Aconcagua Expedition

Level

Moderate/Challenging

Duration

18 days

Time to travel

Spring and summer months

Route

Polish Traverse Route

In mountaineering terms, Aconcagua is technically an easy mountain to climb. You do not require experience as this is not a technical climb, there is absolutely no need for ropes, axes, and pins.

Facts

Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia, at 6,960.8 meters and by extension the highest point in both the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the Mendoza Province, Argentina, and lies 112 kilometers (70 mi) northwest of its capital, the city of Mendoza. The summit is also located about 5 kilometers from San Juan Province and 15 kilometers from the international border with Chile.It is one of the Seven Summits

Facts

Meeting Place: Mendoza City Airport

Arrive: Day 1  5th Jan 18

Depart: Day 1822nd Jan 18

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Mendoza

Arrival in Mendoza (760 m / 2,493 ft). Our driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel. After checking into your room, you can relax or explore the many side walk cafes of the city. The trip guide will contact you to see about next day’s schedule.

Day 02: Mendoza to Penitentes

Transfer in private vehicles from Mendoza to Penitentes, where the group will spend the night in a lodge (2.580 m / 8,465 ft). This small mountain village is where we have our warehouse and where loads for the mules are prepared. / 3 hs drive

Day 03: From Penitentes to the trailhead.

After breakfast, we ride the van for a few minutes to the Horcones Valley (2.950 m / 9,678 ft). Here we get our climbing permits stamped at the rangers check point and begin the approach to base camp. After a relaxed hike we arrive atour first camp, Confluencia (3390 m / 11,300 ft). For the entire hike in to BC you will be carryingonly a day pack with some essentials, as the mules take care of the heavy duties. / 3-4 hs

Day 4: Confluencia - South Face viewpoint - Confluencia (4.050 m / 13,287 ft).

We take a detour to admire the imposing South face of Mt. Aconcagua. The main objective of the day is acclimatization. After a 7-hour hike we spend the night in the first camp. / 6-7 hs

Day 5: Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas.

After a demanding 7-hour hike we arrive at our well-equipped Base Camp (4.350 m / 14,500 ft). / 7-9 hs

Day 6: Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

Sleeping, reading in the dining tent or trying the yoga mats in our heated domo; whatever you do, get hydrated!

Day 7: Cerro Bonete trek (5.004 m / 16,417 ft)

An acclimatization hike to the neighboring Cerro Bonete: an awesome view of the West Face of Aconcagua and a 5.000 mt peak bagged. / 5-6 hs

Day 8: Gear carry to Plaza Canadá (5.050 m / 16,568 ft)

The team climbs to the first altitude camp to carry part of the gear and then returns to Plaza de Mulas. / 3-4 hs

Day 9: Rest day

Rest day in Plaza de Mulas, where you can treat yourself to a hot shower (a reward after completing the first stage of the climb).

Day 10:Plaza de Mulas - Plaza Canadá (5.050 m / 16,568 ft).

The team leaves base camp and moves to the first camp. First step of the summit push. / 2 ½ – 3 hs

Day 11: Plaza Canadá - Nido de Cóndores (5.560 m / 18,241 ft).

The team moves to the second camp.(expect to carry a 18-22 kg backpack). / 3-4 hs

Day 12: Nido de Cóndores - Cólera (high camp) (5.970 m / 19,586 ft)

Move to the the highest camp of the trip. You’ll have dinner at almost 6.000 m… It’s higher than most places in Earth! / 2-3 hs

Day 13: Summit day! (6.962 m / 22,841 ft).

We leave early to get the most of the (long) day. You will be carrying a very light backpack (water, snacks, some clothing, camera). / 8-12 hs

Day 14: Extra weather day

To secure the success of the expedition we have added two additional summit days in case of bad weather.

Day 15: Extra weather day

To secure the success of the expedition we have added two additional summit days in case of bad weather.

Day 16: Cólera - Plaza de Mulas.

Back to the comfort of the base camp and a well-deserved celebration dinner. / 2-4 hs

Day 17: Plaza de Mulas - Horcones - Penitentes.

The hike out takes approximately 6-7 hours. Most of the gear goes in the mules, so you walk light. From the trailhead at Horcones our van drives us to Mendoza, after picking up the gear at Penitentes.

Hotel check-in, end of the program. 6-7 hs + 3-4 hs

Day 18: Departure

Transfer to the airport

upon request

Trip Dates

5 January 2018

This includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in Mendoza as indicated in the itinerary, based on double occupancy. Climbers descending early will incur extra hotel fees.
  • 1 night of lodging in Penitentes (dinner and breakfast included).
  • Full board during the expedition (all the meals while in the Park, meals in Mendoza not included).
  • Fully certified, English speaking guides.
  • All shared gear for the expedition (sleeping tents, stoves and cooking gear, radio, etc).
  • Complete base camp services (dining tents, bathrooms, meals, storage).
  • All the transfers in licensed, private shuttles.
  • Permanent VHF radio communication.
  • We provide our guides with professional first aids kits and pulse oximeters for daily updates of acclimatization progress.
  • One porter every four climbers, to carry 20 kg of common gear.
  • Loads transportation in mules, to and from base camp.

This excludes:

  • Aconcagua Climbing Permit Fee ( 850-1250 USD depending on the season)
  • Travel insurance, medical evacuation insurance and rescue expenses as needed.
  • Excess baggage and departure tax
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Airport transfer from Airport to hotel in case the arrival is different than the group arrival
  • Single Room Supplement (Hotels Only)
  • Argentina Entrance Fee/Reciprocity Fee 
  • Hotel accommodation not indicated in the itinerary
  • Additional hotels, meals & transportation should the climb end early
  • Meals not included in the scheduled itinerary and Meals in Mendoza
  • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
  • All fees for early departure from team (such as non-scheduled Meals and mule transport).
  • Personal gear
  • Personal Porter
  • Customary guide gratuities
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond of our control

This itinerary is intended to be a guideline only, weather days and necessary extra rest days are always a possibility whilst on a climbing expedition.

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