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Expedition overview

Day 01

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 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 02

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 the Climbing Permits. 
Later, we will begin our trip to Penitentes (165km or approx. 102 miles from Mendoza), arriving at this beautiful destination after having crossed the 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 is able to be moved by the mules to the Pampa de Leñas and Casa de Piedra approach camp and Plaza Argentina Base Camp. The guides will provide advice on how to pack 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)
Transportation Time in Vehicle:  Approx. 3 hours
Difference in elevation:  760 meters above sea level (approx. 2493 feet) to 2725 meters above sea level (approx. 8940 feet)

 

Day 03

Pampa de Leñas

In the morning, the group will be driven from Penitentes to Punta de Vacas (trailhead), site from which we will begin our hike to the first approach camp. A small backpack with water, sun block, sandals and a jacket is all that you will need to bring with you.
In Pampa de Leñas we will find a checkpoint for the entrance to Aconcagua Park.
Upon arriving to the camp, we will present our Climbing Permits to the Park Rangers. 
The muleteers will meet us at this camp, bringing personal (sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc.) and expedition (food, dishes, heaters, gas, etc.) equipment, preparing us for the first night in Park Aconcagua. 
After resting, we will set up our tents to spend the night.
Later, we will be able to hydrate ourselves with warm drinks, enjoy light refreshments and explore the surrounding area. The mountain guides will organize the evening’s dinner.

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 4 to 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: 2725 meters above sea level (approx. 1693 feet) to 2960 meters above sea level (approx. 9711 feet)

 

Day 04

Casa de Piedra

After a nutritious breakfast we will organize the equipment and supplies to be moved by the mules to the next approach camp.
Once the group is ready, we will begin the hike following the Quebrada de Vacas.  During the hike it is possible to see huge mammals called guanacos (similar to llamas) and the King of the Andes, the condor. 
When we arrive at Casa de Piedra, we will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of Mount Aconcagua. 
The muleteers will meet us again, delivering the equipment and supplies for making camp. We will set up our tents and will be able to rest and hydrate ourselves. The mountain guides will organize the evening’s dinner and we will be able to enjoy the mountain surroundings under the light of the stars. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 6 to 7 hours
Elevation: 2960 meters above sea level (approx. 9711 feet) to 3250 meters above sea level (approx. 10662 feet)

 

Day

Plaza Argentina

Early in the morning, after breakfast and packing up our equipment, we will begin the hike to the base of Mount Aconcagua, Plaza Argentina base camp.
This is the most difficult day of our approach. 
After crossing the Vacas River, we will continue towards the Quebrada de Relinchos and the banks of the Relinchos River, climbing up an advanced slope. 
When we arrive to Plaza Argentina, we will find all of our equipment that has been transported there by mules. 
After a deserved rest we will set up camp for the evening and the guides will perform routine checks on each person to make sure they are acclimating themselves appropriately to the elevation. 
We will spend three days in this base camp, equipped with modern tents, dining room and bathrooms, helping our bodies to adjust to the elevation and to rest before the awaited ascent. 
Dinner will be prepared in the comfortable dining room tent. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 6 to 7 hours
Elevation: 3250 meters above sea level (approx. 10662 feet) to 4200 meters above sea level (approx. 13779 feet)

 

Day

Plaza Argentina

Day 6 is designed for acclimatization and rest. The guides will carry out routine checks and will assist the group in preparing supplies (food, gas, stoves, pans, etc.) that will need to be carried to the first altitude camp. On average, each client should carry 5 kilograms (11 lbs) of equipment. 
There will also be time to explore the area around base camp and meet other mountaineering groups, preparing themselves for the ascent to the Colossus of America. Upon our arrival we will be able to enjoy dinner, prepared by those in charge of base camp.

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Elevation:  4200 meters above sea level (approx. 13779 feet)

 

Day

Plaza Argentina - Camp 1 - Plaza Argentina

In the morning we will ascend to the first altitude camp, known as Camp 1. This ascent, serving not only to better acclimatize your body to the conditions, will also help in the transportation of equipment and supplies (food, cooking supplies, gas, etc). This will make it so that when we arrive here the following day to spend the night, each person will only be responsible for their personal equipment and the tents, which are divided among two or three people. 
The elevation of this camp (some 5000 meters above sea level or approx 16404 feet) and later the descent to Plaza Argentina will help us to continue adapting our bodies to the elevation in a gradual way. 
In the afternoon we will descent to base camp.

