ACANCAGUA
ACANCAGUA ROUTES MAP
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Duration: 14 - 21 Days Country: 7 Summits
Max. Altitude: 6961m (22838 ft.) Walking Per Day: 4 - 6 Hours
Nature: Hotel + Lodge + Camping Grade:
Best Season: Mid November to Late February Group Size: 2 - 15 People

Trip Introduction

Mount Aconcagua is the tallest mountain that lies outside Asia. This mountains elevates at 6961m (22838 ft.) from the sea level. This is highest point both in Western as well as Southern Hemisphere. However, it does not count with in the top hundred tallest mountains in the world. Mount Aconcagua lies in Argentina near the border of Chile. It is located in the Andes Mountain range. It is one of the seven summits. Mount Aconcagua is regarded as the second most topographically isolated mountains in the world after Mount Everest. The first attempts to reach the summit of mount Aconcagua, were made by Paul Güssfeldt, he had to cancel his historic trip to the top because of the hurricane on the way. Fourteen years later, the Swiss explorer Matthias Zurbriggen became the first person to step foot on the top of Acongua, he was one of the nine members of the European team led by Edward Fitz Gerald in 1987, 14th January.

Usually there are two routes, which are vascas valley and the normal route. Although we can travel via any of the two routes but usually we prefer vascas valley route because of aesthetic beauty we see on the way. This route is comparatively lengthy than the normal route. In this route four camps are set including the base camp before reaching to the top. The base camp is known as Plaza Argentina which is at elevation of 4970. There are three more camps after base camp, which serves several purposes like acclimatization and rest. Camp 2, 3, and 4 are set at the elevation of 4970m, 5548m and 5945m respectively. Climbers are given enough rest to acclimatize and rest. Mules are used to carry the load up to the Base camp.  

Mount Aconcagua is viewed as the highest non-technical mountain of the world, however, the routes we follow is bit technical and the trickier than the other. Also Aconcagua has more death rates and failure percentage in South America. Therefore, trainings and little bit of technical knowledge would help to climb Mount Aconcagua. Our technical guide will help you through the trip assuring that there will be not deviation from the routes and other technical parts. We welcome you to look more closely at what we offer.

Day

Arrive in El Plumerillo International Airport, Mendoza, Argentina. Climbers should arrive on a morning flight. We will spend overnight in a hotel in Mendoza

We will complete the necessary permit processes, then a private bus is arranged to travel to Penitentes. In penitents we will organize our bagging. We will stay overnight in the hotel in Penitentes.

Early morning, we will drive 15 minutes to Punta de Vacas, where we will begin our 48km long trek to Plaza Argentina (4206 m.), which is Base Camp for our Aconcagua expedition.At the end of the fourth day, east face of Aconcagua will be revealed. 

This day we will reach the Base Camp by crossing Vacas River, and climbing the Relinchos valley. Our load carrying mules will bid us farewell from this point on. We will set the camp and stay here overnight.

This day is a rest day. We get used to high altitudes and enjoy beautiful terrain up here.

We will head out from base camp and reach the Camp 1 with the loads of supplies.  Camp 1 is located at 4970m. We will then return back to Base Camp for the camping, this ensures good acclimatization.

This day is a rest day. We acclimatize even more in high altitudes and enjoy beautiful terrain.

We will move to Camp 1 in the early morning. We will not rush for the ascent. After reaching camp 1, we will start building camps for overnight.

We will head out from camp 1 and reach the Camp 2 or called Camp Guanacos with the loads of supplies.  Camp 2 is located at 5548m. Sensational views can be seen from this camp. We will then return back to Camp 1 for the camping, this ensures good acclimatization.

This day is a rest day. We get used to high altitudes, we will do nothing more than enjoying views from Camp 1.

We’ll carry remaining weight and move to Camp 2. After reaching camp 2, we will build our tents and prepare ourselves for overnight.

We will head out from camp 2 and reach the Camp 3 or called Camp Guanacos with the loads of supplies.  Camp 3 is located at 5945m. We will then return back to Camp 2 for the camping, this ensures good acclimatization.

This day is a rest day. We get used to high altitudes, we will do nothing more than enjoying views from Camp 1. However, we will closely monitor the weather behaviour and plan for days to come.

We’ll carry remaining weight and move to Camp 3. After reaching camp 3, we will build our tents and prepare ourselves for overnight. While moving to camp 3, we will see splendid views of Polish Glacier and west side of the Aconcagua. Trekking camp 2 to camp 3 is relatively short. We will have enough rest before the summit day.

Summit day starts very early in the morning. We will take North Ridge to Refugio Independencia which elevates at around 6520m. We will then cross west face and reach Canaleta, canaleta leads us to the edge of summit. Reaching the top we will see amazing views of south American mountains. The view from Aconcagua is simply breath-taking.

This day involves a 1830m. descent into the Base camp.

We will trek to Horcones from Base camp. Continuing the journey we will arrive in Penitentes, where we will stay overnight and enjoy.

We will return back to Mendoza from Penitentes.

 

We build two days as “backup days” into our schedule.

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