Mt. Aconcagua Expedition
Mt. Aconcagua is located in the heart of the Central Andes of Argentina. The mountain is part of a State Park in the province of Mendoza. It is the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, the tallest peak on Earth outside of the Himalayas, and the second of the Seven Summits, after Mt Everest. Experiencing the unique atmosphere of the highest regions of the earth, with its powerful shapes and colors and its cool, thin air.
- Day-1 Arrival in Mendoza (760 m / 2,493 ft). Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Local sight-seeing and meeting with the tirp guide.
- Day-2 Mendoza. Team meeting, gear check, gear rental, climbing permit procedures. Guide will help you getting through the necessary paperwork.
- Day-3 Transfer in private vehicles from Mendoza to Penitentes. The group will spend the night in a lodge at Penitentes (2,580 m / 8,465 ft). This small mountain village is where loads for the mules are prepared.
- Day-4 From Penitentes to the trailhead. After breakfast, we drive by van for a few minutes to the Horcones Valley (2,950 m / 9,678 ft). Here we get our climbing permits stamped at the rangers check point and begin the approach to base camp. After a relaxed hike we arrive at our first camp, Confluencia (3390 m / 11,300 ft). For the entire hike you will be carrying only a day pack with some essentials, as the mules take care of the heavy duties.
- Day-5 Confluencia- South Face viewpoint-Confluencia (4,050 m / 13,287 ft). We take a detour to admire the imposing South face of Mt. Aconcagua. The main objective of the day is acclimatization. After a 7-hour hike we spend the night in the first camp.
- Day-6 Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas. After a demanding 7-hour hike we arrive at our well-equipped Base Camp (4,350 m / 14,500 ft).
- Day-7 Rest day in Plaza de Mulas. : Day spent at leisure around the base camp.
- Day-8 Cerro Bonete trek (5,004 m / 16,417 ft). An acclimatization hike to the neighboring Cerro Bonete: an awesome view of the West Face of Aconcagua and a 5,000mt peak bagged.
- Day-9 Gear carry to Plaza Canadá (5,050 m / 16,568 ft). The team climbs to the first altitude camp to carry part of the gear and then returns to Plaza de Mulas.
- Day-10 Rest day in Plaza de Mulas You can treat yourself to a hot shower (a reward after completing the first stage of the climb).
- Day-11 Plaza de Mulas - Plaza Canadá (5.050 m / 16,568 ft). The team leaves base camp and moves to the first camp. This is the beginning of the summit push.
- Day-12 Plaza Canadá - Nido de Cóndores (5.560 m / 18,241 ft). The team moves to the second camp. (expect to carry a 18-22 kg backpack).
- Day-13 Nido de Cóndores - Cólera (High Camp) (5.970 m / 19,586 ft). Move to the highest camp of the trip. You’ll have dinner at almost 6,000mtr.
- Day-14 Summit day! (6.962 m / 22,841 ft). Leave early to get the most of the (long) day. You will be carrying a very light backpack (water, snacks, some clothing, camera).
- Day-15 Extra day for weather condition. To secure the success of the expedition we have added two additional summit days in case of bad weather.
- Day-16 Extra day for weather condition.
- Day-17 Cólera-Plaza de Mulas. Back to the base camp& well-deserved celebration dinner.
- Day-18 Plaza de Mulas - Horcones - Penitentes. It takes approximately 6-7 hours. Most of the gear goes in the mules, so you walk light. From the trailhead at Horcones our van drives to Mendoza, after picking up the gear at Penitentes. Hotel check-in, end of the program.
|Hotel accommodation in Mendoza as per itinerary (double occupancy)|
|One Night in Penitentes with breakfast and Dinner|
|Full board during the expedition (All the meals inclusive)|
|Fully certified, English speaking guides.|
|All group (common) gear for the expedition (tents, Kitchen, radio, etc).|
|Complete base camp services (dining tents, bathrooms, meals, storage etc..).|
|Permanent VHF radio communication|
|Free internet at BC (limitations apply)|
|All the transfers in licensed, private shuttles.|
|First Aid and emergency medication.|
|Mt. Aconcagua State Park climbing permit|
|Meals in Mendoza not included|
|Lunch in Penitentes|
|Drinks in Mendoza and Penitentes.|
|Any cost incurred by the climber by leaving the trip early|
|Drinks in Mendoza and Penitentes.|
|Personal gear & Personal medications|
|Ground or Air evacuations, Room services, laundry & beverages, phone communications and items of personal nature,|
|Insurance liability, hospitalization or medication of any kind|
|Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.|
|Any cost incurred due to delay in climbing other than specified itinerary|