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Climbing Aconcagua. Argentina

Climbing Aconcagua

We invite you to climb the highest point of South America - Aconcagua, with a height of 6962 meters. It will be an unforgettable experience.

Article:
88
Country:
Argentina
Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
Directions:
Northwest (Normal route)
Complexity:
Middle
Number of participants:
From 1 person
Maximum height:
6962 m
Season:
December - February
Start of the program:
Mendoza
Finish program:
Mendoza
Duration:
17 days
Price:
3 400 USD
Count:
Tours dates
  
01.02.202217.02.2022
11.02.202227.02.2022
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Day 1

Mendoza (760 m). Arrival at the airport of Mendoza until 12.00 o'clock, transfer from the airport to the city. On this day, you will receive permits to climb Aconcagua. In addition, our representative will inspect your mining equipment and, if necessary, will help you to rent the missing items. Overnight at hotel or apartment in Mendoza.

Day 2

Mendoza (760 m) - Penitentes (2725 m). Morning transfer to Penitentes. In the evening of this day, the cargo will be distributed and the mules prepared for tomorrow's transition. Overnight at the hotel (hostel, guest house) in Penitentes with breakfast.

Day 3

Penitentes (2725 m) - Confluence (3300 m). The group will be driven by car to the entrance to the national park. After checking the permits, the transition to the Confluencia camp will begin. Equipment will be carried by the mules. Part of the equipment will be delivered to the camp of Confluencia, part - immediately to the camp of the Plaza de Mulas, where you will find it in our camp in 2 days. Not far from the entrance to the park you will see the famous Inca Bridge (Puente del Inca). Upon arrival at the camp, we will set up tents and be able to rest (Breakfast, Lunchbox, Dinner - further abbreviated. B, LB, D)

Day 4

Confluence (3300 m) - Plaza France (4200 m) - Confluence (3300 m). Exit to the Plaza France (Plaza France), the foot of the southern wall of Mount Aconcagua. Here we will have lunch with a picturesque view of the mountains. Then we return to the camp Confluence. This walk is an important component of the acclimatization process. If all members of the group have acclimatization at altitudes up to 5,000 meters (for example, after winter Elbrus or Kilimanjaro), you can shorten the program of this day and go up to the camp de Plaza de Mulas and spend the night there (B, LB, D) .

Day 5

Confluence (3300 m) - Plaza de Mulas (4400 m). The transition to the base camp Plaza de Mulas takes about 8 hours. We will stay in a camp equipped with all the necessary amenities. (B, LB, D).

Day 6

Acclimatization walk around the neighborhood. Preparation of cargo for carrying the next day. Overnight at base camp. (B, LB, D).

Day 7

Plaza de Mulas (4400 m) - Camp 1 Canada (4950 m). After 3 hours we will reach camp 1 Canada. Lunch, setting up tents. Some symptoms of altitude sickness may already appear here. (B, LB, D).

Day 8

Camp 1 “Canada” (4950 m) - Camp 2 “Nido de Condores” (5590 m). Go to Camp 2 Nido de Condores, which will take 4 hours. Installation of tents, rest. (B, LB, D).

Day 9

Camp 2 "Nido de Condores" (5590 m) - Plaza de Mulas (4400 m). Descend down for a rest. Tents leave in the Camp 2 Nido de Condores.

Day 10

Camp de Mulas Camp. Day of rest.

Day 11

Transfer to Camp 2 “Nido de Condores” (5590 m). 

Day 12

Transfer to Camp 3 “Kohler” (6000 m). Ascent to the camp 3 Kohler. Early rebound before climbing. (B, LB, D). In case of strong wind on day 12 - depending on the weather forecast, you can return to camp 2 to prepare for climbing on day 13 or make an attempt to climb a day earlier, on day 12, from camp 2.

Day 13

Camp 3 “Kohler” (6000 m) - the top of Aconcagua (6962 m) - Camp 3 “Kohler” (6000 m). Climbing to the summit and returning to Kohler 3 Camp (if participants feel well, in case of an early return from the summit you can descend to Camp 2 Nido de Condores or Camp 1 Canada). Great day! Early rise, breakfast and the beginning of the ascent. You will climb to the top, where you will experience unforgettable emotions, and go back down. This evening you will fall asleep with a sense of satisfaction from achieving the goal (Z, LB, D)

Day 14

Reserve day to storm the summit in case of bad weather on the previous day.

