Ascent to Cerro Incahuasi in Catamarca, Argentina

12-day adventure to the summit of Cerro Incahuasi (6540m), one of the most famous peaks above 6000m in the northern Andes in Argentina.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

12 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

1 person

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Get to the top of Cerro Incahuasi in Catamarca.

  • Acclimatize in the mountains of the Andes.

  • Spend 12 days in an expedition away from the crowds.

 

This is a 12-day program to the summit of Cerro Incahuasi (6540 m), one of the most famous peaks above 6000 m in the northern Andes in Argentina.

Incahuasi, which means ‘house of the Incas’, lies on the border the Argentinian provinces of Catamarca and Salta. It is also close to San Francisco Pass, which connects Argentina with the Atacama region in Chile.

This trip starts in the city of La Rioja. Once there, we drive for 300 kilometers to Fiambalá, a town in Catamarca.

During a few days, we get optimal acclimatization in mountains like Pastos Largos (4100m), Coquena (4000m), Falso Morocho (4500m) and Bertrand (6275m).

After that, we arrive at Incahuasi Base Camp (5400 m) to begin our climbing.

Please contact me if you are interested in this adventure in a vast and unexplored region of the Andes, away from the crowds, but with amazing views and places to discover. 

also organize other expeditions in Catamarca, like ascents to Cerro San Francisco and Mount Pissis

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
3200 USD

Group of 2
3000 USD

Group of 3
3000 USD

Group of 4
2800 USD

Group of 5
2800 USD

Group of 6
2800 USD

Group of 7
2500 USD

Group of 8
2500 USD

 

Price includes

 
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Fiambalá

      Arrival to La Rioja airport. Transfer to Fiambalá. Night at hotel in Fiambalá.

    • Day 2Hotel Cortaderas

      Transfer from Fiambalá (1600 m) to Hotel Cortaderas (3200 m). Acclimatization trekking around the area.

    • Day 3Hotel Cortaderas

      Trekking to Cerro Coquena (4100m) and Pastos Largos (4000m). 6 hours ascent, 3 hours descent. Barbecue and night at the hotel.

    • Day 4'Las Grutas'

      Transfer from Hotel Cortaderas (3200 m) to Las Grutas (4050m), to Vialidad refuge. Acclimatization trekking and relax in termal baths at 4200m.

    • Day 5Ascent to Falso Morocho (4600m).
    • Day 6Ascent to Cerro Beltrán (5275m).
    • Day 7Incahuasi base camp

      Transfer from Las Grutas to Incahuasi base camp (5400 m) in 4WD. Exploration and acclimatization trekking.

    • Day 8Camp 1 Incahuasi.

      Base Camp Incahuasi at 5400 m. Camp 1 Incahuasi. 3 different routes to choose.

    • Day 9Incahuasi summit

      Summit day! From camp 1 (5800 m) to the summit (6540 m).

    • Day 10Extra day in case of bad weather.
    • Day 11Return to Fiambalá

      Descent from Camp (5800m). Transfer back to Fiambalá (1600m). Celebration and farewell dinner at hotel.

    • Day 12Transfer Fiambalá – La Rioja.
     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    La Rioja Airport, Argentina.

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    Optional: Upon request, we can include accommodation in Buenos Aires and help in the logistics to get from there to La Rioja.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    EPGAMT Mountain Guide from Mendoza, Argentina.

    I always enjoyed the mountains, and started with mountaineering activities since a young age, so it was natural for me to become a mountain guide. I’ve been working for more than 15 seasons in Aconcagua, first as porter, then as Mountain Guide assistant, and now as Mountain Guide.

    I climbed a lot of peaks all along the Andes mountain range, in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, including Aconcagua (6.962 mt – 27 ascents, through different routes like the North and the Polish glacier-), Co Plata (6.000 mt), Ojos del Salado (6.780 mt), Mount Pissis (6.850 m), C° LLullaillaco (6.723 m), C° Incahuasi (6.450 m), Vn Sajama (6.550 m), Vn Bonete Chico (6 750 m), Co Junción (5000 m), Toclaraju ( 6036m), Pisco (5750m), and the three summits of Tres Cruces 6.780m. I recently did my first expedition in the Himalayas, where I reached the summit of Mt Lhotse (8.516 mt).

    I usually enjoy organizing expeditions to wild, off-the-beaten-track destinations, that need a complex logistic that you won’t find easily elsewhere.

    I am fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.

     
     
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    What People are Saying about Luciano Badino

     

    Personally, was more impressed with the road trip towards the mountain than the mountain itself, but it was definitely worth going. The lunar landscape in this remote area is absolutely awesome. The guide was well prepared, very friendly, and even a surprisingly good cook. The location is as far as you are likely to get from civilisation. The weather was also unusually good. But the mountain is tough and frustrating sliding down every step in the loose gravel and sand. Not everyone\'s cup of tea
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    Sergio Nogueira
     

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