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2-week Mercedario Ascent via the Normal Route, Andes

Cerro Mercedario
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cumbre Mercedario

Join a professional certified guide to the summit of the stunning Cerro Mercedario in San Juan province, in Argentina. At 6,720 m (22,050 ft), Mercedario is the highest of the Cordillera de la Ramada range in the Andes, and a favorite to prepare for Aconcagua away from the crowds!



14 Days

Jan, Feb




* Enjoy climbing one of the highest mountains in the Andes.

* Join a 2-week Mercedario ascent and discover the amazing Cordillera de la Ramada

* Discover ancient indigenous ruins and awe.inspiring landscapes on the way.

* Catch sight of Aconcagua, and train to climb it next season!


Would you like to discover one of the highest mountains in the Andes? Then join us on this 2-week Cerro Mercedario expedition and climb the 8th highest mountain of the range. On the way, discover indigenous landmarks and catch sight of the amazing Aconcagua.

At 6,720 m (22,050 ft), Cerro Mercedario is the 8th highest mountain in the Andes. It is located in San Juan Province, in Argentina, and it is the highest mountain of the Cordillera de la Ramada subrange. This stunning peak is a favorite among mountaineers aspiring to climb Aconcagua. It is not only a great peak to train in, but it also offers amazing views of Aconcagua, just as Aconcagua offers amazing views of Mercedario. This means you never lose sight of you goal, and all while enjoying the awe-inspiring landscapes and views of this lesser-known mountain in the region that is just begging to be discovered.

On this 2-week program, we will set off from Mendoza and drive to Barreal in the San Juan Province. From there, we will set off to Laguna Blanca, the starting point of our adventure. Over the course of the following days, we will explore the stunning Mercedario and enjoy the starry night skies from our comfortable and fully equipped campsites in the evening. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Keep in mind that this is not a highly technical ascent, therefore, you don’t need a lot of experience for it. However, you do need a good fitness level as it is physically demanding. Furthermore, there will be one guide every three people, so you will receive very personalized guidance.

So, are you ready for an unforgettable Andes mountaineering adventure? Then join us to the top of Mercedario this year, and if you like what you see, you can join us, later on, to climb Aconcagua too!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Group porters

- Camping equipment tents

Price details

PRICE INCLUDES: Professional high altitude mountain guide (1 every 3 participants),

Transport IN-OUT Mendoza - Barreal in a private vehicle for the whole group,

Transport IN - OUT Barreal - Laguna Blanca (starting point of the trek) in a private 4X4 vehicle for the whole group.

(01) night of accommodation in Barreal in a shared bedroom (includes dinner and breakfast).

Equipment checks and assistance with equipment rentals.

Bedroom tents (on a double/triple basis)

Guides will have radios to communicate via satellite phones and In-Reach or Spot search devices.

Medical equipment, first aid kit, emergency oxygen. All food is included on the approach, Base Camp, and high camps. Group porter service. Standby vehicles in Laguna Blanca for evacuations.

NOT INCLUDED: Persona equipment, rescue and evacuation expenses, any other expenses that may arise from abandoning the expedition (extra nights, transport, food, flights, porter services, etc.), extra hotel fees in case return date is advanced or extra days for bad weather are not used, medical and travel insurance, any other service that is not specified as included above.

An additional 2% will be charged to payments made via bank transfers.


Day 1: Mendoza - Barreal (1630m)

We will meet in our offices in Mendoza at 9 am and after an equipment check, we will drive to Barreal (4hs) in San Juan province, where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Laguna Blanca (3150m)

After breakfast, we will drive to Laguna Blanca from where our trail begins. We will have lunch and enjoy some short hikes. We will spend the night in tents.

Day 3: Campamento Guanaquito (3650m)

We will trek for 2/3 hours before reaching our campsite.

Day 4: Campo Base Cuesta Blanca (4385m)

After 4 hours of easy trekking by the river, we will reach the base camp with full amenities including showers and internet.

Day 5: Cuesta Blanca Acclimatization day

Day 6: Pirca de Indios (5200m)/Cuesta Blanca

We will take our luggage to camp 1 – Pirca de Indios, over the course of 6 hours.

Day 7: Cuesta Blanca rest day

Day 8: Pirca de Indios (5200m)

After breakfast we will set off on a 4 hour trek to camp 1. On the way we will admire ice formations and ancient indigenous sites.

Day 9: Camp 2- La Ollada (5800m)

A strenuous day with a deep incline awaits, and at the top, a virgin, a cross, and awe-inspiring views.

