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Aconcagua climb with local guides

        

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Aconcagua

Object map:
Aconcagua

Regions: Argentina
Objects: Mt. Aconcagua (6962m)
Activities: Mountaineering
Program's difficulty: 5.5, mid ( technical 2 + altitudinal 3.5 )
Price: 3 900 USD
Deposit for reservations 500 USD
Full payment 30 days before
No refund if you cancel less than 30 days!

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Dates ( Days 18 / Nights 17 )
2017:
November 23 - December 10
November 30 - December 17
December 07 - December 24
December 14 - December 31
December 21 - January 07
2018:
January 04 - January 21 1 member
January 18 - February 04
January 25 - February 11
February 01 - February 18
February 08 - February 25
February 15 - March 04

Trip overview

Mendoza (700m)- Penitentes (2700m)- Aconcagua Provincial Park - Confluencia(3300m) - Base Camp Plaza de Mulas (4250m)- Plaza Canada (4900m) - Nido de Condores (5500m) - Berlin (5900m) - Summit of Mt. Aconcagua (6961m)

Why go there?

Aconcagua (6961m) is the highest mountain in South America, one of the 7 Summits. It is located in Argentina in the Province of Mendoza. The name may have come from several possible origins: Kon-Kawa (“Snowy Peak”) - from the Argentine aboriginals, the Aymara; Aconca-Hue (“Coming from Other Side”) - from the Chilean Araucano; Akon-Kahuak (“Sentinel of Stone”) - from the Quechua.

From the top of this mountain you can revel in the breath-taking views of the amazing white ranges of Cordillera de Los Andes.

As a climbing objective Aconcagua offers a rich variety of interesting routes of all the technical levels. The Normal (or NW) Route is physically very demanding, but not really technical.

 

 Route description:

 Our expedition starts in the town of Mendoza. On arrival we go right away to Penitentes (a small village next to Puente del Inca) and on the next day the climb starts (by NR). We stay two nights in Confluenca Base Camp (3300m) and, for better acclimatization, two nights in Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4350m). After that with the help of experienced guides and porters we begin to establish high camps: Canada (4900m), Nido de Condores (5500m) and Berlin (5900m). On the 12th day we make a bid for the summit. And of course we have a reserve day to make up for bad weather. The expedition ends in Mendoza, where we stay for one night before saying a hearty thankful good-bye to these places.

Itinerary

Day 1 Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina. A representative of INKA Expediciones will be waiting for you at the airport. We will stay at the hotel in the city. A group meeting will follow and you will be introduced to your guides and team members. Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room.
Day 2 We will obtain individual entrance and ascent permits. You will be personally assisted in this procedure. After this we travel to Villa de Penitentes, where we stay at a Hotel in the mountain. There we get the equipment ready for transportation to the base camp, by mule. Accomodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 3 We drive you to Horcones Park, where we get our first view of the mountain. We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station. Then, we head off to Confluencia by walking 4 or 5 hours. Accommodation: Tents Meals. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 Weve included this day in order to acclimatize better, and give you more chances to summit. Well trek for about 5 hours until we arrive to Plaza Francia, base camp of the impressive Aconcagua South Wall. This is one of the nicest points of the expedition. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 After 8-9 hours hiking across Playa Ancha and climbing up through a very steep path, we reach Plaza de Mulas, the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park. By the end of the day, most of us will feel the altitude. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day and a good occasion to take a bath and explore the local terrain. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 This is a challenging day where we gain 1.000 m. with a heavy load on easy terrain. Then well return to Base Camp. Its important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 The following morning we definite start the ascent to Aconcagua. We move to Camp 1, called Plaza Canada. Until now, we were working on get an optimal acclimatization. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to do summit. Accommodation:Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 Camp 2, called Nido de Condores (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5.400 m. and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 This day, we carry equipment to Camp 3 called Camp Colera. After carrying the equipment up, we return to Camp 2 to sleep, to give our bodies more chances to acclimatize. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12 We start a 4 hours walk to Camp 3, located on the North Ridge. We will prepare our tents and eat and rest, to be ready to get the summit. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13 It is the most demanding day of the expedition. We climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6.500 m. We ascend through the Portezuelo del Viento , climb La Canaleta, and the Filo del Guanaco, that leads us to the summit. The prize is waiting for us, a 360 view and the experience of overcoming, that you only finally understand once you reach it. At the end of this experience, we descend to Camp 3. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14 Days 14 and 15 Spare days in case of bad weather conditions. We have three extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit. These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit. Accommodation:Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15 Days 14 and 15 Spare days in case of bad weather conditions. We have three extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit. These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit. Accommodation:Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16 Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp. Well enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience. Accommodation: Tents Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 17 We have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes. There is a private transport waiting for us to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City. Accommodation:Hotel double or triple room Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 18 We have breakfast at the hotel. Check Out and end of services.

