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 where the loads for the mules are prepared. / 3 hs drive
From Los Penitentes to the trailhead. After breakfast, we ride the van for a few minutes to the Horcones Valley (2,950 m/9,678 ft) where we get our climbing permits stamped at the Park Rangers checkpoint, and begin the approach to base camp. After a relaxed hike, we arrive at our first camp, Confluencia (3,390 m / 11,300 ft). 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. / 3-4 hs
Confluencia-South Face viewpoint-Confluencia (4,050 m / 13,287 ft). We take a detour to admire the imposing South Face of Mt. Aconcagua. The main objective of the day is acclimatization. After a seven-hour hike, we spend the night in the first camp. / 6-7 hs
Confluencia-Plaza de Mulas. After a demanding seven-hour hike, we arrive at our well equipped base camp (4,350 m / 14,500 ft). / 7-9 hs
Resting day in Plaza de Mulas. Sleep, read in the dining tent, or try the yoga mats in our heated domo: whatever you do, get hydrated!
Cerro Bonete trek (5,004 m / 16,417 ft). Acclimatization hike to the neighboring Cerro Bonete: an awesome view of the West Face of Aconcagua, and a 5,000 m peak in the bag!
Gear transportation to Plaza Canadá (5,050 m / 16,568 ft). We climb to the first altitude camp to carry part of the gear, and then return to Plaza de Mulas. / 3-4 hs
Resting day in Plaza de Mulas, where you can treat yourself to a hot shower, a well deserved reward after completing the first stage of the climb.
Plaza de Mulas – Plaza Canadá (5,050 m / 16,568 ft). The team leaves base camp, and moves to the first camp. First step of the summit push. / 2 1⁄2 – 3 hs
Plaza Canadá – Nido de Cóndores (5,560 m / 18,241 ft). The team moves to the second camp. Expect to carry a 18-22 kg backpack. / 3-4 hs
Nido de Cóndores – Cólera (high camp) (5,970 m / 19,586 ft). Move to the highest camp of the trip. You will have dinner at almost 6,000 m/19,685 ft… It’s higher than most places on Earth! / 2-3 hs
Summit day! (6,962 m / 22,841 ft). We leave early to get the most of the long day. You will be carrying a very light backpack with water, snacks, some clothing, and camera. / 8-12 hs
Extra weather day. In case of bad weather, we have added two additional summit days to secure the success of the expedition.
Extra weather day.
Cólera – Plaza de Mulas. Back to the comfort of the base camp and a well-deserved celebration dinner. / 2-4 hs
Plaza de Mulas-Horcones-Los Penitentes. The hike takes approximately 6-7 hours. Most of the gear is carried by the mules so you can walk light. From the trailhead at Horcones, we drive the van to Los Penitentes to pick up the gear, and from there to Mendoza. 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.