both routes, which means you go ahead of the regular schedule by 2 days.)
But this year we also have another acclimatization option: climbing Cerro
Plata! This 6000m high mountain has easy road access due to the ski area, so
even if you do not make it to the summit you will at least acclimatize. It is
very close to Mendoza so a perfect preparation for Aconcagua. As you will ascend
quickly it is best if you do not go straight from sea level to do this.
route Cerro Plata
||Mendoza / Vallecitos / Piedra grande (3400m)
||Piedra Grande / El Salto (4500m).
||Salto / La Hoyada (4700m)
||La Hoyada / summit (6000m)/ La Hoyada.(4700m)
||Descent La Hoyada / Vallecitos / Mendoza
||Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the
There is one day extra included and halfway on the summit day you can also
decide to climb 5400m Vallecitos instead, also a worthy goal!
The climb is a perfect acclimatization for Aconcagua but very nice in itself,
from the Alpine meadows of Las Veguitas to the amazing vistas from the summit
ridge and plateau, it is also a worthy goal in itself.
The Cerro Plata climb costs $480 and can start any day, however to benefit
the most from the acclimatization it is best to start 5 days before the start of
the Aconcagua Programs. (So the end of day 6 of this
program will be day one of the Aconcagua programs)
You will be brought back to Mendoza.
- Safe luggage storage in Mendoza
- All meals from day 1- 5 or 6
- Qualified professional guides, transport, high quality tents
- Personal climbing gear/clothes including sleepingbag
- Hotel and drinks before/after the climb (unless you book the Aconcagua trip
as well, then the hotel after the climb is included).
- Extra costs due to altitude sickness or other reason for giving up (extra
transportation & hotel costs).
Our guide will decide which route/itinerary will be followed, depending on
weather and physical conditions.
Gear is the same as for Aconcagua, just for less days.