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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.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration12 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

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.

Description

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

Details

Disclaimer

We’ll try to follow the itinerary as detailed, but we might have to change it according to weather conditions or other unexpected eventualities.

More info

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

Meeting point

La Rioja Airport, Argentina.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Fiambalá

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

Day 2: Hotel Cortaderas

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

Day 3: Hotel 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 5: Ascent to Falso Morocho (4600m).

Day 6: Ascent to Cerro Beltrán (5275m).

Day 7: Incahuasi base camp

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

Day 8: Camp 1 Incahuasi.

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

Day 9: Incahuasi summit

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

Day 10: Extra day in case of bad weather.

Day 11: Return to Fiambalá

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

Day 12: Transfer Fiambalá – La Rioja.


Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Helmet

Crampons

Backpack

Water bottle

Other gear: Mountaineering clothes, headlamp, sunscreen, boots.


About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3557 each

Group of 2

USD 3196 each

Group of 3

USD 3042 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping bag, Cooking utensils

Price details

2 extra days due to acclimatization or bad weather can be arranged. First aid kit and permanent VHF radio communications are included in the price.

Not included:

- Personal porters and group equipment

- Extra expenses due to trip cancellation

- Sleeping bag

- Personal medication

- Air and ground evacuations

- Room service, laundry, drinks, Internet, telephone and satellite communications, personal items, civil liability insurance, hospitalization or medication of any kind, and any other service not listed as included.


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