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Day 1

Day 1 - Mendoza

We will be waiting at the Mendoza airport (we will have a sign with your name) to pick you up and take you to the hotel in the center of the city. 
In the hotel, one of the mountain guides will check that your personal equipment is sufficient enough for the conditions of the expedition. He or she will also organize a meeting to meet the other members of the expedition and will inform everyone about the following day's activities.
We suggest that you arrive in Mendoza in the morning, giving yourself time to recover from your trip and to get a taste of the beautiful and dynamic city of Mendoza. 

Accommodation:  Hotel
Room:  Twin (shared with another member of the expedition)
Food:  Not included
Altitude:  760 meters above sea level (approx. 2493 feet)

 

Day 2

Penitentes

In the morning (times will be given the day before), the guides will meet with the group in the hotel and accompany the members of the group to the Permissions Office, assisting with the purchase of permissions. 
Later, we will begin our trip to Penitentes (165km or approx. 102 miles from Mendoza), arriving at this beautiful destination after having crossed la Cordillera de los Andes (Andes mountain range). 
Upon arrival, the hotel will have rooms reserved for the group.
Each person should organize his or her personal equipment and pack it so that it can be moved by mules to the Plaza de Mulas and Confluencia camps.  The guides will provide advice and assistance with preparing your belongings. In the evening, all of the group will meet for dinner in the mountains while the guides present an introduction to the steps to take in the upcoming days.

Accommodation:  Hotel
Room:  Twin (shared with another member of the expedition)
Food:  Breakfast and Dinner (without drinks)
Driving Time:  Approx. 3 hours
Difference in elevation:  760 meters above sea level (approx. 2493 feet) to 2725 meters above sea level (approx. 8940 feet)

 

Day 3

Confluencia

In the morning the group will move from Penitentes to Horcones, where you will find a check point for the entrance to Aconcagua Park. Once registered with the Climbing Permit will begin the journey to Confluencia camp. We will spend two nights at this campsite to let you acclimatize properly before getting to Plaza de Mulas
The mules will carry much of the personal equipment (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, coats, etc.) as well as the equipment for the expedition (food, dishes, cooking supplies, gas, etc.). The clients will only carry a light backpack. 
When we arrive at Confluencia we will be met with the equipment transported by the mules for the organization of the camp.  After a rest we will be the setting up of tents to spend the night. A little later you will be able to rest, to hydrate with warm drinks and walk around the nearby area. 
A dinner will be organized in the evening in our comfortable dining room tent. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 4 to 5 hours
Difference in elevation: 2725 meters above sea level (approx. 8940 feet) to 3390 meters above sea level (approx. 11122 feet)

 

Day 4

Confluencia - Plaza Francia - Confluencia

Hiking to Plaza Francia will be organized for the second day in Confluencia, whose elevation will not only help to gradually adapt to the altitude, but will also give you the chance to see the majestic South Wall of Mount Aconcagua.  Dinner will be prepared on the return to Confluencia and the members of the group will prepare themselves for bed for the long day ahead. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 6 to 7 hours (to Plaza Francia and back to Confluencia)
Difference in elevation: 3390 meters above sea level (approx. 11122 feet) to 4200 meters above sea level (approx. 14501 feet)

 

Day 5

Plaza de Mulas

Early in the morning we will begin the long journey that will bring us to the base of Mount Aconcagua, Plaza de Mulas base camp. We will pass through the impressive scenery of the Andes Mountains, seeing sites such as Playa Ancha and the Cuesta Brava. 
This area, full of plains and huge slopes, is very exposed to the wind.  Sun exposure is also an important factor to consider.  Each person will walk carrying a small backpack. The guides will inform you on what items to bring with you, but essentials include water, sunblock, a jacket and sandals to cross streams of water. 
Upon arrival and after a deserved rest we will set up camp to spend the night and the guides will check to see how each person is adapting to the altitude changes. 
A dinner will be organized in the evening in our comfortable dining room tent. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 7 to 9 hours
Difference in elevation: 3390 meters above sea level (approx. 11122 feet) to 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet)

 

