Arrival in Mendoza (760 m / 2,493 ft). Our driver will pick you up at the airport, and take you to your hotel. After checking in, you can relax or explore the many sidewalk cafes of the city. The trip guide will contact you to review the schedule for the next day.
Mendoza. Team meeting, gear check, gear rental, climbing permit procedures. Your guide will help you getting through the bureaucracy. Checking the gear is important!
Transfer in private vehicles from Mendoza to Los Penitentes, where the group will spend the night in a lodge (2,580 m/8,465 ft). In this small mountain village we have our warehouse and preparation for the loads of the mules. / 3 hs drive
Penitentes-Punta de Vacas (trailhead)-Pampa de Leñas camp (2,950 m/ 9,678 ft). After breakfast, we ride the van for a few minutes to Punta de Vacas where we get our climbing permits stamped at the Park Rangers checkpoint and begin the approach to base camp. After a 4-hour hike along Río de las Vacas, we arrive at our first camp, Pampa de Leñas, where we enjoy a genuine asado criollo (gaucho bbq). For the entire hike to base camp, all you will need to carry is a day pack with some essentials; the mules will carry the rest.
Pampa de Leñas – Casa de Piedra (3,240 m/10,630 ft). Hike to Casa de Piedra, our second trekking camp. Great view of the Polish Glacier, and the Eastern Face of Aconcagua from the trail. / 6 hs
Casa de Piedra – Plaza Argentina base camp (4,190 m/13,746 ft.). We follow the trail up the Relinchos Valley to Plaza Argentina. Our base camp chef greets us with a good dinner at a comfy dining tent: the perfect reward after the hardest day of the approach. / 6-7 hs
Plaza Argentina. Resting day at base camp. Sleep, read in the dining tent, or try the yoga mats in our heated domo: whatever you do, get hydrated!
Plaza Argentina – Camp 1 – Plaza Argentina (4,800 m/ 15,748 ft). With the trek to base camp, and the first stage of acclimatization completed, the climb itself begins carrying gear to Camp 1. After getting equipment, food, and gas, we return to base camp. / 5 hs
Plaza Argentina. Rest day at Base Camp.
Plaza Argentina – Camp 1 (4.800m/ 15,748 ft). The team leaves BC behind and moves to Camp 1 with the remaining gear. Our porters will carry the tents an other common gear, the climbers carry their own gear and their share of the common gear if needed (expect to carry a 15-20 kg backpack). / 4-5 hs
Camp 1 – Camp 2 – Camp 1 (5350m/ 18,143 ft). Gear carry to Camp 2, called the Chopper Camp, towards the Guanacos Valley side (North). Ashtonishing view of Mt. Mercedario and other peaks of the Ramada massif. Return to C1. / 4-5 hs
Rest day at Camp 1 (4.800m/ 15,748 ft).
Camp 1 – Camp 2 (5.486m / 18,000 ft). Move to camp 2. / 5 hs
Camp 2 – Cólera (high camp) (5.970 m / 19,586 ft). We move to our high camp, from where we will attempt the summit. / 4-5 hs
Summit day! (6.962m – 22,841 ft). We leave early to get the most of the (long) day. You will be carrying a very light backpack (water, snacks, some clothing, camera). / 8-12 hs.
Extra weather day. To secure the success of the expedition we have added two additional summit days in case of bad weather.
Extra weather day.
Camp 3 – Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4.350 m / 14,271 ft). We complete the Aconcagua traverse by descending the Northwestern face of Aconcagua (Normal Route), towards the lively BC of the Normal Route. Celebration dinner in dining tents with tables and chairs.
Plaza de Mulas – Horcones – Penitentes. The hike out takes approximately 6-7 hours. Most of the gear goes in the mules, so you walk light. From the trailhead at Horcones our van drives us to Mendoza, after picking up the gear at Penitentes. Hotel check-in. End of the program. / 6-7 hs + 3-4 hs.
- Hotel accommodation in Mendoza as indicated in the itinerary, based on double occupancy. Climbers descending early will incur extra hotel fees.
- 1 night of lodging in Penitentes (dinner and breakfast included).
- Full board during the expedition (all the meals while in the Park, meals in Mendoza not included).
- Fully certified, English speaking guides.
- All shared gear for the expedition (sleeping tents, stoves and cooking gear, radio, etc).
- Complete base camp services (dining tents, bathrooms, meals, storage).
- All the transfers in licensed, private shuttles.
- Pack mules for common and personal loads, to and from BC.
- Permanent VHF radio communication.
- We provide our guides with professional first aids kits and pulse oximeters for daily updates of acclimatization progress.
- High altitude porters for common gear carries.
- Assistance with climbing permit procedure.
- Sat coverage and tracking during the trip, through an InReach device. Tracking of the expedition available online in our Twitter account (@grajalesnet).
- Free Internet at BC (limitations apply)
Not included services:
- Mt. Aconcagua State Park climbing permit. MORE INFO
- Personal porters.
- Any cost incurred by the climber if she or he leaves the trip early (such as mules, transfers, guide, etc).
- Meals in Mendoza.
- Drinks in Mendoza and Penitentes.
- Personal gear, medications, ground or air evacuations, room services, laundry, beverages, phone communications and items of personal nature, insurance liability, hospitalization or medication of any kind, any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.
- Any cost incurred by the climber if she or he leaves the trip early (such as mules, hotels, transfers, guide, etc). We strongly recommend all participants to buy a trip cancelation insurance.