• Trip duration
    7 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    6 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Description

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!

Itinerary

Day 1

Mendoza - The Penitents (2580 m)

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.

Day 2

Penitentes - Confluencia

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.

Day 3

Confluencia - South Wall Viewpoint (Plaza Francia)

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.

Day 4

Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas

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 5

Rest day 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.

Day 6

Ascent to Cerro Bonete (5/6 hours - 5004 m)

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!

Day 7

Plaza de Mulas - Horcones - Mendoza

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.

Price per person

Group of 6920USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
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.

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Mendoza City

More info

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.

Disclaimer

I recommend all participants to hire a Travel Cancelation Insurance.