ACONCAGUA is one of the most visited mountains in the world, is the roof of America and of the Western hemisphere. With its 6962 meters above the sea level, it attracts people from all over the world. The climate and conditions of the high mountain make this expedition a unique adventure.
Short Trekking (4 days): 37 Km round trip
Vertical drop: 1100 mts.
Maximum height: 4050 m.a.s.l
Long Trekking (7 days): 85 Km round trip
Vertical drop: 2100 mts.
Maximum height: 5050 m.a.s.l
Expedition to the summit (18 days): 111 Km round trip
Vertical drop:4050 mts.
Maximum height: 6962 m.a.s.l
Itinerary: Here is also included the programming of the first week, for the options of Long Trekking / Plaza de Mulas.
Day 1: Mendoza: Meeting in the city of Mendoza in the morning. Check in at the hotel. Presentation of guides, equipment check, advice for rental, printing of permits, others. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Mendoza-Puente del Inca (2800 masl): Transfer to the Aconcagua Provincial Park office for the application and payment of ascent permits. Last minute purchases. Transfer to Puente del Inca (2800 masl). Check in at a mountain hostel. Rest, short walks, hydration. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Confluencia (3300 masl): Breakfast. We will start with our great adventure in Aconcagua. Transfer to Horcones (2900 masl). Presentation of permits and entrance to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. First section of the trek. 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 the Horcones River and continue to the Confluencia camp (3300 masl). Rest. Use of domes for meals and meetings. We will use mountain tents, from now on, to sleep. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Confluencia (3300 masl): Breakfast. We will dedicate this day to walk through the area with options between the Plaza Francia viewpoint (base south wall) or the slopes of Cerro Tolosa. Return in the afternoon, rest and hydration. We will prepare for the next, very long day, trying to go to rest early. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Confluencia-Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl): Breakfast. We will start early with a walk that will finish at the base camp of the normal route, Plaza de Mulas. We will cross the Horcones River and then we will cross a long sector that seems to be very flat, called Playa Ancha. Finally, we have a continuous ascent up the Cuesta Brava. In the afternoon we reach Plaza de Mulas. Rest and lots of hydration. Medical check. We will accommodate ourselves in new domes with dining tents and other tents to rest. 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 through the area to get to know the camp, one of the largest in the world. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Plaza de Mulas-Canada-Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl): Breakfast. To acclimatize, we will ascend to the Plaza Canada camp carrying some equipment. We will return to Plaza de Mulas and continue with rest and hydration. Option to rest or short walks. New medical and personal equipment check. Dinner and overnight. Long Trek groups and Bonete ascent: Descent to Confluencia-Horcones and transfer to the city of Mendoza. End of Program.
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 the same path as the day of the portage. Depending on the availability of water or snow, we will decide whether to stop at Plaza Canada or Cambio de Pendiente, a little further up. High mountain tents. Hydration and nutrition. Rest. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Plaza Canada (4950 masl): Breakfast. Rest day in Plaza Canada with possible portage to Nido de Condores. Hydration and acclimatization.
Day 11: Plaza Canada-Nido de Condores (5550 masl): Breakfast. Ascent to the height camp of Nido de Cóndores, one of the classics of the mount. Until here, in case of emergency and with good weather, helicopters can arrive. Rest, hydration and nutrition. Dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Nido de Condores (5570 masl): Breakfast. This day we will rest in this camp, before finally attacking the summit. Correct hydration and medical controls. Lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Nido de Condores or Berlin (5950 masl): Breakfast. Rest again in Nido de Condores or ascent to the highest camp of the normal route of Aconcagua, camp Berlin (5950 masl). This will be decided by the guides depending on the group. We start getting ready for the big day with good hydration and nutrition. Going to sleep very early.
Day 14: Summit-Berlin or Nido de Cóndores (6962 masl - 5950/5550 masl): Very early, we get 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. Then we start the long descent to the Colera or Nido de Condores camp. Rest and overnight.
Day 15: Colera-Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl): Breakfast. Descent to Plaza de Mulas. Rest and recovery. Overnight
Day 16: Plaza de Mulas-Horcones (2900 msnm) and Mendoza city: Descent to Horcones with porterage of mules. Transfer to the hotel in the city of Mendoza. End of the expedition and 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: