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20 Days Backpacking tour itinerary for Aconcagua & Mendoza: Ascend South America's Highest Peak

Aconcagua, Mendoza

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Adventure Sports Tour
Camping
Camping Tour
Backpacking
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Aconcagua-Argentina

Stand on the highest spot of the Southern Hemisphere and observe the magnificence of the Andes. This mountain is located in the Principal Cordillera of the Andes mountain range in Argentine and is listed on the Seven Summits list. 

DAY 01

Mendoza –Altitude: 760 m.

  • Begin the expedition in Mendoza, Argentina. 

  • On your arrival at the international airport in Mendoza, an INKA Expeditions representative will be waiting for you. 

  • After receiving you, he will drive you to your hotel and after you rest, a group meeting will follow and you will be introduced to your guide and team members.

Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room. – Transportation: Airport – Hotel in Mendoza.

DAY 02

Mendoza / Penitentes –Altitude: 2720 m.

  • After breakfast and organizing your luggage, you and your group will be transported with your Argentina tour guide to INKA office to meet the staff and finalize arrangements; pay the remaining balance, get the required vouchers and obtain the Entrance Permit.

  • From the office, drive along a picturesque road to the mountain.

  • After 3 hours of travel, arrive at Villa Los Penitentes, where you stay at a hotel in the mountains.

  • In the afternoon, prepare the equipment for transportation to the base camp by mules. This day is concluded with dinner and rest.

Transportation: Mendoza – Penitentes – Accomodation: Mountain Hotel double or triple – Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 03

Penitentes / Confluencia – Altitude: 3390 m.

  • Drive to Horcones, Aconcagua Park Entrance, where you get the first view of the mountain.

  • After permits are checked at the Ranger station, head off to Confluencia, at 3390 m and once there, you will organize your personal gear, drink some tea and enjoy dinner.

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

DAY 04

Acclimatization Trekking to Plaza Francia - Altitude: 4200 m

  • This day has been included in order for you to acclimatize better and increase your chances to summit.

  • Trek for about 5 hours until you arrive to Plaza Francia with a view of the impressive Aconcagua South Wall. This is one of the nicest points of the expedition and you will have a breathtaking first view of Aconcagua that you will never forget.

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

DAY 05

Approaching to Plaza de Mulas - Altitude: 4250 m.

  • Begin your second approaching day trekking into Plaza de Mulas, the base camp for your expedition.

  • Early in the morning, start your walk across "Playa Ancha" (meaning wide beach), a deserted and always windy valley. Slowly gain altitude walking up to the Horcones Superior Valley.

  • After 8-9 hours hiking across Playa Ancha and climbing up through a very steep path "Cuesta Brava" (meaning Rugged Slope), reach Plaza de Mulas, at 4250 m. By the end of the day, most of you will feel the altitude.

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

DAY 06

Rest day at Plaza de Mulas - Altitude: 4250 m.

  • The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day. This is a good opportunity to familiarize your self with the Camp, take a shower and explore the area. Get together with the guides, do a medical checkup, reorganize and review the equipment, prepare the loads and organize food for transportation for the next day. This is the time to get to know the climbers from other parts of the world and to meet the people that work in the camps.

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

DAY 07

Acclimatization day - Ascent to Mt. Bonete - Altitude:5000 m.

  • This day is included in the climbing in order to acclimatize better and give you more chances to summit.

  • After breakfast, start the ascent to Mt Bonete's summit. From this mountain, you´ll see the awesome Aconcagua west face, as well as the huge Plaza de Mulas’ Base Camp. The surrounding landscape is amazing; you could admire the vast expanse of the Andes.

  • Then return to Plaza de Mulas.

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

DAY 08

Rest day at Plaza de Mulas- Altitude:4250 m

  • Stay in Plaza de Mulas to rest from the climbing of Mt. Bonete. Divide expedition loads to carry to the high camps (community gear, fuel and food). Double carry to keep pack weight down and help ensure good acclimatization.

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

DAY 09

Carry of equipment to Camp 1 - Altitude:5050 m.

  • The following morning, carry some of your equipment and food to Camp 1, called "Plaza Canada". Keep your backpacks light and carry as little as possible in order to be able to gradually adapt to the altitude. During the load transportation to camp 1, reach a level of 5050 m. It is very important to maintain the adaptation of your body to altitude, to achieve good acclimatization.

  • Then return to Plaza de Mulas.

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

DAY 10

Rest day at Plaza de Mulas- Altitude:4250 m.

  • After the hard days of carrying and climbing, rest and recover your energy at Base Camp. The guides want everyone to have the best possible chance to acclimatize and achieve the summit.

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

DAY 11

Ascent to Camp 1 “Plaza Canada” - Altitude:5050 m.

  • After having breakfast, start your ascent to Camp 1.

  • After walking 5-6 hours on easy terrain, arrive at Camp 1 (5000 mt).

  • Meet with the supplies that you brought the day before, assemble the camp and then divide load for following days of carrying.

  • Rest and have dinner.

Accommodation: Double Tents– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12

Ascent to Camp 2 “Nido de Condores” - Altitude:5560 m

  • On this day, move from Plaza Canada to Camp 2 named “Nido de Cóndores” at 5560m. This is when you start enjoying the real beauty of high altitude, ascending more and more, surrounded by a spectacular view of the Andes. It is very important to control the adaptation of your body to altitude, and continue to monitor our acclimatization.

