Situated by the Argentinian/Chilean border, Mount Aconcagua is often referred to as the “highest trekking peak in the world”. The Aconcagua trek is perfect for fit and experienced trekkers who are looking for a challenge. Aconcagua trekking is not for the faint hearted, but it is a true bucket list adventure!
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Sat at 6962 meters, it is the highest peak in the Southern and Western hemispheres. Mount Aconcagua also is the second highest of the Seven Summits and the World’s highest summit outside the Himalayas!
The Aconcagua climb does require some basic mountaineering skills; you should be confident in using an ice axe and crampons and you should have strong backpacking skills.
This is a challenging route whether you are a novice or experienced climber and we recommend it should be a climb for those with some high altitude and general mountaineering experience gained from climbs such as Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus.
Depart from the UK and arrive in Mendoza. We will be transferred to the hotel and after checking in, we will have time to relax and explore the city of Mendoza. There will be a briefing to discuss the next day’s schedule.
DAY 3: TRAVEL TO VILLA DE PENITENTES:
We will obtain individual park entrance and ascent permits. We meet at our commercial office to finalise all the arrangements of the expedition. Later we travel to Villa de Penitentes where we stay at a hotel in the mountain. There we get the equipment ready for transportation to the base camp by mule.
DAY 4: WALK TO CONFLUENCIA:
We drive you to Horcones Park, where we get our first view of the mountain. We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station. Then, we head off to Confluencia by walking for 4 or 5 hours.
DAY 5: TREK TO PLAZA FRANZIA:
We’ve included this day in order to acclimatise better and give ourselves more of a chance to summit. We’ll trek for about 5 hours until we arrive to Plaza Francia – base camp of the impressive Aconcagua South Wall. This is one of the nicest points of the expedition.
DAY 6: TREK TO PLAZA DE MULAS CAMP:
After 8-9 hours hiking across “Playa Ancha” and climbing up through a very steep path, we reach Plaza de Mulas, the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park. By the end of the day, most of us will feel the altitude.
DAY 7: ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN BASE CAMP:
The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day and a good occasion to take a bath and explore the local terrain.
DAY 8: TREKKING ALONG THE TRAIL:
This is a challenging day where we gain 1000 m with a heavy load on easy terrain. Then we’ll return to Base Camp. It’s important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp.
DAY 9: ACCLIMATISATION AND REST DAY:
This is a day we mainly use to recover, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and eat!
DAY 10: ASCEND TO CAMP 1:
The following morning we start the ascent to Aconcagua. We move to Camp 1, called Plaza Canada. Until now, we were working on getting an optimal acclimatisation. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to do summit.
DAY 11: TREK TO NIDO DE CONDORES AT CAMP 2:
Camp 2, called Nido de Condores (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5400 m. It provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
DAY 12: CLIMB TO CAMP COLERA AND RETURN TO CAMP 2:
This day, we carry equipment to Camp 3 called Camp Colera. After carrying the equipment up, we return to Camp 2 to sleep and to give our bodies more chance to acclimatise.
DAY 13: TREK ALONG THE NORTH RIDGE TO CAMP 3:
We start a 4 hour walk to Camp 3, located on the North Ridge. We will prepare our tents, eat and rest. This will help to ensure we’re ready to get the summit!
DAY 14: CLIMB TO THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT ACONCAGUA:
This is the most demanding day of the expedition. We climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6500 m. We ascend through the Portezuelo del Viento, climb La Canaleta and the Filo del Guanaco, that leads us to the summit. The prize is waiting for us – a 360° view and an experience that you only finally understand once you reach it. after coming to terms with our accomplishment and taking in the scenery, we descend to Camp 3.
DAY 15/16: SUMMIT ATTEMPT BUFFER DAYS:
We have two extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit. These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit.
DAY 17: RETURN TO BASE CAMP:
Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp. We’ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience.
DAY 18: DESCEND TO PENITENTES AND TRANSFER TO MENDOZA:
We have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes. There will be private transport waiting to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City.
DAY 19/20: RETURN FLIGHTS TO UK:
Fly from Mendoza back to the UK.
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