Climbing Aconcagua by the Polish glacier

Reach the summit of the highest mountain in America and discover the beauty of the Andes, in this exciting 16-day climbing trip.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

16 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
     

    Aconcagua is the highest mountain in America. In fact, it’s part of ‘The 7 Summits Circuit’, a challenge that involves climbing the highest mountain in each continent.

    Climbing Aconcagua is a great chance to experience what 7000m feel like! It’s also the best starting point if you plan to go for bigger objectives, like the 8000m summits in Himalaya.

    For this trek, we’ll start in Vacas Valley, towards Plaza Argentina base camp. Once there, we will ascend up to the Upper Guanacos Route, where we will install our high camp 2.

    From here, we will ascend in a traverse towards the Normal Route. Then, we’ll set up the last camp (High Camp 3).

    According to the plan, we’ll be reaching the summit of Mount Aconcagua on day 13. It will be an incredible experience and will provide a deep sense of achievement too!

    After that, we’ll descend through the Normal Route to base camp Plaza de Mulas.

    It’s important to mention that this route does not present any technical difficulties. Previous climbing experience on rock or ice is not required, although an excellent fitness level is definitely a must.

    You can check the complete itinerary of this trip below.

    Please contact me if you want to be a part of this climbing trip to Aconcagua. I will be happy to be your guide!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    8750 USD

    Group of 3
    4500 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Mendoza

      You will enjoy the comfort of one of the best hotels in Mendoza city.

      On this day we’ll check your
      mountain equipment and accompany you to hire the necessary things. (Food is not included)

    • Day 2Mendoza / Penitentes (2725 m)

      Before going to Penitentes, the whole group will apply for the climbing permit with my assistance.

      You will
      have lunch and spend the night in Penitentes.

      In the afternoon, the mules will be loaded and prepared for the
      following day. (B, L, D)

    • Day 3Penitentes / Pampa de las Leñas (3000 m)

      The group will be taken to the entrance of the Park in a private van and you will start trekking to Pampa de Leñas Camp.

      The equipment will be carried by mules. At arrival, you will set up tents and rest. (B, PL, D)

    • Day 4Pampa de las Leñas / Casa de Piedra (3600 m)

      After breakfast, you will walk to Casa de Piedra. This trek lasts 6 hours.

      The tents will be already set up and you will be able to rest waiting for dinner to be ready. (B, PL, D)

    • Day 5Casa de Piedra / Plaza Argentina Base Camp

      The trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp lasts 6 hours.

      You will stay in our own campsite, with the necessary
      comforts. (B, PL, D)

    • Day 6Plaza Argentina Base Camp

      You will be able to rest during the whole day or just go sightseeing around the area, and contemplate the
      beauty of the mountain. (B, L, D)

    • Day 7Plaza Argentina / Camp 1 (4950 m)

      You will take part of the altitude equipment to Camp 1 where you will enjoy your packed-lunch and then return to Plaza Argentina.

      This walk will help you to get a better acclimatization.

      Each member of the group will carry without exception, a food load and fuel for the expedition that will be between 7 kg as the minimum and 10 kg as the maximum. (B, PL, D)

    • Day 8Plaza Argentina Base Camp

      Resting and acclimatization day in Plaza Argentina. On this day, you will make sure that your equipment is
      ready and you will rest so as to be strong enough for the next days that demand more effort. (B, L, D)

    • Day 9Plaza Argentina / Camp 1

      After a 4 – hour trek, you will reach Camp 1.

      On the way, the group will have lunch and once you arrive, you
      will set up the tents with my™ help.

      You will start to feel the altitude effects on your body. (B, PL, D)

    • Day 10Camp 1 / Camp 2: Upper Guanacos (5500 m)

      The group will climb up to 5500 m to install there Camp 2.

      The tents will be pitched, and the team will be able to rest and recover for the following day. (B, PL, D)

    • Day 11Camp 2

      Rest day in Camp 2 to recover your strength and continue the trip. (B, L, D)

    • Day 12Camp 2 / Camp 3 (6000 m)

      Everybody will get up very early in the morning, you will have breakfast, and you will start ascending
      towards the Normal Route.

      Here, Camp 3 will be installed, strategically located for its altitude and protected from strong winds.

      I will check each member of the group and will give the last advises.

      Besides, I’ll plan the final strategy to the last climbing day in order to assure the greatest success
      possible in the summit.

      Dinner and rest. (B, PL, D)

    • Day 13Camp 3 / Summit (6962 m)

      Climbing day from Camp 3 to the summit and return to Camp 3. This is the great day! You will get up very
      early in the morning, have breakfast and start climbing.

      You will get to the summit, where you will live an incredible experience, and then return to Camp 3.

      That night, you will rest with the satisfaction of having
      reached your aim. (B, L, D)

    • Day 14Camp 3 / Plaza de Mulas (4260 m)

      After a long trek, you will get to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. The group will have the day free to share those
      emotions experienced throughout the expedition. (B, L, D)

    • Day 15Plaza de Mulas / Puente del Inca / Mendoza

      Descent to Puente del Inca and last effort in the expedition.

      Your belongings will be carried by mules so
      you will only take a light backpack with a jacket and your packed lunch.

      You will return to Mendoza city.

      (B, PL)

    • Day 16Mendoza

      Breakfast. End of the services. (B)

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Mendoza.

    Accommodation

    - Hotel in Mendoza.

    - Tents during expedition.

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    Personal equipment and clothing you should bring with you include:

    – 1 Pair of plastic boots

    Note: Climbing plastic boots or double boots are the best option for high altitude.

    In Aconcagua you will find temperatures very cold (-30°C / -22°F). Koflach Artic

    Expedition, Scarpa Vega or Asolo AFS 8000 are good examples of plastic boot.

    There are excellent alternatives to a plastic boot, in which the outer boot is made

    of modern synthetic materials. Ask me about these new models as La Sportiva

    Nuptse, the Vasque Ice 9000 or the Salomon Pro Thermic. I must be sure that

    your boots are equipped for very low temperatures

    – Crampons with ‘step-in’ bindings (12 points, non-rigid recommended)

    – 1 Pair of trekking poles (adjustable preferred)

    – Climbing helmet

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    EPGAMT Mountain Guide from Mendoza, Argentina

    From South to North along the Andes, Martín climbed several mountains ranging from 3000 meters to snow covered peaks above 6500 meters; in the Alps he climbed Mt. Blanc and other classical routes; in Central America he explored remote jungles and volcanoes; and following a personal search he also travelled to many mountains and places in the Pyrenees and the New Zealand Alps.

    Among his achievements, he summited 22 times Mt. Aconcagua in commercial expeditions, and snowboarded snowy slopes in 3 continents. Nowadays he dedicates an important part of his life to study and practice yoga.

    Some of his certifications:

    - EPGAMT certified trekking and mountain guide
    - Member of AAGPM (Association of professional mountain guides of Argentina)
    - AAGM high altitude mountain guide
    - Snowboard instructor, member of A.A.D.I.D.E.S. (Argentine Association of ski and snowboard instructors)
    - Homologated as UIMLA mountain leader
    - Professor of Purna Yoga Integral, Power Yoga and Swara Yoga, recognized by IYF (Internacional Yoga Federation)

    “During my 15 years guiding, I discovered that the quality of the experience for the client is based in 3 pillars: Safety, Fun and Learning. I developed my professionalism focused in this objectives, having an up-to-date training, in order to offer to my clients the possibility of enjoying the experience, learning and growing while having fun, always in a safe environment”.

     
     
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