• Trip duration
    3 days
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  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec


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.

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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)

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.