Glaciar Alto del Plomo (english)
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The season for this trek is between the months of November and April.
Vehicle Access and State of the Road
From Los Andes, you should take the international road to Mendoza CH-60. Continue on this road for approximately 50 km and exit immediately before the 20-curve slope that ends in Portillo, here begins a dirt road that penetrates the same valley that the railroad used to travel to Mendoza, you can still find traces of its tracks and installations. This road, is generally in good shape. After approximately 8 km you will see the camping and administrative offices of Parque Andino Juncal. The trek begins here.
Public Transportation and Hitchhiking
Route DescriptionGlaciar del Juncal, follow it until crossing the river Monos de Agua. Once at the south river bank, you must follow the course of its waters towards the east. Depending on the start time, the area right before the crossing of the river can be a very good camping place, this way you will be sure to cross the river first time in the morning, when the river should be carrying less volumes of water. Starting here, the path gets somewhat lost. As a general rule, always keep on the south river bank. After about 45 minutes of crossing it, the hillside and the river practically get together leaving a very small space for the path, at times you will have to use the river rocks to make your way. This narrowing of the path does not last for more than 1 km. Once the river gets farther from the hillside again the trek continues for about 2,5 hours (approximately 3 km) until a slope gives an end to the valley. Ascend part of this slope
Take the same route back to the campsite and parking lot. It takes about 3 hours to the former, and an entire day to the later.
4 day Trek considering a first easy day of a walking for 3 hours. It is possible to do it in 3 days starting early on the first day. In this case the first and only camp site would be at the before the slope at the end of the Monos de Agua Valley.
Permits / Fees
Register with park rangers at Los Hornitos entrance. Entrance fee is 5.000 CLP, and camping is 2.500 CLP per night.
It is possible to mount Alto del Plomo Glacier to get a global vision of this gigantic glacier or small ice field, that also hangs to Argentina to the river Plomo. Once high at the glacier, with mountain equipment (harness, rope, ice axe, crampons) and mountain knowledge, it is possible to transit on the glacier with direction north and ascend one of these beautiful mountains like Leon Negro, Leon Blanco, Alto del Rio Blanco, Central, among others. Consider two additional days to ascend one of these mountains.
Waypoints on Google Earth
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