El Pintor (The Painter) is a magnificent mountain that rises above 4,000m (13,123ft) from sea level. Of moderate technical difficulty, this colourful giant offer for those who came to meet it, an excellent view of deep valleys and huge neighbouring Andean peaks.
The ascent begins at La Parva Ski Resort. The first section of the trek will bring us to the sector of Laguna Piuquenes at 3,599m (11,482ft), a lagoon that resembles the shape of an eye. After a short rest we will climb up 200m (656ft) more to a promontory named Falsa Parva. From this point we will continue a two hour hike following a practically flat trail that crosses through a desert and rocky landscape, to finally give our last efforts to attack the summit of El Pintor.
Fresh thin air and panoramoc views of some of the highest American summits. We will distinguish huge mountains like Marmolejo, Piuquenes and Tupungato, as well as mount El Plomo, which with its altitude of 5,550m (17,795ft), rises from the north offering a great impression with its majestic hanging glaciers.
This is a high mountain experience and requieres good mental and physical condition. Atmospheric pressure decreases in high altitudes and may provoke altitude sickness: nausea and exhaustion resulting from shortage of oxygen.
- Activity: Hike – Ascent
- Tour length: Full day
- Difficulty: Hard
- Season: From October to May
- Total distance*: 17km (10.5mi)
- Elevation gain: 1,200m (3,937ft)
- Max elevation: 4,200m (13,780ft)
* Back and forth without weekend ski lift
– Extra $29.00 for weekend lift ticket.
- 07:30 Pick up at your hotel
- 09:00 Beginning the ascent
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Summit
- 13:30 Descent
- 16:30 Hike end, ride back
- 17:45 Back in your hotel
- Guide ENG / ESP
- Box lunch: one sandwich and a large salad; cereal bar; chocolate and cookies; isotonic drink; two fruits and water.
- First aid kit
- Ski resort fee
- Trekking poles
- Accident insurance
- Personal clothing
- Pre-hydration and good breakfast
- Sleep well previous nights
- High trekking shoes
- Long sleeves shirt if possible
- Hut and sunglasses
- Warm, windproof clothing
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Pictures taken on January 24, 2015 (summer)