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A whole day hiking up to Cerro Mallo

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Join local AAGM mountain guide Benjamin on this fantastic hiking day up to Cerro Mallo. You will walk among wild forests and amazing lakes. Once at 1200 meters high you cannot believe such a viewpoint.


1 Day

Jan - Apr, Dec




Cerro Mallo lies 40 kilometers from San Martin de los Andes, on Route 48 over the Nonthue Lake, near Hua-Hum and the border with Chile. It is one of the few mountains whose summit has snow during most part of the year.

Cerro Mallo, at almost 2000 meters in height, gives us varied landscapes such as the Valdivian and Nothofagus Forests. From its summit you can even see the Lanin volcano, Mount Tronador and other Chilean peaks.

Although it is not a difficult ascent, the physical demand increases slightly with snow. The round trip will take us about 8 hours.

As for the itinerary, we will leave San Martin de los Andes at 8 am and drive for 1 hour towards the beginning of the path in front of the camping Nonthue. During the first section of the ascent we will walk through a forest of Pellín, Coihues and Raulies trees. After that, we will find a not very steep but constant slope until we cross a creek.

Once we overcome 1000 meters in altitude, Lenga trees begin to dominate the landscape. The ground becomes more demanding until we can leave the forest. There, we will find a cliff that opens the landscape in two. We will walk through this panoramic edge, from where we will have a great view of the Lanin Volcano and Lake Lacar.

The last climb before the top is usually covered with snow. But you don’t have to worry since as your guide I will help you to make best use of this experience. Once at the summit you will have a rewarding panoramic view of the amazing Patagonian landscape. After some pictures we will do the same way down in order to descend to the vehicle (it takes about 2,5 hours).

Please keep in mind that we can do the same itinerary in winter, with snowshoes.

I have no doubt it will be an amazing day! I’ll be happy to go with you and help you fulfill the goal of getting to Cerro Mallo. Get in touch with me as soon as you can!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Snacks

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance

- Trekking poles


More info

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: waterproof jacket and pants. Polar suit. Jogging pant. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Trekking shoes. Trekking backpack. Water. In winter you have to add snowshoes.

Meeting point

San Martin de los Andes


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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

AAGM and aspiring IFMGA guide from Argentina.

Since a very young age I felt attracted by the mountains, so I started climbing and spending time there. That's how mountaineering and climbing became not just an activity, but a lifestyle for me.

This lifestyle allowed me to discover many places, and get to know beautiful mountains. And I also realized that I could earn my living with this passion, so I became a guide,

Nowadays I have the big pleasure of working in the place I like really love: the mountains.

I worked a couple of seasons guiding in El Chaltén, and nowadays focus mainly in North Patagonia and Mendoza regions.





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What people are saying about Benjamin


I climbed Domuyo with Benjamín few days ago, it was amazing! Benja, and his assistant Martín, were very clever and professional handling a group in which the members had different levels of experience and training. Besides, they know the area and the mountain very well, so we were able to make it to the summit! I definitely recommend Benja as a guide in Patagonia, he made us feel very safe at all moments, and helped us discover a fantastic place.



Me and my partner did the Volcan Lanin trek with Benjamin as our guide. It was spectacular. The trek itself was challenging and amazing, with brilliant views. Benjamin was the best guide we could have asked for. He spoke perfect English and he was so helpful on the mountain. He made us feel very safe despite some tricky conditions and we trusted his decision making. He also taught us how to use crampons and how to use our ice axes, which was also very useful and made us feel safe. I would recommend Benjamin to anyone - he is a brilliant guide and a great person. Thank you Benjamin for making Volcan Lanin the highlight of our trip to Argentina!

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