ApproachA short repetition of what you can find on the main page under "Getting There":
Route DescriptionAt camp Hollada you are at the foot of Cerro Lomas Amarillos and to start with you follow the paths at the foot of this mountain towards the ridge on your left. You should aim at the lowest point of this ridge. There are two alternative paths leading up the sometimes steep and tiring slope. Lots of loose scree. When at the ridge, you'll be very close to "The Golden "Rocks" a part of the ridge with very strong yellow colored rocks.
The long ridge in front of you will take you to Portozuelo Vallecitos/Plata, the saddle in between the two main peaks in this part of Cordon del Plata. The path is always easy to find, even if it's switch-backing quite a lot.
At the Portozuelo (saddle) it's a smart move to take a GPS reading as the turnoff down the ridge can be very hard to find if the weather gets bad. This is the only place on the long ridge you can ascend/descend without any technical gear. The normal route to (Cerro) Plata circles around a small bowl and then on the left hand side of Platita's slopes. This well travelled path is also the way to reach Platita's summit, if you want to go for the normal route.
Walk along the ridge until you're under the face, then aim for the highest point. You can either walk close to the left hand edge of the face for better views or 30-50 meters from it for a slightly easier walk. It doesn't get steep until you're quite high on the slopes. Watch out for loose rocks. When you reach the first false summit, you can see the next in front of you. The edge of the ridge is precarious and you better not walk to close to it as the combination of loose gravel and corniche buildning is quite nasty. Pass two more false summits. You should now have clear views of Plata on you right and a the summit of Platita is not far off. When reaching what you think is the summit, you probably be uncertain if the next bump on the summit is even higher - it is, even if the first one looks higher. The difference in elevation is 9m between summit one and two.
Essential GearSturdy boots, warm clothing, walking sticks, GPS, water, some snacks and if snowy; crampons.
The latter you'll need regardless if you plan to go for the Plata directly after. See below.