El Siambón - Tafi del Valle Trekking -Tucumán, Argentina

An adventure on foot through the little explored high valleys of western Tucumán

  • Start Date : 2023-Jun-17
    End Date: 2023-Jun-20
  • Hora Inicio: 2 pm
    Hora Fin: 7 pm
  • Meeting Point:Tafi del Valle
    End: San Miguel de Tucumán
  • Duration:4 days + trip
    Availability: 12 spots
US$ 540.-
Trekking The Garden of the Republic, from Tafi to El Siambón - Tucumán

Proposal

The Garden of the Republic - An oasis more than green, in the north of Argentina

One of the novel crossings and without height above sea level. Suitable for lovers of trekking and nature. Touring the intense greens of Tucumán, the high meadows of Tafi del Valle, with the indescribable view to the south is a free invitation to the wonderful world of northern nature. And if on top of that we add an attractive route between valleys and great mountains, crossing rivers and ascending steep slopes, we are talking about an important adventure that completes us with little explored nature.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Meeting in Tafi del Valle. Overnight in country house. Equipment check and brief tours of the town.

Day 2: Presentation of guides, equipment check and early transfer to the start of the trek. First section: route to La Ciénaga. We ascend the slopes facing north of Tafi del Valle until we reach the pass towards the valley of La Ciénaga. Great views of the region and the hills that are part of the Aconquija. Arrival at the small settlement where there is a school. Camp Arming. Rest. Dinner and overnight.

  • Estimated walking time: 5 hours.
  • Elevation: 700 meters uphill, 100 meters downhill.
  • Starting height: 2000 masl
  • Camp height: 2600 meters above sea level.

Day 3: Breakfast. Second section of the walk to Anfama, a small area sheltered by great landscapes of the upper Tucumán. We ascend through the valley of La Ciénaga until we reach the great viewpoint. A long descent through tall vegetation leaves us at the Anfama camp. Camp set up. Rest. Dinner and overnight.

  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours.
  • Elevation: 100 meters uphill, 700 meters downhill.
  • Starting height: 2600 masl
  • Camp height: 2000 meters above sea level.

Day 4: Breakfast. This day we continue descending to the Valleys of El Siambón through terrain with dense vegetation and some fording of important riverbeds. Arrival at noon to the Rio Grande bridge, in El Siambón. End of the trek. Transfer to San Miguel de Tucumán. End of the tour and our services.

  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours.
  • Elevation: 200 meters downhill, 100 meters uphill and 700 meters downhill.
  • Starting height: 2000 masl
  • Final height: 1200 meters above sea level.

Note

Crossing with considerable ascents and descents. River fords.

Each one must carry their own backpack carrying their equipment (sleeping bag, clothing, others) with between 12 and 15 kg approximately.

Included Services
  • Professional guides and coordinators throughout the journey.
  • Overnight in a country house (hostel type) in Tafi del Valle
  • All meals on the mountain (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 snacks and 2 dinners)
  • Accompanying horses and mules to carry the load of the general equipment (tents, food, kitchen) and 5 kg of the personal equipment
  • General kitchen equipment (heaters, pots)
  • Transfer to San Miguel de Tucumán at the end of the program, from El Siambon
  • Tents
  • Permanent assistance

Services NOT included
  • Dinner at Tafi del Valle
  • Trip to San Miguel de Tucumán and Tafi del Valle (flight or bus tickets)

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Tafi del Valle Trekking - Anfama - El Siambon, Tucuman

4 days walking through the valleys and the heights of the Jardin de la República

Where do you sleep

Tents for 3 seasons, for 2 or 3 people to share

Faq

How many hours do you walk per day?

In general we have a system of walking 3 or 4 hours in the morning; we make a big lunch stop and walk as much in the afternoon to the place where we set up camp.

What temperatures must be tolerated?

