This 5 days ascent to Domuyo, in Neuquen, North Patagonia, is a perfect mountaineering expedition to have a first experience in high altitude.
Domuyo, located in the range Cordillera del Viento, is with 4709 meters the higher mountain of Patagonia. I has a unique beauty due to the glacier and volcanic valleys and slopes. It is located in the north of Neuquen, near the city of Chos Malal.
The ascent to Domuyo is of average difficulty, and its altitude requires to take it slowly in order to have a proper acclimatized. Not as much as for higher mountains (for example in Mendoza), but it is a good program that we use as a high altitude ‘school’, useful to be prepared for biggest challenges in the future.
Starting from Zapala or Chos Malal, we drive 400km to the foot of Mt Domuyo. From there we walk 30 minutes towards the base camp, that is at 2400 meters.
We go up to camp 1, called Las Oyetas, at 3300 meters. It is an easy walk of 5-7 hours, in a beautiful surrounding, useful to have a good acclimatization.
Depending on the weather condition and the physical condition of the group, we decide if doing the summit attempt, or doing an acclimatization ascent to the summit ridge, at 3800 meters.
The way to the Summit is tough, through steep slopes, and depending the time of the year you can find ice, snow, or rocks. The ascent takes 7-8 hours, so we start early in the morning, at 2-3 AM, to reach the summit at midday. From the top we can see beautiful views of Tromen volcano, Wayle, and the south of Mendoza.
We then descend towards Camp 1. This takes 4-5 hours.
Backup day. In case we didn’t make it in day 3, this is our summit day.
We go back to basecamp, and drive to Zapala. If we have time, we end the expedition with a visit to the hot baths of Aguas Calientes, to recover from the efforts of the previous days.
Check this article, about an ascent done in November 2016.
Please contact me if you are interested in getting to the top of Patagonia, so we can start organizing your mountaineering trip!
Included in the price
Certified guides (AAGM and APN)
Guide’s assistant for groups larger than 4 people
Meals in the mountain
Groupal equipment: High altitude tents, cooking equipment, etc.
First aids kit
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Group equipment
- Personal Insurance
Price per person
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Zapala or Chos Malal.