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Pilar Grande

Pilar Grande

Pilar Grande

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Argentina, South America

Object Title: Pilar Grande

Activities: Mountaineering

Elevation: 19718 ft / 6010 m


Page By: gert

Created/Edited: Feb 18, 2011 / Mar 20, 2015

Object ID: 699611

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Pilar Grande
summit of Pilar Grande

Pilar Grande is a subsidiary peak of Mercedario exceeding the 6000m line. It is very easy to reach and a perfect viewpoint to check the normal route or the Ollada glacier route (mentioned as Northern glacier on SP). Spectacular is the view of the northface of the next subsidiary in the west!
Here are my GPS data:
S31 57 01.7 // W70 06 14.6 // 6007 mWGS 84

Getting There

There is a lot of information about getting there on the other mountain pages of Mercedario and the Mercedario Group.

Climbing the mountain

Pilar Grande
the ridge

Most likely you will be on the normal route of Mercedario.
From the camp Pirca de Indios at about 5170m follw the trail towards Ollada. When reaching the little outcrop turn right and follow the ridge.


Pirca de Indios
Camp Pirca de Indios

In my opinion Ollada is not a good place to stay. There is no protection in case of a very strong storm from the west and you may get blown of the mountain. However, most people set camp there as to reduce the distance to the Mercedario summit.
Pirca de Indios seems to be very cold but safe and you will find running water at the glacier.

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A small correction - it should be Pilar Grande, with one "l". See here for example:


When seeing the photos I'd like to go back. What a nice area!

Posted Feb 18, 2011 9:43 pm
gertRe: Pilar


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Thank you! I will chage that soon!

The area is very beautiful. Nearly no one goes there by surprise! :-)
Posted Feb 19, 2011 12:59 pm

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