• Trip duration
    18 days
  • Trip level
    Hard
  • Max people per guide
    4 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Description

Mount Aconcagua (6961 m) is the highest summit in Argentina and also in America. It’s in the Andes Mountains, 112 kilometres away from the city of Mendoza.

This is an 18-day expedition through the Normal Route. It’s an ideal option for climbers with a previous acclimatisation, and also for those looking for shorter programs.

During the first days, we’ll have acclimatisation trekkings to Plaza Francia. Then, we’ll trek 40 kilometres in three days and reach Plaza de Mulas. After all this, we’ll be ready to start climbing Mount Aconcagua.

One of the most common difficulties during this ascent is the presence of a typical white wind. Because of that, we’ll use the extra days to increase the chances of reaching the summit.

For further details about this trip, you can find the itinerary below.

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

Itinerary

Day 1

Mendoza

Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina.

A representative of INKA Expediciones will be waiting for you at the airport.

We will stay at the hotel in the city. A group meeting will follow and you will meet the team members.

Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room.

Day 2

Penitentes

We will obtain individual entrance and ascent permits.

You will be personally assisted in this procedure.

After this we’ll travel to Villa de Penitentes, where we’ll stay at a Hotel in the mountain.

There we’ll get the equipment ready for transportation to the base camp, by mule.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 3

Penitentes / Confluencia (3368 m)

We’ll drive you to Horcones Park, where we’ll get our first view of the mountain.

We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station.

Then, we’ll head off to Confluencia by walking 4 or 5 hours.

Accommodation: Tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4

Trek to Plaza Francia (4200 m)

We’™ve included this day in order to acclimatize better, and give you more chances to summit. We’€™ll trek for about 5 hours until we arrive to Plaza Francia, base camp of the impressive Aconcagua South Wall. This is one of the nicest points of the expedition.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5

Confluencia / Plaza de Mulas (4250 m)

After 8-9 hours hiking across €œPlaya Ancha and climbing up through a very steep path, we’ll reach Plaza de Mulas, the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park.

By the end of the day, most of us will feel the altitude.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6

Rest day at Plaza de Mulas

The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day and a good occasion to take a bath and explore the local terrain.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7

Carry equipment to camp 1

This is a challenging day where we’ll gain 1.000 m. with a heavy load on easy terrain.

Then we’€™ll return to Base Camp. It’™s important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8

Rest day at Plaza de Mulas

This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 9

Ascent to Camp 1 (4900 m)

The following morning we’ll start the ascent to Aconcagua.

We’ll move to Camp 1, called €œPlaza Canada. Until now, we were working on get an optimal acclimatization. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to do summit.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10

Move to Camp 2 (5400 m)

Camp 2, called €œNido de Condores (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5.400 m. and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11

Carry equipment to Camp 3

This day, we’ll carry equipment to Camp 3 called Camp Colera. After carrying the equipment up, we’ll return to Camp 2 to sleep, to give our bodies more chances to acclimatize.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12

Ascent to Camp 3 (6000 m)

We’ll start a 4 hours walk to Camp 3, located on the North Ridge. We will prepare our tents and eat and rest, to be ready to get the summit.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13

Summit day (6961 m)

It is the most demanding day of the expedition.

We’ll climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6.500 m. We’ll ascend through the Portezuelo del Viento , climb €œLa Canaleta€, and the Filo del Guanaco, that leads us to the summit.

The prize is waiting for us, a 360° view and the experience of overcoming, that you only finally understand once you reach it.

At the end of this experience, we’ll descend to Camp 3.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14 to 15

Spare days

We have three extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit.

These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit.

Accommodation:Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 16

Return to Base Camp

Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp. We’€™ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience.

Accommodation: Tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 17

Base Camp / Penitentes / Mendoza

We’ll have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes.

There is a private transport waiting for us to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City.

Accommodation: Hotel, double or triple room.

€“Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 18

Mendoza

We have breakfast at the hotel. Check out and end of services.

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Next datesInfo
20/12/2017 to 06/01/2018
Max group size: 12 pax
04/01/2018 to 21/01/2018
Max group size: 12 pax
10/01/2018 to 27/01/2018
Max group size: 12 pax
17/01/2018 to 03/02/2018
Max group size: 12 pax
31/01/2018 to 17/02/2018
Max group size: 12 pax
14/02/2018 to 03/03/2018
Max group size: 12 pax

Price per person

1 Person3990USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Porters
These items are not included in the price: - Aconcagua Park climbing fee (tax charged by Mendoza government, according to dates). - Personal equipment. - Rescue or all other costs due to abandon of expedition.

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

Meeting point

Mendoza.

Accommodation

- Two (2) nights accommodation at a three-star hotel in Mendoza City (prices based on double or triple occupancy), breakfast included.
- One (1) night accommodation at in Penitentes breakfast and dinner included.
- Tents.

More info

About the client-guide ratio:

Up to 3 clients: 1 Guide for the whole expedition
4 clients: 1 Guide for the whole expedition + 1 assistant for Base Camp-Summit-Base Camp
From 5 to 8 clients: 2 Guides for the whole expedition
9 clients: 2 Guides for the whole expedition + 1 assistant for Base Camp-Summit-Base Camp
From 10 to 12 clients: 3 Guides for the whole expedition

Basic equipment required:

a) Clothing:
Light Weight Long Underwear. Expedition Weight Long Underwear. Fleece Jacket. Fleece Trousers. Parka. Jacket. Waterproof/breathable. Wind Pants. Waterproof/breathable.

b) Headgear:
Sun hat. Balaclava. Wool or pile ski hat. Head lamp. Glacier glasses.

c) Hands:
Synthetic gloves. Mittens. Gore-Tex over mitts.

d) Footwear:
Light hiking boots or trekking shoes. Climbing double (or triple) plastic or synthetic boots. Gaiters. Wool socks. Liner socks.

e) Climbing Equipment:
Ice axe. Crampons. Ski poles.

f) Camping:
Backpack. -20°C Sleeping bag. Ridge Rest sleeping pad. Therma rest pad. Dish, glass, knife, spoon and fork. Pocketknife. Water bottles. Pee bottle. Pee Funnel (for women). Sunscreen. Lip screen. Personal first aid kit.

g) Traveling:
Large duffel bag with lock. Smaller duffel with lock. Plastic bags. Travel clothes. Toiletry bag. Camera gear.