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Aconcagua trek

18-Day Aconcagua Normal Route

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival to Mendoza city. Transfer Airport - Hotel. Welcome briefing. Checking, renting or purchasing equipment.

Visiting: Mendoza

Our expedition begins in Mendoza, Argentina. Upon your arrival at the airport or bus station, a representative will be waiting for you. After the transfer to your hotel you'll meet with your guide who will check your equipment. You'll have time to rent or buy equipment if necessary. In the evening there is a group meeting and later we go to a typical restaurant to enjoy dinner.

Altitude: 700m / 2300ft

  • Meals: D
  • Standard Lodging: NH Cordillera or similar

Day 2 : Arrival to Mendoza city. Transfer Airport - Hotel. Welcome briefing. Checking, renting or purchasing equipment.

Visiting: Mendoza, Penitentes

In the morning the group heads to the Government Offices to obtain individual entrance and ascent permits. You will be personally assisted in this procedure. Drive from Mendoza to a hotel in Villa de Penitentes, lunch en route or in Penitentes.

Altitude: 2750m / 9000ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Penitentes

Day 3 : Hike to Confluencia

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Transfer Puente del Inca - Horcones Lagoon (entrance to Aconcagua Provincial Park). Trekking Horcones - Confluencia. Approx. time: 3-4 hr up

Altitude: 3300m / 10800ft

  • Meals: BD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 4 : Acclimatization hike

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Hike from Confluencia to Plaza Francia the base camp for the South face of Aconcagua (Approx. time: 4-6 hr up and 2-3 hr down), return to Confluencia for overnight.

Altitude: 4200m /13800ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 5 : Hike to base camp

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Hike from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas base camp (Approx. time: 8-10 hr up)

Altitude: 4260m / 14000ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 6 : Acclimatization/ rest day

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Acclimatization and rest day at Plaza de Mulas.

Altitude: 4260m / 14000ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 7 : Acclimatization hike

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Load carry and acclimatization from Plaza de Mulas to Plaza Canada and Nido de Condores (Approx. time: 3-4 hr up and 2 hr down), return to Plaza de Mulas for overnight.

Altitude: 5350m / 17500ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 8 : Acclimatization / rest day

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Acclimatization and rest day at Plaza de Mulas.

Altitude: 4260m / 14000ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 9 : Climb to Plaza Canada

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Climb from Plaza de Mulas to Plaza Canada (Approx. time: 3-4 hr up).

Altitude: 4800m / 15700ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 10 : Climb to Nido de Condores

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Climb from Plaza Canada to Nido de Condores (Approx. time: 2-4 hr up).

Altitude: 5350m / 17500ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 11 : Climb to Plaza Colera

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Climb from Nido de Condores to Plaza Colera (Approx. time: 2-4 hr up).

Altitude: 5850m / 19200ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 12 : Summit bid

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Summit bid: Ascent Plaza Cólera – Mt. Aconcagua Summit – Plaza Cólera (Approx. time: 7-10 hr up and 4-6 hr down), location for overnight to be determined.

Altitude: 6,962m / 22,841ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 13 : Extra day

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Extra day in case of bad weather, location for overnight to be determined.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 14 : Extra day

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Extra day in case of bad weather, location for overnight to be determined.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 15 : Descent to Plaza de Mulas base camp

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park

Descending Plaza Colera - Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (Approx. time: 7-8 hr down).

Altitude: 4260m / 14000ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 16 : Descent and return to Mendoza

Visiting: Aconcagua Provincial Park, Mendoza

Descending Plaza de Mulas - Horcones (Approx. time: 5-7 hr down). Transfer Horcones - Puente del Inca - Mendoza.

Altitude: 700m / 2300ft

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: 3-star

Day 17 : Departure

Visiting: Mendoza

Free day in Mendoza. Transfer to the airport.

Altitude: 700m / 2300ft

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: NH Cordillera or similar

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