Crossing the Andes from Argentina to Chile

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Unique adventure trekking tour through the lonely, wild and contrasting beauty of the Central Andes with Andean crossing from Argentina to Chile, trekking in Aconcagua Provincial Park and optional El Plomo climb. I'm Anna, a 39-year-old globetrotter, adventurer and digital nomad. I love nature, camping, hiking, mountaineering, biking, swimming, the outdoors and discovering new countries and cultures. Highlights: - Winery tours in the most beautiful wine growing areas of Argentina around Mendoza. - Trekking in Aconcagua Provincial Park with fantastic views of the south face of South America's highest mountain, Aconcagua - On the way on remote paths in the longest and mightiest mountains of this earth: the Andes! - Unforgettable crossing of the Andes on foot from Argentina to Chile accompanied by Chilean and Argentine gauchos - Optional ascent of the local mountain of Santiago de Chile, the Cerro El Plomo 5.424m - Santiago and Mendoza City Tour - Varied mix of trekking, lonely nature, gaucho culture, adventure, relaxation, culinary, city and the possibility to get to know the country and its people up close. - Overnight stay in hotels/bed & breakfast with double room occupancy, during the trekking days in tents with 2 or 3 beds, in the Aconcagua Provincial Park in domes with several beds. See you soon!
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Anna is the best tour guide. She is well-organized, kind and funny. The whole journey was perfectly planned and included amazing day trips.>


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Trip Itinerary


Day 1-2
You already left Europe the day before and flew towards Santiago de Chile and took the bus over the beautiful Andes towards Mendoza or took a flight directly to Mendoza. We meet at noon at our accommodation for the next days in Chacras de Coria. In the early afternoon a transfer will take us to the center of Mendoza, where we will leisurely explore the city on bicycles. Mendoza is beautifully situated at the foot of the Andes and is one of the cultural strongholds of the country. The big city is characterized by a mild climate and wine growing and offers numerous great places and sights that we explore. The green lung of the city is the Parque General San Martin with a small lake, where we make a small stop. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner in Mendoza, where we will have time to get to know each other and discuss the hiking trip.

Luján de Cuyo

Day 2-3
After breakfast we will drive to the famous wine growing area "Lujan de Cuyo", where a great bike tour through the beautiful vineyards with two bodega visits is waiting for us, always accompanied by the white peaks of the Andes. We taste delicious local wines and learn a lot about the local viticulture and the production of the wines. In between the bodega visits we will fortify ourselves with a delicious lunch, accompanied of course by the best wines of the region. At the end of the tour we will return to our accommodation, where you will have the rest of the day at leisure by the pool.

Cerro Negro

Day 3-4
Today, after breakfast, we will go to Cerro Negro. A beautiful hike through a great canyon up to 2,180m and with surprisingly diverse vegetation awaits us. On the way we will have a small picnic and enjoy the view of the central Andes. After the descent, our private chef Roberto will be waiting for us with a delicious Argentine BBQ (also with enough options for vegetarians) and we will finish the evening around the campfire before heading back to the accommodation. ∆828M -∇811M - 8.6KM - APPROX. 5h

Parque Provincial Aconcagua

Day 4-5
Well breakfasted, we check out at the accommodation and drive to Aconcagua Provincial Park. At 6,962m, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America and even outside of Asia, attracting thousands of visitors each year who try to conquer the summit. For us, today is a day hike through the rugged Andes to Camp Confluencia, the first base camp on Aconcagua. Since we will spend the night in a multi-bed dome directly at Camp Confluencia, we will hike with only a light daypack. On the way we already have incredible views of the bright white glacier hood of Aconcagua and excellent photo opportunities. Dinner in Confluencia. ∆686M -∇226M - 8.0KM - APPROX. 5h

