El Manchao Hill (4530 masl) - Ascent to Cordón de Ambato, Catamarca

Trekking and ascent of 6 days, in Catamarca

  • Start Date : 2024-Jul-22
    End Date: 2024-Jul-27
  • Hora Inicio: 8 am from El Rodeo
    Hora Fin: 19 hs. at El Rodeo
  • Meeting Point:El Rodeo, Catamarca
    End: El Rodeo, Catamarca
  • Duration:6 days
    Availability: Last spot!
Ascent El Manchao, Catamarca


Ambato, a different environment in Catamarca

A trekking and mountaineering adventure in the mountains that dominate the Rodeo, in the Cordon of Ambato, an ecosystem with diverse vegetation and stunning valleys and high peaks.

The Manchao is the highest peak of this cord and limits the large horseshoe shape to the northwest of the provincial capital. From the stretch of Las Juntas to the summit of the hill, the slope is pronounced with a landscape that amazes with its variety, unlike the western sector of the province, the dominated aridity, the salt flats and high altitude. An innovative experience expedition, camping and hiking with extensive conference and summit attempt.


Day 1:  Transfer from Catamarca to El Rodeo. This day we meet at El Rodeo. Lunch. Lodging in a hostel in El Rodeo with dinner. Presentation with guides and equipment, general check-up and prior logistics

Day 2: Breakfast. Transfer 7 am to the beginning of the path. Beginning of the walk. First working day. Set up of camp in Las Tinajas. First night. 3400 masl.

Day 3: Walk uphill to the camp at 4000 meters above sea level, in the so-called Casa de Piedra del Manchao. Camp setup. Hydration and rest.

Day 4: Early breakfast. The Manchao summit attempt. If weather conditions permit us, we arrive at the summit of 4530 meters. Photos and celebrations summit. Descend to camp. Rest. Hydration. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Descent along the route that ends in El Rodeo to a last camp in a high field.

Day 6 Last day of descent to Las El Rodeo. Walk to the accommodation of the first day (or transfer). Option to spend the night at the inn (extra) or transfer to Catamarca city.



Trekking and climbing considered physically demanding. Will be camping three nights

Included Services
  • Transfer IN-OUT from Catamarca to Rodeo and Las Juntas.
  • Professional mountain guides and baqueanos.
  • Accommodation in a hostel in El Rodeo, night 1; rooms to share, with dinner
  • Full board, non-a la carte menu, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6. (4 daily meals: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.)
  • General camp logistics (pots, heaters, security elements, orientation).
  • Communication and first aid equipment
  • Portage with animals for the general team.
  • Personal accident insurance.
  • Shower-bath at the end of the journey
  • Permanent advice, before and during the journey.

Services NOT included
  • Trip (from place of origin of each one) to Catamarca.
  • Night 6 accommodation in El Rodeo or Catamarca and dinner.
  • Expenses caused by leaving the program.
  • Lunch day 1

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trekking el manchao catamarca
Ascent to El Manchao Mount, Catamarca - 4550 masl.

Expedition to one of the 10 Argentinian classic mountains .

Where do you sleep

The overnight stay takes place in mountain camps in igloo-type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. The first night is in a hostel in El Rodeo.



Is it a climb with difficulty?

It does not have technical difficulty but it does have some physics with some height. It is a 50 km round trip walk with large unevenness.

Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have prior physical preparation, or be physically active.

Do I need to have previous experience?

It is important to have some previous experience in different treks. We recommend having good physical condition, and knowing that the modality is crossing, where you walk during the day with a backpack, and spend the night in a wild camp. The summit day is intense.

Where do you spend the night?

The overnight stay takes place in mountain camps in igloo-type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. The first night is in a hostel in El Rodeo

Do I have to bring a tent?

The tents are included in the service.

What is the weather or temperature?

Pleasant during the day, cool (0 degrees) either early or at sunset.

Are rest stops made?

The stops occur with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity. There are stops for lunch, snack, and rest.

How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman a range of 13 to 15 kilos, in a man from 15 to 20 kilos.

Is there a porter service?

We have a mule portering service, which will carry the general equipment every day.

What do we eat?

In all our expeditions we offer the meal service IN FULL BOARD PLAN.

March lunches (cold meals): Milanese and tomato sandwiches, cold cut sandwiches, chopped, salads, tapas, etc.
Dinner: Vegetable stews-bacon-red chorizo, Chicken and vegetable casseroles, Pasta with various sauces or stew, Roast meat (Chivito), Chaw Fan, Chicken with rice in the casserole....
Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Cooked Mate, Mate, Powdered milk; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
It is necessary to complete the personal/medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.

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

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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