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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.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration9 days
Offer periodApr, May
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

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.

Description

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.

Accommodation

Refuges and tents.

Meeting point

Salta, Argentina.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Salta (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 2: Salta - 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 3: Tilcara - 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 4: Casa Morocha Acclimatization

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

Day 5: Casa 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 6: Playa 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 7: Summit 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 8: Extra day

Day 9: Departure

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


Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Goggles

Sunglasses

Crampons

Backpack

Water bottle

Other gear: Boots, waterproof and trekking pants, t-shirts and jackets, cap, gloves, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp, sunscreen


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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