Mount Penitentes rises from the Quebrada de Vargas, a little above the homonymous ski-winter center and a few kilometers from Puente del Inca. In front of it, the Mount Aconcagua of 6962 meters above sea level rises.
This trek offers you to approach the Cordillera of the Andes, make an amazing approach trek to the base camp at 3300 meters above sea level, and then attempt the summit, at 4350 meters above sea level.
The program is 4 days long, so you will be able to enjoy the trek without rushing and being able to acclimatize correctly. An invitation for those who want to start in the high mountains and trekking through the Main Cordillera of the Andes.
Day 1: Meeting in the city of Mendoza. Last minute purchases. Transfer by charter vehicle or bus to Penitentes (2650 m.a.s.l.), about 80 km from the city. Preparation of backpacks. Start of the walk and approach to the base camp. We enter through the Quebrada de Vargas. It is a walk with intermediate stops. Rest and setting up the camp. Acclimatization. Dinner and overnight.
Note: in winter conditions or with less time available, we usually camp next to the Cuevas River, as soon as we cross the suspension bridge, at 2700 meters above sea level. In this way the first day there is almost no wear and tear and the second day we walk with less weight. In this case the second day is taken as the first.
Day 2: We will take advantage of this day to rest, enjoy the place and the landscapes at the same time that we can acclimatize a little more to the altitude. Short hike suggested. Hydration, dinner and early overnight.
Day 3: Breakfast very early. The idea of ??the day will be the attempt of summit on Mount Penitentes, 4350 meters above sea level. The ascent is long and gradual. We will begin to have great views of the southern wall of Mount Aconcagua, if the weather allows us. If the conditions permit, we will reach the summit around noon. Photos and rest on the summit. Descent and return to camp. Long day, between 8 and 10 hours of walking. Farewell dinner in the mountains and overnight.
Day 4: Breakfast. We quietly break camp and begin the descent through the Quebrada de Vargas to the route (about 4 hours). From there we will return by vehicle or bus to the city of Mendoza. 5:00 p.m. End of trip and our services.
The ascent to the summit will depend exclusively on the good weather and the good condition of the group members. The decisions to ascend or not will be made exclusively by the guides and no different opinions will be received in this regard. There is the possibility that one group will attempt the summit and another a simple ascent of the mountain without the obligation of wanting to reach the highest point.
A height test, more than 4000 meters above sea level
5 days of trekking through the mountains, one of the most imposing places in the Andes, in the Aconcagua region
In all our expeditions we offer the service of meals IN FULL BOARD PLAN.
It is necessary to complete the personal/medical record to clarify if someone does not eat any type of food.
In tents that our company provides. You have to bring a sleeping bag and insulation (you can rent with us).
It is not a trek for beginners. Ideal to have done some other backpacking and trekking adventure. Although it is a very good example to start doing high-altitude mountaineering.
In the itinerary we have placed the approximate durations and heights of each day.
The meeting point is at the bus station in Mendoza. You can travel by plane, bus or car.
In tents provided by our company. You have to bring a sleeping bag and insulation (we can rent you).
There is a section where you can see the list of equipment that you should bring. Trekking-expedition backpack of between 60 and 80 liters, waterproof trekking boots, sleeping bag and third-layer parka jacket are the main items.
During the activity we eat fast-digesting and energetic food such as fruit, bars, nougat, nuts, etc. At noon cold food to continue such as sandwiches, cakes, empanadas, salads, etc. At night, a strong and hot dish such as pasta, lentil sauce or stew, chicken with rice and others.
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
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.
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
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.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
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