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The mountain everyone sees from a distance ...
El cordon del Plata is the "school" of mountaneering of Mendoza. Just a short distance from Mendoza cit (70 km) y, Argentina has in these mountains, one of the relatively few "alpine" landscapes which combines altitude, really big mountains, ice and verticality. It is a middle ground between the large distances and softness of the high mountain desert in the north of Argentina and the concentrated and upright granite rocks of Patagonia. Much could be said about geological, historical or romantic aspects about these beautiful mountains, where many mountaineers from different generations have lots of memories, dreams and first achievements.
Visible in part from the city of Mendoza and even better from the Uco Valley, from Guaymallén to San Carlos, many people confuse this white mass with Aconcagua or Tupungato. El Cordon del Plata does not belongs to the Principal Range, where the Aconcagua is placed. It is placed in the Front Range where the Cordillera del Tigre (Tiger’s Range) is also located. It is geologically the youngest one, so the mountains are the most slender of the Central Andes.
Our program invites you to know them and to get to one of these prized summits.
Day 1 (Friday): Meeting at the terminal of the city of Mendoza, 9 am.
Last minute shopping. Transfer by car to Vallecitos charter (2850 m), located some 80 km from the city. In Vallecitos we will settle on a typical mountain lodge where we will spend three nights. Lunch. Afternoon: short acclimatization hike around the area. The options are to access the Veguitas (3200m), place used as the first high camp on mountain ascent of considerable height in the area or a short climb to the hill Andresito (3200). Panoramic view of the cordon and valleys. Return to the refuge. We will have dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Breakfast. This day will be dedicated to the ascent of 4 hills belonging to the small mountain range called "La Cadenita". The hills are: Lomas Blancas (3850) El Estudiante (3900), Caucaso (4050) and Iluso (4150). From the top of them you can get an amazing view of the entire region. Lunch Run. In the afternoon we will return to the shelter. Dinner and team preparation for the next day. We overnight at the shelter.
Day 3: We will have an early breakfast. The idea of the day is the attempted ascent of Cerro San Bernardo, from 4300 m To arrive at their desired summit we go through the camp Las Veguitas and from there ascend through stone and snow corridors to the summit. The output will be very early, to take advantage of the full day increase our chances of success. In the afternoon, we will back to the shelter.
Farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Breakfast. Ascent to camp Piedra Grande. Hydration Set up camp, rest and overnight.
Day 5: Ascent to Camp El Salto (4200 m). Acclimation, hydration. Rest.
Day 6: This day will be the acclimatization for higth altitude. Short walks around the area. Good nutrition and hydration. Preparing your equipment for summit attempt.
Day 7: Summit climb the hills Vallecitos or El Plata (as weather conditions and group). We left very early. This will be a very stressful day. Return in the evening to the camp of El Salto.
Ascent to camp El Salto (4200 MASL).
Day 8 (Saturday) Down to the base of Vallecitos and from there, with our private transport to the city of Mendoza. End of the expedition. Recommended: overnight in Mendoza again.
Height expedition. It is important to have some experience before. Ask.
-Transfers to and from the city of Mendoza
-All mountain meals (breakfast, energy-snacks, lunch, snacks, dinner)
-Overnight in mountain refuges the first 3 days
-General Service camp
-Professional mountain guides
-Previous Meetings information
-Personal Accident Insurance
Personal technical equipment
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