Mount Penitentes 360 Circuit · 4 Days Trip


Trekking around Mount Penitentes 360 traverse

This is a Trekking around Mount Penitentes, circuit 360 of 25 miles and is one of the most beautiful areas at the limit between the Chilean and Argentinean Andes. Along the circuit, we will first ascend the Serrata Pass at 13123 | ft 4000 m. From the top, we will be able to see Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain on the American continent, as well as another important mountain called Tupungato Volcano of 21555 ft – 6570 m. After the ascent to the Serrata Pass, we will descend to Tupungato Valley from where we will admire amazing views of this emblematic peak, the fourth highest volcano in the world. This area is particularly remote and interesting for its wilderness and well-preserved fauna and flora.
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Expedition Map


• Roundtrip private transportation from your hotel in Mendoza town
• Professional bilingual guide
• Technical equipment ( tent, walking poles, first aid kit, camping cooking gear, etc)
• All meals

• One Mule every two pax (loads 60 kg – camp to camp)


• Personal gear (sleeping bags and mattress)
• Phone communications and items of personal nature
• Insurance liability
• Ground or air evacuations
• Hospitalization or medication of any kind
• Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.


Day 01  Mendoza city. Meeting with the guide at your hotel

Control and rent of equipment if required

Day 02  Transfer to Penitentes 9186 ft – 2800 m

Hiking 6 h to the base camp 11076 ft | 3276 m

Acclimatization and camping in tents

Day 03  Hiking up to Serrata Pass 13123 | ft 4000 m

Hiking down following the valley at 11076 ft | 3270 m to camp II | 6-8 h

Day 04  We will walk for about 6 h down the beautiful valley called “Quebrada Arroyo Blanco”

Camp III in the Refugio Blanco at the end of the Valley

Hike under 11076 ft | 3375 m, relatively flat with 2 or 3 river crossings

Day 05  8 km hike following the valley “Quebrada del Tupungato”

Then finishing on the international route to Chile | 4 h. |  Transfer to Mendoza

Departure 8:00 am

Return to Mendoza 8:00 pm

Average trekking time 6-8 h

Difficulty Intermediate

Requirement Physically fit



Upper body
• 2 Top underwear, Polypropylene or capeline
• 1 Long sleeve shirts
• 1 Fleece jacket
• 1 Windproof Gore-tex jacket, It must have a hood
• 1 Down jacket, it´s better with a hood
• 1 Pairs of liner gloves
• 1 Pair of fleece or wool gloves
• 1 Hat or cap for the sun
• 1 Fleece hat or balaclava

Lower body

• 1 Bottom underwear
• 1 Trekking pant
• 1 Windproof Gore-Tex pant (we recommend side zippers)
• 1 Pair of trekking boots ( we recommend Gore-Tex models )

• 2 Pairs of light-weight socks
• 2 Pairs of heavy-weight socks
• 1 Pair of glacier glasses with side covers (100% UV)
• 1 Headlamp
• 1 Sleeping bag (-20ºC)
• 1 Pair of hiking poles
• Mattress
• Sunscreen and lip protection (SPF 40)
• 2 Water bottles
• 1 Thermo (half litter)
• Hiking backpack (35 L)
• Camera, video camera, extra batteries
• Personal first-aid kit
• 1 Pee bottle
• Personal hygiene kit
• 6 Batteries for headlamp or other

It would be great if you can bring a  90L expedition bag every 2 people to load your extra equipment on the mule.




Four Days


Mendoza Mountain Guides

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