Day 1: Meeting in Mendoza city, 9 am. Private transfer to Penitentes (2850 m.a.s.l.), located 120 kms from the city. We`ll prepare the backpacks and begin the hike to the base camp. Ascent by Quebrada de Vargas. 5/6 hour walk, with intermediate stops. Rest and setting up of the camp. Acclimatization. Dinner and overnight.
Note: in winter conditions or with less available time, we usually camp next to Cuevas River, at 2700 meters above sea level. This way the first day there is almost no physical demand and on the second day we walk with less weight. In this last case, the second day is as the first one.
Day 2: We use this day to rest and enjoy the landscapes while we are acclimatizing to the height. Short hike Hydration, dinner and early sleep.
Day 3:Early breakfast. Day to attempt Penitentes summit of 4350 masl. The ascent is long and gradual. We begin to get great views of the south wall of Mount Aconcagua. Arrival to summit around noon. Photos and celebration. Return to camp. Long day between 8 and 10 hours of walking. Farewell dinner and overnight in the mountain.
Day 4: Breakfast. Descent by the Quebrada de Vargas(4-hour walk). Private transfer to Mendoza city. End of our services.
Demanding expedition. Ideal for intermediate trekkers or those looking to add experience to important goals (for example: Aconcagua summit).