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Penitentes Peak (14,600 fasl)

This 24,8 mi (40 km) journey, together with the ascent to Mt. Penitentes and reaching the Plomo low pass, is a very attractive option for this summer.
The non strenuous trail leading up the mountain through the Vargas gorge goes through impressive landscape.
The ascent to Mt. Penitentes (14,600 fasl, 4450 masl) is an easy trek and the view of Mt. Aconcagua and other mountains of our Cordillera de Los Andes is magnificent.
The rest of the traverse is just as interesting, full of outstanding views of the long valleys we will pass through and which are, we promise, unforgettable....


1º Day: Transfer from Mendoza City at 2,460 fasl (750 masl) to Penitentes at 8,200 fasl (2500 masl). Crossing the Mendoza River over a bridge. Trekking to the Vargas gorge and through it up to Mt Penitentes base camp at 10,580 fasl (3225 masl). Night at camp.

2º Day: Summit attempt and back to base camp.

3º Day: Through the Vargas gorge up to Mt. Serrata pass at 12,450 fasl (3800 masl). Descent to Blanco river at 10,700 fasl (3260 masl) where the tents will be pitched.

4º Day: Ascent to the Plomo low pass. From this pass, Mt. Plomo and Mt. Juncal glacier formations can be seen to the south. Return to camp.
Descent through Río Blanco´s valley and tent pitching.

5º Day: Trekking through the Tupungato River valley to Punta de Vacas at 7,840 fasl (2390 masl). Return to Mendoza City.

Suggested Personal Equipment

One pair underwear polypropylene pants
One pair fleece pants (or similar warm pants)
One pair waterproof pants
One long sleeved polypropylene sweat t-shirt
One short sleeved t-shirt
One polypropylene (or synthetic) turtleneck sweat shirt
One fleece top (or similar warm top)
One duvet jacket (or synthetic)
One waterproof shell jacket
One pair of thin gloves
One pair of fleece gloves (or similar warm gloves)
One pair of waterproof gloves or mittens
One fleece or synthetic balaclava
One warm stocking cap
One cap
One pair of sun glasses
One headlamp or a small flashlight
One duvet sleeping bag for -4°F (-20°C) (or synthetic)
One neoprene mattress
One 80 litres backpack or bigger
One pair of warm trekking shoes
Two pairs of warm cotton socks
Two pairs of warm synthetic socks
One pair of ski poles
One UV sun block cream (minimum 30 protection)
Personal aid kit
Plate, cup, fork, knife and spoon
Photo camera

Technical difficulty

Low: doesn´t require previous knowledge nor special skills

Physical condition

Good: person who trains systematically not more than three times a week


Please, contact us


Transfer Mendoza-Penitentes-Mendoza
Meals during expedition
Bilingual mountain guide
Double base tents
Expedition shared gear

Not included

Transfer origin-Mendoza-origin
Personal gear
Extra beverages
Personal porter

Discover the Andes, Expeditions: tel +54 -261-156571967, EVT Legajo 16431