Mt.Aconcagua "Slow Climb" Expeditions 2017-2018, 18 departures
Mt.Aconcagua "Slow Climb" Expeditions 2017-2018, 18 departures
Mt.Aconcagua "Slow Climb" Expeditions 2017-2018, 18 departures
Mt.Aconcagua "Slow Climb" Expeditions 2017-2018, 18 departures
Mt.Aconcagua "Slow Climb" Expeditions 2017-2018, 18 departures
Mt.Aconcagua "Slow Climb" Expeditions 2017-2018, 18 departures
Mt.Aconcagua "Slow Climb" Expeditions 2017-2018, 18 departures

Mt.Aconcagua "Slow Climb" Expeditions 2017-2018, 18 departures

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Mt.Aconcagua Normal Route "Slow Climb" Expeditions

Quick Fact
  • Mt.Aconcagua - The highest mountain in the South America.
  • Challenge to the summit from Normal Route.
  • This is the international expedition tours, open for everyone who wishes to challenge to the summit of Mt.Aconcagua.
  • 18 departures scheduled throughout the climbing season, from November 2017 to February 2018.
  • Starts/ends at Mendoza town, Argentina.
  • Our "20 days" program is slightly longer than other regular expeditions - it will allow you more chance to success.
  • Expedition Fee: US$4900. per person
  • Pay US$1000 now for Booking, the balance US$3900 upon confirmation of your reservation.
  • Any questions? Ask us for more details.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 · MENDOZA – Altitude: 760 mts.

Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina. Our local staffs – carrying a welcome board - 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. – Transportation: Airport – Hotel in Mendoza.

 

Day 02 · Mendoza / Penitentes – Altitude: 2700 mts.

After you obtain individual park entrance and ascent permits, assisted by your guide, we meet at our commercial office to finalize all the arrangements of the expedition. Later 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.

Transportation: Mendoza – Penitentes,  Accomodation: Hotel,  Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Day 03 · Penitentes / Confluencia – Altitude: 3368 mts.

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 camp by walking 4 or 5 hours.

Transportation: Penitentes – Horcones,  Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome,  Meals. Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

 

Day 04 · Acclimatization trekking to Plaza Francia – Altitude: 4200 mts.

We’ve included this day to acclimatize better, and give you more chances to summit. We’ll trek for about 5 hours until we arrive to Plaza Francia, where the base camp of the impressive Aconcagua South Face routes. This is one of the nicest points of the expedition.

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome,  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

 

Day 05 · Approach from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250 mts.

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, “thin air”.

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome,  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

 

Day 06 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250 mts.

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/Dormitory Dome,  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 07 · Ascent to Mt Bonete – Altitude: 5000 mts.

We’ve included this side climbing excursion to acclimatize better, and to give you more chances to summit. Also, you’ll enjoy a spectacular view of the west face of Aconcagua.

Accommodation: Tents,  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

 

Day 08 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250 mts.

We’ll stay in Plaza de Mulas to rest from the climbing of Bonete. We will divide expedition loads to carry to the high camps (community gear, fuel and food). We double carry to keep pack weight down and help ensure good acclimatization.

Accommodation: Tents,  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 09 · Carry equipment and food to Camp 1 – Altitude: 4900 mts.

This is a challenging day where we gain 1000 m up with a heavy load on easy terrain. Then we’ll return to Base Camp. It’s important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp.

Accommodation: Tents,  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

 

Day 10 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250 mts.

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 11 · Ascent from base camp to Camp 1 – Altitude: 4900 mts.

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 12 · Move to Camp 2 – Altitude: 5400 mts.

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 13 · Carry equipment from Camp 2 to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6000 mts.

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 14 · Ascent from Camp 2 to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6000 mts.

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 15 · Summit day – Altitude: 6.962 mts.

It is the most demanding day of the expedition. We climb the North Ridge to “Independencia Refuge” at approximately 6500 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

 

Days 16 (and 17) · Spare days in case of bad weather conditions.

We have two 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

 

Days 17 · Spare days in case of bad weather conditions.

Accommodation:Tents,  Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 18 · Return to Base Camp.

Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp. We’ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience.

Accommodation: Tents,  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 19 · Return from base camp to Penitentes and back to Mendoza.

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.

Transportation: Horcones – Penitentes – Mendoza,   Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room,  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box.

 

Day 20 · Mendoza

We have breakfast at the hotel. Check Out and end of services. (Transfer out to airport is not included).

 

Altitude Shift Chart

NOTE

The above itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions or other forced situations that put in risk the group security. The guides have the authority to change the program according to their criteria. You can be sure the changes have two fundamental objectives. These are to maximize the security and the summit chances. And they are based on our guides knowledge and experience.

 

Included / Not Included

 

Included

-        Mountain Guide. (Bilingual, experienced, professional, qualified to operate within Provincial Park Aconcagua).

-        All transport in private vehicles. Transport IN (Airport-Hotel in Mendoza), Transport IN-OUT (Mendoza-Penitentes-Horcones-Mendoza).

-        Two nights accommodation at a 3* hotel in Mendoza City (Sharing room, Double/Triple occupancy), Breakfast and taxes included. One night accommodation in Los Penitentes: Taxes, breakfast & dinner included. (Sharing room, Double/Triple occupancy). Lodging at base camps in mountain tents or dormitory tents for 4 or 8 persons and high camps in mountain tents.

-        Assistance with the procedures to obtain the permit to enter the provincial Park Aconcagua.

-        Tame mules to carry the equipment (30 kg/pax) in-out Penitentes-Base Camp

-        Fully equipped dining-room and kitchen and WC tents.

-        Communications between high camps, base camp, Penitentes and Mendoza.

-        Cook. All meals included on the mountain.

-        Regular Porter service to carry DBL base tents, group's trash and personal waste on high camps (01 Porter each 04 climbers).

Not included

-         Aconcagua Park Entrance Permit fee: The permits can be obtained at Mendoza town on Day-2.

-         Personal equipment (please check the required equipment in this document).

-         Rescue costs or other costs due to the abandonment of the expedition. (Riding mule, pack mule, individual transfers, heli flight, extra nights, meals, extra costs for changes in your flight ticket, personal porter service, etc. –

-         Personal expenses (Flights, tips, laundry, phone, drinks, satellite phone, internet access, showers, and personal porters to carry your personal equipment and your share of the common equipment).

-         Extra nights in the hotel in case of early return to the city/ in case you don’t use the “spare days” and decide to come back to Mendoza

-         Transfer out Penitentes – Mendoza in case of early returning or abandon the expedition.

-         Travel and Medical insurance.

-         Meals and Drinks not specified in the itinerary. E.g.: Lunches and Dinners in Mendoza or Uspallata. Drinks at the included dinner in Los Penitentes.

-         Transport OUT Hotel- Airport.

-         Any other service not detailed as included in the above paragraph.