Incahuasi and the Paso San Francisco area
Located in the renowned region of the six thousands of Catamarca, the route of the Seismiles or Techo de los Andes (where there is the largest population of mountains that exceed 6500 meters in height and many that exceed 6000), this hill constitutes a great goal for mountaineers. Although it does not have an important approach on foot (it is mainly done by vehicle), as happens with other expeditions to mountains of considerable height, the San Francisco has already earned a place between the select group of the classic six-thousand of Argentina.
Day 01: Fiambalá, 1550 masl. Meeting in the Catamarca town of Fiambala, morning or noon. Chek In in hostel type accommodation .. Presentation with guides and coordinators. Free afternoon to enjoy the hot springs and the place.
Day 02: Cortaderas, 3300 masl. Free morning in Fambalá. In the afternoon we will move along National Route 60 to Chaschuil and then to Cortaderas, to a small mountain inn, enjoying the landscape that the views of the mountain range begin to give us. Free afternoon to rest, hydrate and continue acclimatization. Dinner and overnight in the refuge.
Day 03: Cortaderas, 3300 masl. This day we´ll dedicate to trekking with a small ascent to a hill in the area, Cerro Chaschuil, 3700mts. Whoever needs or wants to stay down, to continue resting, can do so. Hydration, dinner and overnight.
Day 04: Las Grutas, 4000 masl. Transfer to the Las Grutas shelters. Here we enter the area where height can be felt. Short walk through the area to continue acclimatization. Hydration, dinner and overnight in the refuge.
Day 05: Las Grutas, 4000 meters above sea level. This day, we will start a new trekking with ascent to a hill in the area and thus deepen our acclimatization period while enjoying the geography of the place. Cerro Falso Morocho, 4,700 meters above sea level. Return to the shelter. Hydration, dinner and overnight.
Day 06: Summit and Fiambalá. Very early, we begin our attempt to reach the summit of the San Francisco Volcano, 6036 meters above sea level, as our first objective. A transfer to the parking lot at 5100 meters above sea level and then an extensive and demanding day to the summit. On the way down, we get on the vehicles and descend to Fiambalá. Night in hostel accommodation in Fiambalá.
Day 07: Breakfast and rest in Fiambalá; hot springs, relax, and regain energy.
Day 08: Las Grutas, 4000 meters above sea level and ascent to Base Camp (4600 meters above sea level). Transfer to the Las Grutas shelters. Here we´ll enter by a secondary road towards the base camp at 4600 masl. Armed camp. Short walk through the area to continue acclimatization. Hydration, dinner and overnight.
Day 9: This day we will carry out a port to Camp1 5100 masl and we will return to sleep at the BC.
Day 10: Ascent to Camp 1 n (C1). Night in C1. Approximately 4 hours of activity.
Day 11: Ascent and porting C1 5100 masl to C2 5700 approximately. Night in C2. Approximately 5 hours of activity.
Day 12: Summit day of the Incahuasi volcano 6640 masl. Night at C2 5700 masl. Approximately 12 hours of activity.
Day 13: Descent to the vehicle, transfer to Fiambala. End of program and Services. Approximately 4 hours of walking downhill, and three hours of transfer.
Day 14: Extra day due to bad weather or particular conditions or use of one more night in high altitude camp.
Day 15: Extra day due to bad weather or particular conditions or use of one more night in high altitude camp.
This is an ascent to one of the 14 highest mountains in America (over 6500 meters above sea level); the regime and the requirement is close to what it is to climb Aconcagua.
hostels, shelters and High mountain tents
As long as you are physically fit and can adapt to the personal and / or group training system that we propose and you can make previous trekking and mountaineering trips with us or on your own.
We´ll advise you on this. Basically almost everything can be rented; In Mendoza there is a store we work with that rents boots, jackets, pants, goggles, crampons, third layer gloves and much more. There is equipment that should be bought such as underwear, trekking shoes and clothing, poles, headlamp, some gloves and others.
We are not walking every day. The expedition takes so long because the body needs a mandatory period of acclimatization to the altitude; there are days that we only rest. The longest days are the peak days, which can take more than 16 hours.
In hostels in Fiambalá and Cortaderas. Mountain refuge in Las Grutas and then in high mountain tents.
The tents are included in the service.
From 18 years of age.
Range between 8 and 12 kilos.
No, just the vans and then the portering between everyone to the high camps.
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
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.
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
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.
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