Accommodation: Double Tents– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13

Carry equipment to Camp 3 - Altitude:6000 m.

  • On this day, carry equipment to Camp 3 called Plaza Colera (6000 m). This routine helps you keep our backpacks as light as possible and fundamentally to continue with your gradual acclimatization to a higher altitude.

  • After carrying the equipment up, return to Camp 2 to sleep.

Accommodation: Double Tents– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14

Ascent to Camp 3 “Plaza Colera” –Altitude: 6000 m

  • Early in the morning, after breakfast and after disassembling your tents, start ascending to Camp 3. Plaza Colera sits at the same altitude as the Berlin refuge, strategically situated for its altitude and cover from winds. From there, you have unforgettable views of the highest peaks of the Central Andes. 

  • Set up your last high altitude camp here. The Guide individually will review each member of the group and gives his final recommendations. Also, plan the final strategies for the last day of ascension to assure success in reaching the summit. 

  • Have dinner and rest.

Accommodation: Double Tents– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15

Summit day. - Altitude: 6961 m.

  • Begin the day at 5:00 am. This is the most demanding day of your expedition.

  • Continue north and join the Normal Route at 6200m. Continue on the Normal Route up to Independence Refuge (6500 m). This is normally where you see the first sun rays of the day.

  • Ascend the "Portezuelo del Viento", where you can experience strong winds, even on calm days. From here on, you pass by the superior part of the Western face and climb "La Canaleta", a 300 m channel that takes you to edge of the summit. From here you go through the Filo del Guanaco, which leads to the summit.

  • From the "Filo del Guanaco" you can directly observe under your feet the Southern Wall of the Aconcagua considered one of the largest faces in the world.

  • An indescribable feeling of satisfaction takes over as you reach the summit at 6961 m, where the prize is waiting for us; a 360° view and the experience of achievement that you only finally understand once you reach it.

  • After sharing these moments of accomplishment and emotion with your expedition mates, descend to camp 3.

Accommodation: Double Tents– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 16

Reserve days

  • Consider these two days as spare days in case of bad weather. If you do not use them, you can stay at Base Camp to rest and enjoy the mountain.

Accommodation: Double Tents– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 17

Reserve days

  • Consider these two days as spare days in case of bad weather. If you do not use them, you can stay at Base Camp to rest and enjoy the mountain.

Accommodation: Double Tents– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 18

Return to Plaza de Mulas- Altitude:4250 m

  • Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp with your trek guide.

  • Have a special reception and have a celebration dinner.

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

DAY 19

Descent to Penitentes and transport back to Mendoza

  • Have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes. There is a private transport waiting to take you to the hotel in Mendoza City.

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

DAY 20

Mendoza

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel. End of services.

Accommodation: Not included– Meals: Breakfast.

NOTE: The proposed 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 itinerary scheduled 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 our guides knowledge and experience.

  • 4270 USD Per Adult (* Special Price)
  • Argentinean mountain guide. (Bilingual, experienced, professional, qualified to operate within Provincial Park Aconcagua)

  • Transport IN Airport- Hotel in Mendoza by private vehicles.

  • Transport IN-OUT Mendoza-Penitentes by private vehicles (single timed transfer).

  • Transport IN-OUT Penitentes- Park Entrance (trailhead) by private vehicles for the entire group.

  • Two (02) nights accommodation in a 3* hotel in Mendoza City (Sharing room, Double/Triple occupancy), Breakfast and taxes included.

  • One (01) night accommodation in Hotel in Los Penitentes: Taxes, breakfast & dinner included (Sharing room, Double/Triple occupancy).

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

  • Freight mules to carry up to 10 kgs from Penitentes to Confluencia per climber.

  • Freight mules to carry up to 20 kgs from Penitentes to Plaza de Mulas per climber.

  • Freight mules to carry up to 10 kgs from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas per climber.

  • Freight mules to carry up to 30 kgs from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes per climber.

  • Fully equipped dining room and kitchen and WC tents.

  • Sleeping tents and luggage storeroom (Penitentes & Base Camp).

  • Guides will have a radio for 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 every 04 climbers).

  • Aconcagua's Entrance Permit fee. The price varies according to the nationality of the visitor (Argentinians, Latin Americans, Rest of the world), the selected route (HORCONES) and the time of the season you enter the Park (HIGH/MEDIUM&LOW).

  • Personal equipment asked on the required equipment list.

  • Rescue costs or other costs due to the abandonment of the expedition. (Riding mule, pack mule, individual transfers, helicopter flight for evacuation or rescue, extra nights, meals, extra costs for changes in your flight ticket, personal porter service, set up and stake off of tents, etc.)

  • Personal expenses (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 a hotel in case of early return to the city/ in the 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 that covers Helicopter evacuation or rescue inside the park.

  • 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 exclusively specified as "SERVICES INCLUDED" in the previous column.

  • Aconcagua Base Camps

  • The normal route is technically easy.

Aconcagua, Mendoza

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Adventure Sports Tour
Camping
Camping Tour
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Contributed By

Sebastian Tetilla

starting from
USD 4270
Type of Tour

Private Tour

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