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Aconcagua (6.962 m) IHE 04

Aconcagua normal route is a classic mountaineering trip. Before starting Aconcagua climbing (6.962 m.) We have to be fitter and stronger, and be able to move faster. Our route will take us up the quiet, picturesque Vacos valley, a final camp on the shoulder of the mountain at over 6,000 m and a descent of the far busier normal route. This traverse gives and excellent perspective of the highest peak in the Americas.

Our expedition starts in Mendoza where we will get our Aconcagua climbing permit and enjoy this beauty city, friendly people and prepare last details for our Aconcagua expedition. It is an excellent opportunity to test yourself at an altitude of up to 7.000 m. and is a great stepping stone for climbing the Himalaya Mountains of 8.000 m.


Day 01: Mendoza (760 m.): We will meet   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.

Day 02: Ministery of Tourism: Today we will obtain permit to climb Mt Aconcagua, meeting with ministry of Tourism in order to get permission to climband purchase supplies. The whole group will apply for the climbing permit with the guides’ assistance. In the afternoon drive to our hotel and mules are loaded and prepared for the following day.  Overnight in a hotel.

Day 03: Mendoza – Penitentes (2.750 m.): Departure at 07:00 am from Mendoza and journey by vehicle transport to Puente del Inca (the Inca bridge) which is at (2.750 m. above sea level). Night in a hotel.

Day 04: Entrance Park – Confluencia (Confluence 3.368 m.): The group will be taken to the entrance of the Park in a private transport. There permits will be presented and you will start with the trekking to Confluence Camp. After loading the mules in Pampa Las Leñas at 2.700m.A very picturesque campsite next to the river, below impressive cliffs, we will begin our approach to base camp in Plaza de Mulas, doing our first stop at camp “Confluence” (3,368m). As we have our first view of Aconcagua.

Day 05: Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas (4.260): 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 06: Plaza de Mulas: Resting day. You will make a short trek to the glacier so as to improve your use of crampons. These kinds of activities facilitate your success in the mountain.

Day 07:  Bonete Mountain (5.100 m. ): Acclimatization Trekking to Mt. Bonete summit and return to Plaza de Mulas. This trekking will take about 6 hours and you will reach 5.100 m. of altitude. This activity will definitely turn on all the acclimatization mechanisms on your body. Night camping.

Day 08: Camp 1 "Canada" (5.100 m.): Acclimatization trekking to Camp 1 "Canada". You will take part of the altitude equipment and the food that will be needed in Plaza Canada You will have lunch and then return to the Base Camp. Night camping.

Day 09: Plaza de Mulas: Resting and acclimatization day. On this day you will make sure that your equipment is ready and that you rest so as to be strong for the next days that demand more effort. Night camping.

Day 10:  Camp 1 “Plaza Canadá”: After a 3-hour trek, you will reach the Camp 1 "Canada". The group will enjoy lunch and set up the tents. On this day, you will only carry your personal equipment. Our porters will carry the sleeping tents. Night camping.

Day 11: Camp 2 “Nido de Cóndores” (5.250 m.): 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. Our porters will carry the sleeping tents and the rest of the equipment.  Night camping.

Day 12: Camp 3 “Berlín” (5.900 m.): Today we will be the last altitude 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. Our porters will carry the sleeping tents and the rest of the equipment.  Night camping.

Day 13:  Summit (6.962 m.): This is 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. Total activity 12 hours approx. You will sleep that night with the satisfaction of having reached your aim.  Night camping.

Day 14: Camp 3 “Berlín” - Plaza de Mulas: You will descend to 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. Night camping.

Day 15: Puente del Inca - Mendoza: Descent to Puente del Inca and last trek in 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. Night in the hotel.

Day 16: Mendoza: Breakfast and end of our services.

Day 17 -18: Extra days: For any contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.

The Organized Service Includes

  • Exclusive round trip transport (From / to : Mendoza).
  • UIAGM Mountain Guide.
  •  Two night’s hotel in Mendoza, four stars (breakfast included).
  • Mules for common equipment (tents, stoves, pots, food, fuel, etc.).
  •  Mules for personal gear (20 kg. max.) to base camp and return.
  •  High quality Mountain tents for sleep. Dinner tent at base camp
  •  Complete high altitude cooking gear with tables and chairs.
  •  All meals during the expedition.
  •  Communications by handies and mobile phone during the trek.
  •  Medical kits during the expedition.
  •  Satellite phone during the expedition (US$ 6 a minute).
  • Pulse and Oxygen daily monitored to check acclimatization
  • General Assistance.

Not included:

  • Airpot taxes and flight to Mendoza.
  • Personal equipment (Technical gear).
  • Permit or National Park entrance fees.
  • Restaurant service in the cities.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Extra expenses during the expedition such as drinks, tips.
  • Any expense due to a rescue operation.
  • Bottle of Waters and Spirit drinks
  • Tips.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone or mail.

Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights
Season: November March
Contact: info@highexpeditionsbolivia.com
Phone: 591-2-2461902
Movil.: 591-79530949 / 73030569