Cerro el Plomo

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Day 1


Arrive Santiago



Sort equipment and overnight Santiago hotel.



Travel to La Parva Skifield. Acclimatisation hike. Lodge overnight.



Trek to Piedra Numerada. Camping overnight.



Acclimatise in Piedra Numerada. Camping overnight.



Trek to La Olla. Camping overnight.



Acclimatise in La Olla. Camping overnight.



Summit arrempt. Camping overnight.



Return to Santiago, overnight hotel.



Fly to Mendoza (those continuing on to climb Aconcagua).


The expedition begins and culminates in the Chilean capital city of Santiago, the fifth largest city in South America. With no shortage of cultural sights to see, neighbourhoods to explore and gastronomic delights to experience, this is a city that has a lot to offer.

We spend a day in Santiago, allowing time to finalise our equipment. The following day, you can enjoy the Chilean scenery as you travel for a few hours with your guide as you make your way to the La Parva Ski Field (2,600m).  Enjoy an acclimatisation trek and a night at the mountain refuge.

The next day involves loading up the mules with your equipment, and the start of the trek towards Piedra Numerada (3,370m) where the team will camp overnight. This is your base for another day as you enjoy a day trek and gain valuable acclimatisation.

It is then onwards to Base Camp located at La Olla (4,000m) at the foot of El Plomo.  From here, you can take in the magnificent views of the valley and its hanging glaciers. After acclimatising for another day, it is up early for the summit attempt. En route to the summit you will get the opportunity to visit the site where preserved remains of an Incan mummy were discovered in 1954.  Once on the summit, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the central Andes and on a clear day, you may be lucky enough to see Aconcagua to the north.

Descend to Base Camp, and prepare for the final day’s travel back to Valle Nevado and Santiago.


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