Cerro Penitentes - 2 days

About

Cerro Penitentes - All year round

Penitentes is 4350 metres high and is one of the most accessible 4000ers in Mendoza. It can be climbed at any time of the year! At only 3 hours drive from Mendoza (180km), Penitentes has a small public hut on its base and the summit can be reached in one day. Cerro Penitentes allows the best views of Aconcagua and it’s neighboring peaks and this is why it’s often called Mirador de Aconcagua (Aconcagua’s viewpoint)

Requirements for joining this trip are:

  • International Travel Insurance;
  • Trekking experience;
  • Be healthy and fit enough;
  • Fill the booking and medical form;
  • Read all the information available on this website.

Itinerary

Cerro Penitentes - 2 days

Day 1 – Mendoza – Penitentes BC – 3250m

We’ll leave Mendoza in the morning and take the international road to a little town also called Penitentes. The drive takes approximately 3 hours. The trail literally starts on the side of the road (2.650m). After a quick lunch, we’ll start the trek to base camp and arrive there approximately at 5pm. We’ll set up camp and start to prepare dinner.

Day 2 – Summit of Penitentes – 4350m

After an early wake-up and a good breakfast, we start the 8 hour round trip trek to the summit. There will be water and food breaks on the way to the summit. There are incredible views of Tolosa (5430m), Aconcagua (6962m) and many more giants. Depending upon the group’s physical state after the climb, we’ll decide whether we stay at camp for one more night or keep going to the road for a later arrival.

Day 3 – Spare day for weather or in case we decide to stay at BC on the 2nd day

** The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political / administrative problems and any other events not described.

 

Equipment

Having good mountaineering equipment is one of the key points to have a safe and enjoyable trek to Aconcagua basecamp. Please note all your personal equipment will be checked by one of our guides in the hotel. You can easily rent or purchase all necessary mountaineering equipment in Mendoza. Find out rental prices in our FAQ.

Head
  • equipamento buff

    Bandana

    Buff or similar

    Quantity: 1 or 2
  • gorro neblina cinza copia

    Hat

    Woollen hat or similar for cold days

    Quantity: Take for winter conditions
  • xNxgoggles

    Ski goggles

    UV protection goggles to be used during storms or very cold conditions

    Quantity: OPTIONAL
  • xNxExplorer noir vert J

    Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)

    With side protection to fit your face

    Quantity: 1
  • GG

    Sunscreen and lip balm

    30 FPS or more

    Quantity: 1
  • xNxlanterna

    Headtorch

    Working headtorch and spare batteries

    Quantity: 1
Torso
  • Light down jacket

    Quantity: For winter and optional for summer
  • jaqueta

    Snowproof jacket

    A good snow, rain and windproof jacket

    Quantity: 1
  • camiseta dry

    T-shirt

    Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirt

    Quantity: 2 long sleeve if possible
  • fleece

    Fleece jacket

    Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performance

    Quantity: 1
Legs
  • Caláa de Trekking

    Trekking pants

    Light trekking pants

    Quantity: 1
  • Polainas

    Gaiters

    For snow, sand or scree terrain

    Quantity: 1 pair (in case we have snow)
  • caláa segunda pele

    Base layer pants

    For very cold days and summit push

    Quantity: Take for winter conditions
  • Caláa anorak

    Snowproof pants

    Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditions

    Quantity: 1
Hands
  • Waterproof gloves

    A pair of good waterproof gloves for ice climbing with padded knuckles

    Quantity: For winter and optional for summer
  • Miton

    Mittens

    Thick down mittens for summit push

    Quantity: OPTIONAL for winter conditions
  • Luvas segunda camada

    Gloves

    Fleece or polartec gloves for every day use

    Quantity: 1 pair
Feet
  • crocs

    Sandals or crocs

    Sandals or crocs for river crossing or hanging around camp

    Quantity: 1 pair
  • bota

    Trekking boots

    Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expedition

    Quantity: 1 pair
  • Meias de trekking

    Trekking socks

    Good thick trekking socks

    Quantity: 3 pairs
  • boots

    Double boots

    A pair of double or double plastic boots such as Koflach Exped, Koflach Vertical, Asolo Ottomilla, Asolo AFS, Trezetta, Scarpa Vega, Scarpa Inferno, La Sportiva Baruntse, Olympus Mons, La Sportiva Spantik, Scarpa Phantom.

