Ascent to Cerro Penitentes (4350 masl) - Trekking and mountaineering - Mendoza

An adventure on foot in one of the main Andes Mountains - 4 days

  • Start Date : 2024-Nov-06
    End Date: 2024-Nov-09
  • Hora Inicio: 9 am
    Hora Fin: 5 pm
  • Meeting Point:Mendoza bus Station
    End: Mendoza bus Station
  • Duration:4 days
    Availability: 25 spots
Trekking and ascent to Mount Penitentes (4350 masl)


One of the most classic and elegant mountains

Mount Penitentes rises from the Quebrada de Vargas, a little above the homonymous ski-winter center and a few kilometers from Puente del Inca. In front of it, the Mount Aconcagua of 6962 meters above sea level rises.

This trek offers you to approach the Cordillera of the Andes, make an amazing approach trek to the base camp at 3300 meters above sea level, and then attempt the summit, at 4350 meters above sea level.

The program is 4 days long, so you will be able to enjoy the trek without rushing and being able to acclimatize correctly. An invitation for those who want to start in the high mountains and trekking through the Main Cordillera of the Andes.

Dates 2023:
  • February 18th ??
  • March 24th
  • April 6 (Holy Week)
  • May 25th
  • October 13 (extra long weekend) (Click)
  • November 10th
  • December 8: with trekking around Cerro Penitentes [click]



Day 1: Meeting in the city of Mendoza. Transfer by charter vehicle or bus to Penitentes (2650 m.a.s.l.), about 80 km from the city. Check of backpacks. Start of the walk and approach to the base camp. We enter through the Quebrada de Vargas. It is a walk with intermediate stops. Rest and setting up the camp. Acclimatization. Dinner and overnight.

  • Initial Height: 2650 masl
  • Camp height: 3300 masl
  • Activity hours: 6

Note: On some occasions we usually camp next to the Cuevas River, as soon as we cross the suspension bridge, at 2700 meters above sea level. In this way the first day there is almost no wear and tear and the second day we walk with less weight. In this case the second day is taken as the first.

Day 2: We will take advantage of this day to rest, enjoy the place and the landscapes at the same time that we can acclimatize a little more to the altitude. Short hike suggested. Hydration, dinner and early overnight.

  • Initial Height: 3300 masl
  • Camp height: 3300 masl
  • Activity hours: 3 suggested and optional, without weight

Day 3: Breakfast very early. The idea of the day will be the attempt of summit on Mount Penitentes, 4350 meters above sea level. The ascent is long and gradual. We will begin to have great views of the southern wall of Mount Aconcagua, if the weather allows us. If the conditions permit, we will reach the summit around noon. Photos and rest on the summit. Descent and return to camp. Long day, between 9 and 10 hours of walking. Farewell dinner in the mountains and overnight.

  • Initial Height: 3300 masl
  • Summit height: 4350 masl / Camp height: 3300 masl
  • Hours of activity: 10hs approx.

Day 4: Breakfast. We quietly break camp and begin the descent through the Quebrada de Vargas to the route (about 4 hours). From there we will return by vehicle or bus to the city of Mendoza. 5:00 p.m. approx. End of trip and our services.

  • Initial Height: 3300 masl
  • Final height (Penitentes): 2650 masl


The ascent to the summit will depend exclusively on the good weather and the good condition of the group members. The decisions to ascend or not will be made exclusively by the guides and no different opinions will be received in this regard. There is the possibility that one group will attempt the summit and another a simple ascent of the mountain without the obligation of wanting to reach the highest point.

Included Services
  • Pre-trip advice through photos, maps, meetings.
  • Professional mountain guides
  • Transfers: Mendoza - Penitentes - Mendoza
  • Security elements: communication VHF; general camp gear.
  • Meals: full board in the mountain.
  • Tents
  • Permanent Assistance

Services NOT included
  • Bus/plane ticket to Mendoza

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Ascent to Cerro Penitentes - Mendoza

A height test, more than 4000 meters above sea level

paso Serrata Mendoza Andes
Trekking arround Cerro Penitentes, Mendoza

5 days of trekking through the mountains, one of the most imposing places in the Andes, in the Aconcagua region

Where do you sleep

In tents that our company provides. You have to bring a sleeping bag and insulation (you can rent with us).


