• Trip duration
    12 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    2 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Description

In the Southwestern face of the province of San Juan, in Argentina, you will find the awesome Cerro Mercedario. It is one of the five high peaks of a powerful mountain range known as “Cordon de la Ramada”, the biggest glaciar valley of the region with summits that reach to 6000 meters of height. And we are inviting you right there. To one of the four highest mountain of The Andes, Cerro Mercedario.

It will be an unforgeable 12-day mountaineering experience across this valley that will show you the best secrets inside The Ramada Range: lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and trek activities.

Here I give you our itinerary in order you to start getting ready for the trip you have always been waiting for!

DAY 1: STARTTING POINT
We get together in the morning in San Juan, where we check the equipment and solve last minute details for the expedition. Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

DAY 2: GETTING UP TO REFUGE LAGUNA BLANCA
A transfer will take us from San Juan to a small Andean town called Barreal. We will get to Refuge Laguna Blanca, at 3100 meters of height.

DAY 3: LAGUNA BLANCA
We can trek to Laguna Blanca with the help of our porters. It is a beautiful lagoon at 3.200 meters. Then we will camp and go back to Refuge Laguna Blanca.

DAY 4: WALKING TO CUESTA BLANCA
We will trek for about 3 hours to our next point: Cuesta Blanca at 4.200 meters

DAY 5: CLIMB TO PIRCA DE INDIOS
Together with our porters, we will ascend to Pirca de Indios, a glaciar zone at 5150 meters. After that, we will go back to Cuesta Blanca.

DAY 6: CAMPSITE
We go up to our camp 2 in Pirca de Indios, in order to continue with the ascent.

DAY 7: LA OLLADA
We will move to the campsite 3 at 5700 meters, in La Ollada.

DAY 8: SUMMIT DAY
We will finally get to the summit of the marvelous Cerro Mercedario at 6.720 meters! After celebrating our goal and taking some pictures, we return to La Ollada.

DAY 9: STARTING THE DESCENT
We will camp in La Ollada. Then, we will trek down to Laguna Blanca and back to Barreal or San Juan city.

DAY 10: EXTRA DAY 1
It will be an extra back up day for any problem that might alter the described program, or if we need to wait for good weather conditions or get a better acclimatization.

DAY 11: EXTRA DAY 2
Another extra back up day for any problem that might alter the described program, or if we need to wait for good weather conditions or get a better acclimatization.

DAY 12: EXTRA DAY 3
Idem Extra Day 1 and 2.

Check this article about Mercedario ascent in December 2016, that we guided.

So contact me if you are interested in doing this trip, and discover a remote and pristine mountain in the Ramada range. You won’t regret it!

Extra details

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Personal cleaning elements. Clothes, sleeping bags and backpacks. Personal medications. Air or land evacuations. Personal expenses. Flights. Phone calls and any other non-mentioned item. Medical or accidents insurance.

THE PRICE INCLUDES

Bilingual mountain guide. Transfers. Hotel in San Juan. All meals during the expedition. Mountain and camping equipment such as heater, dishes and gas. First aid kit. Tents North Face V25. Permissions on the mountain.

Price per person

Group of 23450USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment