• Trip duration
    15 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    -
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

At the West of the province of Catamarca, in Argentina, you can find the impressive ‘seismiles’. This is a group of more than 20 mountains above 6000 m that belong to the Andes

Nowadays, this peaks are very popular among mountaineers all around the world. However, the place was considered a high altitude sanctuary in the past. Native people called these mountains ‘Apus’, which means ‘home of the guardian spirits’, to whom they offered gifts and sacrifices.

This 12-day expedition in Catamarca is also a fantastic opportunity to discover the Puna, which is a large unexplored high desert.

Salt flats, amazing lagoons and colorful mountains are part of the stunning landscapes.

As a matter of fact, the summit of Cerro San Francisco (6016 m) offers a unique view. This volcanic mountain lies in the border between the Atacama region (Chile) and Catamarca (Argentina).

Besides, it is in the center of a volcanoes avenue, that includes Tres Cruces, Incahuasi, El Fraile, El Muerto, Ojos del Salado, Cerro Solo and El Condor.

Cerro San Francisco is an ideal choice for those who want to be at 6000 m for the first time.

To start this expedition we have to travel to Fiambalá. This is actually the last Argentinian city on the 60 road that leads to Chile.

Then, we begin our trek, and stay in mountain huts or camp for the night.

For more details about this trip, you can check the program below.

If you want to discover this isolated region of the Andes, please contact me. I will be happy to be your guide in this adventure.

I also organice other mountaineering trips in Catamarca, like ascending Mount Pissis and Cerro Incahuasi

Itinerary

Day 1

La Rioja - Fiambalá

Arrival to La Rioja airport. Meeting point in the airport. Transfer and night in Fiambalá.

Day 2

Fiambalá - Hotel Cortaderas

Transfer from Fiambalá (1.600 m) to Hotel Cortaderas (3.200 m). Acclimatization trekking around the place.

Day 3

Hotel Cortaderas

Trekking to Cerro Coquena (4.100 m) and Pastos Largos (4.000 m). 6/8 hours.

Day 4

Las Grutas

Transfer in 4WD to Las Grutas (4.050 m). Trekking around the area and thermal baths. Preparation talks for the ascents and night at mountain refuge.

Day 5

Las Grutas

Ascent to Falso Morocho (4.600 m). 4 hs. Night at mountain refuge in Las Grutas.

Day 6

Las Grutas

Ascent to Cerro Beltrán (5.275 m). 5 hs. Night at mountain refuge in Las Grutas.

Day 7

San Francisco refuge.

Transfer Las Grutas – San Franciso international border (4.700 m). Ascent to San Francisco refuge. Night at refuge or tent.

Day 8

Optional resting date.

Day 9

Summit day - Las Grutas refuge.

Ascent to Cerro San Francisco (6.016 m). Descent to Las Grutas refuge.

Day 10

Extra day in case of bad weather.

Day 11

Las Grutas - Fiambalá

Transfer Las Grutas (4.050 m) – Fiambalá (1.600 m). Afternoon in thermal baths. Farewell ‘asado’ at night.

Day 12

Transfer Fiambalá – La Rioja.

Price per person

Other details

Meeting point

La Rioja.