Day 15

Another reserve day. Descent to the campus Plaza de Mulas (4400 m). Descent to the base camp Plaza de Mulas. Free day for exchange of impressions from the expedition. (B, LB, D).

Day 16

Plaza de Mulas (4400 m) - Puente del Inca - Penitentes (2725 m) - Mendoza. The descent to Puente del Inca is the last hike on this expedition. Your things will carry the mules, and you - just a light backpack with a jacket and a bite. Transfer to Mendoza. Accommodation in a hotel or apartment. (B, LB).

Day 17

Mendoza. Breakfast. The completion of the expedition.

Mendoza (760 m) - Penitentes (2725 m) - Confluence (3300 m) - Plaza France (4200 m) - Confluence (3300 m) - Plaza de Mulas (4400 m) - Acclimatization Walk - Plaza de Mulas (4400 m) - Camp 1 “Canada” (4950 m) - Camp 2 “Nido de Condores” (5590 m) - Plaza de Mulas (4400 m) - Camp 2 “Nido de Condores” (5590 m) - Camp 3 “Kohler” (6000 m ) - Mount Aconcagua (6962 m) - Camp 3 “Kohler” (6000 m) - Reserve Days - Camp de Mulas (4400 m) - Puente del Inca - Penitentes (2725 m) - Mendoza

The total cost of the tour  - from $ 3,400 *

The price includes:

  • Transfer airport - hotel (apartment) in Mendoza.
  • Hotel or apartment in Mendoza. One night before the ascent and one night after the ascent you will spend in a hotel or apartment. Accommodation in double rooms or rooms with breakfast.
  • Assistance in the design of permite. Mount Aconcagua is located in a national park, to which you need a permit. According to the rules of the park, each participant of the ascent personally draws up a permit for him with the presentation of a passport. The guide assists in the payment and filling out papers.
  • Transfer Mendoza - Penitentes - Mendoza. Mendoza is 180 km from Penitentes. This distance you will pass on a comfortable minibus or car.
  • Meals. During the ascent you will be offered breakfast, lunch (lunch packages) and dinners. The menu was compiled by nutritionists, taking into account the needs of the body under such loads. Starting from the third day, you will be cooked. In the upper camps prepare guides. If you are a vegetarian or need a specific diet, please let us know in advance.
  • Hotel or hostel in Penitentes. This hotel is located a few kilometers from the entrance to the national park. Here you will spend the night before the start of the expedition. Accommodation in rooms for 2 - 6 people with a separate toilet. The price includes breakfast.
  • Mules. From Puente del Inca to the intermediate camps and back, your things will be carried by the mules. From each participant no more than 30 kg is accepted for transportation on mules (clothes, shoes, personal equipment, sleeping bags, thermoses, cameras, video cameras, drinking water, personal dishes, etc.).
  • Transfer to the entrance to the national park. A few kilometers from the hotel (hostel) in Penentes to the beginning of the route in Puente del Inca (Inca Bridge) you will pass by car.
  • Accommodation in Confluencia camps (Confluence), Plaza de Mulas (Plaza de Mulas), Camp 1 Canada (Canada), Camp 2 Nido de Condores (Nido de Condores or Condor Nest), Camp 3 Colera (Kohler).
  • Porters for lifting cargo in the upper camps. Porters will raise food, tents, burners, fuel from the base camp in Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3 and back. Each participant carries his own things (clothes, shoes, personal equipment, sleeping bags, thermoses, drinking water, cameras, video cameras, personal dishes, etc.). If you want your backpack to be carried by a porter, please inform in advance (the service is paid).
  • Expedition led by highly qualified guides. Guide / client ratio is 1: 2-3. Each guide has a walkie-talkie, a first-aid kit, medication for mountain sickness, a rope, an altimeter, and professional equipment.
  • Reserve days. Our expedition provides three backup in case of bad weather.
  • Communication. To provide communication, we use radios, as well as mobile communication of local cellular operators, which allows us to quickly resolve any issues that arise.
  • Tents. Usually during the high season on Aconcagua, the weather is good. But at high altitudes the strongest winds sometimes blow. Therefore, we use high-quality Red Fox Explorer tents, which have proven their stability and reliability. Usually, participants are accommodated by 2 people in a tent, a maximum of 3. If you need a separate tent, you must carry it yourself. The tents are also set up by the clients themselves, with the help of a guide.
  • Certificate. After climbing Mount Aconcagua you will be given a commemorative certificate.