Day 6

Plaza de Mulas

Day 6 will be used to acclimatize yourselves and rest.  The guides will carry out routine medical checks, and will offer information and assistance in organizing equipment (food, gas, stoves, pots, etc.) that will need to be transported to the first base camp in the days ahead.  On average, each client should carry 5kg (11 lbs) of equipment.
The guides will organize exercises in the use of the crampons. 
There will also be time to investigate this cosmopolitan base camp and meet mountaineers from other expeditions like ours, preparing themselves for the ascent to the Colossus of America.
At night we will be able to enjoy the dinner prepared by those in charge of base camp in our comfortable dining room tent. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Altitude: 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet)

 

Day 7

Plaza de Mulas - Mount Bonete climb - Plaza de Mulas

Day 7's objective will be to acclimatize to the surroundings and also to have rest. To do this, we have organized an ascent to the nearby Mount Bonete whose elevation (5100 meters above sea level or approx. 16732 feet) will help to slowly adapt your body to higher altitudes. 
In the afternoon we will descend to the Plaza de Mulas to rest and regain your energy after a long day. 
Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 6 to 7 hours (ascent and descent)
Difference in elevation: 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet) to 5100 meters above sea level (approx. 16732 feet)

 

Day 8

Plaza de Mulas

A day of acclimation and rest. We will also take advantage of the time to organize and distribute the equipment we will transport tomorrow to the first upper camp (food, stoves, gas, etc.).  On average, each client will carry 5 kg (11 lbs) of equipment. 
Having climbed Mount Bonete we will have already arrived to an altitude even higher than this first altitude camp, which will make our ascent easier. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Altitude: 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet)

 

Day 9

Plaza de Mulas - Camp 1 - Plaza de Mulas

In the morning we will ascend to the first altitude camp, Plaza Canada.  This ascent is useful for acclimating yourself to the conditions and will also serve to transport equipment and supplies (food, stoves, gas, cooking supplies) so that when we climb to Plaza Canada the following day, each person will only be in charge of his or her personal equipment. 
After a rest, if we have time and the weather conditions permit, we will plan to continue ascending (without equipment) to an altitude of 5000 meters above sea level (approx. 16404 feet) to continue adapting ourselves to the elevation.
In the afternoon we will descend to base camp.
On the last day in Plaza de Mulas, we will organize the personal equipment that each person will bring to the altitude camps. Guides will help with this organization. The goal is that each person packs one backpack weighing from 10 to 12 kilos (22 to 26.4 pounds). After dinner we will take advantage of the opportunity to rest as the next days will not offer us the comforts offered in base camp.

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 6 to 7 hours (ascent and descent)
Altitude: 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet) to 4910 meters above sea level (approx. 16108 feet)

Day 10

Day 10 - Plaza de Mulas
Day 8 will be used to acclimatize yourselves and rest after the carry of equipment to Camp 1. 
At night we will be able to enjoy the dinner prepared by those in charge of base camp in our comfortable dining room tent. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Altitude: 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet)

 

Day 10

Camp 1

In the morning, after a healthy breakfast and upon the checking of each person's state of acclimatization, we will leave towards Plaza Canada. The terrain will not be difficult.  When we arrive we will set up camp. The rest of the day will be used for acclimatization and rest. 
In general there is no snow in this area. From this camp on, the guides will melt ice to provide the group with water so that each person is conveniently hydrated. 
This will be our first night under the mountainside of Aconcagua.

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 3 hours
Altitude: 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet) to 4910 meters above sea level (approx. 16108 feet)

 

Day 11

Camp 2

After breakfast and the daily monitoring of acclimatization carried out by the guides, we will move to camp 2, Nido de Condores (Condor's Nest) with our personal equipment, sharing among us part of the supplies for the expedition. This is a level area suitable for setting up camp. Certain rocks will help to protect the tents from the constant strong wind in the area. 
We will stay in this camp for two days with the intention of adapting ourselves appropriately to the new elevation imposed by Aconcagua and to rest. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 4 hours
Altitude: 4910 meters above sea level (approx. 16108 feet) to 5380 meters above sea level (approx. 17650 feet)

 

