Monte Pissis is a dormant volcano that sits on the border between Argentina and Chile, about 16 miles from its counterpart in La Rioja province.
It is the third highest mountain in our Western Hemisphere at 7761 meters above sea level making it one of the most prominent landmarks for travelers to see when visiting these parts.
Monte Pissis is a three-tiered mountain, home to some of the world’s most dangerous and challenging climbs. The west summit was first climbed in 1937 by Polish mountaineers who would later be known as Osiecki or Szczepanski, two incredibly skilled climbers that made many important ascents throughout their careers climbing this peak.
Climbing Monte Pissis
The climb to Monte Pissis is arduous, but the views from its peak make it worth every step. Wearing warm clothes and sturdy shoes will keep you safe on this remote mountain path in winter months when temperatures can dip below -30 degrees celsius or about 0 Fahrenheit.
The best periods are December through March, where average highs hover around freezing point rather than high summer heat, which means less risk of dehydration, thus ensuring optimal performance during your adventure up top.
There are few places in the world that offer such a juxtaposition between mountain and desert. For 90 kilometers, you will be trekking through two different terrain types with varying environmental conditions—from lush forests to crisp snow fields-before culminating at the summit for an awe-inspiring view of both valleys below as well as some spectacular natural landmarks.
|Elevation (feet)||22,283 ft.|
|Elevation (meters)||6,795 m.|
|Best Months For Climbing||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year First Climbed||1937|
|First Successful Climber(s)||Polish climbers Osiecki and Szczepanski|
|Nearest Major Airport||Santiago del Estero or San Juan, Argentina|
|Convenient Center||Tinogasta, Argentina|