Incahuasi - Expedition to summit - Catamarca - Paso San Francisco

Ascent to one of the 15 highest mountains in America

  • Start Date : 2024-Sep-07
    End Date: 2024-Sep-22
  • Hora Inicio: 2 pm
    Hora Fin: 8 pm
  • Meeting Point:Fiambala, Catamarca.
    End: Fiambala, Catamarca.
  • Duration:15 days + trip
    Availability: 8 spots
Incahuasi Volcano Ascension (6638 masl) - +6500 - and V. San Francisco


Incahuasi and the Paso San Francisco area

Located in the renowned region of the six thousands of Catamarca, the route of the Seismiles or Techo de los Andes (where there is the largest population of mountains that exceed 6500 meters in height and many that exceed 6000), this hill constitutes a great goal for mountaineers. Although it does not have an important approach on foot (it is mainly done by vehicle), as happens with other expeditions to mountains of considerable height, the San Francisco has already earned a place between the select group of the classic six-thousand of Argentina.


Day 01: Fiambalá, 1550 masl. Meeting in the Catamarca town of Fiambala, morning or noon. Chek In in hostel type accommodation .. Presentation with guides and coordinators. Free afternoon to enjoy the hot springs and the place.

Day 02: Cortaderas, 3300 masl. Free morning in Fambalá. In the afternoon we will move along National Route 60 to Chaschuil and then to Cortaderas, to a small mountain inn, enjoying the landscape that the views of the mountain range begin to give us. Free afternoon to rest, hydrate and continue acclimatization. Dinner and overnight in the refuge.

Day 03: Cortaderas, 3300 masl. This day we´ll dedicate to trekking with a small ascent to a hill in the area, Cerro Chaschuil, 3700mts. Whoever needs or wants to stay down, to continue resting, can do so. Hydration, dinner and overnight.

Day 04: Las Grutas, 4000 masl. Transfer to the Las Grutas shelters. Here we enter the area where height can be felt. Short walk through the area to continue acclimatization. Hydration, dinner and overnight in the refuge.

Day 05: Las Grutas, 4000 meters above sea level. This day, we will start a new trekking with ascent to a hill in the area and thus deepen our acclimatization period while enjoying the geography of the place. Cerro Falso Morocho, 4,700 meters above sea level. Return to the shelter. Hydration, dinner and overnight.

Day 06: Summit and Fiambalá. Very early, we begin our attempt to reach the summit of the San Francisco Volcano, 6036 meters above sea level, as our first objective. A transfer to the parking lot at 5100 meters above sea level and then an extensive and demanding day to the summit. On the way down, we get on the vehicles and descend to Fiambalá. Night in hostel accommodation in Fiambalá.

Day 07: Breakfast and rest in Fiambalá; hot springs, relax, and regain energy.

Day 08: Las Grutas, 4000 meters above sea level and ascent to Base Camp (4600 meters above sea level). Transfer to the Las Grutas shelters. Here we´ll enter by a secondary road towards the base camp at 4600 masl. Armed camp. Short walk through the area to continue acclimatization. Hydration, dinner and overnight.

Day 9: This day we will carry out a port to Camp1 5100 masl and we will return to sleep at the BC.

Day 10: Ascent to Camp 1 n (C1). Night in C1. Approximately 4 hours of activity.

Day 11: Ascent and porting C1 5100 masl to C2 5700 approximately. Night in C2. Approximately 5 hours of activity.

Day 12: Summit day of the Incahuasi volcano 6640 masl. Night at C2 5700 masl. Approximately 12 hours of activity.

Day 13: Descent to the vehicle, transfer to Fiambala. End of program and Services. Approximately 4 hours of walking downhill, and three hours of transfer.

Day 14: Extra day due to bad weather or particular conditions or use of one more night in high altitude camp.

Day 15: Extra day due to bad weather or particular conditions or use of one more night in high altitude camp.


This is an ascent to one of the 14 highest mountains in America (over 6500 meters above sea level); the regime and the requirement is close to what it is to climb Aconcagua.


Included Services
  • Your purchase on an official agency - travel and tourism company registered with the tourism secretariat (Ascent 23 EVyT Leg: 16396)
  • Certificate of summit and participation in the expedition.
  • Preparation and advice on training throughout the year (specific material to train on your own).
  • Special discount on training groups in the city of Buenos Aires.
  • Prior advice for equipment + discounts in specialized stores.
  • Professional mountain guides.
  • Transfers from Fiambala to Las Grutas refuge. (Going). 2 times
  • Transfers from Las Grutas refuge to Fiambala. (Return). 2 times
  • 4 nights accommodation in a hostel in Fiambalá
  • 2 nights in a hostel in Cortaderas.
  • 2 nights in a refuge in Las Grutas
  • nights in high mountain tents (remaining)
  • Technical safety equipment, VHF radios, mountain first aid kit.
  • Heaters and kitchen elements.
  • Sleeping tents throughout the expedition.
  • Satelital phone.
  • Full board (all meals) throughout the expedition: breakfasts, energy, lunches, snacks, dinner.
  • Permanent assistance.