Parque Provincial Aconcagua

Day 5-6
After breakfast we hike to the viewpoint "Plaza Francia" at 4.300m, where we are rewarded with a fantastic view of the 3000m high south face of the Aconcagua, the largest rock face in the world. An unforgettable experience, which we enjoy with a picnic in all peace. Then we descend back to Camp Confluencia, where we will have dinner and spend another night in a multi-bed dome. ∆910M -∇907M - 21.1KM - CA. 9h

Valle de Uco

Day 6-7
Breakfast, then descent to Horcones (2,950m), back to the park entrance, where the transfer towards the wine-growing area "Valle de Uco" is already waiting for us. On the way we will make a short stop at the natural monument "Inca Bridge", a stone natural bridge that stretches imposingly over the Rio Mendoza. Then we continue to the mountaineers' cemetery, dedicated to the climbers who perished on Aconcagua. Here climbers usually hold a minute of silence before their climb as an expression of remembrance. Afterwards, we will continue to Valle de Uco, where the world's highest vineyards are located, right at the foot of the Andes Cordillera. A uniquely beautiful landscape, guarded by the 6,570m high Tupungato volcano and the majestic El Plata mountain range. We will spend the night at a cozy finca, where delicious Argentine pizzas will be waiting for us in the evening for refreshment. ∆345M -∇810M - 8.1KM - APPROX. 3h

Valle de Uco

Day 7-8
Breakfast and then free morning with the possibility to chill comfortably at the in-house pool. At noon we visit one of the best wineries of the region in Valle de Uco, which has become a region for premium wines in Argentina, making the wineries here much more magnificent than in other areas of the country. We will taste premium wines in an impressive setting and feast on a delicious 3-course meal. The evening is at leisure.


Day 8-9
Breakfast, check-out, then transfer to Refugio Scaravelli with customs clearance at the gendarmerie in Refugio Portinaris. In the Refugio Scaravalli we strengthen ourselves with a picnic, meet our Argentine muleteers who will accompany us the next days until the border, strap the luggage on the animals and then hike comfortably up to the first camp Yaretas- at 3,500m and slowly get used to the altitude. It goes through beautiful and lonely Andean landscapes with magnificent views of the highest peaks of the longest mountain range in the world, with a little luck even condors and guanacos accompany us on the way. In Yaretas we will set up our first camp and then end the day with a dinner together with the gauchos. ∆307M -∇49M - 13.0KM - APPROX. 4h

Real de la Cruz S.A.

Day 9-10
Today a long day and the first pass are waiting for us, so we leave directly after an early breakfast. We hike up to 4,300m, to the pass El Portillo. The steep climb is rewarded at the top by breathtaking views of the surrounding 6000m mountains and glaciers. We fortify ourselves with a picnic lunch and hike through a long, beautiful valley to Refugio Real de La Cruz. For an extra charge we have the possibility to use the toilets and showers in the Refugio. In the evening our gauchos will prepare us a real Argentine BBQ (also with enough options for vegetarians). ∆833M -∇1510M - 18.1KM - APPROX. 8

Real de la Cruz S.A.

Day 10-11
After breakfast we hike towards the Chilean border through a wonderful, picturesque valley until we arrive at Camp Caleton. Here we set up the last camp on the Argentine side and spend the last evening having dinner with our Argentine gauchos. ∆307M -∇49M - 13.0KM - APPROX. 4H

Termas Del Plomo

Day 11-12
Today is the second pass crossing, so after an early breakfast we set off directly and hike up to the Piuquenes pass at 4,060m. We have finally arrived at the Argentine-Chilean border and celebrate this great moment together with our Argentinean and Chilean muleteers, who all come together here for a delicious picnic with wine. After that, it's time to say goodbye to the Argentine gauchos, transfer the luggage to the Chilean mules and then head down with our Chilean muleteers to the thermal baths "Baños del Plomo", where we set up our last camp, relax our tired muscles in the warm natural springs and celebrate the successful crossing of the Andes with a delicious Chilean BBQ (also with enough options for vegetarians). ∆917M -∇1057M - 12.7KM - APPROX. 7H


Day 12-13
After a leisurely breakfast we dismantle our camp, say goodbye to our Chilean muleteers and drive through the gorgeous Cajon del Maipo back to civilization in Santiago de Chile. On the way we stop at the turquoise blue Yeso reservoir, say goodbye to the Andes and stop in San Gabriel for the official entry into Chile. Once in Santiago, we check into the B&B in Providencia and the rest of the day is at leisure.


