Aconcagua Summit – 13 or 16 Days

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13 Day
Availability : Jan 1' - Dec 31'
Cusco
Aconcagua
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15
Overview
Aconcagua Summit

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. Thus it is one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains in each of the seven continents).

Following then; with a good climate, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible 360° view from the summit that you’ll never forget. After all the work you put into the summit; you’ll view infinite mountain ranges, white fields and glaciers, including the stunning peaks of Cerro Mercedario and Cerro Tolosa.

Then it is important ot note; mules will carry the expedition equipment & they are not loaded with more than 30-40kg. From Base Camp 1 to Base Camp 3 (Day 9 onwards), you will be required to carry your own equipment and around 7kg of group equipment also. For additional porters to carry your personal equipment, you can hire these from us. A porter will carry a maximum 15kg limit of your gear.

As a result; there is an option to extend the route for a couple of days to add more time for acclimatisation along the trail. A lot depends on your own personal fitness and your ability at altitude.


Mountain & Summit Stats
Altitude: 6,962m.
Duration: 13D/12N
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 success: About 50%
Threats: Biggest threat is the cold (-20 to -30c) and 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 insurance for this trip.

Park Entrance Fees
Entrance fees for Aconcagua National Park for summit expeditions in 2020 are $800 USD per person.
National Park Website


Included
Breakfast x 12
Lunch x 13
Dinner x 12
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 - Preparing for entry to Aconcagua.

Our expedition begins in Mendoza, Argentina. Here equipment preparation begins that will be transported by the muleteers to Plaza de Mulas.
 
You’ll also complete steps for the permission to enter into the Provincial Park of Aconcagua. You’ll be given help with this administration. 
 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Mendoza
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 2Mendoza – Penitentes (2,750m)

Breakfast in accommodation. At 11:30 a.m. you’ll leave in the direction of Penitentes. At around 1:00pm stopping to have lunch in Uspallacta. The equipment that will be transported by the muleteers is sent in advance to the Plaza of Mulas and the equipment that also will be transported by the muleteers to Confluencia.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3Penitentes – Laguna Horcones – Confluencia (3,300m)

Breakfast in camp. 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 Confluence. Lunch in the Camp. Free afternoon.

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

Day 4Confluencia – Acclimatisation trek to Plaza Francia (4,200m)

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

  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5Confluencia – 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. Installation of Camp.

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

Day 6Plaza de Mulas (Rest & Preparation)

Breakfast. Today is a day to rest, look around the basecamp and begin preparation for the ascent.

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

Day 7Plaza de Mulas – Cerro Bonete (5,000m).

Breakfast early. Ascent to the Hill Bonnet. Moderate trekking from 4 to 5 hours. From here you’re rewarded with an impressive sight of the West face of Aconcagua. Taking in lunch you then return back at the field base for the evening. Installation of camp.

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

Day 8Plaza Argentina - Camp I “Canadá” (4,800m).

Breakfast. Starting the ascent to Camp 1 taking the first part of the Polish Route. After a 5 to 6 hour walk on easy terrain you’ll arrive at Camp 1 (4,800m). Installation of Camp.
 
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 9Campo I “Canadá” – Campo II “Nido de Cóndores” (5,350m)

Breakfast. Continuing the ascent to the second camp, Nest of Condors. Impressive sight of the Mountain chain. You are high enough (over three miles above the Pacific) to grandstand above the smaller part of the Andes. Trek from 2 to 4 hours. Installation of camp.
 
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 10Camp II “Nido de Cóndores” - Camp III “Cólera” (5,970m)

Breakfast. Ascent to the third high field “Rage” or “Berlin”. Time estimated from 2 to 4 hours. Installation of the High Field camp. This is a very important day, to rest early in the evening and with light dinner.

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

Day 11Camp III “Cólera” – Summit (6,962m) - Camp III “Cólera”

This day begins at 4:00 am., with breakfast. You’ll climb the North Edge up to the refuge Independence, located at around 6,450 m. It is in this place where the sunbeams reach us for the first time during this day.
 
You’ll encounter the ” Portezuelo of the Wind “, where you must face strong winds even in days of relative calmness. From there voyaging on the top part of the West face and climb ” The Canaleta “, a channel of 300 mts. that leads us to the summit edge.
 
After The Canaleta, the ” Edge of the Gump ” represents an easy voyage up to the summit. The latter part normally takes us an hour. From the edge of the Gump we can observe directly under our feet the 3,000 mts. of vertical ice and rock of the South Wall of Aconcagua, considered to be one of the biggest walls of the world.
 
At the summit is the ultimate prize: a sight of 360 º and the experience of personal feelings and indescribable emotions, which only are understood by experiencing it for yourself. The satisfaction of reaching your aim, coupled with the termination of the expedition, mean it is time to begin the ascent and make your way back to Mendoza. It is necessary to save some of your energy for the descent to field 3.
 
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 12Camp III “Cólera” – Plaza de Mulas

Return from the Camp 3 up to the Camp Base, to enjoy dinner realized in the comfort of the Camp Base.

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

Day 13Plaza de Mulas – Penitentes – Mendoza

After taking down the camp and preparing the bundles that will be transported by the mules there is one final day of 7-8 hrs of trek that takes us via the Lagoon of Pitchforks and the meeting with the route, where our transport waits, that will lead us back to the city of Mendoza.
 

It’s never goodbye, only until the next time!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Ryan Bacher

Group Traveller

This was an epic adventure, with all the elements necessary to make it an incredible challenge – Altitude, unpredictable weather conditions, mules & arrieros, health problems and Alpine conditions!

Aconcagua is the crown jewel of the Andes, leaving you speechless on approach once you enter the park. Arriving into Penitentes to load the mules for the expedition is the beginning of this breathless adventure.

A gradual ascent over 3 to 4 hours to the first campsite at Confluencia allows you time to warm-up & begin the acclimatization process which allows your body to get used to the change in altitude elevations that are to follow.

The following day we headed to base camp (‘Plaza de Mulas’), the plan was to stay here a couple of days to allow for further acclimatisation. However the weather windows were closing in on us and we had to make a decision about the ascent to summit.

We decided to go for it and headed to Camp Canada for the first night. Camping at 16,000ft was beautiful but cold.

The following day we then headed straight to our second camp (‘Nido de Condors’). A small approaching storm was beginning and the temperature plummeted to -20c. We stayed huddled up in camp. Once the storm passed the most beautiful sunset occurred, it was worth all the effort.

At this point I started to succumb to some altitude sickness and my own inner demons but as the weather was closing in I had to make a very difficult decision and decided to descend to base camp so that my travel partner could continue and have the best opportunity to make the summit.

My travel partner continued to the third Camp (‘Camp Colera’) and made the summit successfully on day 7 of our expedition, a remarkable outcome from a very shortened acclimatisation program.

Mt. Aconcagua is stunning; the route is long and hard but this is a non-technical climb and a great starting point for any budding alpinists. It was a great adventure from start to end; many thanks to Unu Raymi Expeditions for their careful organisation.

February 6, 2020
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