Cerro El Sosneado - The last 5000 - Mountain Expedition to summit - Mendoza

Trekking and mountain ascent to over 5000 meters most southern summit of America

  • Start Date : Request!
  • Hora Inicio: 1 pm in El Sosneado
    Hora Fin: 9 am en Malargüe
  • Meeting Point:El Sosneado, Mendoza south
  • Duration:one week
    Availability: Full!
Mount El Sosneado ascent , Mendoza

Proposal

Mount Sosneado has striking peculiarities. It is one of the mountains over 5000 meters above sea level  and the most southern in the world  although its access is not so complicated. It is located opposite the famous Vallede las Lagrima, where the famous rubgiers airplane crashed.The landscape that surrounds it has a singular and haunting beauty.

Our expedition proposes to  know its wilderness while trying to reach his prized summit over 5100 meters.

 

Itinerary

Day 1- Refugio El Soler (2200 masl) : Meeting in El Sosneado at 1 pm.Easy access by San Rafael or Malargüe by bus . We take a transfer going through the upper valley of the Atuel River. Arrival at the abandoned hotel  Sosneado and then to the shelter of Gendarmeria El Soler, 2200 masl. First Campsite.

 

Day 2: Beginning of the trek into the valley to start gradually gaining height. We will reach our second campsite at about 3300 masl on the northwest side of the mountain. Dinner Overnight.

 

Day 3: Acclimatization day. We will stay in this second camp and we might do some hikes in the area and rest.

 

Day 4: Breakfast. We will continue ascending to search the third camp, about 4000 meters above sea level, on top of the valley. The views are stunning around us. Set up camp, hydration and rest. From here we can see part of the way to the summit. 

 

Day 5: Breakfast. Acclimatization day. We will  prepare our equipment for the summit day. Hydration and overnight

 

Day 6: Summit day (5179 MASL). We will wake up very early to have a better chance to get to the summit. If the weather conditions are suitable, the group will be arriving there before noon. Photos and celebration. Descent to the camp.

 

Day 7: We will pick up camp and descent across the valley. In the afternoon we will arrive at the end of the valley and private transfer to El Sosneado. End of our services

 

Note

The 10 classic mountains of Argentina (less than 6000 meters above sea level) - # top10clasicmountainsofargentina

This mountain is included in a group of 10 mounts and mountains  throughout the territory of Argentina, less than 6000 meters high, which we have joined so adventurers find a new challenge to meet. We have ordered them by difficulty:

 

1-  Mount Tres Picos , Buenos Aires. 1239 MASL

2- Mount  Champaquí, Córdoba. 2884 MASL

3- Mount  Penitentes, Mendoza. 4350 MASL

4- Lanin Volcano, Neuquén. 3776 MASL

5- Mount  Tronador, Pico Argentino, Rio Negro. 3230 MASL

6- Mount  El Manchao, Catamarca. 4560 MASL

7- Domuyo Volcano, Neuquén. 4709 MASL

8-  Maipo Volcano, Mendoza. 5323 MASL

9- Nevado de Chañi, Jujuy. 5896 MASL

10- Mount  El Sosneado, Mendoza. 5169 MASL

Included Services

-Transfer in-out from Sosneado 

-Full board in the mountain

-Tents

-Professional mountain guides

-Mules to carry the equipmente up to the fist camp(only in January and February)

-General Equipment and communication

-Permanent assistance

Services NOT included

-Trip to El Sosneado

-Last night in hostel in San Rafael

-Personal and technical equipment

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El Sosneado Mount (5189 masl). Summit expedition

An adventure to the roof of the 5000 masl mount , the southern in America

Faq

Is this a hard ascent?

Yes, it is one of the most difficult mountains above the 5000 MASL.

 

Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active. In this case we suggest training (jogging twice to three times a week, cycling or swimming) and doing a good leg workout (gym, crossfit, , etc.)

 

Do I need to have previous experience?

We recommend  walking at least once before this trekking with a backpack, as we carry our backpack during the day and we sleep in tents at night. Summit day is quite demanding.

 

Where do we spend the night?

Overnight is spent in mountain campsites in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people.

 

Do I have to carry a tent?

 Tents are included in the service. 

 

What is the weather like ?

Even though the time of the year is the suitable for this ascent, temperatures tend to fall at night.

 

Are there any breaks to rest?

Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.

There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.

 

How old do I have to be to do this activity?

From 16 years old onwards. We also recommend you to contact us before registering or registering a minor just to make sure that his/her experience is the suitable for this climb.

 

How much does the backpack weigh?

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

 

Do you provide porter service?

Yes, but just to the first camp.

 

What do we eat?
  • Lunch: Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold sandwiches, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable stews with bacon or chorizo ;chicken and vegetable casseroles, pasta with various , barbacue (goat), Chaw Fan, chicken with rice among other meals
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; 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

GENERAL EQUIPMENT
  • Backpack for trekking (65 to 85 liters)
  • Warm sleeping bag (-10 comfort degrees, eg 1000gms of feather or synthetic good).
  • Insulated sleeping pad (10 to 15mm).
  • Trekking poles
  • Sun glasses with UV protection Category 4
FOOT WEAR
  • High mountain boots for 5000masl  (not neccesary double boots)
  • Trekking shoes 
BASE LAYER
  • Underwear.
  • Cotton shirts (to be in the camp and to sleep)
  • short-sleeved synthetic shirts
  • Long-sleeved synthetic shirts
  • 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)
  • Pairs of synthetic thin socks (not cotton)
  • Buff multifunctional neck 
MIDDLE LAYER 
  • Trekking socks (synthetic-thermal)
  • thick mountain socks
  • cotton or wool socks ( wool is for sleeping)
  • 1 long trekking pants
  • Swimming suit (to wear in the stream)
  • 2 Sweatshirts (Fleece 100 or Fleece 200)
  • Feather-duvet jacket
  • Fleece gloves
  • Fleece hat
  • Sun hat (with flaps)
 OUTER LAYER  (wind proof and water proof))
  • Waterproof jacket - parka (gore tex or similar)
  • Pants cover (gore tex or similar)
  • Waterproof and breathable gloves (Ski gloves are a good option)
  • Mountain gaiters
 TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT
  • Crampons (possible to rent)
  • Pick (possible to rent) Ask beforehand as some summers it was not necessary
  • Climbing helmet
 PERSONAL ELEMENTS 
  • Passport, ID card, ID.
  • Medical insurance
 MISCELLANEOUS
  • FRONTAL flashlight with batteries (with spare batteries)
  • Sturdy plastic bags for storing clothes.
  • cuttlery , cup and plastic container (we suggest elements made of  plastic)
HEALTH & HYGIENE
  • 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.

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