Aconcagua & Vallecitos
ARG-01 / 21-day Trip / Grade: PD
PEAKS: Cerro Loma Blanca (3664 m) > Cerro Adolfo Calle (4267 m) > Cerro Vallecitos (5461 m) > Aconcagua (6962 m)
Aconcagua, located in the Andes mountain range, is the highest mountain in the Americas and also in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. It is also the second highest of the Seven Summits (The highest peaks of each continent), after Mount Everest. Aconcagua is located in Argentina, in the province of Mendoza, very near the Chilean border.
The origins of its name still remains a uncertain, but one of the most accepted theories is the one pointing at Quechua language: Ackon Cahuak, which translates “stone sentinel” or Ancho Cahuac meaning “white sentinel”.
Out itinerary on Aconcagua follows the ‘Normal Route’ along the Northwest Ridge, which is a non-technical ascent, but a demanding trek with altitude being the biggest concern. Our program has a special emphasis on archiving a solid acclimatization prior to the summit attempt; therefore we begin in the Vallecitos Valley, which offers a wide repertoire of peaks that range from 3000 to almost 6000 meters, being an excellent place to gain high altitude while enjoying some fun climbs!
FIXED DEPARTURE DATES
|Jan. 4 - 24, 2022||Not confirmed||Spaces available|
|Jan. 4 - 24, 2023||Not confirmed||Spaces available|
|Day 1||Arrival in Mendoza – Argentina (747 m)|
|Day 2||Vallecitos Valley (2727 m)|
|Day 3||Climb: Cerro Loma Blanca (3664 m)|
|Day 4||Vega Superior Campsite (3450 m)|
|Day 5||Climb: Cerro Adolfo Calle (4267 m)|
|Day 6||Acclimatization to El Salto (4288 m)|
|Day 7||El Salto Campsite (4288 m)|
|Day 8||Climb: Cerro Vallecitos (5461 m)|
|Day 9||Penitentes (2630 m)|
|Day 10||Confluencia Camp (3409 m)|
|Day 11||Plaza de Mulas (4364 m)|
|Day 12||Plaza de Mulas – Free/rest day|
|Day 13||Plaza Canada – Camp I (4910 m)|
|Day 14||Nido de Condores – Camp II (5574 m)|
|Day 15||Camp Colera / Berlin – Camp III (5969 m)|
|Day 16||Climb: Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m)|
|Day 17||Spare summit day|
|Day 18||Spare summit day|
|Day 19||Descent back to base camp|
|Day 20||Back to Mendoza|
The following program to Aconcagua is designed to fulfill the highest expectations for this type of expedition. The program we have put together is divided into two parts: Vallecitos and Aconcagua Valleys.
PART 1: Vallecitos
The first part of the program takes place in a mountain area close to Mendoza called Vallecitos. This area is very popular during the winter season, as it has very good possibilities for skiing and snowboarding. In the summer it offers a great variety of options for both hiking and climbing. We aim to get the best possible acclimatization and training, and at the same time enjoy this beautiful area, with the challenge of climbing three summits as part of the preparation for the main goal. The main reason for choosing Vallecitos is that it lies in a less dry area than Aconcagua, which helps minimizing the effects of AMS and more serious altitude sicknesses. Furthermore, the terrain offers a wide spectrum of options to do different types of ascents.
The main goal in Vallecitos is to climb Cerro Vallecitos at an altitude of 5461 m. The ascent is not technical, but because of the altitude the group will have to do a progressive ascent in order to achieve the best possible acclimatization. The hike starts at 2727 m, and in the subsequent days there will be two campsites and two acclimatization summits as we gain altitude.
The participants are an active part of the logistics, as they will carry their own gear and, on a few occasions, help to carry some food and set up the tents. All the group equipment such as: tents, kitchen gear etc. will be transported on pack animals mules from camp to camp. The summit of Cerro Vallecitos, even if not reached, will provide a very good basic acclimatization for Aconcagua, which is the key to a successful attempt.
From Vallecitos, the group is transferred to Penitentes (the entrance to the Aconcagua Valley), where they spend a day at a lower altitude of 2650 m for resting and recovering.
