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Aconcagua FAQ

The Mountain

Mt. Aconcagua is the highest peak in the American Continent, and the highest outside the Asian range. That is why it is included among the Seven Summits Circuit, which consists in climbing the highest mountains on each continent. Mt. Aconcagua is located in Los Andes mountain range, in Mendoza Province, Argentina, at 69º 59´ longitude west and at 32º 39´ latitude south.

The origin of the name Aconcagua has different meanings, according to each ethnicity. For the Aymara people it was Kon-Kawa (Snowy Mountain). The Araucans in Chile called it Aconca-Hue (It comes from the other side), sharing the name with the river from which it came. In Quechua Aconcagua comes from Akon-Kahuak, meaning Stone Sentinel.

Aconcagua is a mountain that offers a wide variety of routes for climbers of all skills. Either the Normal Route (Northwest face) or the 360° Traverse Route, demands a physical challenge that includes all the logistics required in a high mountain, and both ways have a part of snow over a soft slope on their paths. The Polish Glacier Route is a climb that requires ice technical skills, and it could be used as a training for those who want to try themselves in the Himalayas.

Hotel in Mendoza City
Along with the expedition services each passenger has two (2) hotel nights (in total) in a four star hotel, in Mendoza City. This lodging is in a double room (two passengers per room) and it includes breakfast.
In the case that the expedition has an uneven number of members, the single room generated from this situation would be paid by Aconcagua Trek.
In the case that the passenger wishes to be in a single room, the additional cost will be paid by the passenger. Every additional expense generated in the room (beverages, laundry, phone calls, etc) is not included and must be paid by the passenger.

Assistance to obtain the climbing permit
Our company will assist the passengers to obtain the permits to entry the Aconcagua Provincial Park.

Transfer from Mendoza to Penitentes
The passenger has included in his/her services the transfer from the Hotel in Mendoza City to the Penitentes, that will be made in a private transfer. The same service will be given on the way back when the expedition is over.

Accommodation in Penitentes
Each passenger has 1 night included in Penitentes in a room for four people, including lunch, dinner (without beverages) and breakfast.
If the passenger wishes to be in a single room, the additional cost will be paid by the passenger.
Every additional expense during the time staying in Penitentes would be paid by the passenger.

Transfer from Penitentes to Punta de Vacas
The transfer from Penitentes to the entrance of Aconcagua Provincial Park (Punta de Vacas) is included. In the checkpoint, the passengers will present their permits to begin with the approximation trekking.

Mule load transport from Penitentes to Plaza Argentina and from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes
Our mule service will transport the load from Penitentes to Plaza Argentina (stopping at Pampa de leñas and Casa de Piedra) and from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes on the way back. Every passenger will have allowed up to thirty 30 kg (66 pounds) on each stage mentioned above.

Camp services in Pampa de Leña and Casa de Piedra
There is one night included in Pampa de Leña Camp and another night in Casa de Piedra Camp. In both camps the meals service is provided by the guides. There are included four (4) daily meals: breakfast, packed lunch, reception and dinner. During the foods, the passenger would access to infusions and juices.

Camp services in Plaza Argentina and Plaza de Mulas Base Camps
There are included in the expedition four (4) nights in Plaza Argentina Base Camp and one (1) night in Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. There is also included: electric light, permanent radio communication and toilet, also, private dining tents with tables and chairs, complete crockery, and all the meals served.
All the four daily meals are prepared by our chef. Every client has access to juice and hot infusions, to assure the passenger’s needs for hydration. Special menus will be prepared according to the clients’ health needs as well as vegetarian menus. The special menu has an additional cost.

Mountain Tents and altitude meals
It’s included in the expedition services all the mountain tents to be used in the altitude camps and the meals for those camps. Our company will provide four-seasons mountain tents (North Face, Mountain Hard Wear), designed to endure the extreme weather conditions of Mt. Aconcagua. The company will also provide (during the days that the group remains in altitude camps) every meal, that will be prepared by our guiding staff.

High Mountain Guide and Assistant according to the amount of members
Among the services of the expedition it is included a professional high mountain guide who will be in charge of the expedition in the mountain. All of our guides are well trained professionals and have an official degree that guarantees safety and professionalism to our clients. We keep a ratio of 1 mountain guide every 3 or 4 passengers. 

During day 7 of the program, the group makes an acclimatization trek to Camp 1. During this day each passenger will take a load between 5 and 10 kg of general equipment belonging to the expedition (heaters, food, fuel, etc.). During days 10, 12 and 14 of the program porters will be in charge of all the general equipment of the expedition. All the remaining expedition equipment needed in the altitude camps, including tents, will be carried by our porters.
Each member of the expedition must carry his/her own personal equipment in all the sections and the general equipment of expedition assigned for days 7 of the program. If the passenger considers that he/she needs help from a porter for such task, he/she must consult about hiring a porter. That service will have an extra cost.

Permanent radio communication
This service is included in the expedition, and it’s vital to maintain the contact with Mendoza City, to coordinate mountain movements among the groups, reservations and even potential rescue operations. This service is very important to provide tranquility to our passengers.

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