Normal Route Cerro Aconcagua

Duración

18D / 17N

Tipo de tour

Mountaineering

Altitud del tour

6972 m

Tamaño de grupo

2 a 10 personas.

Guid­ed climb­ing expe­di­tions to Aconcagua offer a great way to expe­ri­ence the spec­tac­u­lar Andes of Argenti­na and reach a Seven Summit. This expe­di­tion is a great step­ping stone for the world’s high­est peaks, like Mount Everest, and a great intro­duc­tion to full blown expe­di­tionary climb­ing. Aconcagua, often referred to as the ​“Stone Sen­tinel,” is the high­est peak in South Amer­i­ca, the high­est peak in the world out­side of Asia, and one of the Sev­en Sum­mits. Join our expe­ri­enced guides and reach the sum­mit of this much sought after peak

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Tour Program

Itinerary

Day 01
MENDOZA (760m)
Upon arrival in Mendoza, you will enjoy the comforts of one of the best hotels in Mendoza which will be our meeting place. Your confirmation letter will confirm our meeting time where we will provide a complete orientation to include: a comprehensive gear check, an overview of the entire climb and a question and answer period. Guides will assist you with any gear rentals or purchases if required. For the evening you are free to walk the streets of Mendoza and enjoy the many great restaurants in the area. Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room. –Transportation: Airport – Hotel in Mendoza.
Day 02
MENDOZA / PENITENTES (2,725m)
After registration with Aconcagua Provincial Park we drive to Penitentes to start our acclimatization. Upon reaching Penitentes we will check in to our quaint hotel at the base of the mountain and have lunch. In the afternoon, the mule’s loads are prepared at our Depot at Los Puquios for the following day. Transportation: Mendoza – Penitentes – Accomodation: Hotel – Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 03
PENITENTES / CONFLUENCIA (3,300m)
After breakfast we take a short drive to the entrance of the Park in a private van. Permits will be presented as we start our 3.5 hour trek to Confluencia Camp (3,300m). We have light backpacks and the walking is on a well-worn, picturesque trail. Upon arrival to Confluencia you will be greeted by AMG staff with some refreshments and a tour of camp. After a good rest we set up our tents and take some time to explore the surrounding area and view the beautiful rock formations. You will spend two nights in Confluencia with full board and hot drinks provided throughout the day. It is a lovely camp and our staff is there to assist you. Transportation: Penitentes – Horcones – Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals. Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner
Day 04
CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA FRANCIA (4,000m) / CONFLUENCIA
Today we trek to Plaza Francia and back to Confluencia. At Plaza Francia we view the spectacular South Face of Aconcagua while gaining further acclimatization. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch and a spectacular view. The South Face of Aconcagua is famous for its difficult ascents where many of the best climbers in the world have come to test their skills. After exploring the area we descend back to Confluencia Camp for the night. 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner.
Day 05
CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260m)
We make our way to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (7-9 hours trek). Guides ensure we walk at a moderate pace so everyone arrives feeling well. The trek follows the Horcones Superior River and then rises up onto a lateral moraine next to the Horcones Glacier. Upon arrival you can relax in your dining tent with hot drinks and snacks. Our base camp is a full-service camp with full board and Wi-Fi, hot showers are available upon request. 7-9 hrs Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner
Day 06
PLAZA DE MULAS
The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day and a good occasion to take a bath and explore the local terrain. Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07
CARRY EQUIPMENT AND FOOD TO CAMP 1 – ALTITUDE: 5050 MTS.
This is a challenging day where we gain 1.000 m. with a heavy load on easy terrain. Then we’ll return to Base Camp. It’s important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp. Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner
Day 08
REST DAY AT PLAZA DE MULAS – ALTITUDE: 4300 MTS.
This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals. Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 09
ASCENT FROM BASE CAMP TO CAMP 1 – ALTITUDE: 5050 MTS.
The following morning we start the ascent to Aconcagua. We move to Camp 1, called “Plaza Canada”. We meet with the load that we brought the days before and we assemble the camp to stay overnight. Until now, we were working on get an optimal acclimatization. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to do summit. Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10
MOVE TO CAMP 2 – ALTITUDE: 5550 MTS.
Camp 2, called “Nido de Condores” (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5550m  and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11
ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT CAMP 2 – ALTITUDE: 5550 MTS.
This day is dedicated to improving the acclimatization to altitude. The guide may propose different activities according to the condition of the group. We take the opportunity to rest and give our body more opportunities to acclimatize. Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12
ASCENT FROM CAMP 2 TO CAMP 3 – ALTITUDE: 5970 MTS.
We start a 4 hours walk to Camp 3, located on the North Ridge. We will prepare our tents, eat and rest, to be ready to get the summit. Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13
SUMMIT DAY – ALTITUDE: 6962 MTS.
It is the most demanding day of the expedition. We climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6.500 m. We ascend through the “Portezuelo del Viento” , climb “La Canaleta”, and the “Filo del Guanaco”, that leads us to the summit. The prize is waiting for us, a 360° view and the experience of overcoming, that you only finally understand once you reach it. At the end of this experience, we descend to Camp 3. Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14
& 15 - SPARE DAYS IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS
We have two extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit. These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit. Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16
RETURN TO BASE CAMP.
Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp. We’ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience. Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 17
PLAZA DE MULAS / HORCONES / MENDOZA
We have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes. There is a private transport waiting for us to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City. Transportation: Horcones – Penitentes – Mendoza – Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room –Meals:Breakfast, Lunch Box
Day 18
MENDOZA
Breakfast. End of services. NOTE The proposed itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions or other forced situations that put in risk the group security. The guides have the authority to change the program according to their criteria. You can be sure the changes have two fundamental objectives. These are to maximize the security and the summit chances. And they are based on our guides knowledge and experience.

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