Cerro de las Tortolas

Elevation (feet): 20,200
Elevation (meters): 6,160
Continent: South America
Country: Chile/Argentina
Latitude: -29.928755
Longitude: -69.910126
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Dec
Year first climbed: 1952 (sport climbers)
Nearest major airport: La Serena, Chile
Convenient Center: Santiago, Chile

Thanks to Earl Redman for adding this peak.

Cerro de las Tortolas lie east of La Serena on the Chile-Argentina border. It rises approximately 9,000 feet above its base on the Chilean side. The west face is the most spectacular and the most difficult side to climb. There are a variety of routes up the west side, all starting from a dirt road which parallels the range. A spur road zigzags its way north of the peak to Tortolas Pass at about 16,000 feet. Most routes on the mountain are steep scrambles.

On the summit is a monument to Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. Local Indian people have climbed the mountain and lit fires on the summit. There was a supply of firewood on the summit in 1994.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There is one trip report for Cerro de las Tortolas.

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  • Log #21784 - by Earl Redman on Oct 07, 2009
    Angel Lambert and I climbed Cerro de las Tortolas on Dec 17, 1994. We had been working between 14,000 and 16,000 feet near the El Indio mine for two months and were well acclimatized. We drove up...