Day 13-14
Breakfast, then we discover the interesting capital of Chile, beautifully nestled between the coastal Cordillera and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, on an extensive city tour. From Providencia, we take the cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal, which towers over the city and offers great views. We stroll through the surrounding park, taste a refreshing "Mote con Huesillo" and take the cogwheel train back to the center. We then head through the Parque Forestal to the main market, where we have a delicious lunch and fortify ourselves for a tour of the old town. At the end of the tour we will visit the beautifully landscaped park "Cerro Santa Lucia", where our city tour ends. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Piedra Numerada Norte

Day 14-15
We get up early and start our mountain adventure, the ascent of El Plomo, Santiago's local mountain. It towers - unmistakably with its dome-shaped, glaciated ridge - like a cathedral high above the city and has always attracted climbers who, after three to four thousand meter peaks, want to try their hand at an "easy" five thousand meter peak and enjoy the panoramic views of the roofs of the Andes. In fact, the "Lead-colored" is considered technically easy to master. Nevertheless, the altitude should not be underestimated, which is why we leave ourselves 4 days for the ascent. We follow a beautiful route that takes us up to the La Parva ski center. From the top station of the top lift in La Parva (3400 m;), an easily recognizable path first leads to Portezuelo Franciscano (3570 m). Just behind it shines the lagoon of the same name. The trail continues past it in a northeasterly direction. After several ascents and descents totaling about 400 meters in altitude, we reach the Piedra Numerada area after three to four hours. Here there are excellent camping opportunities in the extensive pasture along the Estero Molina, also called Cepo, at 3350m. ∆405M -∇223M - 5.8KM - APPROX. 3h

Cerro El Plomo

Day 15-16
After breakfast and camp dismantling, today's stage is again quite short (about 4 hrs). The trail becomes relatively steep and goes north until close to the Iver glacier of Plomo at about 4300m. The camp is called La Olla (The Pot) by the Andinist people. Camp setup and dinner. ∆337.0M - 3.0KM - APPROX. 2h

Cerro El Plomo

Day 16-17
Early breakfast, then we make our way towards the summit. The path is easy to recognize and leads steeply upwards on the right past the glacier over loose scree, where the glacier must be crossed at an easy spot with crampons and ice axe. At 5140 m we pass an Inca sacrificial site; further up, at about 5400 m, a plaque commemorates the discovery of a mummy in 1954 . On the last meters our legs turn to lead - maybe that's why the mountain is called El Plomo? But we are compensated for the torture: From the 5424 m high summit, the view sweeps in a wide round over the variety of forms of the Andes, one mountain range after the other, up to the Aconcagua. For the ascent 5 to 7 hours should be calculated, for the descent again up to four hours (total 9-11 hours). ∆1303M -∇1297M - 9.1KM - APPROX. 7H

Cerro El Plomo

Day 17-18
Breakfast, camp dismantling and then return by the same route via Piedra Numerada to the upper part of the La Parva ski area (5 hrs.). Here our transport to Santiago is already waiting for us. Free afternoon and in the evening we will review the tour during a cozy farewell dinner. Overnight stay in a B&B in Providencia. ∆182M -∇836M - 8.0KM - APPROX. 3h


Day 18-19
Even the most beautiful journey comes to an end. After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye before your individually arranged transfer takes you back to the airport in Santiago de Chile, from where you will return home. If someone still wants to make a connecting trip, we can alternatively bring you to the terminal or to the center of Santiago.
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