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Group Aconcagua Expedition via the Normal route, from Mendoza

Group Aconcagua Expedition via the Normal route, from Mendoza
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Group Aconcagua Expedition via the Normal route, from Mendoza
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Follow an IFMGA certified mountain guide in the Andean Raju Expedition team and conquer the roof of the Andes on this 11-day expedition to Aconcagua from Mendoza.

Group

Andes

11 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec

Extremely Fit

Advanced


Highlights

* Climb the tallest mountain in the American Continent.

* Spend 11 days exploring the Andes, in Mendoza.

* Admire dazzling views of the range from the summit.

Description

With its 6,962 meters of altitude, Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Andean Range and the American Continent. That is why it is one of the main goals for climbers from all over the world.

Situated in the Argentinean province of Mendoza, very near the border with Chile, this impressive peak belongs to the Aconcagua Provincial Park, in the Arid Andes.

The big massif presents two main summits, north and south. At the base of the mountain, there are various valleys, such as Quebrada de los Horcones and Quebrada de las Vacas.

On this 11-day expedition, we will take the normal route to the top. Although this route is not very difficult technically, keep in mind that the climb is demanding and requires and excellent physical condition. Below, you can take a look at our itinerary.

Are you ready to conquer the top of the Andes? Get in touch with us by sending your request now.

Looking for more 6,000-meter peaks in the Andes? Check out this program that I lead to Huascaran, in Peru.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Mules and horses

- Clean drinkable water

- Mountain guide expenses

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

A minimum of 6 participants is required. Also included: baths in base camp, communication devices, wifi in Plaza de Mulas, help with permits, first aid kit, hot water, last day dinner, taxes. Not included: flights, permits (about USD 800-900), personal equipment, personal porters, personal insurance, cancellation insurance, last lunch, personal expenses, sleeping bag, extra accommodation, meals and drinks not listed, extra transfers.

OPTIONAL: 3-Day acclimatization plan, USD 300 + 5% service fee:

We will meet 3 days before the tour starts in Mendoza, then we will travel to Penitentes. In the next 2 days, we are going to acclimatize in 2 peaks of 4 thousand that are in the area of Penitentes (Cruz de Ca帽a and Cerro Le帽as). On the next day the tour itself begins.


Itinerary

Day 1: Mendoza

Our expedition will begin at the Mendoza Airport, from where we will transfer you to your hotel. Here, we will have a brief and check the equipment. Accommodation in a 3 stars hotel.

Day 2: Mendoza - Penitentes

Transfer from Mendoza to Penitentes.

Day 3: Penitentes - Confluencia Camp

In Penitentes, we will register to enter the park. From the entrance, we will hike to the Confluencia Camp (3,400 meters). The mules will carry our equipment and we will only have a light backpack. Night in domes.

Hiking time: 2-3 hours.

Driving time: 4 hours.

Elevation gain: 2,640 meters.

Distance: 7 kilometers.

Day 4: Confluencia - Plaza Francia - Confluencia

Trekking to Plaza Francia (4,126 meters) to acclimatize and see the Aconcagua south wall. Head back to Confluencia to rest and have dinner (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 5-6 hours.

Elevation gain: 726 meters.

Distance: 8 kilometers.

Day 5: Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas

Long ascent to the Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4,300 meters), at the foot of Aconcagua. We will go across beautiful spots such as Playa Ancha and Cuesta Brava, and contemplate great views. At the camp, we will set up our tents and relax (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 6-7 hours.

Elevation gain: 900 meters.

Distance: 18-20 kilometers.

Day 6: Plaza de Mulas - Cerro Bonete

To improve our acclimatization, we will reach the summit of Cerro Bonete (5,100 meters). From the top, we will get to see stunning views of the big mountain (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 5 hours.

Elevation gain: 800 meters.

Distance: 5 kilometers.

Day 7: Plaza de Mulas - Nido de C贸ndores

After breakfast, we will depart to our Camp 2, Nido de C贸ndores (5,570 meters), and set up our tents (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 5 hours.

Elevation gain: 1,270 meters.

Distance: 6 kilometers.

