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Climb the Incahuasi (6,640m) & Nevado San Francisco (6,040m) volcanoes in northern Argentina, 14 days

Reach the summit of Incahuasi and Nevado San Francisco, two famous peaks in the northern Andes in Argentina, with this 14-day ascent tour along EPGAMT-certified guide Claudio.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration14 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Reach the summit of two spectacular volcanoes in the Andes!

  • Get a good acclimatization by climbing other peaks

  • Discover the stunning landscapes of the Andes in Argentina

Description

Join me on this 14-day expedition in northern Argentina and climb Incahuasi Volcano (6640m), a stratovolcano in the Argentine-Chilean border and one of the 10 highest summits in South America. Our “2 x 6000 Volcanic Tour” also includes the ascent of Nevado San Franciso (6040m) and other peaks in order to get the best acclimatization possible.

Incahuasi lies at the end of a long chain of other giant peaks of more than 6000 meters,  such as San Francisco, El Fraile, El Muerto, Ojos del Salado, Cerro Solo and Tres Cruces. During these days, you will discover the extraordinary beauty of the Andes mountains and landscapes.

On the first day, we will pick you up at the Catamarca or La Rioja airport and transfer to Fiambalá, in the Catamarca province, a trip of about 300 kilometers. On the second day, we head to the Cortaderas Hotel in the mountain and from there we will transfer to the Las Grutas refuge on the third day.

We will spend some days in Las Grutas for trekking and climbing acclimatization. You will have the chance of spotting local wildlife and you can even relax in a natural hot spring at 4200m if you wish.

You will get acclimatized before attempting the Incahuasi summit by ascending the Coquena (4100m), Falso Morocho (4600m) and the Bertrand Volcano (5300m). Then we will move to the Incahuasi Volcano high camp. Already with a great physical and physiological acclimatization obtained on the previous days, we will be ready for the Incahuasi summit! You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

This is a challenging mountaineering program, so you must have a good fitness level and being mentally prepared to climb one of the highest mountains in America. This ascent is suitable for people with previous experience on 6000-meter climbs or more than 5500m on expedition sof 7 days or more. We might use crampons and crossing picks on some sections.

If you want to join me on this great mountaineering challenge in the Andes, just send me a request. Book your trip and we will start planning this amazing “2 x 6000 Volcanic Tour”!

Accommodation

Accommodation: In the city of Fiambalá in 3-star Hotel. On the expedition, already in the mountains, at Hotel Cortaderas 3300 m, Mountain shelter "LaGruta" 4200 m and in high mountain tents

Disclaimer

The proposed itinerary may vary if the guide considers it, according to your previous experience, because of acclimatization, weather conditions, illness and other causes.

Meeting point

La Rioja Airport or Catamarca Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from airport to Fiambala

Transfer from Catamarca or La Rioja airport to Fiambalá (1600m), approximately 300 kilometers trip. Night at Hotel in Fiambala-

Day 2: Cortaderas Hotel (3300m)

Transfer to Hotel Cortaderas (3300 m). Accommodation in dormitory.

Day 3: Las Grutas Refuge (4100m)

Transfer to Las Grutas hut (4100m). Very smooth trekking and photographic walk, through San Francisco volcano lagoon, wildlife watching (swans and vicuñas), views of the Incahuasi Volcano. If you wish, you can relax, bathing in a natural hot spring at 4200 meters above sea level.

Day 4: Ascent to Cerro Falso Morocho (4500m)

Ascent to Cerro Falso Morocho (4500m). From the summit there is a beautiful view of the Six-thousanders Valley. Approximately 2.30 to 3 hours of ascent, 1 hour to 1:30 hours of descent.

Day 5: Ascent to Bertrand Volcano (5300m)

Ascent to Bertrand Volcano (5300m).We ascend to the top of this beautiful volcano, with a beautiful view of the great 6000-meter peaks and its huge crater. The ascent/descent takes us approximately 8 to 9 hours.

Day 6: Las Grutas (4100m). Rest, acclimatization, hydration.

Day 7: San Francisco Volcano (4800m)

We move to the base of the San Francisco volcano at 4800 meters above sea level. From there we begin our summit attack. Descent. We move to Las Grutas Refuge. Approximately 12 hours of activity.

Day 8: Rest at Las Grutas Refuge (4100m)

Day 9: Ascent to Camp 1 (5000m) - Las Grutas (4100m)

Transfer by vehicle to Base Camp (4400 m), port at Camp 1 (5000m). Overnight at Las Grutas Refuge.

Day 10: Camp 1 (5000m)

Transfer by vehicle to Base Camp (4400 m), ascent to Camp 1 (5000m). Approximately 3 hours of activity.

Day 11: Ascent to Camp 2 (5800m)

Day 12: Volcano Incahuasi ascent (6640 m). Summit attempt

Day 13: Extra day for summit attempt

Day 14: Camp 2 - Fiambalá or Catamarca

Descent from Camp 2 to Ccamp 1. Trransfer to Fiambalá or Catamarca.


About the guide

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I am an EPGAMT certified trekking guide. I look to share my experience and to provide a safe and unique experience to my clients. I prepare each expedition with all the effort, professionalism and passion for what I do. We know how rewarding it is to reach your expedition goals and objectives, so we work professionally, responsibly, and in maximum safety to provide you the best experience in the mountains. Safety is always our main concern.

We offer all the services and logistics you need for your trip: transfers, hostels, hotels, shelters, food, high mountain tents, mountain kitchen equipment, mules, porters, VHF communication, GPS satellite security, and monitoring of expeditions day by day by on-line Satellite Spot and all the extra service you need for a great experience in the mountains.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3196 each

Group of 2

USD 2877 each

Group of 3

USD 2568 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Services included: Transportation from San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca Airport or from La Rioja, to Fiambalá round trip. 1 night in 3 star Hotel, with breakfast in double room in Fiambala. One night acclimatization at Hotel Cortaderas at 3300m already in the mountains. Seven nights at "La Gruta" Shelter in group rooms with beds with mattresses. 4 to 5 nights in tents in high camp. Professional guide and assistants, 1 Guide every 3 clients. Complete first aid kit. Oxygen bottle. Commonly used camp equipment (fuel, heaters, pots). Food, full board during the expedition.


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