Cerro Penitentes - Trekking and mountaineering - climbing to summit - Mendoza

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

  • Start Date : 2021-Oct-08
    End Date: 2021-Oct-11
  • Hora Inicio: 9 am in Mendoza city
    Hora Fin: 4 pm in Mendoza city
  • Meeting Point:Mendoza bus terminal
    End time: Mendoza bus terminal
  • Duration:4 days + trip
    Availability: 17 available spots
Mount Penitentes Ascent in 4 days



Day 1: Meeting in the city of Mendoza, 9 am. Private transfer to Penitentes (2850 m.a.s.l.), located 120 kms from the city. We will prepare the backpacks and begin the walk  to the base camp. Ascent by Quebrada de Vargas. 5-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. In 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 taken as the first one.


Day 2:Free 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). yPrivate 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).

Included Services

-Professional mountain guides

- General Equipment 

-Transfers: Mendoza - Penitentes - Mendoza

-Security elements: communication VHF, full kit. Rescue team.

-Meals: full board in the mountain.


Services NOT included

-Bus ticket/plane ticket to Mendoza city

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Ascent to Cerro Penitentes - Mendoza

A height test, more than 4000 meters above sea level

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Trekking arround Cerro Penitentes, Mendoza

5 days of trekking through the mountains, one of the most imposing places in the Andes, in the Aconcagua region


Is this ascent suitable for beginners?

It is not suitable for beginners. Ideal to have some previous experience carrying a backpack.


How can I get to Mendoza?

You can travel by plane, bus or car.


Where do we sleep?

In tents that our company provides. You have to carry sleeping bag and insulated sleeping  pad.


What clothes do we have to take?

There is a section in our itinerary where you can see what clothes you must take. Take into account that trekking poles, backpack  and sleeping bag can be rented. Let us know if you need any of these items  15 days in advance.


What do we eat during the expedition?

During the day we eat fast digested food and energetic snacks like fruit, bars, nougat, nuts, etc. At noon, we have cold food to continue as sandwiches, pies, empanadas, salads, etc. At night, hot dishes such as pasta, stews, chicken with rice and others.

Graduación de dificultad

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% Hasta 8/10 Kilos: Trek-ascenso de ida y vuelta / Vallecitos programas de 3 y 4 días

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

MANDATORY  EQUIPMENT ***  (If this equipment is not taken, the guides reserve the right to define your participation in the trekking)
  • Trekking backpack  (60 to 80 liters)  ***
  • Warm sleeping bag (-10 °Celsius  comfort)  ***
  • Insulated sleeping pad (10 to 15mm) ***
  • trekking poles ***
  • plastic bags for storing clothes
  • Socks
  • Underwear.
  • Trekking boots 
  • Trekking pants
  • Pants or leggings made of polypropylene or similar (not cotton). To wear as warm indoor pants
  • 2 short sleeves dry fit t-shirts
  • 1 long sleeve t-shirt
  • 2 Sweatshirt (Fleece 100 or Fleece 200)
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 fleece neck warmer
  • 1 warm hat
  • Multifunctional Headwear/neck
  • thin gloves as first layer
  • Fleece gloves
  • Waterproof gloves as third layer
  • Waterproof jacket - parka (gore tex or similar)
  • Pants cover (gore tex or similar)
  • Leg warmers
  • Passport, ID card, ID.
  • Medical insurance
  • FRONTAL flashlight with batteries (with spare batteries
  • sun glasses
  • Sun block
  • Toilet paper.
  • baby wipes
  • Containers to drink water, for at least 2 liters
  • cuttlery
  • Plastic container
  • Plastic mug
  • dishcloth
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

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