Aconcagua Trekking - Puente del Inca - Confluencia - Plaza Francia - Centinela de Piedra

Short option of trekking in Aconcagua, camping two nights at Confluencia camp (3400)

  • Start Date : 2021-Dec-04
    End Date: 2021-Dec-07
  • Hora Inicio: 9 am
    Hora Fin: 5 pm
  • Meeting Point:Mendoza City
    End time: Mendoza City
  • Duration:4 days + trip
    Availability: 15 available spots
Aconcagua Trek - Short option (4 days) - to Plaza Francia

Proposal

Aconcagua: Stone Sentinel in sight

We present you the most accessible route to get up close to the highest giant in America and the western hemisphere. An adventure on foot up to 4,000 masl, right at the base of one of the most imposing walls on earth, with almost 3,000 meters of unevenness.

Dates 2020/2021

December 6th
January 9th
February 13th

7 days long trek (to Plaza de Mulas or Plaza Argentina):

December 6th
January 9th
January 16th Trekking to Plaza Argentina !: CLICK HERE
February 13th

Itinerary - Exclusive programming in Aconcagua:

We recommend staying the day before in the city of Mendoza.

Day 1 Mendoza-Puente del Inca (2800 masl). Meeting in Mendoza city, bus terminal, airport or we will look for you in your accommodation. 9 am. Guides presentation and equipment check-up. Transfer to the Aconcagua Provincial Park office for the application and payment of ascent permits (consult the procedure online, several days before). Last minute shopping. Transfer to Puente del Inca (2800 masl). Chek In in a mountain hostel. Rest, short walks, hydration. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Confluencia (3300 masl). Breakfast. We´ll start with our great adventure in Aconcagua. 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 the Confluencia camp (3300 masl). Rest. Use of carpones-domes for meals and meetings. We will use mountain tents, from now on, to sleep. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Confluencia (3300 masl). Breakfast. This day we´ll dedicate to make an important 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. We´ll prepare for the next day, very long, trying to go to rest early. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Breakfast. Return to Puente del Inca by the same path of previous ascent. The views of the colossus begin to give us the reverse view and we say goodbye to the provincial park. In the parking lot the vehicle will wait for us to take us back to Mendoza where we will arrive in the afternoon (bus terminal end point).

End of Adventure
 

Note

Minors under the age of 18 must bring authorization signed and certified by the parents.

Included Services
  • Transfers from and to Mendoza City
  • 1 night of hostel in Penitentes or Puente del Inca
  • 2 nights sleeping in tents in Confluencia
  • Dining tents with tables, chairs and kitchen in Confluencia
  • Dishes (plate, glass, cutlery)
  • Professional mountain guides and helpers (1 in 6)
  • Guide assistants and group coordinators
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4.
  • Porting of general equipment and some of the particular equipment until Confluencia (mules).
  • General kitchen equipment, first aid and communication
  • Permanent assistance

Services NOT included
  • Ticket to Mendoza 
  • Trekking permit to Aconcagua Provincial Park (USD 120 foreigners).
  • Expenses caused by abandoning the program.

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Where you sleep

  • First night we sleep on a Hostal in Puente del Inca
  • Rest of the nights we sleep on tents, and we use domes for meetings and meals

Faq

Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active. In this case we suggest training (jogging twice to three times a week, cycling or swimming) and doing a good leg workout (gym, crossfit, , etc.)

Do I need to have previous experience?

We recommend  walking at least once before this trekking with a backpack, although no previous experience is required. Having slept in a tent also helps as a experience for this trekking.

Where do we spend the night?

Overnight is spent in mountain campsite in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people.

Do I have to carry a tent?

The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.

Do I have to carry a tent?

The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.

What is the weather like ?

Even though we visit the area in summer, temperatures tend to fall at night.

Are there any breaks to rest?

Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.

There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.

How old do I have to be to do this activity?

From 12 years old onwards. We also recommend you to contact us before registering or registering a minor just to make sure that his/her experience is the suitable for this trek.

How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman backpack, from 8 to 10 kilos, in a man from 10 to 12 kilos. 

Is there a porter service?

We have a mule porting service, which will carry the general equipment, such as kitchen items, food, tents, and security items, in the sections from one camp to another.

What do we eat?
  • Lunch: Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold sandwiches, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable stews with bacon or chorizo ;chicken and vegetable casseroles, pasta with various , barbacue (goat), Chaw Fan, chicken with rice among other meals
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
  • It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.

Difficultie´s Graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya

40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs

60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo

80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)

100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice

Fitness (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)

80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

20% flat land

40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents

60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.

80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.

100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

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Required equipment

GENERAL EQUIPMENT
  • Trekking Small Backpack  (30 to 45 liters)
  • Warm sleeping bag 
  • Insulated sleeping pad (10 to 15mm)
  • trekking poles
  • Waterproof plastic bags to keep all the clothes inside the backpack
CLOTHES
  • trekking socks 
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of trekking boots (in good conditions)
  • 1 second pair of resting footwear
  • Long trekking pants (NO JEAN)
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 2 Dry fit synthetic short sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt
  • Fleece and duvet jacket
  • 1 waterproof / breathable jacket  (parka,ultrex,goretex)
  • 1 sun hat (with flaps)
  • 1 handkerchief to cover your neck from the sun (multifunction scarves type Buff)
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
PERSONAL ELEMENTS
  • Passport or ID.
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel assistance insurance. Required.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Front flashlight with batteries (With spare batteries)
  • Sunglasses (Category III or IV)
  • Sunscreen (not less than factor 45). Lip balm
  • Toilet paper. Wet wipes
  • Containers for water for at least 2 liters (can be a plastic bottle)

 

OPTIONAL, not mandatory (see space and weight)
  • Steel thermos
  • Binoculars, monocle. Camera
  • Book, travel diary, pencil, pen.

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