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Aconcagua camps

Normal Route

Due to the distances that separate the entrance post from the base camps, and the difference in altitude that exists between these places, during the approximation hike it is suggested to stop for acclimatization and rest in the approach camps, also called intermediate camps.

 

Aconcagua

 

Approach Camps

You can find these camps between the trailheads of Aconcagua Park and the base camps. 
Only one of these (Camp Confluencia) provides services, while the rest are only appropriate spots to set up tents.

To ascend Aconcagua by way of the Normal Route and the South Wall you will go through Camp Confluencia.
To ascend Aconcagua by way of the Polish Glacier Traverse Route (and Direct Polish Glacier) you will go through the Pampa de Leñas and Casa de Piedra camps.  These camps, as stated above, are not available with their own services.

In the Horcones Valley

 

Camp Confluencia

Camp Confluencia received its name because it is in this area where the Lower and Upper Horcones rivers unite.  In this camp there will be a dining room, cook and people in charge of the area and bathrooms. 
Also, there is a medical service post, attended by doctors where they can perform acclimatization tests or use in the case of a medical emergency.

Elevation:  3390 meters above sea level / 11122 feet
Hiking time from Horcones (trailhead):  approx. 4 to 5 hours
Hiking time from Confluencia to Plaza Francia:  approx. 4 to 5 hours
Hiking time from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas base camp:  approx. 7 to 9 hours

 

BASE CAMP

Plaza de Mulas Camp

This is the base camp used for those who wish to climb Aconcagua by way of the Normal Route (or by way of its diverse variant routes). 
This area is large and located under a moraine at the base of Mount Aconcagua
There is water in the surrounding area and many areas where mountaineers can set up their tents for the days of acclimatizing.  The area also contains huge rocks that can protect you from the wind.

In the surrounding areas there are mountains whose elevation reaches above 5000 meters above sea level / 16400 feet. These may prove to be very useful to carry out summits and to work on the process of acclimatization. To practice the use of the crampons, there is a field of ice near this area. The practice with crampons will be very useful as you will have to use them near the summit of Aconcagua
This is the busiest camp in Aconcagua Park. This is the site where not only the expeditions that wish to reach the summit, but where hiking expeditions that will journey close to the highest mountain in the Americas will arrive. 

During the climbing season this camp practically turns into a small town.

Count on numerous services. Our company has a completely equipped dining room installed, making our clients as comfortable as possible.  This includes electric energy, tables, chairs, silverware, personnel in charge of the kitchen and staff in charge of the storage tents where our visitors can leave their equipment in good hands (personal equipment not needed during the ascent) until their return at the end of the expedition. 
We also offer bathrooms, showers, e-mail and satellite telephones. 

Plaza de Mulas also has medical service (provided by Aconcagua Park), Park Rangers and is the base of operations for the Rescue Patrol. 
To find more details about these services, we invite you to visit our link "Services on Aconcagua"

Elevation:  4370 meters above sea level / 14337 feet
Access to Plaza de Mulas 
Horcones - Confluenica
Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas

ALTITUDE CAMPS

These are the camps located on the mountainside of Aconcagua that can be used to spend the night and to better acclimatize yourself during the ascent.  These sites are chosen because they are shelters from the winds and have the possibility of obtaining water (melting ice or snow). 
There are a several altitude camps, mostly on the Normal Route.
Our experience with Aconcagua has taught us that the ideal camps are:

 

Normal Route

Camp Canada:  4910 meters above sea level / 16108 feet
Camp Nido de Condores:  5380 meters above sea level / 17650 feet (this camp has a Patrol of Park Rangers)
Camp Colera:  5870 meters above sea level / 19258 feet

 

ACONCAGUA APPROACH CAMPS

Polish Glacier Traverse Route

In the Vacas Valley

 

Camp Pampa de Leñas

It is simply a flat area in the middle of the path on the way to Plaza Argentina. 
You can find mountains in the surrounding areas and a good amount of vegetation. 
A Park Ranger post can be found in this area, where everyone should present their permissions of ascent.

Elevation: 2960 meters above sea level / 9711 feet
Hiking time from Punta de Vacas (trailhead):  approx. 4 to 5 hours

 

Camp Casa de Piedra

This camp gets its name from the small house you will find on this site, constructed with rocks, that is used by the muleteers as a refuge on the way to the base camp and/or to trailhead.
This area is also very level, close to the Vacas River, has good amounts of vegetation and various places where you can set up your tent to camp and sleep.

Elevation: 3250 meters above sea level / 10662 feet
Hiking time to Plaza Argentina (base camp):  approx. 6 to 7 hours

 

Aconcagua

 

BASE CAMP

Plaza Argentina Base Camp

This is the base camp used for those who will ascend Mount Aconcagua by way of the Travesía Polish Glacier Traverse Route (False Polish Glacier), Direct Polish Glacier (or by way of its' variants). It is made up of a large plain located at the base of Aconcagua. There is water in the surrounding areas and many appropriate areas for mountaineers to set up their tents during the days dedicated to acclimatization. This is an area extremely exposed to wind.

It contains numerous services. Our company has a completely equipped dining room installed, making our clients as comfortable as possible.  This includes electric energy, tables, chairs, silverware, and personnel in charge of the kitchen and staff in charge of the storage tents where our visitors can leave their equipment in good hands until their return at the end of the expedition. 
We also offer bathrooms, showers, e-mail and satellite telephones.

Plaza Argentina also has medical service (provided by Aconcagua Park), and Park Rangers.  It does not have rescue service. 
To find more details about these services, we invite you to visit our section "Services on Aconcagua."

Elevation: 4200 meters above sea level / 13779 feet
Access to Plaza Argentina:
Punta de Vacas - Pampa de Leñas
Pampa de Leñas - Casa de Piedra
Casa de Piedra - Plaza Argentina

 

ALTITUDE CAMPS

Polish Glacier Traverse Route

Camp 1:  4950 meters above sea level / 16240 feet
Camp 2:  5570 meters above sea level / 18274 feet
Camp Colera:  5870 meters above sea level / 19258 feet

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