Is this ascent for beginners?

It is not a trekking  for beginners. Ideal to have done some other backpacking and trekking adventure. Although it is a very good example to start doing high-altitude mountaineering.

How much do you walk per day?

In the itinerary we have placed the approximate durations and heights of each day.

How do you travel?

The meeting point is at the bus station in Mendoza. You can travel by plane, bus or car.

Where do you sleep?

In tents provided by our company. You have to bring a sleeping bag and insulation (we can rent you).

What equipment should I bring?

There is a section where you can see the list of equipment that you should bring. Trekking-expedition backpack of between 60 and 80 liters, waterproof trekking boots, sleeping bag and third-layer parka jacket are the main items.

What is the menu?

During the activity we eat fast-digesting and energetic food such as fruit, bars, nougat, nuts, etc. At noon cold food to continue such as sandwiches, cakes, empanadas, salads, etc. At night, a strong and hot dish such as pasta, lentil sauce or stew, chicken with rice and others.

Difficulty graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya

40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs

60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo

80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)

100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice

Fitness (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)

80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

20% flat land

40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents

60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.

80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.

100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

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Required equipment

  • Special backpack for trekking (65 to 85 litres)
  • Warm sleeping bag (minimum –10 degrees comfort) (eg 700gms or 1 Kg of feather or good synthetic)
  • Insulating mat (10 to 15mm)
  • Trekking sticks.
  • Water-resistant plastic bags to store all the clothes inside the backpack.
  • Stockings
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of trekking boots (in conditions).
  • Long trekking pants (NO JEAN).
  • 1 long inner pants or leggings.
  • 2 dry fit synthetic short-sleeved shirts.
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt.
  • 2 coats (fleece jumper, or wool pullover).
  • 1 sun hat (with flaps).
  • 1 scarf to cover the neck from the sun.
  • Fleece collar
  • Warm hat
  • Thin first layer gloves.
  • Warm fleece gloves.
  • Third layer gloves (waterproof). They can be mittens or ski type.
THIRD LAYER (windproof and waterproof)
  • Waterproof-windproof jacket (ultrex or gore tex or similar).
  • Feather coat jacket.
  • Trouser cover (ultrex or gore tex or similar) – According to conditions. Consult.
  • Leggings – According to conditions
  • Passport/ID
  • Medical insurance, social work.
  • Physically Fit Form (where your doctor indicates that you are fit to perform this activity)
  • Headlamp with batteries.
  • Sunglasses (mandatory)
  • Sunscreen (not less than factor 45). Lip balm.
  • Toilet paper. Handkerchiefs Baby wipes.
  • Containers for water for at least 2 liters (it can be a plastic bottle).
  • Cutlery.
  • Plate or taper (not glass or aluminum).
  • Plastic or metal jar and pottery (not glass or aluminum).
  • dish towel
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE, for blisters and repairs.
  • Mate, bombilla and yerba.
  • Steel thermos.
  • Telescope, monocle. Photographic or video equipment.
  • Book, notebook, travel diary, pencil, pen.

Rental Equipment

Trekking sleeping bag

Booking in Advance

US$ 16 + options

Pair of Trekking Poles

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

Rental mittens

Booking in Advance

US$ 8 + options

Pair of Crampons

Booking in Advance

US$ 15 + options

Rental : helmet, crampons and ice ax

Booking in Advance

US$ 36 + options

Combo Top: helmet, crampons, ice ax and full harness

Booking in Advance

US$ 50 + options

Category 3 sunglasses - Shepra Julbo Spectrom

Booking in Advance

US$ 5 + options

Backpack for trekking and mountaineering - Woman

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

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