Cordón del Plata is one of the main mountain ranges of the central andes. It’s located just at 90 km from Mendoza city, and it has several peaks of different height, from 3400 meters (11000 ft) up to 5950 meters (19500 ft).
This beautiful mountain range is part of the natural protected areas of the Mendoza Province. Vallecitos is one of the biggest peaks of the range. With 5440 meters high (17850 ft), climbing this peak is an exceptional mountain experience, a real high altitude expedition.
The planification includes set camps in different altitudes, mules to carry the luggage to the Camps and an acclimatization process to the altitude. Beyond its height the trail up is accessible for most people with good physical condition.
Day 1: Arrival to Mendoza city. Transfer to the hotel. Checking of the gear, final organization. Night in Mendoza.
Day 2: Transfer to Vallecitos (90 km). Arrive at the mountain hut (2900 mts- 9500 ft). Hike in the surroundings. Night at the mountain hut.
Day 3: Hike up to Camp 1 (“Las Veguitas” campsite, 3450 mts- 11320 ft). It will take around 3 hours. After we set up the camp we will go for an easy hike in the surroundings. Night at the Camp 1.
Day 4: Hike up to Camp 2 (“El Salto” campsite, 4100 mts- 13450 ft). It will take around 6 hours. Set up the camp. Night at the Camp 2.
Day 5: Rest day. Acclimatization, easy hike in the surroundings. Night at the Camp 2.
Day 6: Attempt to the summit of Vallecitos peak (5440 mts- 17850 ft). It will be the most challenging day, it will take us around 12 hours to reach the summit and be back at the camp. Night at the Camp 2.
Day 7: Take down the tents. Hike down to Vallecitos. Transfer to Mendoza city. Night in Mendoza.
Level of fitness: Intermediate/High
Best time of the year to come: Spring-Summer-Fall
Duration: 6 nights, 7 days.
Gear required: ask us to send you the list of the program.