Mountaineering in Mendoza
Mount El Plata is one of the best options for a high mountaineering experience in Mendoza – one of the highest mountains in the central Andes and the highest in the “Cordón del Plata” mountain range, which, reaching 20,013ft in altitude, is the most important mountain range in Mendoza. At 6000 meters, it is the ideal mount to begin practicing high altitude mountaineering – an excellent option for those hoping to achieve their first six-thousand-meter mountain experience in the Andes. It is also chosen by many mountaineers as an acclimatization ascent before attempting Mount Aconcagua. The beautiful Mount El Plata is located in the high mountain area known as Vallecitos and it is a symbol of Argentina’s mountaineering. Athletes from all over the world choose this mountain because its ascension represents an unforgettable and challenging adventure.
Another peak which can be climbed from the same camp is Pico Vallecitos. See note below.
The views from the summit of Cerro Plata are stunning!
To the south, the 14th highest peak in the Andes, Tupungato, is visible, together with the majestic Cerro Polleras (5993m) and the black Cerro Negro/Cerro Pabellon (6070m). Aconcagua, Ameghino and La Mano are located quite close by, to the north-west, and further away to the north, on clear days, the snowy peaks of the Mercedario Group can be seen.