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:
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.
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.
Buff or similarQuantity: 1 or 2
Woollen hat or similar for cold daysQuantity: Take for winter conditions
UV protection goggles to be used during storms or very cold conditionsQuantity: OPTIONAL
Sunglasses (cat 3 or 4)
With side protection to fit your faceQuantity: 1
Sunscreen and lip balm
30 FPS or moreQuantity: 1
Working headtorch and spare batteriesQuantity: 1
Light down jacket
A good snow, rain and windproof jacketQuantity: 1
Synthetic fibre long or short sleeve t-shirtQuantity: 2 long sleeve if possible
Used alone or as part of a layer system for better performanceQuantity: 1
Light trekking pantsQuantity: 1
For snow, sand or scree terrainQuantity: 1 pair (in case we have snow)
Base layer pants
For very cold days and summit pushQuantity: Take for winter conditions
Goretex or similar pants will be used for high wind or during snow conditionsQuantity: 1
A pair of good waterproof gloves for ice climbing with padded knucklesQuantity: For winter and optional for summer
Thick down mittens for summit pushQuantity: OPTIONAL for winter conditions
Fleece or polartec gloves for every day useQuantity: 1 pair
Sandals or crocs
Sandals or crocs for river crossing or hanging around campQuantity: 1 pair
Waterproof trekking boots, try wearing them before the expeditionQuantity: 1 pair
Good thick trekking socksQuantity: 3 pairs
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, La Sportiva G2.
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
These gels help out on recoveryQuantity: 2
A good down sleepingQuantity: -5C for summer and -15C for winter
A decent rucksack with hip belt and rain coverQuantity: 45 litres or more
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)
Personal Hygiene kit
Soap, tooth brus, come, etcQuantity: OPTIONAL
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 1 litre bottles or similar are great for expeditions! We prefer to not use camelbacks as its hose pipe might freezeQuantity: 2 x 1 litre
Gives you more stability during walk and summit push.Quantity: OPTIONAL
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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.
Cost varies according to the number of participants, contact us to know payment methods:
Price for 1 person: U$ 450
Price for 2 persons: U$ 400 per person
Price for 3-5 persons: U$ 350 per person
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