PART 2: Aconcagua Valley
The second part of the program is the climb of Aconcagua. We have included enough days to make sure the adequate remaining acclimatization is reached before the final summit push.
On the trip to the Base Camp, the clients only need to bring a daypack with lunch, water and jackets. The rest of the gear (both personal and group gear), will be carried by mules, first to Confluencia and then to Plaza de Mulas.
From Plaza de Mulas the participants will again be part of the logistics, as they will carry their own gear and help to carry food for the altitude camps and help set up the tents. All the common group equipment as: tents, kitchen’s gear and so on, will be taken by porters, both on the way up and down.
During the entire expedition, there will be a principal guide with the group. Depending on the size of the group, there will be one or two assistant guides in Vallecitos, and from Base Camp to Base Camp in Aconcagua there will be a guide ratio of 1:3, 2:7, 3:11 and 4:14
All the guides are certified, very professional, and have many years of experience on the mountains – specifically on Aconcagua.
Arrival in Mendoza – Argentina (747 m)
Vallecitos Valley (2727 m)
Climb: Cerro Loma Blanca (3664 m)
Vega Superior Campsite (3450 m)
Climb: Cerro Adolfo Calle (4267 m)
Acclimatization to El Salto (4288 m)
El Salto Campsite (4288 m)
Climb: Cerro Vallecitos (5461 m)
Penitentes (2630 m)
Confluencia Camp (3409 m)
Plaza de Mulas (4364 m)
Plaza de Mulas (4364 m) – Free/rest day
Plaza Canada – Camp I (4910 m)
Nido de Condores (Condor’s Nest) – Camp II (5574 m)
Camp Colera / Berlin – Camp III (5969 m)
Climb: Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m)
Spare summit day
Spare summit day
Descent back to base camp
Back to Mendoza
|ARG-01 – SHARED INTERNATIONAL GROUP – Prices per person in USD / valid until 31.03.2021-2.|
|Price per person traveling in a shared international group||4900|
|Single room supplement - Only in hotels, not possible in mountain huts/refuges||180|
|Single tent supplement||150|
|Private porter in Aconcagua for 4 sections (carries max. 20 kg.)|
Price to be confirmed upon booking
|Private pack animal in Vallecitos for each section (carries max. 50 kg.)|
Price to be confirmed upon booking
NOTE 2: Price per person is calculated on room and tent sharing basis. If the client prefers single room and/or tent, please add the supplement.
NOTE 3: Private porters and pack animals are third party services and these values should be taken as a guideline, final amounts will be confirmed upon booking
- Local Mountain guide during the entire program – UIAGM certified
- Assistant mountain guide during the entire program from 4 pax
- Climbing guide-client ratio for summit attempt ONLY on Aconcagua: 1:3 – 2:6 – 3:9 and 4:12
- Transfer-in upon arrival in Mendoza from airport to hotel
- Private transportation throughout the entire mountain program
- 2 nights in shared double room in hotel in Mendoza
- 2 nights in shared dormitory at Vallecitos’ mountain refuge
- 1 night in shared double room in hotel at Penitentes
- 1 Night in tents in Confluencia Campsite camp
- 3 Nights in tents in Plaza de Mulas (Base Camp)
- High quality mountain tents – 2 pax per tent in Vallecitos and Aconcagua
- Group common campsite equipment for Vallecitos and Aconcagua
- Mule/horses for group campsite equipment and food in Vallecitos and to/from Aconcagua Base Camp (From park entrance to Plaza de Mulas and back – also for all the client’s equipment)
- Meals as specified in the day to day itinerary
- International and domestic flights
- Transfer-out in Mendoza from hotel to airport
Aconcagua climbing permit (in 2020: USD 850 for high season and USD 650 mid-season)
Additional transfers from hotel/city to airport and vice-versa
- Extra days at mountain hut, Confluencia Campsite and Mulas Base camp, in case a member must or decides to come down due to any reason, will be at member’s own expenses
- If attempting the summit on the 1st or 2nd scheduled days (Day 16 or 17) and leaving the mountain afterwards – the extra hotel nights and meals in Mulas, Confluencia, Penitentes, Mendoza or Santiago will be on each member’s own expense
- Private pack animals/porters in Vallecitos and Aconcagua
- Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list