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Aconcagua Argentina
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Aconcagua

At 6962m, Mount Aconcagua is known as the ‘Roof of the Americas’. Rising 1000m above its neighbors and visible from the Pacific coast 100km away, it is the highest peak in the western and southern hemispheres, and is the second highest of the seven continental summits, after Mount Everest. The claim to have stood on the highest point in the Americas is an excellent incentive to accomplish the climb!

Despite its height, Aconcagua is not a technical climb. But few ascents are straightforward, given the altitude, the frequent changes of weather (with winds up to 160 kmph and temperatures down to -30ºC or lower), and the need to complete up to 12 hours of sustained climbing on summit day.

Ropes are not needed, and even ice axes and crampons are sometimes not necessary, as there is not always much snow and ice. But it is still a very tough climb and must not be underestimated. The effects of altitude are more severe than in other peaks of the Andes, with atmospheric pressure a bare 40 per cent of sea-level pressure at the summit. Altitude sickness will affect most climbers to some extent, depending on the degree of acclimatization.

Our itinerary allows optimum time for fitness and acclimatization before attempting the 'normal route' via the northwest ridge. Our highly-experienced, internationally-certified mountaineering guides, all of whom have climbed and led countless expeditions on Aconcagua, ensure the very best chances of success. We also lead climbs up the alternative Polish Glacier Traverse route, which is longer and offers more beautiful and varied scenery.

The best time to attempt the summit of the America’s highest mountain is from December to March, when the weather is relatively stable. But be aware that the weather in Aconcagua is notoriously fickle and can change completely in a matter of hours. Warm clothes and a good down jacket are essentials.


Itinerary - Normal route

The most popular route is the ‘Normal Route’ via the northwest ridge. This approaches the mountain through the Horcones Valley.

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago de Chile. Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Day 2: Drive to the city of Mendoza (7 Hours). Stay in a hotel.

Day 3: Free day in Mendoza. Shopping and organizing an Aconcagua Park permit.

Day 4: Private transport from Mendoza to Penitentes (2680m) (3 hours). Stay in a hotel.

Day 5: From Penitentes, we drive for a short while to the Horcones Valley park entry point (2850m), where the trek begins. After around four hours of trekking, we reach our camp at Confluencia (3390m).

Day 6: Acclimatization day at Confluencia. Hike to the Plaza Francia viewpoint (4200m), which offers fantastic views of Aconcagua South Face, and return to Confluencia. Duration: 8 hours

Day 7: Trek from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas (4350m). Duration: 9 hours

Day 8: Rest day at Plaza de Mulas.

Day 9: Ascend to Cerro Bonnete (5000m). Return to Plaza de Mulas. Duration: 6 hours

Day 10: Rest day at Plaza de Mulas.

Day 11: Ascend to Nido de Condores (5560m). Return to Plaza de Mulas. Duration: 7 Hours

Day 12: Rest day at Plaza de Mulas.

Day 13: Trek from Plaza de Mulas to Nido de Condores, where we set up our first high camp. Duration: 5 Hours

Day 14: Trek from Nido de Condores to Berlin (5980m). Duration: 3 hours

Day 15: Summit attempt (6962m). Duration: 12 hours

Day 16: Extra day in the event of bad weather, unforeseen problems, etc

Day 17: Extra day in the event of bad weather, unforeseen problems, etc

Day 18: Trek from Berlin to Plaza de Mulas. Duration: 2 hours

Day 19: Trek from Plaza de Mulas to Horcones. Drive to Mendoza (3 hours) Duration: 8 hours

 

Itinerary - Polish Glacier Traverse

The second most frequented route is the Polish Glacier Traverse route, also known as the ‘Falso de los Polacos’ route. This approaches the mountain through the Vacas Valley, and ascends to the base of the Polish Glacier, then traverses across to the normal route for the final ascent to the summit.

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago de Chile. Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Day 2: Drive to the city of Mendoza (7 Hours). Stay in a hotel.

