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The high Andes of Central Argentina and Chile is a land of kaleidoscopic colors, where geologic formations tell a 250 million year old story. Dormant and active volcanoes, some over 20,000 feet tall, claim the horizon. The Vergara Pass is a relatively low pass, considering the mountains around it, allowing for a marvelous crossing through the high Andes without the challenges of altitude.

  •  Support vehicle during the entire trip
  •  ALL transfers – including Chile – Argentina
  •  ALL accommodations: includes 8 nights of hotels and 5 nights camping
  •  ALL meals (not including alcoholic beverages)
  •  Bilingual guide(s)
  •  Cook when camping
  •  Individual and mess tents when camping
  •  Bike repair tools and spare parts
  •  Spare bike
  •  Complete medical kit including oxygen and spine board
  •  Satellite phone
  •  Bicycle – see below for details
  •  Bicycle-specific repair parts
  •  Rear bike rack and rack trunk (optional but recommended)
  •  Sleeping bag and inflatable mattress
  •  Wind gear
  •  Warm jacket for the cool nights
  • *feel free to write us for a complete gear list

Quality rental bikes are hard to come by in Argentina which is why we think that coming with your own bike is the best option. If a rental bike is a must for you we will be happy to look into what is available. The riding we will do is not technical so a rigid or hard-tailed mountain bike, a hybrid bike or a touring bike are all possible options depending on what you are most used to riding. What is most important is to keep the components simple so that it is easy to fix any mechanical problems along the way. We recommend v-brakes over disc brakes for this very reason. The gears should include a low “granny” gear for the climbs. As far as front suspension goes, it is nice to have the comfort of suspension on the descents or for washboard sections. However, as with the brakes it is just one more component that can suffer mechanical failure that may be impossible to fix on the road. Lastly, it is important that you have good strong wheels with tough rims, sturdy hubs, quality spokes and medium-width tires. A bike rack with small panniers or a rack trunk is ideal for carrying extra clothes, snack food and basic bike tools. It is not a must, but we find it much more comfortable than a backpack, especially on the longer days.

Level of difficulty: this ride is a physical challenge not a technical one. It requires no technical mountain biking skills only good physical preparation. The riding is mostly on dirt roads, with some important climbs (always car grade).