    Single layer boots such as La Sportiva Nepal XT, EVO, Batura or Boreal Latok, ARE NOT SUITABLE.

    Quantity: Single or double boots for winter conditions only
Other Equipment
  • gel

    Carbo gels

    These gels help out on recovery

    Quantity: 2
  • Saco de dormir

    Sleeping Bag

    A good down sleeping

    Quantity: -5C for summer and -15C for winter
  • Rucksack

    A decent rucksack with hip belt and rain cover

    Quantity: 45 litres or more
  • meds

    Altitude medicine

    Our guides already have pretty much any drugs you might need during any trip. However, it would be great if you could have a spare tab of the most used drugs:

    Ibuprofen (Advil)– This is an anti-inflammatory and works great for high altitude head aches
    Loperamide (Imodium) – controls diarrea (not to be used in case of digestive infections. Ask our guides)

  • kit

    Personal Hygiene kit

    Soap, tooth brus, come, etc

    Quantity: OPTIONAL
  • Isolante tÇrmico

    Sleeping mattress

    We prefer taking 2 foam sleeping mattress because of sharp rocks. If you have an inflatable mattress you should also bring a foam mattress to protect the inflatable one against sharp rocks. Don’t forget bringing a repair kit if you have an inflatable mattress.

    Quantity: 1
  • nalgene

    Water bottle

    Nalgene 1 litre bottles or similar are great for expeditions! We prefer to not use camelbacks as its hose pipe might freeze

    Quantity: 2 x 1 litre
  • Bast∆o de caminhada

    Trekking poles

    Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.

    Quantity: OPTIONAL

FAQ

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Eduardo Tonetti

Mountain Guide and Trekking Guide

Language skills:

Portuguese - native speaker
Spanish -  near native speaker
English - good command

Eduardo Tonetti was born in São Paulo - Brazil and was in the advertising business for 15 years. In 2010 he decided to quit his career and guide for living. After 4 years of studies, Edu has graduated at EPGAMT Guiding School in Mendoza. He is now a professional mountain guide and a WFR trained rescuer, licensed to guide in Aconcagua among many other Andean peaks.

Edu has been a rock climber for 13 years and has extensive experience in several rock climbing areas. He specialized in high altitude mountaineering and climbed dozens of mountains in the region. Edu has climbed big mountains like Aconcagua (6962m, 11 times), Ojos del Salado (6898m), Tres Cruces Sur (6738m), Tres Cruces Central (6640m), Mercedario (6770M), Tupungato (6556m), Cerro Plata (5943m), Vicuñas (6087m), among others.

Eduardo has worked with human development and coaching in São Paulo, Brazil and he is now using mountaineering as coaching activities having amazing results!

He has been working in Aconcagua for the last 4 years in a row and started as a porter in 2012. He worked his way up and has now led several expeditions at Central and dry Andes.

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Cost

Cost varies according to the number of participants, contact us to know payment methods:

Price for 1 person: U$ 395
Price for 2 persons: U$ 365
Price for 3 persons: U$ 305
Price for 4 persons: U$ 275
Price for 5 persons: U$ 225
Price for 6 persons: U$ 185

What’s included:

  • Leadership of Eduardo Tonetti, EPGAMT mountain guide;
  • 1 or 2 assistant mountain guides (EPGAMT/AAGM certification) depending upon number or clients;
  • Help on purchasing and equipment rental in Mendoza;
  • Transport from/to Penitentes;
  • Transport/assembly of tents, pots, gas, food, water in all camps ;
  • Use of mountain tents and medical kit in all camps;
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner, treated water in the whole mountain;

What is NOT included:

  • Hotel nights or meals in Mendoza;
  • Flights from/to Mendoza;
  • Personal equipment (check equipment tab);
  • Money return in case you abandon the trip;
  • International travel insurance;
  • Reimbursement for loss or damage of your personal equipment.