Mount Penitentes Ascent

Mount Penitentes Ascent

An adventure on foot by the main Andes range - 4 days

Start Date :
End Date:
Initial time :
alarm9 am
End Time:
alarm5 pm
Meeting Point:
Mendoza bus Station
End Point:
Mendoza bus Station
1300 km from Buenos Aires
4 days + trip
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Day 1: Meeting in Mendoza city, 9 am. Private transfer to Penitentes (2850 m.a.s.l.), located 120 kms from the city. We`ll prepare the backpacks and begin the hike to the base camp. Ascent by Quebrada de Vargas. 5/6 hour walk, with intermediate stops. Rest and setting up of the camp. Acclimatization. Dinner and overnight.

  • Starting height: 2650 m.a.s.l
  • Height of the camp: 3300 m.a.s.l
  • Estimated walking time: 6 hours

Note: in winter conditions or with less available time, we usually camp next to Cuevas River,  at 2700 meters above sea level. This way the first day there is almost no physical demand and on the second day we walk with less weight. In this last case, the second day is as the first one.

Day 2: We use this day to rest and enjoy the landscapes while we are acclimatizing to the height. Short hike  Hydration, dinner and early sleep.

  • Starting height: 3300 m.a.s.l
  • Height of the camp: 3300 m.a.s.l
  • Estimated walking time:suggested 3hours, without carrying weight

Day 3:Early breakfast. Day to attempt Penitentes summit of 4350 masl. The ascent is long and gradual. We begin to get great views of the south wall of Mount Aconcagua. Arrival to summit around noon. Photos and celebration. Return to camp. Long day between 8 and 10 hours of walking. Farewell dinner and overnight in the mountain.

  • Starting height: 3300 m.a.s.l
  • Maximum altitude: 4350 m.a.s.l.
  • Height of the camp: 3300 m.a.s.l
  • Estimated walking time: 10-11 hours

Day 4: Breakfast.  Descent by the Quebrada de Vargas(4-hour walk). Private transfer to Mendoza city. End of our services.

  • Starting height: 3300 m.a.s.l
  • Final height: 2650 m.a.s.l


Demanding expedition. Ideal for intermediate trekkers or those looking to add experience to important goals (for example: Aconcagua summit).

speaker_notesIncluded 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

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Bus/plane ticket to Mendoza