Introduction to Mountaineering, Trekking and Ascension - Vallecitos, Cordon del Plata - Mendoza

Ascents to several hills. Option to extend the week to attempt to Cerro Plata

  • Start Date : 2024-May-01
    End Date: 2024-May-03
  • Hora Inicio: 14 hs
    Hora Fin: 18 hs
  • Meeting Point:Mendoza Bus terminal
    End: Mendoza Bus Terminal
  • Duration:3 days
    Availability: 20 spots
Introduction to mountaineering ,Vallecitos - Mendoza


The classic mountain school

The Cordón del Plata is the high mountain "school" of Mendoza in particular and of Argentines in general. A very short distance from Mendoza, Argentina (70 km) we have, in those mountains, one of the few relatively "alpine" landscapes in the country; Where altitude, really big mountains, ice and verticality are combined. It is a midpoint between the great distances and smooth deserts of the high mountains of the Northwest and the concentrated and upright masses of granite of Patagonia. Much could be written about geological, historical or romantic aspects about these beautiful mountains, where so many mountaineers of different generations have lots of memories, dreams and first achievements. But let's get down to the specifics from the Andean point of view. Visible in part from the city of Mendoza and even better from the towns to the east and from the Uco Valley, from Guaymallén to San Carlos, the people of Mendoza ignore its secrets and many confuse its white masses with Aconcagua or Tupungato. The Cordón del Plata does not belong to the border range or Principal Range, where Aconcagua is, nor to the old Precordillera, but is between the two, constituting together with the Tigre Range the so-called Frontal Range. It is geologically the newest, and for this reason its mountains are the most slender in the Central Andes. Our program invites you to get to know them and captivate yourself with their great shadows, trying to reach several of their precious peaks.


Day 1: Meeting at the terminal in the city of Mendoza, 9 am. (Final schedule agreed by the guides) Comment: The buses from Buenos Aires leave the day before at approximately 7:00 p.m. Transfer to Vallecitos (2850 m.s.n.m.), about 80 km from the city. In Vallecitos we will settle in a typical mountain refuge where we will spend the two nights. In the afternoon: short acclimatization walk in the area.

Day 2: 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 (3850), Estudiante (3900), Caucaso (4050) and Iluso (4150). From their summit you can get an amazing view of the entire region. In the afternoon I return to the refuge.

Day 3:  Free morning to explore and rest. Proposal to carry out rock climbing near the refuge, at a recreational level. Descent to the city of Mendoza. 5:00 p.m. approx. The buses leave back at approximately 6:00 p.m. End of our services.


Included Services
  • Advice prior to the trip through photos, maps, meetings.
  • Licensed mountain guide and permanent coordinator.
  • General and group team of the expedition.
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a mountain refuge.
  • Transfers: Mendoza city – Vallecitos – Mendoza city
  • Security elements: VHF communication, full first-aid kit. Rescue team.
  • Meals: full board in the mountains from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3.
  • permanent assistance

Services NOT included
  • Bus or air to Mendoza round trip.

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Is it a difficult ascent?

It does not have technical difficulty but it does have some physics with some height. It is advisable to have some previous experience in trekking or some other promotion.

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?

No previous experience is required, if we recommend having good physical condition.

Where do you spend the night?

The overnight stays in mountain shelters, with mattresses. It is necessary to bring a sleeping bag.

What is the weather or temperature?

Although the time of year is summer, in mountainous and/or rugged areas temperatures tend to drop at night and very early.

Are rest stops made?

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

From what age can they do this activity?

From 13 years of age (accompanied by an adult)

How much does the backpack weigh?

In this exit we move with little weight, the ascents are round trip in the 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 (35 to 50 litres).
  • Bag to carry equipment on trips
  • Warm sleeping bag (it does not need to be very warm since we sleep in shelters)
  • Pair of trekking sticks.
  • 1 Mountain boots waterproof.
  • 1 extra trekking shoes.
FIRST LAYER (First skin)
  • Changes of underwear.
  • Cotton shirts (to be in the camp and to sleep).
  • T-shirts and/or short-sleeved synthetic t-shirts.
  • Long-sleeved synthetic shirt.
  • Polypropylene pants or leggings or similar (not cotton). To use as warm inner pants.
  • Thin polypropylene gloves or similar (not cotton).
  • pairs of thin polypropylene or similar socks (not cotton), in contact with the skin.
  • Buff type multifunction scarf.
  • Trekking pairs of socks (synthetic-thermal).
  • Pairs of thick mountain socks.
  • Some cotton or wool stockings (wool is good for sleeping).
  • 1 long trekking pants.
  • 2 coats (polar type, softshell or similar).
  • Feather-duvet jacket.
  • Polar fleece gloves
  • Warm hat (polar).
THIRD LAYER (windproof and waterproof)
  • Waterproof jacket (ultrex or gore tex or similar).
  • Trouser cover (gore tex or similar or ski type).
  • Third layer gloves or mittens (waterproof and breathable). They can be ski type.
  • Mountain leggings.
  • ID/Passport
  • Medical travel insurance
  • Headlight with batteries (and spare batteries).
  • Strong plastic bags to store clothes.
  • Deep plastic plate, jug-glass and cutlery.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection Category 4.
  • Spare lenses (can be goggles, highly recommended).
  • Personal kit (medication with the relevant prescription).
  • High sunscreen, lip balm.
  • Soap, shampoo (small to share) and small towel.
  • Toilet paper. handkerchiefs Baby wipes.
  • Sun cap.

Rental Equipment

Trekking sleeping bag

Booking in Advance

US$ 16 + options

Pair of Trekking Poles

Booking in Advance

US$ 10 + options

Rental mittens

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US$ 8 + options

Pair of Crampons

Booking in Advance

US$ 15 + options

Rental : helmet, crampons and ice ax

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US$ 36 + options

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

Booking in Advance

US$ 50 + options

Category 3 sunglasses - Shepra Julbo Spectrom

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US$ 5 + options

Backpack for trekking and mountaineering - Woman

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US$ 10 + options

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