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Summit in the Ramada Range, San Juan

Discover the beautiful, wild and unexplored Ramada Range, in the Central Andes, in this 12-day trip with Gabriel, certified mountain guide.

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12 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec




Ramada Range is one of the most beautiful and unexplored places in the Central Andes, in San Juan ProvinceArgentina. In fact, there is a lot of wild fauna to see and challenging river crossings!

It has 5 peaks over 6000 m: Pico Polaco (6000m), La Mesa (6200m), Alma Negra (6120m), Ramada (6380m) and Mercedario (6720m).

This 12-day program aims to take you to the summit of one of these peaks. We can adapt the journey, and decide which one to aim at according to your preferences. Of course it will also be adjusted to your fitness level and the weather conditions.

We have two different valleys from where we can approach the range. The first one is following the Colorado River valley to arrive to Base Camp, from where we can choose from easy routes to hard ice climbing routes to climb most of the peaks of the range, like Ramada, Alma Negra, La Mesa, Pico Polaco, and Mercedario South Face. The other option is to access through the Laguna Blanca Valley, from where we can climb Mercedario’s normal route.

Do you want to climb in the Ramada Range? Then please contact me! Another great trip that I offer in San Juan is this Expedition to Cerro Mercedario.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Group porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to San Juan and have a Welcome dinner. Night in Barreal Town (Posada San Eduardo)

Day 2: Santana

Transfer from San Juan to Santana and walking to Camp 1.
Walking time: 6 hs

Day 3: Move to Base camp

Walking time: 6hs.

Day 4: Acclimatization day

Hiking in the surroundings up to Salto Frío Waterfall.

Day 5: Carry up to Camp 1 and go back to Base Camp.

Day 6: Move to Camp 1.

Day 7: Carry up to Camp 2 and go back to Camp 1.

Day 8: Move to Camp 2

Day 9: Summit Day

To one of the main summit on Ramada Range.

Day 10: Return from Camp 2 to Base Camp

Day 11: Extra day for bad weather

Day 12: Return from Base Camp to Santana and back in 4WD to San Juan City




Posada San Eduardo on day 1, then camping.

More info

The North Face Tents (V25) are provided. Sleeping bags are not provided.

Meeting point

In San Juan City.

About the guide

I am an EPGAMT guide from San Juan, Argentina.

I am a fanatic of high mountains ice climbing and trad and sport rock climbing, and I know the Argentinean Andes because I've been climbing and guiding since 2001.

I worked mostly in the Central Andes (Aconcagua, Mercedario, all the summits in Ramada Range and Ansilta Range, Vallecitos Range), but also know and work in the Argentinean North West Atacama Region (Pissis, Bonete Chico, Llullaillaco, Antofalla, Nevado de Cachi etc), and in Patagonia, where I climbed the main needles and mountains, such as Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy Massif (including some new routes also in the main summits in the area).

I am a lover of technical ascent, rocky or icy, with a lot of experience guiding and climbing, so you can decide whatever mountain and route you would like to climb, from easy walking treks, rapps, and rockclimbing tours around San Juan City (where I live), to Ice climbing and rock climbing routes in all the Argentinean Andean including winter ascent to the highest Argentinean Mountains!!!

I have also climbed around Spain, Marruecos, Peru, Bolivia, Brasil and Chile.






San Juan

What people are saying about Gabriel Fava



January, 2022

He is a great person and climber, and love what he do so the experience was more than I expected



January, 2021

Gabriel wsa a great Guide and know all the spots and routes he is guiding, so he will know to recognize your level and propose the best routes x you at the level you are, he is also a lover and local climber who has bolted mostly of the routes around.



January, 2021

El Cerro Mercedario is a fascinating mountain in the Central Andes, neighbour of Aconcagua, America's summit. It's a similar proposal, but much more wild.



January, 2021

Gabriel and Weny are two great guides and know very well the region. They did their best so I could reach the summit. Thanks!



January, 2021

All the expe was superb great



January, 2021

All the expe was superb, I recomends to every ones



January, 2021

All the expe was fantastic! plus the summit on Ansilta peak #7 was a great summit day, and the glacier really good for ice climbing and practicing.



January, 2020

All the expe wass too great! the pleace it is really amazing for practicing all about glacier and ice climbing, Thanks



January, 2020

all the valley was so great, the ice climbing in the frontal serac of the glacier was superb, and fortunatelly we have a good summit and sunny day



January, 2019

The Ansilta Range it is a fantastic place in the Central Andes, 7 peaaks over 5000mts with ice and glacier, we went to Ansilta #2 and #1 and after to peak #7, it is a beautiful place to explore

Karl and Veit, Germany


January, 2017

We went to Mercedario in December. The expedition went extremely well - from picking us up at a different airport as originally planned, to the transportation to Laguna Blanca, the expedition, picking us up afterwards, the hotel "El Aleman" in Barreal (which is outstanding, with a fabulous German owner, and ideal after an expedition for many reasons) to dropping us off in San Juan. Everyone involved (including Anibal, who is a great guy and had also excellent information about Argentina in general) was very friendly, helpful and professional. The communication with Gabi was excellent and always prompt.   Weny is a very good and experienced guide, has been very concerned about our wellbeing, had always had good information about the weather and the ideal time frame to summit and made solid decisions. She is very friendly and helpful and made sure we know everything important to stay healthy and avoid altitude sickness. Her English is very good, she kept reminding us to drink enough, and did her best to provide us with good food, which was very important.    We would certainly not have been able to reach the summit without her guidance, especially as we would not have not know, how to best acclimatize and not having been able to judge the all important wind conditions on both highcamps and the summit day appropriately.



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