trip duration TRIP DURATION
6 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Andes
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
6 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
Intermediate
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Dec
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified

Description

A fantastic 6-day trek during which you won’t only visit Plaza Argentina and the Vacas Valley. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience Mount Aconcagua from the Condors’ perspective. This incredible program also includes a helicopter flight out of our base camp!

As you may know, the Aconcagua lies at 6962 meters in the heart of the Andes mountain range and it’s the highest peak in America and even in the world, after the summits of the Himalayas. But reaching its summit is not the only goal here. This mountain offers endless hiking options for those in search of an easier and shorter expedition.

That’s why I’ve planned this 6 day trek to the Vacas Valley and Plaza Argentina base camp, on the the east side of Aconcagua. Once we achieve our objective, we’ll come back by flying out instead of hiking 2 long days.

We have our own mules service so you’ll only need to carry a small backpack and some essentials. I will see to it that you enjoy the walk to the fullest!

So, if you come to Mendoza you cannot miss this amazing hiking trip. Book your place by clicking on the green button. Open dates in December 2017 and January 2018. It’ll be my pleasure to guide you through the Plaza Argentina and Vacas Valley!

Itinerary

Day 1

Mendoza - Los Penitentes

Pick up at the airport (optional, not included in the price). Then I will check your gear and assist you with the Park’s trekking permit procedures. Private transfer from the city of Mendoza to Los Penitentes, where we will spend the night in a lodge.

Day 2

Los Penitentes - Punta de Vacas - Pampa de Leñas camp (2950 m)

After breakfast, a van will take us to Punta de Vacas, our trailhead, where there is also the Park Rangers checkpoint. The trail gains altitude gradually as it winds along the Vacas stream and valley, on the less visited East side of Aconcagua. After a 4-hour hike we’ll get to our first camp: Pampa de Leñas, where we’ll eat the famous local “asado”(bbq).

Day 3

Pampa de Leñas - Casa de Piedra (3 240 m)

Breakfast and 6-hour hike to Casa de Piedra, our second camp in the Vacas Valley. The trail offers great views of the Polish Glacier and the East Face of Mount Aconcagua.

Day 4

Casa de Piedra - Plaza Argentina base camp (4190 m)

We must leave the main valley and cross the stream (with the help of mules if needed). Then we’ll hike up the narrower Relinchos Valley, that leads to Plaza Argentina. Our base camp chef will greet us with a solid meal in a comfortable dining tent. It is the perfect reward after the hardest day of the trip (6-7 hours).

Day 5

Rest and explore

Plaza Argentina is the perfect spot to rest, explore and take a closer look at the cosmopolitan world of mountaineering: the lofty dining tents, the seasoned guides and porters, the climbers from all over the world, the pace of the mules and the rush of the chopper, living all together under the same Andean sky. A really enriching experience!

Day 6

Plaza Argentina - Horcones - Mendoza

Early in the morning, our Base Camp manager will coordinate the helicopter flight (weather permitting). I will assist you getting on the helicopter. Seeing Aconcagua from the Condor’s perspective is a whole different experience! After enjoying one of the world’s most scenic transfers, the helicopter will land in Horcones, the trailhead of the Normal route. Finally, a vehicle will drive you to Mendoza City, where our program ends.

Price per person

1 Person3690USD
Group of 22415USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Porters
  • Heliski drop(s)
Not included in the price: trekking permit in Mt Aconcagua Provincial Park; lodging in Mendoza (optional); Beverages in Mendoza and Penitentes; Trip cancelation insurance; Personal gear (medications; ground or air evacuations; room services; laundry; beverages, phone communications and items of personal nature); Insurance liability; Any other service not mentioned above.

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate
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Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

In Mendoza City at 9 AM, in order to have enough time to check your gear and obtain the trekking permit before noon. Please schedule your arrival accordingly (I strongly recommend being in Mendoza the day before).

Disclaimer

* I strongly recommend to buy a trip cancelation insurance.
* If the helicopter is not able to fly because of weather conditions, we’ll reimburse U$S 500 per person and provide guides, mules and all necessary services for the hike back.

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