Day 01: Mendoza (2494ft)
ACONCAGUA EXPEDITIONS 360 ROUTE 18 DAYS
Our expedition starts in Mendoza. We will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel. On this day our guide will check the equipment and afternoon briefing at the hotel. Accommodation in double or triple room.
Day 02: Mendoza / Penitentes (8940ft)
Early in the morning and before going to Penitentes by private transportation, the whole group will apply for the climbing permit. Then drive to Penitentes. Lodging in Refuge in shared rooms.
Day 03: Penitentes / Pampa de Leñas (10.170ft)
The group will be driven to the Entrance of the Park and you will start with the trekking to Pampa de Leñas, it takes about 4-5 hours. Camp in shared tents.
Day 04: Pampa de Leñas / Casa de Piedra (11.811ft)
Trekking to Casa de Piedra, It will take about 6-7 hours. From here you can see The Polish Glacier. Camp in shared tents.
Day 05: Casa de Piedra / Plaza Argentina Base Camp (13.450ft)
Early in the morning we start trekking for 7-8 hours, crossing river and ascending the Relincho steep slope, which takes us to Inferior Plaza Argentina.
Day 06: Plaza Argentina Base Camp
Rest an acclimatization day at base camp. Today is very important for you body taking time to acclimatize to the low oxygen. We call this day active resting day. We get together with the mountain guide, a medical checkup, in a medical service. Review the equipment, prepare the loads for transportation for the next day.
Day 07: Plaza Argentina / Camp 1 (16.240ft) / Plaza Argentina
Carry equipment and food to Camp 1, this is a very important day to adapt to the altitude. Return to Plaza Argentina, which take 6-7 hours round trip.
Day 08: Plaza Argentina Base Camp
Resting and acclimatization day in Plaza Argentina.
Day 09: Plaza Argentina / Camp 1 After a 4-5hour trek, you will reach the Camp
1. We assemble the camp and then we load division for carrying the following day.
Day 10: Camp 1 / Camp 2 (18.045ft) / Camp 1
Part of the material will be taken to Camp 2.Then you will come back to Camp 1. Resting time after a long day.
Day 11: Camp 1
Resting and acclimatization day. Recover energy
Day 12: Camp 1/ Camp 2 (also called camp 3 Guanacos Route)
We start the ascent from Camp 1 to Camp 2 using the Ameghino Traverse Route. We make division for carrying the following day to camp 3. We rest and have dinner.
Day 13: Camp 2 / Camp 3 Cólera (19357ft.)(Normal Route)
Early morning, after breakfast we start ascending for around 4 hours and we reach Cólera camp, it will be our last camp before the summit.
Day 13: Camp 3 / Summit (22.842ft) / Camp 3
Climb from Camp 3 to the Summit and return to Camp 3. This will be the greatest day!! Very early in the morning start climbing and after about 8 hours you will reach the summit. It is definitely the most important but also more demanding day of the whole expedition.
Day 14: Camp 3 / Plaza de Mulas
We go from Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas, it will take us 5 hours .From here we can see the west face of Aconcagua. We will enjoy a special dinner an celebrate our summit!!
Day 15: Plaza de Mulas / Horcones/Mendoza
Descent to Horcones (6-7 hours), then Penitentes and then to Mendoza
Day 16: Mendoza
Breakfast. End of the services.
Day 17: Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.
Day 18: Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.
IN THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- 2 Night ***Hotel in Mendoza, with breakfast
- Assistance to buy the Climbing Permits
- Private Transfer Mendoza / Penitentes and back.
- 1 Night lodging in Refuge Penitentes (shared rooms)
- Assistance for the arrangement of loads to be transported by mules
- Mules round trip
- Transfer to Aconcagua trailhead
- 1 Night in Pampa de Leñas-Tents-Full Board
- 1 Night in Casa de Piedra-Tents-Full Board
- 5 Night Plaza Argentina tents with full board
- 1 Night in Plaza de Mulas-Tent-Dinner and breakfast
- Mountain Guide AAGM/EPGAMT
- Stoves and altitud food.
- Tent for 3 persons each one
- 2 Extra Days
- Communications VHF
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Climbing Permit
- Extra cost in the event of abandonment of the expedition.
- Food and drink in Mendoza
- Expenses for giving up the expedition
- Personal equipment
- Personal Insurance
- Problems with your luggage on your fly (Loss or delay during the flight)
- Anything not mentioned in this itinerary
EQUIPMENT LIST FOR ACONCAGUA EXPEDITION
- Boots - double plastic mountaineering boots - Scarpa, La Sportiva, etc. Must be properly fitted and broken-in
- Approach boots - sturdy but lightweight hiking boots/shoes suitable for extended hiking on rough trails
- River shoes - lightweight shoes for river crossings. Beach shoes, paddling shoes, old running shoes, etc.
- Sleeping bag - good to a -20 Celsius range. A light silk or cotton liner is recommended.
- Sleeping pad – Therma-rest style pad plus a thin closed-cell foam pad combo is best
- Backpack - internal frame, minimum 70+ litres, suitable for carries of personal gear plus a share of food/communal gear.
- Daypack - approx. 30 litres. This is used for the approach and possibly on summit day.
- Outer shell jacket with hood - Gore-Tex style suitable for all weather conditions.
- Full-zip pants or bibs - Gore-Tex style.
- Long underwear - top and bottom, Poly-pro, Capilene, wool, etc. 1 set light weight + 1 set medium weight
- Hiking pants – lightweight synthetic pants for lower mountain (1 pr)
- Hiking shorts – for approach, cotton or synthetic (1 pr)
- Long pants - synthetic pants for upper mountain/cold weather hiking conditions (1 pr)
- Insulated pants – fleece, pile or down pants for around camp and summit day (1 pr)
- Shirts – suitable for athletic purposes, synthetic (2)
- Gaiters – ensure they fit properly over your boots. Can be insulated but not over-boots (1 pr)
- Gloves - medium weight wool, wind stopper or synthetic style (1 to 2 pr)
- Expedition style gloves or mitts w/removable liners (1 pr)
- Overmitts - shells only that can fit over Expedition gloves for summit day (1 pr)
- Socks - synthetic, wool or wool blend (3-4 pr)
- Liner socks (Poly-pro type) (2-3 pr)
- Warm parka - down, fleece or pile with a hood (1)
- Jacket – lightweight fleece or wind-stopper style (1)
- Sweater or vest - wool, fleece or down (1)
- Toque/insulated hat - wool or fleece (1)
- Balaclava or face mask for wind protection (1)
- Hat with sun visor (baseball cap, etc) (1)
- Bandannas (2)
- Glacier style sunglasses with side shields and nose shields
- Ski goggles
- Headlamp with extra set of batteries
- Personal kit - (toothbrush, foot powder, skin cream, etc.)
- Personal 1st aid (blister kit, medications, etc.)
- Misc. Personal items (camera, book, cards, journal, music player, lighter, etc.)
- Water bottles/hydration system - 2 L capacity. Hydration systems with hoses are good for approach only, not summit-day
- Knife - Swiss army style
- Sunscreen and lip screen (min. 30 spf & waterproof)
- Collapsible ski/walking poles (1 pr)
- Crampons - adjusted to your boots (1 pr – supplied if required)
- Ice axe (60 - 70 cm – supplied if required)
- Large duffel bag with lock suitable for storing your pack in for transport on mules.