Climb the Nevado de Cachi (6,380m) in Salta, Argentina, 9 days

Get to the summit of the fantastic Nevado de Cachi on this 9-day expedition in Salta, Argentina, led by EPGAMT certified mountain guide Luciano.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Apr, May

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Reach the summit of Nevado de Cachi.

  • Take part in an exciting climbing expedition.

  • Spend 9 days sleeping in the camps and refuges of the Andes.

 

Situated at 6,830 meters above sea level, Nevado de Cachi in the tallest mountain in the Calchaquíes Valley region and the 19th in Argentina. Also known as Sierra de Cachi and with Cumbre Libertador as its highest point, it is formed by 9 summits.

This amazing mountain is located in the Argentinean province of Salta, very near the town of Cachi and the popular 40 route. With its great beauty, it offers two different routes for mountaineers: a long one from the south and a more comfortable one on the north side.

Although none of these routes are too technical, keep in mind that there might be steep sections while crossing old glacier cirques. There will be also snowy and icy parts where we need to be very careful. It is very important to go across these areas with crampons and ice axe.

Please, take a look below for a more detailed description of this 9-day program.

Are you ready to climb the Nevado de Cachi? Get in touch with me by sending your request and let’s start making all the preparations.

You can also check out this expedition that I lead to Ojos del Salado.

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Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Mules and horses as needed with driver
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Camping equipment: Tents, Cooking utensils
 First aid kit included. NOT INCLUDED: extra expenses, park entrance fee, personal equipment, personal insurance, porters and any other item not listed as included.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Salta (1,150 meters)

    First, we will meet at the airport and take you to your hotel. We will check the equipment and rent what we need. Welcome dinner and brief.

  • Day 2Salta - Tilcara (2,450 meters)

    Breakfast and visit to the archeological museum. Transfer to Tilcara (4 hours), preparation of equipment, accommodation and dinner (B, L, D).

  • Day 3Tilcara - Casa Morocha Refuge (4,280 meters)

    Breakfast and transfer to the refuge. Organization of camp and acclimatization. We will hike in the area. Accommodation: refuge or tents (B, L, D).

  • Day 4Casa Morocha Acclimatization

    Acclimatization to 4,600 meters and back (B, D).

  • Day 5Casa Morocha - Playa Ancha o Diablos (4,930 meters)

    After breakfast, we will go for an acclimatization hike to Playa Ancha o Diablos and head back to our camp (5 hours).

  • Day 6Playa Ancha o Diablos

    We will ascend to Playa Ancha and set our tents. This will take us around 4-5 hours (B, L, D).

  • Day 7Summit day

    Summit attempt. At 5,300 meters, we will reach the main col where we will be able to see both routes to the top. After 7-8 hours of activity, we will accomplish the main summit. Then, we will descend to the camps and transfer to Purmamarca. Accommodation and rest (8-9 hours in total, B, L, D).

  • Day 8Extra day
  • Day 9Departure

    Breakfast and transfer to Salta. Farewell dinner and celebration. Transfer to the bus station or airport. End of the program.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Salta, Argentina.

Accommodation

Refuges and tents.

 

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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