A fantastic 7 day trekking trip in the Aconcagua's base camps with an easy ascent to Cerro Bonete, led by local EPGAMT guide Ilan.
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
I invite you to live 7 days of pure trekking visiting the base camps and the legendary South Wall of the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the world after the Himalayan peaks. It will be also an introductory trek to high altitude mountaineering. For that reason I propose a 5000-meter ascent to Cerro Bonete with no technical difficulty.
And if this were not enough, you can choose the option to return to the starting point by helicopter, flying over the incredible Aconcagua Massif rising among the Central Andes of Mendoza, Argentina.
This one week trekking expedition to Cerro Bonete, will allow you to know the most important base camps of the Normal Route to the Aconcagua’s summit. Thanks to our mules service, we’ll walk without heavy backpacks what will make us enjoy the landscape to the fullest.
If you want to know more details about the itinerary, I invite you to find the day by day program at the end of this page.
Contact me now and come live an unforgettable trekking adventure in Cerro Bonete and the key spots of Mount Aconcagua with a local professional guide!
- Accommodation included
- Guiding fee
- Transportation start and back
Optional services: Hotel in Mendoza, transfers from the airport or bus station, heli charter from Plaza de Mulas to Horcones (cost: USD 1,300 per flight for 2 people max.) // Not included services: trekking permit fees in the Aconcagua Provincial Park, accommodation in Mendoza, beverages in Mendoza and Penitentes; extra costs in case of leave the trip in advance (mules, guide fees, etc), personal equipment, medications, air or ground evacuations, room services, laundry, telephone calls, medical service and any other service not mentioned in this program.
Transfer from the airport (optional). Meeting with the guide and members of the trekking and the summit expedition group, equipment check, rental of equipment if necessary. Obtaining the permit with assistance of the guide. Transfer to Los Penitentes in private vehicles. Accommodation in the mountain hotel (2580m). Our operations center is located in this locality. Here we’ll prepare your backpacks for their transfer in mules.
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer from Los Penitentes to the entrance to the Park (Horcones, 2,950m) by vehicle. Check of permissions. We’ll begin the approach trekking. After an easy walk of 3 to 4 hours we’ll arrive at Confluencia (3,390m), the first camp of the Normal Route.
On this day we will take a detour to see the impressive South Wall of Aconcagua. The main objective of the day is to get acclimatized to the altitude. After a walk of 6 to 7 hours (without load), we’ll return to Confluencia to spend the night.
After a demanding trekking of 7-8 hours and after visiting Playa Ancha and La Cuesta Brava, we’ll arrive at our comfortable base camp in Plaza de Mulas.
Day dedicated to rest, read in the tents or learn about the interesting world of the base camp. Whatever the activity, you have to be well hydrated.
This no technical ascent will allow us to appreciate a striking view of the Western Wall of the Aconcagua and the Central Andes and, of course, to reach a summit of 5,000 meters!
After a breakfast and farewell with the guide and the group that continues with the expedition, we will return through the Quebrada de Horcones to the entrance to the Aconcagua Park. From there our vehicle will take us back to Mendoza City, where the program ends.
Please note that the program starts at 9 AM, in order to have enough time to leave the equipment and obtain the trekking permit before noon. Please, coordinate your arrival flight according to this schedule. It is recommended to arrive to Mendoza the previous day.
For most of my adult life the mountains, especially the Andes of South America, have been a source of self realization and fulfillment. There is nowhere I feel more mindful and free then out in the hills. I fell in love with the outdoors on family hikes in the Israeli desert. My love affair with the mountains started while working in the Alta Ski Resort in Utah, USA. But it was in Argentina after a season working as a porter on Aconcagua that I decided to make guiding my profession. I am forever grateful for the chance to share my passion with others as a way of making a living.
During the austral summer I work exclusively on Aconcagua leading groups up the western hemisphere's tallest mountain. For most of my clients these expeditions are their first foray up a high altitude mountaineering destination. The altitude, extreme weather and two weeks of tent life are a new and challenging experience. Supporting clients through this experience is my favorite aspect of guiding: being able to introduce people to this knew powerful environment and to help them discover their inner strengths to complete this exciting challenge.
When I am not guiding on Aconcagua the Cordillera Real in Bolivia, the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Peru and the national parks of Patagonia are my favorite places for climbs and treks in South America. Especially the Huayhuash Trek in Peru and Mt. Illimani in Bolivia for their utter beauty and incredible cultural richness.
I am also an avid mountain biker and hill runner. There is nothing I like to do more during the off season then to explore mountain biking itineraries that cross the Andes. I offer trips that cross the Andes twice in Patagonia, go over 5,000-meter high passes from Salta, Argentina to the Atacama desert in Chile and a ride that starts in Cusco, Peru descends to mythical Machu Picchu and then climbs up to Lago Titicaca.
The amazing thing about South America is that there is an infinite number of untapped destinations ready to be discovered. Whether it be for trekking, mountaineering, mountain biking or hill running there is an ideal itinerary for everyone. Some are classic destinations offered by various outfitters but many are bespoke trips tailored for your specific interests. It would be my great pleasure to be able to organize and lead you on your next South American excursion.
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