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Climb Cerro Bonete (6,759m) in La Rioja, Argentina, 15 days

Climb Cerro Bonete (6,759m) in La Rioja, Argentina, 15 days 2
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Reach the summit of Cerro Bonete in La Rioja and spend 15 days in the Andes on this mountaineering program led by experienced mountain guide Luciano.



15 Days

Jan - May, Oct - Dec




* Climb to the summit of Cerro Bonete in La Rioja.

* Contemplate the beautiful natural spots and views in the Andes.

* Visit archeological sites and learn about the local culture.


At 6,759 meters of altitude, Cerro Bonete is situated in the Argentinean province of La Rioja. After Aconcagua, Ojos del Salado and Mount Pissis, it is among the highest mountains in America.

If you would like to spend 2 weeks in the middle of the Andes and reach the summit of a fantastic stratovolcano, you can’t miss this opportunity. Apart from climbing, acclimatizing and setting up camps, we will discover beautiful natural spots and contemplate incredible views. Also, on the way to the mountain, we will find archeological remains and ancient constructions.

For a detailed description of each day’s activity, you can take a look at the itinerary below.

Please, keep in mind that although this ascent is not too technical, it is very demanding physically. That is why it is mandatory to have a very good level of fitness, as well as prior mountaineering experience.

So, are you ready to reach the top of Cerro Bonete in La Rioja? All you have to do is contact me by sending your request. I will be glad to be your guide on this adventure!

Also, you can check out the expedition that I lead to Mount Pissis.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to La Rioja or Catamarca. Transfer to Villa San José de Vinchina in La Rioja. Accommodation in Hostel and dinner in a restaurant. We will have a brief and discuss the details of the program.

Day 2: Vinchina (1,900 meters) - Refuge (3,500 meters)

Transfer to the mountain refuge. Night at the refuge or in tents.

Day 3: Acclimatization day

Day 4: Refuge - Veladero Refuge (4,400 meters)

Day 5 to 6: Acclimatization day

Hikes and ascents in nearby mountains. Discover Laguna Brava.

Day 7: Veladero Refuge - Base Camp (4,600 meters)

Day 8: Transfer equipment to Camp 1 (5,300 meters)

Acclimatization ascent to carry our equipment to Camp 1.

Day 9: Camp 1

A 4 to 6-hour ascent to Camp 1.

Day 10: Camp 2 (5,900 meters)

A challenging ascent to Camp 2 in a beautiful environment.

Day 11: Summit day

We will depart at 6 am and take an exciting and demanding climb of 8 to 10 hours to the top of Cerro Bonete.

Day 12 to 13: Extra days

Day 14: Descent to Vinchina

Farewell dinner and traditional barbeque.

Day 15: Transfer to La Rioja and end of services


Equipment you will need to bring


Water bottle






Boots, socks, pants, jackets, t-shirts, cap, gloves, sleeping bag, headlamp, sunscreen.

About the guide

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Mountain 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



both guides..Luciano and Mauricio were first class and so was this fantastic region. I be looking for an encore in the future. Francis Lawrence



Luciano was excellent. His local knowledge showed as he was able modify the itinerary of the trip as circumstances - such as weather - changed in order to ensure the expedition was a success. He is a deeply experienced mountaineer with sound judgement prepared to provide advice whilst ensuring you have fun. I would highly recommend his services.



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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