Ascent to Mount Rincón - Vallecitos, Cordón del Plata, Mendoza

Ascent to Mount Rincón - Vallecitos, Cordón del Plata, Mendoza

A high mountain expedition to a 5200 masl summit

Start Date :
End Date:
Initial time :
alarm9 am
End Time:
alarm7 pm
Meeting Point:
Mendoza bus terminal
End Point:
Mendoza bus terminal
1200 km approx from Buenos Aires.
8 days + trip
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Advance Purchase Price:
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Special price booking until 03 de June!message

Dates on request for groups - minimum 4 people.

The mountains everyone sees from the distance...

The Cordón del Plata is the high mountain "school" for the people of Mendoza in particular and for the Argentines in general. At a very short distance (80 km) from Mendoza, Argentina, we have in those mountains one of the few "alpine" landscapes in the country; Where altitude, really big mountains, ice and verticality are combined. It is a midpoint between the great distances and desert smoothness of the high mountains of the Northwest and the concentrated and upright granite masses of Patagonia. Much could be written about geological, historical or romantic aspects of these beautiful mountains, where so many mountaineers of different generations have lots of memories, dreams and first achievements. But let's get to the point from the Andean point of view. Visible in part from the city of Mendoza and even better from the towns to the east and the Uco Valley, from Guaymallén to San Carlos, the people of Mendoza ignore its secrets and many confuse its white moles with Aconcagua or Tupungato. The Cordón del Plata does not belong to the Cordillera del Limit or Cordillera Principal, where the Aconcagua is, nor to the old Precordillera, but is between both, constituting together with the Cordillera del Tigre the so-called Cordillera Frontal. It is geologically the newest, and for this reason its mountains are the most slender in the Central Andes.

Our program invites you to meet them and captivate yourself with their great shadows, trying to reach several of their precious peaks.


Day 1: Meeting in Mendoza. Last minute purchases. Transfer by charter vehicle to Vallecitos (2,850 m.a.s.l.), about 80 km from the city. In Vallecitos we will settle in a typical mountain refuge where we will spend a few nights. Lunch. In the afternoon: short acclimatization walk in the area. Overnight in shelter.

Day 2: Breakfast. This day will be dedicated to the ascent of 4 of the hills belonging to the small mountain range called "La Cadenita". The hills are: Lomas Blancas (3,850), Student (3,900), Caucasus (4,050) and Iluso (4,150). From the top of them you can get an amazing view of the entire region. March lunch. In the afternoon I return to the shelter. Dinner and team preparation for the next day. Overnight in shelter.

Day 3: Early breakfast. The idea of ??the day will be to carry equipment to the Veguitas Superior camp (3400 masl). Overnight at Veguitas Superior camp. Acclimatization

Day 4: Breakfast. Possible portage to El Salto and return to the Veguitas Superior camp. Hydration, rest and overnight in tent.

Day 5: Ascent to El Salto camp (4200 masl). acclimatization, hydration Rest. Overnight in tent.

Day 6: Day of acclimatization to altitude. Short walks in the area. Good nutrition and hydration. Team preparation to attempt summit. Overnight in tent.

Day 7: Attempt to summit the Rincón hill or failing that (for climatic, group or other reasons) Lomas Amarillas or Vallecitos. We left very early, a very exhausting day. Return in the afternoon to El Salto camp. There is the possibility of setting up camp and descending to the shelters at the base of Vallecitos. Rest.

Day 8: Descent to the base of Vallecitos and lunch + shower. Transfer to the city of Mendoza. End of the expedition. Recommended: spend the night in Mendoza again.


Program with a high degree of demand in the ascents. The height plays its important role, good previous hydration is needed.

Program subject to weather conditions. Modifications to it may occur on the fly depending on circumstances and various factors. The decisions will be made exclusively by the guides and coordinators

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Transfers to and from the city of Mendoza.
  • All meals in the mountains (breakfast, energy-snacks, lunches, snacks, dinners).
  • 2 Overnights in refuge
  • Tents.
  • Portage with mules to Camp El Salto if possible.
  • General camping service.
  • Professional mountain guides.
  • Satellite Monitoring.
  • Satellite phone for emergencies.
  • Previous informative meetings.
  • Personal accident insurance.
  • Permanent assistance.

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Personal technical equipment.
  • Trip to Mendoza (flight tickets)
  • Tips.