Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Private and Group
Transfer from Mendoza airport to your hotel. Free evening to allow for some rest after your trip.
We meet at 9AM at the hotel. We check the equipment and get the necessary permits.
In the afternoon, drive to Vallecitos valley (2hs). We will spend the next 2 nights at a typical mountain hut (2850m).
Short acclimatization hike to Las Veguitas (3200m), with views over El Plata valley.
Today we will attempt to ascend 3 or 4 of the peaks of La Cadenita: Lomas Blancas (3850m), El Estudiante (3900m), Caucaso (4050m). The views are amazing!
Typical BBQ (“asado”) for dinner back at the hut.
Ascent to the camp at Piedra Grande (3500m). From here the views over the valley are beautiful. Overnight camping.
We leave early in the morning to enjoy a full day and acclimatize. We ascend to the summit of Adolfo Calle through rocks and snow, and return.
Acclimatization hiking up to La Hollanda camp (4600m), and return.
2 hour transfer to Penitentes. Overnight at a hotel (2590m).
Today we enter the Aconcagua National Park. Mules will take our equipment, and we will transfer with a pick-up as far as possible along the Horcones jeep road. We will hike up the Horcones valley until the camp at Confluencia (3414m).
We continue trekking, from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas base camp (4350m), on top of a glacial moraine. We will be beneath Aconcagua west face. It is a very comfortable base camp.
Rest and acclimatization day. It is normal to feel the altitude at this point.
We hike up to Camp 1 (4938m, Plaza Don Fernando), carrying belongings. We return to base camp to spend the night.
We hike up to Camp 1 carrying the rest of our equipment. This is where we will spend the night.
We hike up to Plaza Don Benegas (5609m). We set camp and rest.
We take this day to rest and acclimatize.
We hike up (3,5 hours) to Camp Plaza Caluba (5974m). We are less than 1000m in altitude from the summit!
This will be a very long but immensely satisfying day. We leave at 6 or 8AM, depending on the weather. We will reach the summit through Central Canaleta. The views along the way are outstanding. We will finally reach the metal cross which marks the summit of Aconcagua. I can’t even start to describe the views! Let’s hope for a clear day to enjoy them fully. Return to Camp Plaza Caluba.
Returning to Base Camp, we will go through Camp 1 where we will pick up the equipment that we left there.
To allow for flexibility (due to weather and route conditions, as well as your acclimatization, strength and health) I planned extra days. In this way, we will have plenty of time!
Walk from Base camp to the trailhead at Punte del Inca (6-7 hours). We arrive to the hotel in Penitentes: hot shower, fresh clothes, celebratory meal).
My services end with the transfer back to Mendoza, to your hotel.
Flight back home.
Hotel, mountain hut, camping.
- You can hire a porter for an extra cost.
- The guide ratio is 4, I can take up to 6 people with another guide.
Twin brothers Damian and Willie Benegas are two of the most respected climbers and mountaineers that Patagonia has produced. They boast an impressive 20 years' experience climbing and guiding expeditions in the Seven Continents, including tailor-made trips and group tours.
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It was their father's love for mountaineering and the outdoors that inspired Damian and WIllie as children to pursue their own adventures. Aconcagua and the mountains in northern Patagonia became their training ground and the place where they established themselves as world-class alpinists.
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