Cerro San Valentin
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||1952|
|First successful climber(s):||Otto Meiling's, Argentinian team|
|Nearest major airport:||Coihaique,Chile|
|Convenient Center:||Coihaique, Chile|
Cerro San Valentín is the highest summit of Patagonia. It is the central peak of the Hielo del Norte, a region of high peaks that rises on a narrow strip of land between Lake Buenos Aires and the west coast of Chile. The region is very remote, and the approach is long and difficult, with weather posing frequent threats. Cerro San Valentín, despite its stature as Patagonia's highest peak, is perhaps lesser known than the region's lower mountains with more spectacular sheer rock faces, such as Fitzroy.