; he changed plans, urged me to move faster accordingly. He answered all my questions and was really patient with my slowness. As for the climb, it's a great intro to Alpine world. I'm primarily a rock climber, so the ice/snow part was all new. The ice/snow part was strenuous, but doable as a completely newbie, and basically you can be pulled up or lowered if you're struggling. Approach was long, rocky, and windy. What a great experience. Highly recommend Indio and the climb!
Indio is an awesome guide and all around great guy. The trip up Aguja Guillaumet is absolutely amazing, we took the Comensana-Fonrouge route cause the Amy coluoir was in bad condition. Indio found a two day window of good weather for the climb. He also spent a day climbing in town to go over "systems" and gauge my ability. A great trip I will never forget. Can't say enough good things about Indio!
Lisa McCarthy & Mark Dabbs
Our trip with Indio over the Ice Cap was fantastic. At the pre-departure meeting, Indio showed us several variations which helped us make decisions that allowed us to work out a way to still participate (I had an injury, therefore a low fitness level).Indio showed great patience; he adjusted the pace accordingly and his experience was evident over the course of a week. The weather was kind and allowed us outstanding views on the Glacier and from the many various high points along the way. We particularly enjoyed the rock scrambling and dodging the many crevasses! Our group was good humoured and worked well as a team; my partner and I felt we were with a group of friends, rather than a private guided trip. I'd recommend Indio for anyone considering this type of adventure.
Eoin, from Ireland
I had a great time with Indio, although the weather was bad in El Chaltén. We had summit attempt to Guillaumet, but huge wind stopped us. Indio then made possible a speed ascent of Cerro Electrico, while very few climbers make any ascents. And we also enjoyed great rock climbing days near the town.
Beautiful moment shared. First summit in the Fitzroy line. Magical and fascinating place. We climbed through the route Amy for the summit Guillaumet. Indio is the perfect, Professional and passionate, he's a perfect guide to do quality with security. Next time, we plan to clim both pics: Cerro Torres and Fitzroy. Enjoy seb
Beautiful experience, profesional guiding, excellent group, perfect climate, what else do you need. Thanks to Indio for his professional skills has Guide and thanks to Explore&Hare for the service and this unforgettable opportunity. Fred
Gracias por los comentarios, la pasamos muy bien en la Ascensión. un muy buen grupo y divertidos!!
Indio is a very friendly and skillful guide who brought us on the top of the wonderful Cerro Solo. No doubt it's the best way to explore Patagonia!
If you think of organising a trip to the "6miles" in Catamarca, I am in! Thanks for your guiding tour around "El Chalten"!
With Indio you will surely spend a great time! Very professional and friendly. I recommend him. He guided me to the top of Cerro Solo in El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina. I am looking forward to going with you for a coming expedition in San Juan province.
Thanks for bringing us to Cerro Solo (el Chalten)! It has been a wonderful adventure! I'll come back or maybe we see each other in your region, San Juan, to climb some volcanos...! Take care, Gauthier
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