Mount Penitentes traverse

  • De vista al Cerro Penitentes en el primer dia de la Travesía

The Mount Penitentes traverse is really a challenging expedition since we will surround it by covering 44 km and 1800 meters of positive slope.

We will enter through the Quebrada de Vargas and hike until we reach the Tupungato River which will lead us to the town of Punta de Vacas.

We consider this to be a challenge because we will be carrying all our food, plus personal equipment, which requires a significant physical effort.

You will surely dare to go on this unforgettable journey. You only have to have good physical and mental preparation.

Come on, we’ll make it!

Day 1: Arrival at Penitentes. We will hike 6 km to the refuge “Grajales” in the Quebrada de Vargas, at 3,200 meters.

Day 2: Crossing to “Blanca” ravine.

Day 3: Arrival at Tupungato River.

Day 4: Arrival at Punta de Vacas and transfer to Mendoza.

  • Professional trekking guide
  • General gear (Tents, heaters)
  • All foods from lunch of day 1 to breakfast of day 4
  • Snacks (fruits, cereal bar)
  • First aids personal trained
  • Insurance
  • Transportation


  • Tips

Not included

  • Personal gear
  • Non mentioned services

What to Expect from the Full Board?

This includes: breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner for the 3 days walk, except for the first day which starts with the on-the-go lunch. The meals are prepared according to the logistics and activity. Initially, some meals can be:

  • Risotto with bacon
  • Noodles with meat sauce
  • Sandwich with homemade bread, cold cuts, tomato and avocado.
  • Rice with sautéed vegetables
  • Fajitas
  • Fresh fruit, nuts, cereal bars, oatmeal cookies, etc.

What do I do if I lack equipment?

We can recommend you an equipment rental, and we will accompany you in the process of choosing the right one for the activity.

How will we carry the loads?

You will have to take the personal items plus what will be distributed in the group, so the backpack can weigh up to 18 kg the first day.

What can I do if I don’t want to carry my load?

In this case, you will be able to hire the service of “mules”, having to inform it in advance.

How many people will sleep in each tent?

The tents are triple, to facilitate the logistics and the weight to be carried. In case you want a double tent, you must ask for it apart from the service.
It is a long journey so everything will be measured accurately, that means limited food, coats and clothes.