Aconcagua Base Camp Trek – 7 Days

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7 Day
Availability : Jan 1' - Dec 31'
Cusco
Aconcagua Base Camp
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15
Overview
Aconcagua Base Camp Trek – 7 Days

Aconcagua Mountain is a part of the Andes mountain range, located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. The summit is located just 15 kilometres away from the international border with Chile. It is one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains in each of the seven continents).

Following with a good climate, you’ll be able to trek the base camp of Aconcagua at 4,500m altitude. And then starting from Penitentes we’ll load a mule with our equipment and you’ll trek to Confluencia. Stopping here for 2 nights to acclimatise and trek to Plaza Francia to see the South Wall of Aconcagua.

Then trekking to the ‘Plaza de Mulas‘ or base camp is a reasonably long day (around 7 hrs); it is mainly flat with a steep incline right at the end. Along the way you’ll have impressive views of Aconcagua and the surrounding range.

Following then; upon reaching base camp you can relax for a day and have the opportunity to scale Cerro Bonete the following day. Then having had the opportunity to explore base camp you’ll trek out of the park and head back to Mendoza for connecting flights out.

Mountain & Summit Stats
Altitude: 5,000m.
Duration: 7D/6N
Route: Normal – North face
Difficulty: Non-technical & No risk of Avalanche.
Equipment: Expedition (Please refer to the videos below for equipment).
Requirements: Good physical condition and recommended prior experience at altitude.
Summit Season: 15/11/21 – 24/02/22

Safety & Security: Your safety and security is our main priority.
Radio Equipment: On the expedition we will have radios & access to a rescue helicopter if required.
Medical: We will have oxygen available on the expedition, oximetro (to read oxygen levels in your blood), diamox (to combat any bad effects of altitude sickness), along with a complete medical box set for the expedition.
Health: Your health will be checked at regular intervals along the route (e.g. at every camp). All of our guides are fully trained in first aid and mountain rescue.
Pacing: It is important to go at a pace you are comfortable with and our guides will help support you in this.
Insurance: It is vital that you have adventure & evacuation insurance for this trip.

Park Entrance Fees
Entrance fees for Aconcagua National Park for base camp expeditions in 2020 are $240 USD per person.
National Park Website


Included
Breakfast x 6
Lunch x 7
Dinner x 6
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual high-mountain guide
Arrieros & Mules
All Camping & Dining equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)

Not Included
International Airfare
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Adventure Travel & Evacuation Insurance
Entrance permits to the Aconcagua National Park (We will help you secure these permits)
Any additional extras

Joining Arrangements There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.
Food & Water Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
Special Diets We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
Trekking Crew We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
Acclimatisation
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
Preparation
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
Machu Picchu An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.
Covid-19 (Useful Links) World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics
Available Discounts Throughout 2021 we’re offfering a 25% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+
Reservation Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.
Customer Service Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Mendoza - Preparation & permission for entry. Maximum height 760m

Our expedition begins in Mendoza, Argentina. Here we’ll prepare the equipment that will be transported by the muleteers to Plaza Argentina and the equipment that also will be transported by the muleteers to the Pampas.

Administration steps for the permission to enter into the Provincial Park of Aconcagua. You’ll be given help with this administration. Overnight stay in Mendoza.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Mendoza
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 2Penitentes – Laguna Horcones – Confluencia a los 3,300m

Breakfast in your accommodation. At 11:30 a.m. you’ll leave in the direction of Penitentes. By 1:00 pm. stop to have lunch in the Restaurant of “Don Elias” in Uspallacta. The expedition guide arrives at Penitentes in the evening.

The equipment that will be transported by the muleteers is sent in advance to the Plaza of Mules and the equipment that also will be transported by the muleteers to Confluencia.

Afterwards, heading across the picturesque route of surrounding mountain ranges, you’ll head to the Gully of Pitchforks. Here you’ll check-in to the Park where the expedition & ascent will begin. Trek of 3 – 4 hours, you’ll arrive at the place known as Confluencia.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3Confluencia – Trek of acclimatization to Plaza Francia (4,200m)

Breakfast. You’ll trek from 4 to 6 hrs, up to the viewpoint of Plaza Francia and the south wall of Aconcagua, at an elevation of 4,200 m. The descent will take around 2 to 3 hrs.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m)

It’s an early start with breakfast. you’ll begin the trek very early at around 7:00 am., today takes a time estimated from 8 to 10 hrs. It’s a long trek through the Horcones Valley to the base camp, it can be very dry so it’s important to be hydrated at all times; plenty of water & snacks will be required for this day. Mules will pass through regularly making great photo opportunities!

Installation of Camp at the Plaza de Mulas.

Accommodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5Plaza de Mulas. Rest and Preparation

Breakfast. Take your time today to rest & explore the sprawling base camp of Aconcagua. This is also an acclimatisation day in Base Camp.

Accommodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6Plaza de Mulas – Cerro Bonete (5,000m)

Breakfast early. Ascent to Cerro Bonnete. This is a day of moderate trekking from 4 to 5 hrs. From here you’re rewarded with an impressive sight of the West face of Aconcagua. Taking in lunch you then return to base camp for the evening.

Accommodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 7Plaza de Mulas - Penitentes

Today you’ll trek back to the start point from base camp. It’s a relatively long day of around 7-8 hrs. From Penitentes you’ll transfer back to Mendoza and reflect on an incredible journey all whilst in the backdrop of Aconcagua.

Transfer to Mendoza Airport or your Hotel as required.

Meals: Breakfast

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