Price includes

Transportation in a private bus/minivan from Mendoza to Penitentes and back.

Help in obtaining the necessary climbing permits

One night in a hotel in Penitentes (double rooms, breakfast) 

Transportation from Penitentes to the Laguna de

Horcones trail

Mules for food and equipment from Puente

del Inca (Los Puquios) to Plaza de Mulas and back.

Load limit  - 30 Kg

Two nights in Confluencia: electricity, cook, meals&drinks, mess tent with tables, chairs and tableware, toilet tent

Service in Base Camp in Plaza de Mulas (number of nights limited to 4): electricity, cook,drinks, mess tent with tables, chairs and tableware, toilet tent, storage of personal things, radio communication 

Four-season tents, stoves, cookware and tableware

Food for high camps

Mountain guide from 7 Summits Club (Aconcagua

summiter)

Local guides, porters and assistants. Porters help to pitch

high camps

Radio communication between BC, Mendoza and Puente del Inca: for co-ordinating the expedition logistics

Two nignts hotel 3,5 * in Mendoza (bed&breakfast)

Price does not include

Airfare and airport taxes to and from Mendoza

Regular service bus tickets to and from Mendoza

Climbing permit

Personal porters

Individual gear

Extra costs entailed by leaving the expedition prematurely

Medical insurance covering climbing to 7000m and osts of eventual rescue operations

Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, mail,

telephone calls etc)

Good advice

Booking deposit, 50% of the price, is paid not later than 3 months prior to expedition. Balance payment is due not later than 45 days prior to expedition

Tips guidelines (important information!)

You entrust your life, health, your time and money to the guides. And the guides take this responsibility for you and for the success of the whole trip. They are doing this 24 hours. 10-20 USD per day is expected as the normal amount of tips for the Guides and the staff of the program. If you liked everything about the trip, please don't forget to thank them. You can give the tips directly to the Main Guide and he will distribute it among the staff.

Necessary travel papers (documents)

Passport to travel abroad
Argentine visa (if necessary, depends on your citizenship)
Special questionnair

By air and by land

You can get to Mendoza by many international flights, by domestic flights from Buenos Aires and by bus from Buenos Aires or Santiago

Accommodation

3 nights in hotels 3,5 * (DBL, BB)
14 nights camping

Meals

Bad and breakfast in the towns, full board
while in camps

Staff

Local mountain guides, porters helping to pitch high camps,
assistants

Health and medical insurance

Local guide will have a first aid kit and we strongly recommend to bring your own specific medicines you might need. Besides, we recommend to start taking polyvitamins 3 weeks before the expedition. Also would be very useful to try to acclimatize on some peak over 5000m and test your system before you come to Aconcagua.

Weather

The normal time for expeditions is from December to March. A colder month could be better in terms of weather, normally
more stable when cold.

Generally from December to March. Experience indicates that, if the "peak" months are the coldest, its climate is more stable. It would be good to calculate correctly the time you have available, including some days of "reserve" to wait for good weather in case of storms. A "bonnet of smoke", white wind over Aconcagua`s top, is a sign of tempest in the heights and you must not go further on.

Extra expenses

Permit for the Aconcagua National Park -800 USD in January, 585 USD in February
and December)

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