Expedition full of unparalleled emotions, due to the magnitude of the landscapes, the harshness of the climate and the work of the mules, guides and baqueanos. In addition to this, the historical seal that is printed at all times in each camp, where in a certain way we relive the epic of that great patriot Don José de San Martín and his liberating troops, who chose these ravines and valleys to start our freedom as a country and as a continent.
Mandatory Requirements to participate:
Day 1. Reception in San Juan at the Bus Terminal. 6 pm Departure to Barreal, town of Calingasta, southwest of San Juan. Check In at the hostal. Acclimatization, team review, logistics talk. Introduction to the history of the crossing. Cartography delivery. Free time. Dinner and overnight in Barreal (1700 masl).
Day 2. Breakfast. Transfers in 4x4 Vehicles to the first Mountain Range Post. Allocation and preparation of the mules. Lunch. Departure through the Cordillerano valley delimited by the Cerros La Ramada and Alma Negra. Watching of native fauna. Arrival at the first camp, dinner and overnight at Peñón Colorado (Base Camp BC1 2900 masl). Depending on where we start the ride we can advance to another base camp (BC2) at 3600 masl or in between.
Day 3. Breakfast on the Rock. Departure to the Espinacito pass, where we will reach a maximum height of 4500 meters above sea level, perhaps the most adrenaline and exciting moment of the expedition. Arrival at base camp. Dinner and overnight in Las Vegas de Gallardo (BC3 2990 masl)
Day 4: Breakfast in Las Vegas de Gallardo. We ride to Valle de Los Patos to then arrive at Valle Hermoso, where General San Martín with the Army made his last camp on the Argentine side. Dinner and overnight by the river of Valle Hermoso. (BC4-5 2990 masl)
Day 5: Breakfast. Horseback riding to the border milestone of the Argentine-Chilean limit. Rest of the day Free. (BC4-5 2990 masl)
Day 6: Breakfast. Horseback ride back between Cordillera streams until we reach Rancho de Lata where we will spend the night and have dinner. (BC6 3550 masl)
Day 7: Breakfast at Rancho de Lata. Departure uphill to Paso La Honda (4300 masl) where you can see the limit line of Altas Cumbres and Cerro Aconcagua. Arrival at Springs. Possible extension to Las Hornillas due to road conditions. Transfers to Barreal. Night in cabins or hostal.
Day 8. Breakfast. Transfers to San Juan to the Bus Terminal. End of services.
Note 1: All horses are properly trained and prepared to ride in mountainous areas and our local guides have the best conditions and knowledge of the place. It is necessary to have previous horseback riding experience.
Note 2: Active program with medium-high demand and suitable apt for over 13, and under 60 years (cases outside these age ranges will be evaluated). Suitable for people up to 100-110 kg, given the load resistance of a common horse. There are steep ascents and descents, but not places with a risk of significant falls.
Note 3: All participants must present a medical certificate, where the attending physician authorizes him/her to do the activity.
Note 4: Program subject to climatic, geographical or political conditions. Changes can occur in function of circumstances and diverse factors. The decisions will be in charge exclusively of the guides, baqueanos and coordinators.
From the place of the accident, we cover primary medical assistance, passenger stabilization, evacuation costs and transfer to the nearest Medical Assistance Center (to be defined according to the program). Once the passenger is admitted to the health system, the coverage of the Social Work/Medical Insurance informed in the personal record to be uploaded online begins to run.
Menus suitable for celiacs, vegetarians, vegans, among others. Complete personal file for special diets.
The average is 8 hours per day but there are 2 longer days of up to 10 hours.
Yes, it is necessary to have a minimum experience. It is requested to have at least a 4-hour ride experience in the last year. The horses are prepared to receive people with little experience and the adaptation process is significantly fast. The modality is "on the way", one horse behind the other.
Yes, in the same way that when we get on a bicycle we use it, or when we climb, or when we do high-altitude mountaineering, it is a mandatory safety requirement for the activity that they are going to carry out (the helmet is a riding/polo type and will be provided by the company).
A maximum of 15 people + the staff of guides and baqueanos
Those who have experience will also have the possibility of riding suitable horses according to her/his experience to be able to gallop and trot at the moments that baqueanos consider appropiate, depending on the type of terrain.
As it is a route that crosses virgin nature and where no vehicular road reaches, the overnights are in high-mountain igloo-type tents, comfortable and for 2, 3 or 4 people. It is important to know that the nights are cool, at altitude, so the sleeping bag must be of quality and warm for high mountains (it is possible to rent one with us).
We have a satellite phone on the expedition and a vehicle at the base where the ride starts. If we have to evacuate someone, we must return to the base and transfer the person.
No. Cell phones in this area are only used to take pictures. Only in the town of Barreal, at the beginning and at the end of the journey, there is signal.
No. We reach the border with Chile an then we return to Argentina.
Each one must carry their personal belongings in a bag or backpack to Barreal. There, you will receive a large bag where you must place your things (according to the required list) which will be transported by the mules. You can take a small backpack to ride, although we recommend doing it without anything, to be more comfortable. There will also be saddlebags where you can place what is needed for each day (water, extra clothes, camera, etc.)
Our mountain menus are varied. From pastas with tasty sauces to stews or grilled meats (chivito argentino). Antipastos, salads and fast digestion meals are common at noon. It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.
No. There are no bathrooms or chemical toilets. Everything is in the nature, delimiting sectors. And you have to maintain the hygiene of the place, taking the papers back with you.
The use of Drones during the ride is prohibited due to safety issues. In case of carrying one of small size, its use in the camp is allowed with the exclusive permission of the guides
20% of a day, without unevenness or requirement. Example: Pampas horseback riding, initiation workshop
40% horseback riding in the sierras, one or more days: Córdoba, San Luis.
60% Horseback riding in the mountains for 3 or 4 days or in the north of Argentina for several days.
80% Andean Crossing Horseback riding up to 3000 meters (double crossing x Las Loicas).
100% Andean Crossing Horseback Riding up to more than 4000 meters. (Sanmartiniana Los Patos).
20% half a day or less with little unevenness.
40% more sustained unevenness and longer working days
60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration.
80% Demanding effort of legs in resistance. Very long days.
100% Maximum demand. Aerobic and constant force leg work
20% prairie / pampa.
40% trails with moderate ups and downs.
60% Steeper slopes and trails.
80% Steep descents and ascents.
100% Very steep descents and ascents.
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.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
NOTE: The following is the list of required equipment according to layers, in reference to the mandatory technical equipment ***.
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