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Climbing Monte Pissis in Catamarca, Argentina

Catamarca mountain

Conquer four challenging peaks, including the third-highest peak in the Andes, Monte Pissis on this 15-day high-altitude expedition in the Andes Mountains. This expedition is led by experienced, certified guides who are native to Catamarca and know the culture and terrain, guaranteeing a safe yet thrilling adventure.



15 Days

Jan - Apr, Oct - Dec

Very high



* Conquer four challenging peaks, including Monte Pissis

* Acclimatize to the high altitude as you ascend Cerro Falso Morocho, Volcán Bertrand, and Volcán San Francisco

* Led by experienced guides native to Catamarca


Embark on an epic 15-day high-altitude expedition to the Andes Mountains, where you will conquer four challenging peaks, including the third-highest peak in the Andes, Monte Pissis!

Experience the thrill of mountaineering as you gradually acclimatize to the high altitude, ascending Cerro Falso Morocho 4,500 meters, Volcán Bertrand 5,300 meters, and Volcán San Francisco 6,016 meters.

Culminate your journey with the ultimate challenge: the ascent of Monte Pissis, a towering 6,792-meter volcano that will test your physical and mental limits.

Mount Pissis is the 3rd highest peak in the Andes and the second highest volcano in the world. At 6,792 meters (22,286 feet), it is located in the beautiful Cordillera de Catamarca region of Argentina.

Explore this home to over 20 mountains with elevations over 6,000 meters (19,685 feet), in a rugged and desert environment - a true challenge for any mountaineer.

Our guides are native to Catamarca, and they know the culture and idiosyncrasy of our people, which enriches your experience in the place. We'll have the right equipment and logistics for your expedition."

This expedition is for the adventurous at heart, those who seek to challenge themselves and experience the beauty of the Andes Mountains up close.

Join us and embark on an unforgettable journey to the top of the world!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide expenses

- Luggage transfer

- Tents

- Rope

- Sleeping pad

- Cooking utensils

- Harness

- Helmet

- Belay and rappel devices

- Quickdraws

- Chalk

- Crash pads

- Avalanche equipment

- Tips

- Sleeping bag

- Crampons

- Ice axe

- Trekking poles

- Hiking shoes

- Skis

- Ski boots

Price details


Meals during the trip on the mountain

Hotel with breakfast in Fiambalá


Day 1: Arrive to San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca

Meeting and pre-climb briefing, equipment check, and filling out ascent forms. Night in SFVC.

Elevation: 500 meters.

Day 2: Indio Canyon trek

Transportation by vehicle to Fiambalá 1500 meters above sea level.

Here we'll start the acclimatization stage. Trek through the Indio Canyon. Route through the Quebrada de las Angosturas

Duration: 1 hour

Distance: 2.5 kilometers Night in Cortaderas

Height: 3300 meters

Elevation gain: 2500 meters

Day 3: Ascent in Cerro Las Planchadas

Cerro Las Planchadas acclimatization hike

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 7 kilometers approx

Elevation: 3950 meters O

vernight: Cortaderas Hotel

Day 4: Hike to Falso Morocho

Transportation by vehicle to Refugio La Gruta en route to Paso San Francisco 4020m.

Hiking to Falso Morocho

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 3 kilometers approx

Elevation: 4500 meters

Overnight: Refugio La Gruta

Day 5: Volcán Bertrand trek

Trekking to Volcán Bertrand

Altitude: 5,270 meters above sea level

Distance: Approximately 10 kilometers

Duration: 9 hours

Elevation gain: 1,250 meters

Transportation by vehicle to the international border. Reconnaissance of the ascent route to Volcán San Francisco.

Overnight at Refugio La Gruta

Day 6: Rest day

Rest and equipment preparation. Self-assessment of physical conditions. Night in shelter or tent.

Day 7: Volcán San Francisco

Ascent to the summit of Volcán San Francisco

Elevation: 6016 meters above sea level

Duration: 10 hours

Night in Refugio La Gruta

Day 8: Rest day

Rest day on camp

Day 9: Transfer to Monte Pissis base camp

Elevation: 4600m
Duration: 4 hours.

Day 10: Ascent to Camp 1

Elevation: 5100m
Duration: 5 hours

Day 11: Ascent to Camp 2

Elevation: 5900m .
Duration: 3 hours

Day 12: Summit Monte Pissis

Ascent to the summit and return to Camp 2

Height: 6,792.

Duration: 10 hours.

Day 13: Return to Fiambalá

Return to base camp 4600m and back to Fiambalá.

Visit to the thermal baths of Fiambalá.

Night in Fiambalá.

Day 14: Return to SFVC

Day 15: Day reserved in case of bad weather conditions


Equipment you will need to bring

You'll need the following: * Helmet * Goggles * Sunglasses * Crampons * Backpack * Water bottle * -40°C sleeping bag

About the guide

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Los Puestos

Guiding agency

Los Puestos is a travel agency in Catamarca, specialized in trekking, hiking, and high mountain expeditions in the Cordillera Central and Puna de Catamarca. Our services are provided by certified professional guides, natives, and count with integral logistics.

This group is made up of local mountain guides. Our extensive knowledge of the environment, and more than 20 years of mountaineering in this area and in other mountains of Argentina and Bolivia, support us to offer a service-enriched in sporting, cultural, social, and environmental aspects. We assure you of unique experiences.

Catamarca is home to 5 of the 10 highest peaks in America. Like the Ojos del Salado 6.893m, the highest volcano in the world and the second highest peak in the Andes, after Aconcagua. Here you will find the highest volcanic field in the world with more than 19 peaks over 6000m. It is considered the perfect training ground for other great expeditions to the Himalayas.

We invite you to discover these guardians in expeditions that integrate a mix of ascents of these mountains in acclimatization stages!


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