The north of Argentina is characterized by having a significant thermal amplitude (hot during the day and cool at night and early morning). There is also the so-called "Bolivian Winter". This means that in our summer (December to March) there is the rainy season. In our winter it doesn't rain but the thermal amplitude is a little more noticeable and the cold at night and early morning can be felt, especially in the high altitude camps (more than 2500 meters above sea level) like two of this route.
You have to protect yourself a lot from the sun with a hat-cap, neckerchiefs, sunscreen and mountain glasses. And for the night it is important to have a good sleeping bag and coat since the temperature can drop below 0° Celsius.

What sleeping bag should I take?

The sleeping bags must be able to withstand a temperature of 0° Comfort, so as to be able to rest peacefully. The divet-goose feather material is the best, but the synthetic ones today also have modern materials and high performance. They can be rented.

Is there anything you can tell me about the group? How many are we, ages, etc.?

In general, these are very heterogeneous groups (all kinds of people). Varied ages and sexes, people traveling alone, accompanied by a friend, couples, families, etc.

What physical condition should I have to be able to carry out this type of crossing?

It is not decisive that you are an updated athlete and that you train 4 times a week. But it is important that you know that the better you are physically, it will always be better. The idea of ??these adventures is that you can enjoy it and not suffer it. If you don't usually train, go for a run, bike or other aerobic activity, we recommend that you attend one of our weekly training classes associated with mountain activities. And if you start by going for a walk with a backpack loaded with no less than 8 kilograms and doing several kilometers per week and also going up and down stairs or slopes in series of 20 uninterrupted minutes. Ask us for a suitable training plan.

I understand that the tents are shared, right? Do I need to bring one?

The tents are included in the program, by our company. But if you want to bring one, you can. Just ask us.

What do we eat?

In all our expeditions we offer the service of meals IN FULL BOARD PLAN.

  • March lunches (cold meals): Milanese and tomato sandwiches, cold cut sandwiches, appetizers, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable-bacon-red chorizo ??stews, Chicken and vegetable casseroles, Pasta with various sauces or stew, Roast meat (Chivito), Chaw Fan, Chicken with rice in a saucepan....
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit

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

 

  • Trekking backpack (55 to 70 liters for women - 60 to 80 liters for men) + backpack cover (or large consortium bag to cover it)
  • Sleeping bag and insulation
  • Trekking sticks
CLOTHING
  • 1 trekking boots (in conditions)
  • 1 second footwear (can be sandals, espadrilles, crocks or light sneakers).
  • Underwear
  • Various trekking socks
  • T-shirts and/or shirts (synthetic dry fit type for walking and cotton for outside the activity)
  • Trekking pants (not cotton or jean)
  • Spare-replacement pants
  • Shorts or tights - optional
  • 2 coats (fleece, wool or soft shell-windstopper)
  • Fleece gloves or similar
  • Warm hat (preferably fleece, or wool)
  • Sun cap (with flaps)
  • multifunction neck brace
  • Third layer jacket - parka (waterproof and if possible breathable-windproof)
PERSONAL ELEMENTS
  • ID/Passport
  • Medical travel insurance
HEALTH & HYGIENE
  • Mountain sunglasses with good protection (minimum UV 3).
  • Personal kit (medication with the relevant prescription).
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, soap, shampoo (small to share) and small towel.
  • Toilet paper.
  • handkerchiefs
  • Wet wipes.
  • HEADLIGHT with batteries (spare batteries).
  • Strong plastic bags to store clothes.
KITCHEN
  • Personal crockery: Plate, jug-glass (plastic), cutlery, towel
  • Water containers for at least 2 liters (it can be a plastic bottle), Camelback, Nalgene or similar
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • Photo camera.
  • SILVER TAPE, for blisters and repairs.
  • Mate, bombilla and yerba. Steel thermos.
  • Water purification tablets.
  • Mini - sewing box.
  • Telescope, monocle.
  • Photographic or video equipment.
  • Book, notebook, travel diary, pencil, pen.
  • Games; cards, dice, etc. penknives

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