Day 10: Mercedario summit

8 hours of ascent will take us by the “El Diente” camp, La Ollada glacier, and finally to the Mercedario summit. After, we will return to Camp 2 to celebrate.

Day 11 to 12: Extra reserve days

Day 13: Return to Laguna Blanca

Day 14: Descent to Barreal/ Return to Mendoza



More info

Minimum 3 people.

Meeting point

Our offices in Mendoza.

Equipment you will need to bring

Please request the detailed and full equipment list, as well as recommendations to make sure you are adequately prepared for the climb.

About the guide

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Guide Agency

Mendoza based company specialized in expeditions and trekkings to Mt. Aconcagua. All the trips are run by the best certified and professional guides, with unrivalled logistics and infrastructure.



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What people are saying about Inka



Je n'ai pas pu faire le trek, car nous n'avons pas pu rester au delà du premier jour. J'attends le remboursement du trek et du permis comme l'a promis inka.



We participated on a 3 days trip to see the view point Plaza Francia which is a BEAUTIFUL view point of Aconcagua with INKA EXPEDITION/company. Our trip was VERY WELL ORGANIZED. I got an e-mail from our assistant (Hilda) immediately after booking the trip. Hilda was very nice and prepared for us all necessary documents in advance. We visited the office the day after the booking and only signed mandatory documents. Hilda was very helpful and since there were terrible landslides on our way to the meeting point, she helped us a lot, she was willing to reply to some of my messages at midnight, she was really very flexible, kind and nice, many thanks for that! :-) The first day of our trip we met in Los Penintentes in front of the Inka's base. Our two guides, Sylvia and Lula, were so nice, gave us a BIG SANDWICH, cookies atc. and also INFO about the next steps of our trip. Luckily, the weather was amazing. After reaching the base for this day, the Confluenzia camp where we spent the night, an unexpectedly DELICIOUS SNACKS were waiting for us - very nice fruit, chick peas, cheese, ham, homemade lemonade. Everything was very delicious :-) Imagine, the mulas had to bring all of those meals on their own this high (3 400 meters above sea level). The camp was very nice, CLEAN, we had also a private toilet and shower for our group (7 persons), the HOT water was AVAILABLE. The food was included and I was so surprised, how DELICIOUS everything tasted - the dinner was a three course menu (a soup, main course and dessert), a glass of wine (maybe more) included. You could ask for more food and drinks and nothing was problem. Both of our dinner menus were very rich. The same for lunch - we could make a snack by ourselves and could choose a piece of cheese, ham, mashrooms, chicken atc. The second trip was also very amazing, the ladies (our guides Sylvia and Lula) were very nice and taking care for us. However, a misunderstanding has happened. The ladies with Hilda and the boss of the company were very nice, helpful, explained every detail to us, we could ask for their help every time. Everything was explained and absolutely understandable. THE INKA COMPANY IS VERY PROFESSIONAL WITH RESPONSIBLE PERSONNEL, MANY THANKS FOR THAT!!! :-) THE PERSONNEL IN INKA'S COMPANY (THE BOSS, OUR GUIDES, HILDA, ALSO THE COOKS AND EVERYONE) WAS REALLY VERY NICE, THEY HELPED US A LOT WITH THE ORGANIZATION, THE SMOOTH PROCESS OF THE TRIP AND EVEN IN CASE OF MISUNDERSTANDING WERE ABLE TO FACE THE PROBLEM HEAD ON. THE MOUNTAINS, SERVICE, PEOPLE, EXPERIENCE IS INCREDIBLE, UNFORGETABLE!!! IF YOU ARE WONDERING TO GO FOR THIS TRIP, THE VIEW POINT TO ACONCAGUA, GO AHEAD!!! IT IS BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE AND THE PRICE IS WORTH IT IF YOU HAVE COMPANY YOU CAN RELY ON :-)






The company itself is well run and the staff in the office are helpful. The experience on the mountain was different. 1 of the guides was exceptional, he was incredibly helpful and polite to everyone. The other 2 guides were not so great, they would make excuses and take no accountability for problems that would occur on the mountain. The itinerary given did not match up with the daily experiences on the mountain. It's a shame because frustrations would build up in the group. When people tried to voice these concerns they were often met with brick walls and excuses. When 1 person tried to talk with 1 of the guides they were blanked and told, "talk to the boss" there were these kind of unprofessional comments throughout the trip. Hidden costs as well.


Extremely happy with the whole experience. These guys will go an extra mile to help your dreams come true. You can book it with full confidence!

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