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Trekking across Nevado de Cachi

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We want to invite you to a trekking experience among the Nevado de Cachi, more precisely to its second highest peak: Hoygard Summit at 6180m.

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9 Days

Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov


The Nevado de Cachi is the highest mountain of the Calchaquíes Valleys Region. It reaches the 6.380 meters of height and is conformed by other nine peaks, whose highest summit is known as Libertador San Martin. Today I am inviting you to discover this fantastic massif in the Northern province of Salta, Argentina. 

The Nevado de Cachi Massif has a lot of options for mountain lovers, from an easy trekking to a 6.380-meter climbing. The Hoygard Summit is another attractive peak to reach, the second highest top of the region with 6.180 meters and I challenge you to go with me up to there in a 9-day exciting trip. 

As if it is not enough the Nevado de Cachi, as the most of this Northern mountains, has a big amount of archaeological sites: on its feet there are the famous Pailas’s ruines and on its slopes you can find more archaeological remains.

This 9-day trip will consists in the following itinerary:


We will be transferred from the city of Salta to Cuesta del Obispo, from where we will start our trek for the following 6 hours until we arrive Cachi at 2.250 meters high. We spend the night there.


1-hour drive to Huaico Hondo in Las Pailas at 3.100 meters. This day will be only dedicated to the transfer and there won’t be hiking activity. Camp night.


During our third day we will ascend up to 3.900 meters in order to get to our campsite in Piedra Grande after 5 hours of trek.


We will use this day to get acclimatized so that we will do a 3-hour hike up to 4.170 meters and then, return to the base camp.


Once we are ready to continue, we will start a new hiking day to Isla de Piedra at 4.600 meters. We will sleep in there.


Early in the morning we leave the camp towards The Kuhn Valley. The way will be a bit difficult, full of big stones. Night in a campsite.


This day will be amazing. We start our climb up to the 6.180-meter Hoygard Summit. It will take us about 5 hard hours but once in the top will feel you are in the air. We can also set up our camp there.


We return to Cachi and then, we will be taken to Salta City again.


We should consider an extra day in case of bad weather.

This trekking to the second highest mountain of Salta will change your life. I would be very proud if I can plan and do it with you. Please contact me and let’s live this Northern experience together!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Tips


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Amérian Catamarca Park Hotel
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San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca
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Argentina Hotel Ancasti
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

AAGM Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I was born in Catamarca province, land of 6000m peaks (los seismiles), such as Pissis and Ojos del Salado.

I now live in Tilcara, Jujuy, located in the 'Quebrada de Humahuaca' a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I guide mountaineering, trekking, horse riding and multi adventure trips in Argentina's North and North-West region.

When guiding, my objective is to provide confidence and safety to my clients, and by the end of the trip to say goodbye as friends.



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What people are saying about David



I dont know where to start. But david do not speak english, as he said and lupe from explore and share said he did. But I was thinking okay ill get to practice My spanish. But we had some trouble in communication. And there was some bad communication between david and Explorer and share so i did not get the expedition i bought. I paid My self for 3 days at hostels and hotels althoug it was included also 100 dollars extra for base camp at llullaillaco. At grand tolar david left me at gave me a local guide lorenzo also only speaking spanish but really nice and peacefull and great Guy by the way. But david said he has problems so he had to go. When i got down from summit no david. So i write to him a litle angry where he was and where My stuff was and he was in a city 3 hours away. But he got me some transport to him and ill ended up paying for My hotel there to. Now to the good things. The expedition where beutyfull. And david know whats good for you i got good aklimatation and most places where absolutely stunning. Will i recomend david. Probely not. Unless you speak spanish and make sure everthing is sorte out and no misunderstandings.



I had a mindblown experience riding in the mountains for 3 days in Juyjuy, or should I say horseback mountain climbing. I do have previous experience with horseback riding, but I have never done anything compared to this. Mesmerizing views, primitive overnight stays and food in the nature. I was also allowed to book very last minute, resulting in me being alone in the mountains with a guide. This tour is an experience that I will take with me fondly for life. My communication with David was good. My guide on the journey, Gonzalo, was very shy and timid. He only answered questions and did not explain to me the areas we were riding through. Something that I would have appreciated. This is also a very Argentinian experience in the sense that they sent an itinerary that was not exactly followed, and they were not punctual on time. If you have a relaxed view upon things like these, you will have an amazing time. Living here, I have come to learn that this is very Argentinian, so you also get a cultural experience. On the plus side, here, everything has a solution. The only thing, as an urbanized European, I would have highly appreciated, is that they bring a satellite telephone (mentioned in the itinerary) and a primitive first aid kit (mentioned during the briefing), that they did not. I do understand that they know these mountains like the back of their hands. But I do not, if something would have happened. I did feel safe during the tour. All in all, I highly recommend this tour, while ensuring that important things to me are brought on the trip.



I hired David Torres for a full-day mountain hike at least 2 months in advance. Without explanation or warning, he sent in his place a man with a recently broken ankle who uses a cane to walk! My entire day of "hiking" was a 3k slow walk on a flat trail. I have attempted to get a refund, but the company has refused to communicate with me. The replacement guide told me David had another trip at the same time as mine, and chose the other, more lucrative, trip.



The trip was amazing. The climb especially. Not being used to horse riding it was quite exhausting but overall we were very satisfied with how the day went.

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