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Mt. Mercedario
Mt. Mercedario

Mt. Mercedario

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Climb Mount Mercedario for an adrenaline-pumping adventure in Argentina. The highest peak of the Cordillera de la Ramada range, and the eighth highest Andean peak, Mount Mercedario is a popular destination for guided excursions complete with porters, mules, base camp lodging, meals, and English-speaking guides.

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The basics

This snow-capped mountain towering over volcanic plains was first successfully climbed by a Polish expedition in 1934. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts today are drawn to Mount Mercedario and the challenge of climbing one of the highest mountains in the Americas; it reaches 6,720 meters (22,047 feet) in height. Travelers should expect a challenging climb and be prepared with all necessary equipment before hitting the trail.

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Things to know before you go

  • Mount Mercedario is a must-see attraction for travelers seeking outdoor adventures.
  • Altitude sickness can be a challenge at these elevations, so be sure to acclimate yourself to the conditions by staying in the nearby town of Barreal for a day or two.
  • The trail is not accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Only travelers with a good level of physical fitness and the correct gear should attempt to climb Mount Mercedario.
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How to get there

Most visitors arrive as part of a guided excursion including English-speaking guides, porters, mules, and meals. The mountain itself is located in the Andes of western Argentina near the border of Chile. Most climbers travel to the town of Barreal, four hours from Mendoza, to adjust to the elevation before setting out on the trail

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When to get there

Travel to Argentina is popular from October through April. Travelers who are interested in wine often plan a trip to coincide with the annual harvest months of late February, March, and April. The spring months of October and November are also known for pleasant temperatures.

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Wildlife

Some travelers are also drawn to climbing Mount Mercedario for the wildlife spotting. Expect to see condors, guanacos, and hares among other animals during the climb.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Mt. Mercedario?
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What else should I know about attractions in Mendoza?
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