Cerro Mercedario
Cerro Mercedario
Mercedario, the highest mountain in San Juan, and the seventh of America. Season by season, this hill is receiving more and more international climbers looking for authentic experiences, new challenges and less crowded mountains. Near from Aconcagua, is 6770 meters high above sea level and different ways to get to the summit, some of them not explored or rarely performed. Rock, Ice and Mix climbing with the entire difficulties and lengths spectrum can be done here. Is a wonderful site to discover, doing trekking, climbing, or horseback riding and it hosts some archeological pieces from the Incas and picturesque sceneries.
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Feb 2015 • Friends
The Valle del Colorado is not only for technical climbing, but also for hikers who want to get away from the over crowded Aconcagua region. It helps if you have a native Spanish speaker with you because getting there requires a local outfitter (shuttle service in a high clearance vehicle) to drive you to the trail head of either the Valle del Colorado or the Inca route. Once there, aclimatisation requres 7 to 10 days of backpacking to the higher camps. The region is dry and arid, where the only water scource is from glacial melt. Exceot for the Guanacos, it's like being on a different planet. I've been there twice - in 2012 and 2015 and this is a definite 'Bucket List' trip.
Written March 22, 2015
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