Pissis Base Camp


This is a beautiful ride to the base camp of Pissis, the third highest peak in the Andes. The unpaved road is not in too awful condition for the most part, and there are good views of a number of lakes and many of the Puna’s highest peaks.

There are only a couple water sources en route to the base camp, and nowhere to buy supplies after Fiambala.

Dist Alt Description
0.0 3290 Turn off paving at Pastos Largos/Coipa.
5.1 3550 House, water. By stream.
18.6 4430 Last water this side of pass.
18.9 4440 R. L to ?
21.1 4550 Abra Aparejos. Bonete comes into view.
32.3 4230 R – signed ‘Laguna Azul 19km’. (L goes to mine buildings by Laguna Aparejos)
40.0 4570 R.
40.6 4630 High point.
41.5 4550 Low point.
44.4 4730 Abra Laguna Celeste
50.6 4460 By Laguna Celeste.
54.0 4550 Balcon del Pissis. Great views of Pissis and Lag Negra.
67.1 4100 Leave shores of Laguna Negra and begin climbing.
75.5 4170 L – signed ‘Monte Pissis’.
76.6 4180 Cross river from Valle Ancho. Bit salty, wormy, but drinkable.
~90.5 4580 Pissis ‘Mar del Plata’ base camp.

Pissis BC Details
Distance (of which paved) 90km (0km) – one way
Time taken 3 days – one way
Amount climbed 2,750m
Traffic 1 car in 3 days.
Best time to cycle Nov-Jan, Mar
When we cycled Jan 2014
Difficulty 5
How much we had to push on this route 6km

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