Day 3: Free day in Mendoza. Shopping and organizing an Aconcagua Park permit.

Day 4: Private transport from Mendoza to Penitentes (2680m) (4 hours). Stay in a hotel.

Day 5: Drive from Penitentes to the Vacas Valley park entry point, where the trek begins. After four hours of trekking we arrive at Pampa de Lenas, our first camp (3000m).

Day 6: Trek from Pampa de Lenas to Casa de Piedra (3250m). Duration: 7 hours

Day 7: Trek from Casa de Piedra to Plaza Argentina (4300m). Duration: 6 hours

Day 8: Rest day at Plaza Argentina.

Day 9: Ascend to Camp 1 (4900m) and return to Plaza Argentina. Duration: 7 hours

Day 10: Rest day at Plaza Argentina.

Day 11: Climb from Plaza Argentina to Camp 1, where we set up our first high camp. Duration: 5 hours

Day 12: Rest day at Camp 1.

Day 13: Climb from Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5850m). Duration: 4 hours

Day 14: Climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 (Colera) (6000m). Duration: 6 hours

Day 15: Summit attempt (6962m). Duration: 12 hours

Day 16: Extra day in the event of bad weather, unforeseen problems, etc

Day 17: Extra day in the event of bad weather, unforeseen problems, etc

Day 18: Extra day in the event of bad weather, unforeseen problems, etc

Day 19: Climb down from Camp 3 (Colera) to Plaza de Mulas. Duration: 3 hours

Day 20: Trek from Plaza de Mulas to Horcones. Drive to Mendoza (3 hours). Duration: 8 hours

What is included?

  • Private transfer from airport to hotel in Santiago de Chile.

  • Public transportation from Santiago to Mendoza.

  • Two nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Mendoza, double occupancy room with breakfast included.

  • Mountain guide internationally certified by UIAGM.

  • Welcome and farewell dinner or lunch in Mendoza (drinks: only one mineral water included).

  • Help in obtaining the necessary climbing permits for the Aconcagua National Park.

  • Private transport from hotel in Mendoza to Penitentes and back.

  • Lunch in Valle Uspallata en route to Penitentes. (drinks: only one mineral water included).

  • One night accommodation in a hotel in Penitentes, double occupancy room with breakfast and dinner included (drinks: only one mineral water included).

  • Private transport from Penitentes to the Vacas Valley trailhead.

  • Mules for the transport of equipment from Puente del Inca (Los Puquios) to Plaza Argentina and back. Limit of 30kg per person. We also transport the personal equipment to the intermediate camps at Pampa de Lenas and Casa de Piedra.

  • Food and drinks in Pampa de Lenas, two nights.

  • Food and drinks in Casa de Piedra, one night.

  • Food, drinks and base camp service in Plaza Argentina, with a limit of up to five nights. Includes: separate dining tent with tables and chairs, stoves, all necessary dishes (knifes, forks, spoons, plates, cups, etc.), cooking utensils and pots, cooked meals, cook, equipment storage tent for use while group is at the higher camps, electric lights, permanent radio communication, toilet tent.

  • High quality four-season tents (North Face, Mountain Hard Wear), stoves, cookware and dishes.

  • All the necessary food for the high camps.

  • Group medical kit including first aid supplies and pulse oximeter.

  • Radio for permanent communication between base camp, Mendoza and Puquios, to be able to co-ordinate different logistical issues, reservations and when necessary rescues or evacuations.

What is not included?

  • Airfare and airport taxes to and from Mendoza.

  • Bus tickets to and from Mendoza.

  • Climbing permits.

  • Food and drink not mentioned in itinerary.

  • Personal porters.

  • Personal equipment and gear.

  • Extra costs as a result of leaving the expedition early.

  • Medical or traveler’s insurance.

  • Extra costs as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation.

  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, internet, telephone calls and other items not mentioned above).

  • All other services not listed as included.


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