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Our style for Aconcagua:
Short Trekking (4 days): 37 Km round trip
vertical drop: 1100 mts.
Maximun height: 4050 m.a.s.l
Long Trekking (7 days): 85 Km round trip
vertical drop: 2100 mts.
Maximun height: 5050 m.a.s.l
Expedition to the summit (18 days): 111 Km round trip
vertical drop:4050 mts.
Maximun height: 6962 m.a.s.l
Day 1: Mendoza: Meeting in the city of Mendoza in the morning. Presentation of guides, check of equipment, advice for rent, printing of permits among other lats minutes details. Transfer to the office of Aconcagua Provincial Park for the application and payment of all the permits. Last minute purchases. Transfer to Puente del Inca (2800 masl). Check In in mountain hostel. Rest, short walks, hydration. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Puente del Inca (2800 masl). Breakfast. Rest day. Hydration and good nutrition. Short walks in the area to get to know the surroundings of Puente del Inca. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Confluencia (3300 masl). Breakfast. Presentation of permits and admission to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. First section of the trekking. We pass through the Horcones lagoon where we get the first great view of the Colossus of America, with its impressive and majestic south wall. We cross the bridge over Horcones river and continue to Confluencia camp (3300 masl). Break. Use of domes for meals and meetings. We will use mountain tents to sleep, from here on. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Confluencia (3300 masl). Breakfast. Walk through the area with options between the viewpoint of Plaza Francia (base south wall) or the slopes of Cerro Tolosa. Return in the afternoon, rest and hydration.Preparation for the next day. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl). Breakfast. Walk to the base camp of the normal route, Plaza de Mulas. We will cross the Horcones river to get to Playa Ancha , a long sector that has the appearance of a great flat. Finally there is a continuous ascent through Cuesta Brava. We reach Plaza de Mulas in the afternoon. Rest and hydration. Medical check. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl). Breakfast. Rest day, medical check-up and general controls. Hydration and good nutrition. Short walks in the area to get to know the camp, one of the largest in the world. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Canada-Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl). Breakfast. In acclimatization mode and light, we will ascend to Plaza Canada camp carrying equipment. We will return to Plaza de Mulas. Short walks in the area. New medical check and personal equipment. Dinner and overnight. .
Day 8: Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl). Breakfast. New day of rest. Hydration and good nutrition. Short walks in the area to get to know the camp. Dinner and overnight
Day 9: Plaza Canada (4950 masl). Breakfast. First day in which we will spend the night above the base camp.We will ascend by the same road as on day 7. Depending on the availability of water or snow, we will decide whether to stop at Plaza Canadá or Cambio de Pendiente, a little further up.Break. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Plaza Canada (4950 masl). Breakfast. Rest in Plaza Canada with possible carrier to Nido de Condores. Hydration and acclimatization.
Day 11: Nido de Condores (5550 masl). Breakfast. Ascent to Nido de Cóndores camp. So far, in case of emergency and with good weather, helicopters can arrive here. Rest. Dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Nido de Condores (5570 masl). Breakfast. Rest and acclimatization. Correct hydration and medical controls. Lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Nido de Condores or Berlin (5950 masl). Breakfast. Rest at Nido de Condores or ascent to the highest camp of the normal Aconcagua route, Berlin, at more than 5900 meters. This will be decided depending on how the group is doing. We prepare for the big day with good hydration and nutrition. Going to bed very early.
Day 14: Summit-Berlin or Nido de Cóndores (6962 masl - 5950/5550 masl). Very early, we are ready to start the day we have been waiting for a long time. We ascend to Independencia (6300 masl), then we cross to a cave and begin the final attack by the famous Canaleta to the northern and main peak of the highest mountain in America. Photos and celebration. We start the long descent to the Colera camp. Rest and overnight.
Day 15: Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl). Breakfast. Descent to Plaza de Mulas. Rest and recovery. Overnight
Day 16: Horcones (2900 msnm). Descent to Horcones with carrier animals. Transfer to Mendoza city. Check in at hotel. End of the expedition and of our services.
Day 17: Extra day in case of bad weather or final day in Mendoza.
Day 18: Extra day in case of bad weather or final day in Mendoza.
In the unlikely event of an accident or in the case one of the passengers can not continue with the expedition, the procedure we implement in our expeditions is the following:
Ascent permits include the use of the trails, the chemical toilets in the base camps and the medical service also in two camps. It does NOT include evacuation by helicopter.