Day 12

Camp 2 - Camp 3 - Camp 2

On day 12, we plan to move the equipment and supplies to camp 3 (from where we will begin the long awaited ascent to the summit of Aconcagua). This is a steep climb but it’s not very long. The effects of the altitude can be notorious, and for this reason we will return to Nido de Condores to sleep, after having dropped off the equipment and taken a rest. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 4 hours
Altitude: 5380 meters above sea level (approx. 17650 feet) to 5870 meters above sea level (approx. 19258 feet)

 

Day 13

Camp 3

We will move to the last upper camp, Camp Colera.  At 6000 meters above sea level (approx. 19685 feet), the altitude can produce noticeable effects (headache, insomnia, loss of appetite, etc.). It is important to know ahead of time that these symptoms will be present.
Despite the itinerary has been built with enough days for the body to gradually adjust itself to the high altitudes, it is important to stay in this camp the least amount of time possible, since the physical wear can make the summit day even more difficult. It is essential that we eat well, stay hydrated, and sleep well because tomorrow awaits the anticipated day that we reach the summit, a day of extreme mental and physical difficulty.

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 4 hours
Altitude: 5380 meters above sea level (approx. 17650 feet) to 5870 meters above sea level (approx. 19258 feet)

 

Day 14

Summit Day

The day that everyone has been waiting for has arrived. Activities in the camp will begin at sunrise.  We will eat breakfast before dawn and after the acclimatization checks, we will leave for the summit carrying a small backpack with essential supplies that the guides will inform you of (food, water, gloves, spare glasses). Today is an extremely difficult day where each person needs to give all of themselves physically and psychologically to be able to beat the effects of the altitude, the fierce winds and extreme cold. The hike will be very slow and we will need to take various rests throughout the trek. 
The path will bring us to the so-called Travesia, later to the Canaleta (a moderately inclined terrain with fixed rocks) and finally to the summit (6962 meters or approx. 22840 feet). 
From the roof of America you will be able to see plains to the East and the immensity of the Andes from North to South. There will be time to take photos to capture the memories of your achievement. 
Later we will return to Camp Colera where the mountain guides will prepare warm drinks and dinner after a tough day. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 8 to 12 hours (ascent to the summit and the descent to camp 3)
Altitude: 5870 meters above sea level (approx. 19258 feet) to 6962 meters above sea level (approx. 22841 feet)

 

Day 15

Plaza de Mulas

We will descend from Camp Colera, following the Normal Route, arriving at the Plaza de Mulas base camp. When we arrive we will be able to enjoy a goodbye dinner in the Plaza de Mulas and we will raise our glasses to the experience of having reached the highest point in the world outside of Asia. Congratulations, your hard work paid off!

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 8 to 9 hours (ascent to the summit and the descent to camp 3)
Altitude: 5870 meters above sea level (approx. 19258 feet) to 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet)

 

Day 16

Mendoza

Rested and satisfied after our achievement we will pack the equipment and supplies to be transported by mules to the entrance to Aconcagua Park, in Horcones. A vehicle will be waiting for us at the site to take us to the city of Mendoza. The hotel will be reserved and we will be able to enjoy its comforts after having spent many days sleeping in tents. 

Accommodation:  Hotel
Room:  Twin (shared with another member of the expedition)
Food:  Breakfast and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 6 to 8 hours
Transportation Time in Vehicle:  Approx. 3 hours
Altitude: 4370 meters above sea level (approx. 14337 feet) to 760 meters above sea level (approx. 2493 feet)

 

Day 17

Mendoza

Breakfast in the hotel. This is the end of the services we offer, helping to make dreams come true. So long!

 

Day 18

Contingency day

This extra day can be used in the altitude camps or base camp in the case of bad weather. The use of this extra day is under the discretion of the expedition guides.

 

Day 19

Contingency day

This extra day can be used in the altitude camps or base camp in the case of bad weather. The use of this extra day is under the discretion of the expedition guides.

 

Note: This itinerary should be viewed as a reference. The guides will do everything in their power to follow it as detailed, but situations could present themselves during an expedition of such altitude that force them to make changes.  We ask that you please stay flexible in the case that the guides are forced to do so.
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