Summit the Tupungato Volcano in Mendoza

Join Mauricio, IFMGA certified mountain guide, to summit one of the highest volcanoes in the world, Tupungato (6570 m). A rewarding 17-day trip in Mendoza !

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

17 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    This 17-day expedition is to ascend Tupungato. It’s one of the highest volcanos in the world (6570 m), in the province of Mendoza, Argentina.

    Not far from the overcrowded camps of Aconcagua, the Tupungato Park offers more than an enchanting trip through the untouched Andes. The Park protects the most beautiful 6000 m peaks surrounding Aconcagua (Tupungato, Polleras, Plomo and Juncal).

    The imposing cone of the volcano dominates the region. From the summit we can admire the most hidden and virgin valleys in the Andes. In this mountain the rests of the Stardust still remain. It was British aircraft that crashed in 1947, and was a mystery for 50 years.

    I have also an alternative expedition to climb Tupungato Volcano from the south face. In this case, it includes the Andes crossing through the Portillo pass. If this trip sounds more interesting to you, just let me know and I’ll give you more details. Or we can go for a classic and ascend to the summit of Aconcagua together!

    So please contact me if you are interested to live any of these great experiences in Mendoza!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    16800 USD

    Group of 2
    8400 USD

    Group of 3
    5600 USD

    Group of 4
    4200 USD

     

    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
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Mendoza

      Welcome at Mendoza Airport. Transfer to Mendoza. Equipment check and welcome dinner.

    • Day 2Tupungato

      Transfer from Mendoza City to Tunuyán City to get the permits in the rangers office (80 km). Then transfer to Puesto Santa Clara, in Tupungato (80 km). Here, we prepare the loads for the mules and we share a typical barbecue with the locals. Overnight in tents.

    • Day 3Durmientes Refuge

      Approximation trekking from Santa Clara to Durmientes Refuge at the Azufre Gorge. 8 hours trekking. Overnight in tents.

    • Day 4Tupungato valley

      Walk up along the gorge to the Portezuela del Azufre (4500 m). Then we start to walk down to Tupungato Valley (3300 m) where we spend the night. 7 hours trekking. Overnight in tents.

    • Day 5Base camp

      Early morning. After crossing the Tupungato River we go to the Base Camp (3800 m). 4 hours trekking.

    • Day 6Camp 1 and return

      Food and gas transportation to Camp 1 located on the International border dividing Argentina and Chile at 4500 m. Return to Base Camp. 8 hours trekking.

    • Day 7Base camp

      Relaxing and acclimatization at Base Camp.

    • Day 8Camp 1

      Base Camp – Camp 1 (4850 m). Overnight at Camp 1. 6 hours trekking.

    • Day 9Camp 2 and return

      Food and gas transportation from Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5450 m). Return to Camp 1, 8 hours trekking.

    • Day 10Camp 1

      Relaxing and acclimatization day in Camp 1.

    • Day 11Camp 2

      From Camp 1 to Camp 2, 5 hours trekking.

    • Day 12Summit

      Summit day! 9 hours trekking.

    • Day 13Extra

      Extra day in case of bad weather.

    • Day 14Base camp

      Camp 2 – Base Camp. 6 hours trekking.

    • Day 15Durmientes Refuge

      Base Camp – Portezuela del Azufre – Durmientes refuge. Overnight in tents.

    • Day 16Tupungato

      Durmientes refuge – Puesto Santa Clara where our vehicle is waiting to return to Tupungato City. Hotel check in. Farewell dinner.

    • Day 17Mendoza

      Transfer from Tupungato to Mendoza City.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    At Mendoza Airport.

    Accommodation

    1 night accommodation at a Hotel in Tupungato (breakfast included).

    Camping in tents that are provided.

    More info

    We will have a satellite phone for emergencies and a radio VHF.

    Round trip mules service to the Base Camp (20 kg each) is included, and mules assistance in case of river crossing, when necessary. We have one porter for tents and stoves.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I am a Mountain Guide (AAGM and IFMGA) from Mendoza region. Born in 1968. I live in Chacras de Coria. I am also professor of Physical Education.

    I really like to offer guided mountain activities and instruction on different types of terrain like rock, ice, snow and altitude and its different modalities such as trekking, mountain skiing, medium and high mountain climbing, and also sporty, classic, alpine and big walls climbing. It can be realized in trips of short duration or in the form of expedition along the different possibilities offered by the Cordillera de los Andes.

    All my activities are developed using the most modern and updated safety standards, with the highest international quality standards and with logistical support developed through many years of experience in the Andes.

    Some activities that highlight my career:
    Director of Summit since 1992.
    Director of sports training courses since 1990.
    Instructor Guide AAGM Montana.
    33 summits to Mount Aconcagua with over 100 clients on top.
    Numerous tours in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
    Summit to Mount Cho Oyu, 8.201m, Himalaya.
    Summit to Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia.
    Climbing in the Alps, Europe and USA.
    First integral to the southeast edge, Cerro Aconcagua.
    First winter ascent of Cerro Mercedario 6.770m. Central Andes.
    Mountain Guides Instructor in AAGM.
    Director of Technical Committee AAGM.
    Author of the guidebook "Aconcagua, La Cima of America."
    Author of the guide "Climbing in Mendoza".

     
     

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