Perhaps you've climbed some high peaks in your native country. You might have summited Kilimanjaro, or had a taste of some ice climbing, and are now looking to tackle a summit in the Andes. There are some great introductory peaks near Bariloche in the Lake District, and near El Chalten in Los Glaciares National Park. It is even possible to combine both of these areas into one trip. See below for some different options.
Volcan Lanin (3,776m)
Located near San Martin de Los Andes in the Argentinian Lake District, summiting this volcano rewards you with some breathtaking views. You can tackle Lanin between December and April (or possibly July-October as part of a ski touring trip - see bottom of page).
It can be summited in 2 days, plus 2 days of travel to/from San Martin de los Andes.
Volcan Lanin Trips
Volcan Osorno (2652m)
This beautifully formed cone-shaped volcano is still active. Many compare its appearance to Mount Fuji. It's upper slopes are almost entirely covered in glaciers so previous experience climbing this terrain is advisable.
It can be summited in 1-day with a good weather window.
Volcan Osorno Trips
San Lorenzo (3706m)
The second highest peak in Patagonian lies in a beautiful and remote area on the Chile-Argentina border accessed from Cochrane in the Aysen region of Chile.
Summiting San Lorenzo involves 5 days on the mountain and 2 days of travel from and to Balmaceda airport.
San Lorenzo Trips
Gorra Blanca (2,910m)
Sitting on the edge of the South Patagonian Ice Cap, summiting Gorra Blanca presents incredible views across this huge mass of ice.
It's a demanding 2-day hike out, first ascending the Marconi glacier and then a day for the summit itself. In total, you will need 6 days out of El Chalten. This could potentially be combined with an Ice Cap expedition.
Gorra Blanca Trips
Gorra Blanca is a 2,900 metre peak overlooking the Patagonian Ice Cap. Whilst physically very demanding, between November and February Gorra Blanca does not require technical mountaineering experience and with the support of highly experienced guides this a great way…
Cerro Tronador (3,491m)
Tronador lies in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National Park and is accessed via Pampa Linda, a short drive from San Carlos de Bariloche.
Tronador means 'thunderer' and that really is the sound you hear on approach, as ice calves off the one of the eight glaciers into a natural amphitheatre below.
Summiting Cerro Tronador usually involves a 3-day expedition, summitting on Day 2, and using the Meiling mountain hut on the first and second nights. There are actually a few different peaks on Tronador and for introductory/intermediate trips you'd tackle the 'Pico Argentino' at 3,187m.
Cerro Solo (2,221m)
An isolated peak rising in close proximity to the town of El Chalten where it can be easily accessed from.
Summiting Cerro Solo rewards you with spectacular views of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
It's normally a 3-day ascent. Access to this glaciated peak is via a great day of hiking out of El Chalten and around Mount FitzRoy. You'll check gear and practice your skills on the Torre Glacier (which is a great destination in itself).
This peak can be climbed in a day from El Chalten and has possibly the best view of Mount Fitzroy and the Southern Ice Field. The climb takes about 6 hours and involves a glacier traverse. Some experience using an ice axe and crampons will be help you reach the summit with more ease however the climb can be used as a good introduction to glacier-level climbing.
The Andes has plenty to offer for the experienced climber/mountaineer but if you're ready for the next step then our guides can support you on the following:
San Valentin (4,085m)
The highest peak in Patagonia lies in Chile on the Northern Ice Cap. San Valentin is a challenging peak to get to and an expedition can take up to 3 weeks. Although not technically challenging you need to be mentally strong because of the powerful winds that can keep you tent-bound for days at a time. If you are looking to conquer the ultimate Patagonian peak then this is it. San Valentin can be accessed from Lago San Rafael or Lago General Carrera.
North Tower of Paine (2,260m)
Set in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park are three gigantic granite peaks and one of these peaks gives the park its name. You should allow 10 days for this ascent, 4 days to get in/out and 6 for the best weather window.
Next to Mount Fitz Roy, there is a 600m climbing route with pitches from 5.4 to 5.9 and a pitch of 5.10b. You should allow 6-7 days including time to review your skills and wait for the right weather window.
Please get in contact and one of our Patagonian specialists can tell you more about our advanced climbing trips.
Advanced Climbing Expeditions
For those who don't have the time for Aconcagua, but still want to get into the high Andes, there a number of other high altitude but non-technical options in Chile and Argentina:
Ojos de Salado (6,920m)
The highest active volcano in the world, situated in the Atacama Desert. It is also the second-highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. It is located 600km north of Aconcagua. This is mostly a strenuous hike on dry rubble with the final section of the summit possibly requiring some ropework.
Volcan Parinacota (6,330m)
A dormant stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Bolivia. This is an Alpine F grade on a snow/rubble slope of about 35 degrees
Located in the same region as Volcan Parinacota, this near-perfect stratovolcano is not technically challenging but the sheer altitude and impressiveness of it makes it a worthwhile climb
The most active volcano in the northern Chilean Andes last erupted in 1993 producing ashfall as far wide as Buenos Aires.
Volcano Mountaineering Trips
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