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6 Days Trekking tour itinerary for Mendoza & San Rafael: Embark On An Andes Survivors Expedition

Mendoza, San Rafael

Horse Riding Tour
Trekking Tour
Glacier Tour
Embark on an Andes Survivors Expedition

the survivors of Fairchild Crash

San Rafael-Argentina

Visit the historic site of the most famous survival story of our time. Join survivor Eduardo Strauch and Mountain Guide Ricardo Peña for a special visit to the crash site of the Fairchild. This expedition is full of adventure, beauty and a wealth of information about the story of the Andes Survivors.  

DAY 01

January 15, 2019

  • 2 pm: Eduardo Strauch, Ricardo Peña and all other participants rendezvous at the Aconcagua Hotel.

  • 2:30 pm: Get onboard the van and depart for San Rafael.

  • In the evening, have dinner with Eduardo.

  • Check equipment before the early morning departure.

DAY 02

January 16, 2019

  • Breakfast at the Tower hotel in San Rafael.

  • Load the vans and begin the drive to the abandoned hotel and hot springs at the base of the 18000 ft volcano, El Sosneado.

  • A bit farther down the valley, reach the horse post in the mountains (7500ft), where the horses and handlers will be waiting.

  • Have lunch.

  • Saddle up and begin the horse ride over rugged terrain to the camp at El Barroso river (8800ft). Enjoy spectacular views all day.

  • The cook will prepare dinner.

  • Overnight in tents. 

DAY 03

January 17, 2019

  • Horse riding to the Valle de las Lagrimas where the memorial is situated, and where the survivor's incredible story of survival took place. This is an incredible valley surrounded by 15,000ft high snowcapped peaks and impressive glaciers.

  • Depending on snow conditions, weather and participants preference, there is a choice for some of the team members to spend a night at the high camp in this valley (12,000ft). 

  • If you are interested in spending the night at the high camp, it is important that you have extra warm gear and inform us in advance - however, we cannot guarantee a night in high camp.

  • Eduardo and the rest of the members will return to the lower camp to spend the night. 

  • Overnight in tents.

DAY 04

January 18, 2019

  • Participants staying at the high camp can explore the surroundings. Those with mountaineering experience have the option of doing an alpine ascent with Ricardo at some of the nearby glaciers, for even more spectacular views (inform in advance about the Mountaineering option as this requires technical gear).

  • Those staying with Eduardo at the lower camp will have the options of doing a scenic horse ride to a beautiful lake on the glacial basin, going for a hike, or resting in camp.

  • In the evening, the whole group meets at the lower camp where Eduardo and Ricardo will give a talk on many of the fascinating aspects of Eduardo’s incredible survival story in the Andes.

  • Overnight in tents.

DAY 05

January 19, 2019

  • Ride back to the horse camp where the 4x4 vehicles will be waiting.

  • Have lunch at the horse post.

  • Head out of the mountains, down to the Tower Hotel in San Rafael.

  • Celebrate the expedition with a wonderful dinner and excellent wines.

  • Enjoy the luxurious overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 06

January 20, 2019

  • Drive back to Mendoza. End of trip.

  • 3800 USD Per Adult
  • All land transportation while in Argentina, during itinerary days.

  • Hotel and lodging in Argentina, during itinerary days.

  • Group gear (tents, cooking utensils, etc.). Tents are shared. You are free to bring your own tent if you prefer not to share a tent.  

  • All meals while on the mountain.

  • Horses, 4x4 vehicles.

  • Guides and support team.

  • The expertise of Eduardo Strauch (Andes Survivor), exclusive for Alpine Expeditions.

  • Round trip airfare: Point of Origin - Mendoza, Argentina

  • Excess baggage charges and airport tax.

  • Personal gear

  • Meals (other than breakfasts) in Mendoza or San Rafael

  • Tips (Restaurants, hotels and others). There are only a few restaurants and hotel tips to take care of, so $100 should be more than enough. This does not include tips for your Alpine Expedition guides who will be working for you throughout the trip, watching every detail to make your expedition safe and enjoyable.

  • Charges incurred as a result of delays or changes in the itinerary beyond the control of Alpine Expeditions (Ricardo Peña).

  • Arrange for a flight that departs Mendoza, Argentina after 4 pm. Many participants stay an extra day to enjoy Mendoza. If you would like to stay an extra night in Mendoza, we can help you arrange for a hotel and transportation (cost not included in itinerary).

Ricardo Peña and Eduardo Strauch:

  • These expeditions have been the origin of wonderful and lasting friendships between people from all over the world, who share an interest and passion for this story - Ricardo, Eduardo and many of the other survivors. 

  • One of the powerful and positive repercussions of this tragedy and survival story is how it inspires and helps people from all over the world.

  • Eduardo and Ricardo are very proud to help more people connect with this story.You are invited to join us in this unique opportunity to visit the site of this incredible survival story. 

  • Participants will have the opportunity to see the stunning sights of this part of the Andes, visit the memorial on the mountain, and see the airplane parts that are still there.All of this is in the company of survivor Eduardo Strauch, who openly shares all the details of their ordeal and candidly answers all questions.

Mendoza, San Rafael

Horse Riding Tour
Trekking Tour
Glacier Tour

Contributed By

Ricardo Pena

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USD 3800
Type of Tour

Private Tour

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