Jan, Feb, Dec
You will begin your adventure by leaving your home country.
We will get checked in to the hotel and go over equipment, Leave No Trace policies, and our itinerary for the following days of the expedition.
After completing the necessary permit process, we will make our way to Penitentes by bus. We will enjoy dinner at our lodge-style accommodation.
We will arrive at the park via private van. Once registered, we head into the Confluencia Camp (3,300m) and settle in.
At the base of Aconcagua, Plaza Francia (3,695m) is a critical aspect of the acclimatization process, and we will be able to enjoy a delectable meal during this trek before returing to Confluencia.
Our day consists of an eight-hour trek to Plaza de Mulas (4,260m). We will ensure we have the appropriate gear and items for a comfortable stay.
We will take a light day trekking in the area and appreciating the area. The trek may necessitate crampons.
Another acclimatization trek will take us to Mt. Bonete and its summit (5,100m). The six-hour climb establishes deeper into the mountain environment.
We will work on gear carrying and building strength for the days ahead with an out-and-back trek. Climbers will be asked to carry roughly 25 pounds of group equipment with the 10 pounds of personal gear already in tow. The acclimatization trek to Canada Camp (4,910m) will provide another satisfying lunch in the beautiful mountains.
Another day getting used to the high altitude.
On this climb to Canada Camp, we will set up camp and prepare for our next moves.
From Canada Camp, we head higher into the mountains with a four-hour climb and set up our next camp at Nido de Condores (5,256m).
Slowly building altitude strength, we are getting acquainted with the environment.
Our High Camp, Camp Colera (6,000m), will push us closer to the top. This brief but challenging climb takes three to four hours and will set us up for a summit attempt on the following day.
An early morning departure after breakfast will take us to the peak of Aconcagua (6,962m). Once we have reveled in our achievement, we will descend back down to Camp Colera for the night.
We will begin our way down the mountain. Once we complete the long climb down to Plaza de Mulas, we will take some time to rest before heading out the next day.
This final trek of the program will lead us to Penitentes for the night.
Descending into Mendoza, we will check-in to our hotel accommodations.
This day is reserved for rest and / or restrictive weather conditions.
After the new memories you have just made, you will never forget this incredible trip.
|24/11/2019 to 15/12/2019|
|30/11/2019 to 21/12/2019|
|08/12/2019 to 29/12/2019|
|15/12/2019 to 05/01/2020|
|22/12/2019 to 12/01/2020|
|29/12/2019 to 19/01/2020|
|05/01/2020 to 26/01/2020|
|12/01/2020 to 02/02/2020|
|19/01/2020 to 09/02/2020|
|01/02/2020 to 22/02/2020|
We will meet at the airport in Mendoza – look for an Alpine Ascents sign.
We will be staying in hotels and camping for the duration of our expedition.
Pack weight averages 35 to 40 pounds, depending on personal gear.
Please purchase trip cancellation insurance within 21 days of booking this program.
The following personal gear and items are required for this program:
- Ice axe
- Climbing harness with two (2) locking carabiners
- At least four (4) additional non-locking carabiners
- 40-feet of accessory cord
- Trekking poles
- Mountaineering boots
- Three (3) pairs of hiking socks
- Short underwear
- Base-layer pants and shirts
- Mid-layer top
- Soft-shell pants and jacket
- Hard-shell pants and jacket
- Insulated lightweight jacket
- Insulated synthetic pants
- Insulated down parka
- Liner gloves
- Soft-shell gloves
- Insulated mittens
- Climbing helmet
- UV buff
- Hat for sun protection
- SPF 30+ sunscreen
- SPF 30+ lip balm
- Ski hat
- Glacier glasses
- Ski goggles
- Sleeping bag
- 55-liter climbing backpack
- Foam pad
- Inflatable sleeping pad (optional)
- Personal food
- Wide-mouth water bottles
- Travel mug, bowl, knife, and spoon
- Durable trash bags
- Urine bottle (and funnel, if necessary)
- Toiletry bag including toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste
- First aid kit and medication(s) as necessary
- Internet device (smartphones are acceptable)
- Water purification and treatment set
- Running shoes for approaches and off-mountain travel
- Travel clothing
- Duffel bag (recommended)
- Camera (recommended)
Some of these items are available for rent. Contact us with any questions you may have.
We are one of the prime guiding agencies in the US and our mountaineering school is among the most reputed in the country. We are recognized as industry leaders all across North America.
All our expeditions are carefully planned as we believe that our work prior to the start of the trip is key to helping climbers achieve their goals. We provide a wealth of important information to help participants plan more effectively and our guides are always available to answer questions.
We believe putting together cohesive groups is key and we ask participants important details about their training and climbing or hiking experience. This is key to our safety record, which stands as the finest in the industry. Injury prevention is always our top priority.
We think of climbers as modern-day explorers. Whether attending a mountaineering course or climbing Everest, you can expect us to treat every trip as a unique exploration. We know you have joined us to embrace a challenge and to learn through experience.
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