Day 8: Nido de C贸ndores - Campo C贸lera

On this day, we will head to our last camp, Campo C贸lera (5,900 meters) and prepare for the big day (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 4 hours.

Elevation gain: 330 meters.

Distance: 2,5 kilometers.

Day 9: Aconcagua Summit

The big day has come. We will start early in the morning with a light backpack. The ascent will be very demanding mentally and physically and we will face cold and strong winds. It will be a slow climb with many stops to rest. Finally, our effort will be rewarded with the unique sights of the Andes that we can contemplate from the summit. Descent back to C贸lera Camp (L, D).

Hiking time: 8-10 hours.

Elevation gain: 1,062 meters.

Distance: 3 kilometers.

Day 10: Campo C贸lera - Plaza de Mulas

After breakfast, we will descend to Plaza de Mulas (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 4-5 hours.

Day 11: Plaza de Mulas - Penitentes

Descent to Penitentes (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 6-7 hours.

Day 12: End of the program

Transfer to the city o Mendoza. End of the program (B). Accommodation in hotel.

Driving time: 4 hours.

Day 12: Extra day in case of bad weather


Equipment you will need to bring

Boots, trekking pants and shoes, socks, hat, sleeping bag, jacket, warming and waterproof clothes, flashlight, personal first aid kit, towel.


FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

We do advise our clients to train before the expedition. It is important to go to the gym to strengthen muscles, walk 12 to 15 km in mountain areas in your country, run, and swim.

Before starting the expedition it is important to acclimatize.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

This Aconcagua climb is physically challenging and requires good physical fitness. Aconcagua is located at a high altitude, so it is important to get acclimatized to the altitude before you attempt the summit. This can be done by climbing gradually higher peaks in the weeks leading up to your ascent. Cardio exercises will help you build up your stamina, while strength training will help you build muscle and bone density.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

The equipment list will be sent once the customer makes the reservation but it is basically the following: double boots (for example G2SM, Phantom 6000, among others), down jacket, -30 degrees sleeping bag, harness, ice axe, helmet, and thermal pants.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

There will be one guide for every ten climbers.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

From December to March

Can I join a group?

You can join a group for the scheduled dates.

What is included in the price?

The following are included in the final price:

-Baths in base camp

-Communication devices

-Wi-Fi in Plaza de Mulas

-Help with permits

-First aid kit

-Hot water

-Last day dinner

-Taxes

What is NOT included?

Not included:

-Flights

-Permits (about USD 800-900)

-Personal equipment

-Personal porters

-Personal insurance

-Cancellation insurance

-Last lunch

-Personal expenses

-Sleeping bag

-Extra accommodation

-Meals and drinks not listed

-Extra transfers

Where will we meet at the start of this trip?

Our expedition will start at the Mendoza Airport, where we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we鈥檝e curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Termas de Cauquenes Hotel Cauquenes Chile
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Hotel Diego de Almagro Cauquenes Chile
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Hotel & Spa Hacienda Los Lingues Cauquenes Chile
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About the guide

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Andean Raju

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Tour Operator

We are a team of young IFMGA and UIMLA-certified mountain guides and leaders, with extensive experience. We offer hiking and mountain expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Per煤, our main adventure destinations. We also offer ascent expeditions to the most emblematic mountains of Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia.

In Andean Raju Expeditions we are proud of our work. Our priority is always the satisfaction and safety of our customers, always taking care of the conservation and protection of the environment. Our mission goes beyond adventure, we offer our clients a personalized experience and our friendship, sharing our culture, knowledge and love for nature and mountains to ensure every visitor an unforgettable experience.

Languages

English

Certificates

IFMGA

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What people are saying about this trip

Edouard

5.00

An extraordinary exp茅rience with Pablo and Alex, two fantastic guides (and now friends for life) from Huaras, Peru, who are at the same time extremely professional and incredebly flexible. We reached the summit on day 8 to benefit from a good weather window. My heurt is full of gratitude for the who le exp茅rience and the magical encounters I was blessed with during that expedition. Probably amongst the very best memories in my entire life. Thank you si much, guys! And see you soon for new adventures 馃槢馃敟鉂わ笍馃槉


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