ARG-02 / 21-day Trip / Grade: PD
PEAKS: Cerro Tolosa’s Viewpoint (4110 m) > Cristo Redentor Pass (3850 m) > Cerro Santa Elena (4571 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 Aconcagua and Las Cuevas program, focus on undergoing a good acclimatization prior to the summit attempt; therefore due to our experience in different mountain ranges, have design an itinerary where during the days we gain progressive altitudes and sleep low. At the same time, we also have chosen an area close to the Aconcagua Park with a selection of valleys, ridges and summits that will serve both the acclimatization process and also a create a varied program and activities, before heading towards the main goal.
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.
For 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 inLas Cuevas’ area and from Base Camp to Base Camp in Aconcagua there will be a guide ratio of 1:3, 2:6, 3:9 and 4:12
All the guides are certified, very professional, and have many years of experience on the mountains – specifically on Aconcagua.
|Day 1||Arrival in Mendoza – Argentina (747 m)|
|Day 2||Las Cuevas area (3160 m)|
|Day 3||Matienzo Valley’s acclimatization hike (3400 m)|
|Day 4||Trek: Cerro Tolosa’s Viewpoint (4100 m)|
|Day 5||Trek: Cristo Redentor Mountain Pass (3850 m)|
|Day 6||Climb: Cerro Santa Elena (4571 m)|
|Day 7||Confluencia Camp (3409 m)|
|Day 8||Plaza de Mulas (4364 m)|
|Day 9||Plaza de Mulas – Free/rest day|
|Day 10||Plaza Canada – Camp I (4910 m)|
|Day 11||Nido de Condores – Camp II (5574 m)|
|Day 12||Camp Colera / Berlin – Camp III (5969 m)|
|Day 13||Climb: Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m)|
|Day 14||Spare summit day|
|Day 15||Spare summit day|
|Day 16||Descent back to base camp|
|Day 17||Back to Mendoza|