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18-Day Aconcagua Normal Route

18-Day Aconcagua Normal Route

18 days

18-Day Aconcagua Normal Route
from $3495 USD

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Expedition to the roof of America, Mount Aconcagua 6,962 m (22,841 ft) along the normal route, through Horcones valley and Plaza Mulas base camp at 4,300 m. After a progressive ascent program reaching the high camps Nido Condores 5,380 m and Berlin 5,850 m we have several days to climb the final step to the summit at 6,962 m.

You can start a private trek on any day November-March.

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

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 included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: NH Cordillera

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

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 included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Hotel Penitentes

Day 3: Hike to Confluencia

Transfer Puente del Inca - Horcones Lagoon (entrance to Aconcagua Provincial Park). Trekking Horcones - Confluencia. Approx. time: 3-4 hr up Altitude: 3300m / 10800ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 4: Acclimatization hike

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 included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 5: Hike to base camp

Hike from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas base camp (Approx. time: 8-10 hr up) Altitude: 4260m / 14000ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 6: Acclimatization/ rest day

Acclimatization and rest day at Plaza de Mulas. Altitude: 4260m / 14000ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 7: Acclimatization hike

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 included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 8: Acclimatization / rest day

Acclimatization and rest day at Plaza de Mulas. Altitude: 4260m / 14000ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 9: Climb to Plaza Canada

Climb from Plaza de Mulas to Plaza Canada (Approx. time: 3-4 hr up). Altitude: 4800m / 15700ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 10: Climb to Nido de Condores

Climb from Plaza Canada to Nido de Condores (Approx. time: 2-4 hr up). Altitude: 5350m / 17500ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 11: Climb to Plaza Colera

Climb from Nido de Condores to Plaza Colera (Approx. time: 2-4 hr up). Altitude: 5850m / 19200ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 12: Summit bid

Summit bid: Ascent Plaza Colera - Mt. Aconcagua Summit - Plaza Colera (Approx. time: 7-10 hr up and 4-6 hr down), location for overnight to be determined. Altitude: 6,962m / 22,841ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 13: Extra day

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 14: Extra day

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 15: Descent to Plaza de Mulas base camp

Descending Plaza Colera - Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (Approx. time: 7-8 hr down). Altitude: 4260m / 14000ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping

Day 16: Descent and return to Mendoza

Descending Plaza de Mulas - Horcones (Approx. time: 5-7 hr down). Transfer Horcones - Puente del Inca - Mendoza. Altitude: 700m / 2300ft

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: NH Cordillera

Day 17: Departure

Free day in Mendoza. Transfer to the airport. Altitude: 700m / 2300ft

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: NH Cordillera

Pricing

18-Day Aconcagua Normal Route
from $3495 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Two hotel nights in Mendoza (4-star), in a double room with breakfast.
  • Assistance to get the entry permit to the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
  • Transfer in a private vehicle from your hotel in Mendoza to Penitentes and vice versa.
  • One night in Penitentes, in a auadruple room with lunch, dinner and breakfast.
  • Transfer from Penitentes to Horcones Lagoon and vice versa.
  • Mules for the load transport from Penitentes to Confluencia and to Plaza de Mulas and all the way back to Penitentes. Capacity: 30 Kg per person in each section.
  • Two nights in Confluencia camp including meals and drinks served in dining tents with tables and chairs, complete crockery, chef, electric light and toilets.
  • Six nights in Plaza de Mulas Base Camp including meals and beverages served in a private dining tent with complete crockery, tables and chairs, chef, electric light, toilet facilities, storage while the group is in the altitude and permanent radio communication.
  • Quality four-season mountain tents (The North Face, Mountain Hard Wear).
  • Every meal in altitude camps.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) mountain guide and assistants according to the number of passengers (1 guide each 3-4 clients). Each guide has his own medical kit and the technical preparation to use it accurately during the whole expedition.
  • Porters for the general equipment (heaters, food, fuel, etc.) from the base camp up to the altitude camps, for the corresponding sections.
  • Permanent radio communication from the Base Camps to Puente del Inca and Mendoza City, to coordinate bookings or eventual rescue operations.
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • All personal climbing gear
  • Airport taxes
  • Airfare (we can help book your flights)
  • Airfare or bus tickets to and from Mendoza
  • Climbing permits for Aconcagua Provincial Park
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Personal porters
  • Extra hotel nights in Mendoza if necessary
  • Extra expenses for abandoning the expedition or even for illness
  • Emergency expenses for a rescue/evacuation operation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, mail, telephone calls and other items not mentioned above

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