Services NOT included
  • Tips.
  • Personal Equipment. (check the list).
  • Tickets from the city of origin of each passenger to Fiambala. (Consult for ticket issuance).
  • Tickets from Fiambala to the city of origin of each passenger. (Consult for ticket issuance).
  • Meals in Fiambalá

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Where do you sleep

hostels, shelters and High mountain tents


If I never did mountain, can I dream of ascending the 10th highest mountain in America?

As long as you are physically fit and can adapt to the personal and / or group training system that we propose and you can make previous trekking and mountaineering trips with us or on your own.

I don't have even half the equipment that is required, can it be rented? what to buy?

We´ll advise you on this. Basically almost everything can be rented; In Mendoza there is a store we work with that rents boots, jackets, pants, goggles, crampons, third layer gloves and much more. There is equipment that should be bought such as underwear, trekking shoes and clothing, poles, headlamp, some gloves and others.

What real requirement does this expedition have? how much do you walk per day?

We are not walking every day. The expedition takes so long because the body needs a mandatory period of acclimatization to the altitude; there are days that we only rest. The longest days are the peak days, which can take more than 16 hours.

Where do we spend the night?

In hostels in Fiambalá and Cortaderas. Mountain refuge in Las Grutas and then in high mountain tents.

Do I have to bring a tent?

The tents are included in the service.

From what age can this activity be done?

From 18 years of age.

How much does the backpack weigh?

Range between 8 and 12 kilos.

Is there a carrying/porter  service?

No, just the vans and then the portering between everyone to the high camps.

What do we eat?
  • In all our expeditions we offer the food service IN FULL BOARD PLAN. In this case, which is a long and high expedition, the demands are great, which in certain cases deepens the intake of nuts, carbohydrates in general with rapid or medium digestion.
  • Marching lunches (cold meals): Salads, vegetables, cheeses; Milanese and tomato sandwiches, cold cuts, snacks, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable-bacon-red chorizo ??stews, Chicken and vegetable casseroles, Pasta with various sauces or stew, Roast beef, Chaw Fan, Chicken with rice in the saucepan, pizzas ...
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
  • Individual bag with energy: Nougat, bars, nuts, chocolates, alfajores, candies, others ...
  • It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat any 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

  • Special trekking backpack (70 to 90 liters)
  • Bag to load the mules (90 or more liters). INCLUDED ! We give it to you in Mendoza
  • Warm sleeping bag (–15 degrees comfort, eg 1000gms of down or good synthetic).
  • Insulating mat (10 to 15mm).
  • Inflatable insulating mat (optional)
  • High mountain boots (synthetic or plastic double boots)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Light trekking shoes (trail-running type)
  • Underwear.
  • Cotton shirts (to be in the camp and to sleep)
  • T-shirts and / or short-sleeved synthetic shirts
  • Synthetic shirts with long sleeves
  • Pants or leggings made of polypropylene or similar (not cotton). To wear as warm indoor pants
  • Thin gloves made of polypropylene or similar (not cotton)
  • Fleece cap
  • Pairs of synthetic thin socks (not cotton)
  • Buff neck
  • Trekking socks (synthetic-thermal)
  • thick mountain socks
  • cotton or wool socks ( wool is for sleeping)
  • 2 long trekking pants
  • Shorts
  • Sweatshirt (Fleece 100 or Fleece 200)
  • Thin - Feather duvet jacket
  • Thick feather-duvet jacket
  • Fleece gloves (with fingers)
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproof jacket - parka (gore tex or similar)
  • Pants cover (gore tex or similar)
  • Waterproof and breathable gloves
  • Ski gloves
  • Mountain gaiters
  • Crampons (possible to rent)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Trekking poles
  • Passport, ID card, ID.
  • Medical insurance
  • Medical and personal information completed, authorization.
  • Permit  printed for payment.
  • FRONTAL flashlight with batteries (with spare batteries)
  • Sturdy plastic bags for storing clothes.
  • Sun glasses with UV protection Category 4
  • Spare lenses (can be goggles, highly recommended)
  • Personal first-aid kit (medication with the relevant recipe)
  • Sunscreen , Lip balm
  • Soap, shampoo (small) and small towel.
  • Toilet paper. Baby wipes.
  • Containers to drink water, for at least 4 liters (2 bottles of 1 liter and 1 bag of hydration with hose of 2 lt.)
  • Small thermos
  • Personal dishes: Plate, glass / jug, cutlery
 OPTIONAL, not mandatory (check space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE for blisters and repairs
  • Mini - sewing kit
  • Binoculars. Camera or video equipment
  • Book, 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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