Mount Aconcagua ( 6,966m./ 22,842ft) is the highest mountain in the west , the highest apart from the Himalaya, and the second highest summitin the circuit of the seven summits . it is difficulty lies in its high altitude and the low temperatures.
From the city Mendoza , Argentina, as our starting point , we go towards Puente de inca, after a 3 day trek, we get to the base camp. Our itinerary is developed to give us the greatest opportunity of acclimatization including the ascend to Mt. Bonete as part of this acclimatization procces.
We also include two extra days in case of bad weather that might prevent us from proceeding in the normal way.
You have the possibility of hiving a spot in our expeditionand enjoying the unforgettable experience
THE BEST OF THE EXPEDITIONS:
A program that gives you the best opportunities to test yourself at an altitude of up 7.000m, and it is the great stepping stone for climbing the Himalaya Mountains of 8,000m. as it is the highest mountain in America is part of the 7 summits circuit, which consists in climbing the highest mountain in each continent .
You will climb Mt, Bonete, so you will have the opportunity to return home with the satisfaction of having reached two summits above 5,000m
The Northeast or Normal Route climbing does no present any technical difficulty, meaning that the participants does not need to have have any previous climbing experience on rock or ice, this rout maybe done just on foot. You may have to use crampons and fixes ropes for your security , depending of the conditions of the route these decisions will be taken by guides during the expedition.
In order to avoid any kind of inconvenience in the process of acclimatization and to succed in reaching the summit we suggest you to follow a training program adapted to activity that your are going to do ( specifically to get a good acclimatization , carrying a load in your backpack , as well as eating balanceddiet some months before the start date of the expedition.
OTHER TYPES OF DIFFICULTIES:
The biggest problem that you can face on your expedition is the altitude effects on your body , this can be overcome with a previous training and a correct acclimatization ( this aspect is covered in all our programs). Another difficulty is the low temperatures in the mountains , such effects are reduced with a high- quality clothing and equipment.
Day 1.- Flight to Mendoza 2,760 m.
You will enjoy the comforts of one of the best hotels in Mendoza city. On this day our guide will check your mountain equipment and accompany you to hire the the necessary things. ( food is not included)
Day 2.- Mendoza – penitents 2,725m.
Before going to penitents , the whole group will apply for the climbing permit with the guides assistance. You will have lunch and spend the night in penitents hostel . In the afternoon, the mules are loaded and prepared for the following day (B,L,D)
Day 3.- Penitentes – confluencia 3,300m.
The group will be taken to the entrance of the park in a private van. There permits will be presented and you will start with trekking to confluencia camp. The equipment will be carried by mules. At arrival, sep up your tent with your partner and will able to rest(B,L,D)
Day 4.- Confluencia – Plaza France 4,000m. – Confluencia
Trek to plaza francia, base of the south face of Mt. Aconcagua. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch and a spectacular view. Then you will return to confluencia. This trekking is considered part of the acclimatization process, fundamental in our expedition. (B,PL,D)
Day 5.- Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas 4,260m.
The trek to plaza de mulas base camp lasts around 8 hours. You will stay in our own base camp with the necessary commodities for you to be as comfortable as possible
Day 6.- Plaza de Mulas.
Resting day , you will make a short trek in plaza de mulas area, to contemplate the beauty of the mountain. On this day you will also leave ready the crampons, which will be used in the altitude. (B,LD)
Day 7.- Plaza de Mulas – Mt. Bonete 5,100m. – Plaza de Mulas
Acclimatization trekking to Mt Bonete Summit and return to plaza de mulas. This trekking will take about 6 hours and you will reach 5,100m. of altitude. This activity will definitely turn on all the acclimatization mechanisms on your body (B,L,D)
Day 8.- Plaza de Mulas – Camp 1 Canada 4,9100m.- Plaza de Mulas
Acclimatization trekking to camp 1 Canada. You will take part of the altitude equipment and the food taht will be needed in plaza canada / each member of the group will carry – without excepción a food load and fuel for the expedition that will be 10kg as the maximum )you will have lunch and then return to the base camp (B.PL,D)
Day 9.- P’laza de Mulas
Resting and acclimatization day. On this day you will make sure that your equipment is ready and you will rest to be strong for the next days that demand more effort. (B,L,D)
Day 10.- Plaza de Mulas – Camp1 Canada
After a 3 hour trek, you will reach to camp 1 Canada , the group will enjoy lunch and sep up tents . on this day you will only carry your personal equipment . our porters will carry the sleeping tents and the rest of the ordinary equipment
Day 11.- Camp 1Canada – Camp 2 Nido de Condores5,250m
Climb to camp 2 Nido de Condores , this trek lasts 4 hours and when you reach Nido de Condores you will set up the tents with the guides´help . you will be able to rest after this. On this day, each member of the group will carry the personal equipment and will carry – withtout exception a food load and fuel for the expedition that will be 5gkas the maximum . our porters will carry the sleeping tents and the r est of the ordinary equipment(B,L,D)
Day 12.- Camp 2 Nido de Condores – Camp 3 Berlin 5,900m
Climb to camp 3 Berlin which will be the last camp before the Summit. This will be a short hike, around 3 hours, but all your strength is needed due to the characteristics of this part of the route. During this
Day 13.-Camp 3 – Berlin – Summit 6,962m. – Camp 3 Berlin
Climb from camp 3 to the summit and return to camp 3, the great day the group will get up very early in the morning, have breakfast and start climbing. You will get to the summit , where you will live an unforgettable experience, and return to berlin . Y6ou will sleep that night with the satisfaction of having reached your aim.
Day 14 Camp 3 Berlin – Plaza de Mulas
You will descend to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp after 3 hour trek. The group will havethe day free to share those emotions experienced throughout the expedition. During this day you will only carry your personal equipment including the garbage up to plaza de mulas
Day 15.- Plaza de Mulas – Puente del Inca – Mendoza
Descent to puente del inca and last trek in the expedition. Your belongins will be carried by mulas so you will only take a light bag pack with a jacket and your packet lunch. Transfer to Mendoza city, lodge in the hotel
Day 16.- Mendoza
Breakfast. End of service
Day 17.- extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.