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  Approx. 7 to 8 hours (ascent and descent
Elevation: 4200 meters above sea level (approx. 13779 feet) to 4950 meters above sea level (approx. 16240 feet)

 

Day

Camp 1

In the morning, after each person has gone through an acclimatization check, we will leave for Camp 1.  Upon arrival we will set up and organize camp, using the equipment and supplies that were brought the day before. After a rest, the guides will be in charge of organizing the equipment and supplies to be moved to the next elevation camp the following day. 
The elevation and the climate can cause dehydration. For this reason, it is imperative to drink large quantities of water. 
From this camp and forward, the guides will melt snow to provide all the members of the group with a constant supply of hot water.
In the evening, our guides will cook and later on we will be able to sleep for the first time under Mount Aconcagua. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 6 hours
Elevation: 4200 meters above sea level (approx. 13779 feet) to 4950 meters above sea level (approx. 16240 feet)

 

Day

Camp 1 - Camp 2 - Camp 1

After breakfast and the daily acclimatization checks by the guides, we will leave for Camp 2, dropping off all the necessary equipment and supplies for our ascent two days later. 
The slope becomes steeper in this stretch of the trek. We will walk at a slow pace, keeping our energy from fading too quickly. 
Once the space where we will camp is selected, we will leave all of our equipment, take a short rest and return to sleep in Camp 1. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 7 to 8 hours (ascent and descent)
Elevation: 4950 meters above sea level (approx. 16240 feet) to 5570 meters above sea level (approx. 18274 feet)

Day

Camp 1

This day's plan is to get sufficient rest, to continue the process of gradual adaptation to the elevation, to keep ourselves hydrated and make goals for the coming days. 
Reading in tents, listening to music, or simply taking in the scenery of the impressive Andes Mountains will be our activities to pass the time. We should focus ourselves on the following days because they will not be easy. We should also take advantage of this time of rest to focus on giving all that we can to continue the expedition.  

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Elevation: 4950 meters above sea level (approx. 16240 feet)

 

Day

Camp 2

After breakfast and the daily acclimatization checks by the guides, we will leave towards Camp 2. The hike will border the mountainside of Mount Ameghino, until we pick up the route to Mount Aconcagua again. The path is a zigzag, with a moderate slope. 
Upon arriving we will organize the camp, setting up tents and organizing the equipment we moved to this site two days ago.
At the end of our duties, we will renew ourselves with a rest while the guides prepare dinner.

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 6 hours

Elevation: 4950 meters above sea level (approx. 16240 feet) to 5570 meters above sea level (approx. 18274 feet)

 

Day

Camp 2 - Camp 3 - Camp 2

Day 12's goal is to carry equipment to a camp located at a higher elevation and leave it so that we will have a well-stocked camp when we arrive there the next day. This will help with the acclimatization process, preparing our bodies as well as we can for the awaited summit day.
The day will start in the morning, after the guides have prepared a breakfast, filled with the necessary nutrients for a difficult day where the conditions and the elevation begin to have an effect.
We will make a traverse to Camp 3, Plaza Cólera, located on the Normal Route of Aconcagua. In these altitudes, one should be attentive to ice on the path (which may require you to use crampons and ice axe), as well as to the fierce winds which always affect Mount Aconagua.
After leaving all the equipment and supplies at the selected site, we will return to Camp 2 to sleep.

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 5 to 6 hours (ascent and descent)
Elevation: 5570 meters above sea level (approx. 18274 feet) to 5870 meters above sea level (approx. 18307 feet)

 

Day

Camp 3

Early in the morning we will depart toward the last altitude camp.
Already at almost 6000 meters above sea level (approx. 19685 feet), the effects produced by the altitude are pronounced (headache, insomnia, loss of appetite, etc.).  It is necessary to know beforehand that these symptoms will be present.
Even though the itinerary includes enough days for the body to acclimatize gradually to these heights, it is necessary to stay in this camp for the least time possible, otherwise the physical wear will make the summit day more difficult.
After setting up camp, the guides will survey each member of the group to check on their physical state. They will speak with the group, detailing the plans for the following day and so that you will be oriented, guaranteeing the best conditions to reach the summit. 
One should hydrate abundantly, eat dinner and sleep as much as possible. The big day is about to come. 

Accommodation: Tents
Food:  Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
Hiking Time:  approx. 4 hours
Elevation: 5380 meters above sea level (approx. 17650 feet) to 5870 meters above sea level (approx. 18307 feet)

 

Day

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

Camp 3 - 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

Plaza de Mulas - 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

Mendoza

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

 

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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.

 

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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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