Aconcagua is a mountain in the Principal Cordillera of the Andes mountain range, in Mendoza Province, Argentina. It is the highest mountain in the Americas, the highest outside Asia and the highest in both the Southern and the Western Hemispheres with a summit elevation of 6,961 metres. It lies 112 kilometres northwest of the provincial capital, the city of Mendoza, about five kilometres from San Juan Province, and 15 km from Argentina’s border with neighbouring Chile. The mountain is one of the so-called Seven Summits of the seven continents.
Aconcagua is bounded by the Valle de las Vacas to the north and east and the Valle de los Horcones Inferior to the west and south. The mountain and its surroundings are part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. The mountain has a number of glaciers. The largest glacier is the Ventisquero Horcones Inferior at about 10 km long, which descends from the south face to about 3,600 m in altitude near the Confluencia camp. Two other large glacier systems are the Ventisquero de las Vacas Sur and Glaciar Este/Ventisquero Relinchos system at about 5 km long. The most well known is the north-eastern or Polish Glacier, as it is a common route of ascent.
Discover unforgettable Andes and enjoy climbing the highest peak in the America! For you – years of experience and a full service from the largest operator. The porters and mules carry equipment, a chef prepares tasty and nutritious meals throughout the tour, each participant in the base camp is accommodated by one person in a tent in the camps with all the facilities organized by us together with the Argentine partners, two reserve days in case of bad weather, included in the price – all this will make your climbing as much as possible comfortable and productive.
Mendoza (760 m)
Arriving at the airport of Mendoza to 12.00 hours. Transfer from the airport to the city. On this day, you will receive permits to climb the Mt. Aconcagua. In addition, our representative will inspect your mountain gear and, if necessary, will help you to rent the missing things. Overnight at a hotel or apartment in Mendoza (breakfast).
Mendoza – Penitentes (2.725 m)
Morning transfer to Penitentes. The goods will be distributed and the mules prepared for the next transition that evening. Overnight at hotel in Penitentes (breakfast).
Penitentes – Confluencia (3.300 m)
The group will be driven by car to the entrance to the national Park. The transition to Confluencia camp (Confluencia) will begin after verification of your permits. The gear will be carried by mules. Part of the equipment will be delivered to camp Confluencia, and other – directly to the camp Plaza de Mulas, where you will find it in our camp after 2 days. Upon arrival to the camp we can relax (breakfast, lunchbox, dinner).
Confluencia – Plaza Francia (4.000 m) – Confluencia
Ascent to the Plaza Francia (Plaza Francia), the foot of the southern wall of the Aconcagua mountain. Here we will have lunch with scenic mountain views. Then return to the camp Confluencia. This hike is an important part of the acclimatization process. If all group members have acclimatization at altitudes up to 5000 meters (for example, after Mt. Elbrus or Kilimanjaro) – you can reduce the day and at once leave for the camp Plaza de Mulas (Plaza de Mulas) and spend the night there (breakfast, lunchbox, dinner).
Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas (4.400 m)
The hike to the base camp Plaza de Mulas (Plaza de Mulas) takes about 8 hours. Overnight at the camp equipped with all necessary amenities (breakfast, lunchbox, dinner).
Acclimatization hike to Mt. Bonete in the surrounding area.
Preparation of loads for the carrying on the next day. Overnight at the base camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Plaza de Mulas – Camp 1 “Canadá” (4.950 m).
After 3 hours we reach the 1-st camp. Lunch, installation of tents. Here already can appear some symptoms of altitude sickness (breakfast, lunchbox, dinner).
Camp 1 “Canadá” – Camp 2 “Nido de Cóndores” (5.590 m).
The move to Camp 2, which will take 4 hours. Installation of tents, rest (breakfast, lunchbox, dinner).
Camp 2 “Nido de Condores” – Plaza de Mulas.
Descent down to rest. Leave the tent at Camp 2 (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Camp Plaza de Mulas. A day of rest (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Ascent to the camp 2 “Nido de Cóndores” (5.590 m). Breakfast, lunchbox, dinner.
Ascent to the camp 3 “Colera” (6.000 m) or “Berlin” (5.900 m).
Ascent to the Camp 3. Early retire before climbing (breakfast, lunchbox, dinner).
Camp 3 – summit of Aconcagua (6.962 m) – Camp 3 (or Camp 2 or Camp 1).
The ascent to the summit and return to Camp 3. Beautiful day! Up early, Breakfast and start climbing. You will climb the top, where you will experience unforgettable emotions, and come back down. This evening you’ll sleep with the feeling of satisfaction from achieving the goal (breakfast, lunchbox, dinner).
Reserve day in case of bad weather the previous day (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Reserve day. Descent to base camp Plaza de Mulas. Free day to exchange impressions of the expedition (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Plaza de Mulas – Penitentes – Mendoza
Descent to Puente del Inca – the last hike in this expedition. Your belongings will be carried by mules. You bring only a light backpack with a jacket and a snack. Transfer from Penitentes to Mendoza. Accommodation in hotel or apartment (breakfast, lunchbox).
Mendoza. Breakfast. Transfer to airport.