Not included:

  • Cost of ALL air tickets to the city of Mendoza (Argentina)
  • Permit for climbing
  • Lunches and dinners in Mendoza, drinks and other personal expenses in Mendoza, Penitentes and camps along the way of ascent
  • Costs in case of refusal to continue the expedition. If you decide not to continue the expedition due to mountain sickness or for other personal reasons, then you will have to pay the costs associated with your individual return: rent a mule from the Plaza de Mulas to Puente del Inca (about $ 150-200), transfer from Puente del Inca to Mendoza, etc.
  • Expenses for accommodation in Penitentes and Mendoza with early exit from the territory of Aconcagua Park
  • Personal equipment
  • Climbing insurance (about $ 100-150)
  • Porters for carrying personal equipment (lifting cargo weighing 20 kg from the Plaza de Mulas camp to Camp 3 costs about $ 350, back - about $ 250)
  • Transfer from hotel to airport
  • Expenses for baggage receipt or purchase / rental in case of delay in delivery or loss due to the airline’s fault

 

ATTENTION!!!

  • At the request of the participants, participants may arrive in Mendoza in advance and move to Penitentes for preliminary self-study or accompanied by our guide for acclimatization in the surrounding mountains at altitudes of 2700-3900 m.
  • In case of unsatisfactory state of health of individual participants after days 7 or 8, associated with individual intolerance to the rate of acclimatization, a short (for 1-3 days) descent of the group to a lower height (due to a reduction in the number of reserve days) is possible, followed by continuing the planned route.
  • With the well-being of the participants and the availability of prior acclimatization, programs of days 4 and 6 may be reduced and the number of reserve days may increase.
  • You can choose any program duration and join the group at any stage of the ascent, depending on the acclimatization you have. In this case, the cost of the tour will be adjusted.

Aconcagua - the highest peak of South America, is located in the Andes in Argentina, Mendoza province, 15 km from the border with Chile. The altitude is 6962 m. The first ascent to the summit was made on January 14, 1897 by Matthias Zurbriggen, who climbed the summit alone. Aconcagua is included in the Seven Summits ascent list

List of equipment for climbing Mount Aconcagua:
1. Large backpack or shipping bag of 90-120 l
2. Storm backpack 40-60 l + preferably a rain cover
3. Sleeping bag with a temperature of comfort up to -20 ° (high season) / -25 ° (low season)
4. Rug (karemat or inflatable thick)
5. Warm down jacket
6. Wind and water resistant jacket (Goretex or equivalent)
7. Fleece or polar jacket
8. Wind and moisture resistant pants (Goretex or equivalent)
9. Pants fleece or polar
10. Pants are easy to track or shorts.
11. Thermal underwear (2 sets, one of them warmed)
12. T-shirts (including long-sleeved)
13. A raincoat
14. Gloves (2 pairs, thin and warm)
15. Warm down mittens
16. Woolen or Polar cap
17. Balaclava to protect the face from snow and wind
18. Baseball cap, cap, or other headgear to protect the face and ears from the sun.
19. Buff, shawl or scarf to protect the neck from the sun and wind
20. Ski mask with protection factor 4
21. Sunglasses with protection factor 4
22. Flashlight headlamp with a set of replaceable batteries
23. Trekking socks (several pairs, thin and warm)
24. Gaiters (leggings on boots to protect against the ingress of snow)
25. Sandals or slippers for use in the city and in camps in warm weather
26. Trekking boots
27. Boots for climbing (plastic or double-layer leather high-rise boots, designed for heights from 6000m). Single layer leather shoes are not allowed!
28. Cats (suitable for your shoes)
29. Trekking telescopic sticks.
30. Thermoses and drinking jars with a total volume of 2-4 liters (in the upper camps, the water in ordinary containers freezes)
31. A set of personal dishes (bowl, mug, spoon, knife)
32. Personal First Aid Kit
33. Sun Cream
34. Hygienic lipstick with high sun protection factor
35. Personal hygiene items (soap, towel, tooth cheek, wet wipes, etc.)

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