Aconcagua The Normal Route

 

Climbing Aconcagua challenges your whole being. This is the highest trekking peak in the world and highest mountain in the western hemisphere. After Everest, Aconcagua is the second highest of the seven summits 6,962m/ 22,841ft. Climbing Aconcagua on the normal route is all about endurance and acclimatization while dealing with cold and harsh weather. Named the stone sentinel by the Incas., most of the climb is on rocky trails and rises straight up from Base Camp to summit. Aconcagua is often underestimated, it is a formidable challenge. This expedition is for trekkers who are in excellent physical shape as it is a strenuous and demanding climb which needs careful consideration and previous altitude experience before trying to climb Aconcagua. 2016 dates are coming soon.

A little bit more about the climb

We feel those who have previous altitude experience above 6,000m/ 16,404ft and who are avid hikers/climbers have the best success rate on this climb. With the extreme altitude, and the weather and camping conditions on Aconcagua make this a very challenging expedition. You need to come experienced and familiar with extreme conditions before attempting this difficult climb.

Climbing Aconcagua via the Normal Route is a non-technical route and is perfect for an avid trekker in excellent physical shape who would like to experience a high altitude adventure. In terms of the weather you will need to be prepared for harsh conditions and we will try and give you all the skills and information to best prepare for this adventure trek.

We offer a quality acclimatization program to aid you in your summit success. Aconcagua is a great way to test yourself in the mountains and can be a great stepping stone to 8,000m/ 26,247ft peaks in the Himalayas.

Itinerary

 


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Day 1

Today we will arrive in Mendoza at 760m (2,493ft).  We will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel. On this day our guide will check your mountain equipment and accompany you to hire the necessary things. You will enjoy the comforts of one of the best hotels in Mendoza City. (Food is not included)

Day 2

Today we will go to Puente Del Inca at 2,725m (8,940ft), but before heading to Puente del Inca, the whole group will apply for the climbing permit with the guides’ assistance. You will have lunch and spend the night in Puente del Inca hostel. In the afternoon, the mules are loaded and prepared for the following day.

Day 3

Head to Confluencia at 3,300m (10,827ft).  The group will be taken to the entrance of the Park in a private van where permits will be presented and you will start with the trek to Confluencia Camp. The equipment will be carried by mules. At arrival, you will set up your tent with your partner and will be able to rest.

Day 4

Trek to Plaza Francia (4,000m/13,123ft), the 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 trek is considered part of the acclimatization process, fundamental in our expedition.

Day 5

The trek to The Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4,260m/13,976ft) takes approximately 8 hours and we will complete it today. You will stay in our own base camp with the necessary commodities for you to be as comfortable as possible.

Day 6

Today is a rest day. You will make a short trek in the Plaza de Mulas area, to contemplate the beauty of the mountain. On this day, you will also practice with your crampons, which will be used in the altitude.

Day 7

Acclimatization trek to Mt. Bonete Summit at (5,100m/16,732ft) and return to Plaza de Mulas, which will take approximately 6 hours. Today is essential in our acclimatization schedule.

Day 8

Today we will have an acclimatization trek to Camp 1 “Canadᔝ at 4,910m (16,109ft). You will take part of the altitude equipment and the food that will be needed in Plaza Canada (each member of the group will carry ““without exception ““ a food load and fuel for the expedition that will be a maximum of 10 kg/22lb). You will have lunch and then return to the Base Camp.

Day 9

Rest and acclimatization day. On this day you will make sure that your equipment is ready and you will rest to be strong for the coming days which will demand more effort.

Day 10

Today, after a 3 hour trek, you will reach Camp 1 “Canada” at 4,910m (16,109ft). The group will enjoy lunch and set up tents. On this day, you will only carry your personal equipment. Our porters will carry the sleeping tents and the rest of the equipment.

Day 11

Climb to Camp 2 “Nido de Cóndores” at 5,250m (17,224ft). This trek lasts 4 hours and when you reach Nido de Cóndores 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 their personal equipment and will carry without exception a food load and fuel for the expedition that will be a maximum of 5 kg/11lbs. Our porters will carry the sleeping tents and the rest of the ordinary equipment.                       

Day 12

Climb to Camp 3 “Berlin” at 5,900m (19,357ft) which will be the last altitude camp before the summit attempt. 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, you will carry your personal equipment and will carry without exception a food load and fuel for the expedition that will be a maximum of 5kg/11lbs. As in the previous days, our porters will carry the sleeping tents and the rest of the ordinary equipment.

Day 13

Climb from Camp 3 to the summit of Aconcagua at 6,962m (22,841ft) and return to Camp 3. This is an extremely difficult, rewarding and all around 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 the Berlin Camp. You will sleep that night with the satisfaction of having reached your goal of reaching South America’s highest point.

Day 14

Today you will descend back to the Plaza de Mulas Base Camp after a 3 hour trek. The group will have the day free to share those emotions experienced throughout the expedition. During this day you will only carry your personal equipment, because our porters will be in charge of carrying all the ordinary equipment including the garbage up to Plaza de Mulas.

Day 15

Descent to Puente del Inca and complete our last trek during the expedition. Your belongings will be carried by mules so you will only take a light bag pack with a jacket and your packed lunch. Transfer to Mendoza City. Lodge in the hotel.

Day 16

Today we will arrive back in Mendoza for breakfast and this will end our service.

Day 17

Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.

Day 18

Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.  Leave for your departing flight home or to your next destination.

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