Aconcagua Expedition - Mendoza

Aconcagua Expedition - Mendoza

Challenging the highest pick of América

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Start Date :
date_range2019-Jan-02
Initial time :
alarm9am in Mendoza City
Meeting Point:
Mendoza
End Date:
date_range2019-Jan-19
End Time:
alarm18hs in Mendoza
Location:
cuyo
Difficulty:
advanced
Distance:
1350 km from Buenos Aires approx.
Duration:
18 to 21 days

 

ACONCAGUA is one of the most visited mountains in the world, is the roof of America and of the Western hemisphere. 6962 meters, attracts people from all over the planet. The climate and conditions of the high mountain make this expedition a unique adventure.

 

Our style for Aconcagua:

We assist  the group throughout the year, in physical and mental preparation . 

We advise you during all the previous months in your equipment.

We propose an itinerary that includes staggered and  progressive acclimation.

 

Dates season 2018/2019

5th to 22nd December 2018

2nd to 19th January 2019

6th to 23rd February 2019

 

We recommend overnight the day before in the city of Mendoza

Programming-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 hotel. Presentation of guides, check of equipment, advice for rent, printing of permits among other lats minutes details. 

Day 2: Mendoza-Puente del Inca (2800 masl). 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 3: Confluencia (3300 masl). Breakfast.  Transfer to Horcones (2900 masl). 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 the 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 the 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.

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EVACUATION SYSTEM AND ABANDONMENT OF EXPEDITION:

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:

 

  • During the first 4 days (until Confluencia camp), the person can be evacuated by our guides and helpers of the expedition. If necessary, we hire a mule.
  • In the section between Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas, the guides and assistants are able to descend the passenger. During the stay in Plaza de Mulas, the evacuation without cost is no longer responsibility of the company. We advise you and assist you during the procedure. The cost of helicopter, mule or guide-assistant, is at the expense of each passanger. Self-evacuation system is forbidden (descending by your own). However, in almost all our expeditions, on day 8, from Plaza de Mulas,  we have a group of passenger from other groups that are descending . In this case,  the person could descend with this group which is in charge of one of our guides.
  • In the stage of the highest camps (last 8 days),  evacuation on foot is included, with the assistance of a guide or assistant, to Plaza de Mulas base camp. Meals and tents in Plaza de Mulas are also included. Descent can be done with the rest of the group that tried the summit. Costs of animals or helicopters for evacuation are not included.

 

ASCENT PERMITS


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.

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Professional mountain guides
  • Specific advice on materials and personal equipment.
  • Transfers from the city of Mendoza to Valllecitos and Horcones (uphill)
  • Transfers from Horcones to the city of Mendoza (downhill)
  • Important discount on specialized store equipment
  • 2 nights in 3 * hotel in the city of Mendoza ( night of day 1 and the descent)
  • 1 night in hostel in Puente del Inca
  • Technical safety equipment, VHF radios, mountain first aid kit.
  • Heaters and kitchen elements.
  • Base camp service (tents, chairs, tables,etc.) in Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas.
  • Tents during the whole expedition.
  • Satelital phone
  • Full board (all meals) during the entire expedition: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner.
  • Porter mules for general and personal equipment to Confluencia camp
  • Porter mules for general and personal equipment to Plaza de Mulas camp.
  • Porter for general equipment  from Plaza Canada to Nido de Cóndores
  • Porter for general equipment from Nido de Condores to Berlin or Plaza Colera 
  • Base camp services and meals in Plaza de Mulas in case of having to gdescend before the scheduled time waiting for the group.
  • Permanent assistance

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Permits to enter Aconcagua Provincial Park and ascent to summit (US$ 218 for Argentines, US$ 400 for Latinmericans and US$ 800 for other countries).
  • Meals in the city of Mendoza.
  • Meals and accommodations extra than those specified in the program.
  • Porters for personal equipment 
  • Tips
  • Evacuation expenses and eventual transfer in different places of the provincial park (helicopter and mules).
  • Expenses for eventual abandonment of the program, before the official date (mules, transportation to Mendoza, hotel)
  • Personal Equipment (see listing request)
  • Transfers from the city of origin of each passenger to Mendoza city (ask for bus tickets from Buenos Aires or Chile )
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