Climbing Tres Cruces Sur (6,748m) in the Andes, 19-day Expedition in northern Argentina

Join EPGAMT-certified Mountain Guide Luciano on this Nevado Tres Cruces Sur ascent expedition in the Andes mountain range, in northern Argentina.




Trip Duration

17 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip



  • Climb a volcanic massif in the spectacular Andes mountain range

  • Discover unique wild landscapes along the route

  • Get a good acclimatization with previous mountain ascents


The Nevado Tres Cruces is a huge mountain massif in the Andes, made up of three summits of more than 6000 meters of altitude. Join me on this 19-day expedition in northern Argentina, and we will reach the Tres Cruces Sur summit (6,748m)!

The Chilean slope of the Nevado Tres Cruces is the western limit of the homonymous park, which is divided into two sectors: Laguna Santa Rosa, and the Salar Maricunga with Laguna del Negro. The Tres Cruces Sur southern summit is part of the international border between Argentina and Chile.

We will meet in La Rioja city and travel to Fiambala, Catamarca. We will do some previous treks and climbs in order to get a good acclimatization before attempting the summit, and we will reserve some extra days in case of bad weather. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

The Nevado Tres Cruces has small glaciers even in summer, and gives birth to the Lamas river, which feeds the Santa Rosa lagoon. Due to the harsh environment and the distance of this mountain from urban centers (Copiapó is approximately 200km away), few mountaineers have ascended it.

The route does not have shelters on the way to the top. Also bear in mind Nevado Tres Cruces is a very cold and windy mountain, in addition to having bad weather most of the season.

So if you are in for this challenging ascent to Tres Cruces Sur, just contact me and book your place! Get ready for a unique mountaineering experience in the Andes.

I also offer other mountaineering ascents in the Andes. Check them out!

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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
 The price includes: Airport / Hostel transfer. Assistance in the necessary equipment to take to the expedition. All land transfers included. Meals included. Base Camp: Full service in the base camp (meals, accommodation-tents, heating elements, dining tent. Tents TNF-V25, BD, Ferrino warn in advance for individual tents). Professional bilingual guides with many years of experience in the area. 1 more days for possible bad weather on summit days. VHF radio permanent communications. Solar panel. Satellite Phone (for emergencies only) Information about the weather forecast throughout the expedition, in the Grutas. First aid kits and pulse oximeter for daily updates of acclimatization progress. // The price does not include: Personal porters or common equipment. All expenses arising from the abandonment of the trip. Meals, drinks and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary at the farewell dinner. Equipment for sleeping bag and personal as listed. Personal Medication Air and land evacuations Room Service, Laundry, Beverages, Internet, telephone and satellite communications, personal elements Insurance of Civil Liability, Hospitalization or medication of any kind, any other service. Favorite snacks that you prefer to buy at the last minute.


  • Day 0Mendoza - La Rioja

    Departure of the guides from Mendoza in a 4 × 4 truck. Arrival to La Rioja. Accommodation in Hostel, last minute purchases.

  • Day 1La Rioja - Fiambalá

    Welcoming mountaineers at La Rioja Airport and/or bus terminal. Departure to Fiambalá. 11:00 pm Dinner at “Restaurant Roma” Fiambalá (1,600m). Accommodation at Hostel San Pedro (1,600m).

  • Day 2Fiambalá - Pastos Largos o Cortaderas

    Breakfast, transfer of the Group to Cortaderas Refugio Pescadores (3,200m). Lunch, Picada. Free trekking for a couple of hours. Dinner: Pollo al disco (Chicken).

  • Day 3Cortaderas

    Breakfast. Beginning of the Ascent to Cerro Pastos Largos ( 4,200) and Coquena (4,000m). Return to the Pescadores Shelter. Dinner: Barbecue. Simple Trekking Day: we go up to 4,200m and descend to 3,200m.

  • Day 4Pastos Largos - Las Grutas

    Breakfast. Transfer to Las Grutas in 4 × 4. Arrival at the Road Shelter prior to Customs control at 4,200m. Picada (meat and cheese plate) free trekking with hot springs and photos of the flamingos in the lagoons. Showers. Dinner: Pasta.

  • Day 5Falso Morocho ascent

    Breakfast. Fals0 Morocho  ascent (4,500m) and Quitapenas (4 hours). Return to Vialidad Shelter (4200m). Dinner

  • Day 6Cerro Bertrand ascent

    Breakfast. Cerro Bertrand ascent (5.350m). 6 hours. Return to Vialidad Shelter (4,200m ). 21.00h: Dinner

  • Day 7Las Grutas - Tres Cruces Base Camp (4,700m)

    Breakfast. Transfer to Base Camp, from Tres Cruces Sur through Las Coipas – an 8-hour drive.Base Camp at 4,700m. Setting up camp, “picada” and free time for trekking and photos.

  • Day 8Advanced Base Camp (ABC)

    If, due to the state of the road, the truck cannot access the end of the valley, we must make a new camp called “advanced”. It is a long valley that will require a minimum of 6 hours.


  • Day 9Porterage or Rest

    We can take a rest day or start with the carrying of equipment. Once installed in the ABC with all the equipment, we will begin with the transfer of equipment to the high camps.

  • Day 10ABC- Camp 1

    After breakfast we will move toCcamp 1 (4,900m) install the camp and spend the night there.

  • Day 11Camp 1 - Porterage to Camp 2 - Camp 1

    We will take the equipment to the next camp, to increase our acclimatization and return to the lower camp.

  • Day 12Camp 1- Camp 2

    After breakfast we will move to Camp 2 (5.400m). We will set up the camp and spend the night there.

  • Day 13Rest Day

    Rest day at Camp 2 before summit day or as an extra day in case of bad weather.

  • Day 14Camp 2 - Tres Cruces summit (6.749m) - Camp 2

    The big day arrived. Very early in the morning we will leave for the summit. We will ascend through a huge glacier. According to the snow conditions we will choose the appropriate section to move forward. Upon reaching the summit we will appreciate the neighboring summits, Ojos del Salado, Monte Pissis and Incahuasi, among others.

  • Day 15Extra Day
  • Day 16Extra Day
  • Day 17Camp 2 - Base Camp

    Descent from Camp 2 to Camp Base or ABC, depending on how are we feeling regarding time available and energy.

  • Day 18Base Camp - Fiambalá

    Cabins in Las Termas. Barbecue (Asado) farewell dinner.

  • Day 19Fiambalá- La Rioja

    We say goodbye at the Catamarca Terminal. End of program.


Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

To be determined. Airport/Bus Terminal of La Rioja city.

More info

We will send you an Equipment List upon booking


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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