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19-Day Aconcagua False Polish or Traverse Route

19-Day Aconcagua False Polish or Traverse Route

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19-Day Aconcagua False Polish or Traverse Route
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Marvelous ascent of Aconcagua 6,962 m (22,841 ft) via the Vacas Valley, following the Polacos (Polish) route. This trip features spectacular views of Aconcagua, particularly along the less frequented ascent route.

This itinerary climbs the Falso Polaco (False Polish) or the Traverse route.

For the descent, if possible, we will follow the standard route to the base camp at Plaza de Mulas and exit through the Horcones Valley. Alternatively the trek will end in the Vacas Valley. The two alternatives depend upon the decision of the lead guide.

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

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Day 1: Arrival 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 dinner.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel in Mendoza

Day 2: Transfer to Penitentes

In the morning the group heads to the government offices to obtain individual entrance and ascent permits (this might be done on day 1). You will be personally assisted in this procedure. Drive from Mendoza to a hotel in Villa de Penitentes, lunch en route or in Penitentes (2,750 m / 9,022 ft).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel in Mendoza

Day 3: Hike to Pampa de Leas

Shuttle from Penitentes to the entrance of Aconcagua Provincial Park, hike 4 to 5 hours up to the camp at Pampa de Lenas (2,950 m / 9,678 ft).

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

Day 4: Hike to the Casa de Piedras camp

We hike 6 to 7 hours to an intermediate camp, passing through the Quebrada de Vacas. This is where you will be able to see western face of the Aconcagua for the first time. From camp up through the Relinchos pass we can clearly see the Polacos glacier on Aconcagua. Overnight at Casa de Piedras (3,240 m / 10,630 ft).

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

Day 5: Hike to base camp

5 to 6 approach hour hike to Plaza Argentina (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). We will be able to see the last vegetation before climbing towards the glaciers, where Plaza Argentina is placed. We also start preparing for the ascent.

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

Day 6: Acclimatization / rest day

At Plaza de Argentina we rest and use the day for acclimatization. We also prepare for the rest of the climb.

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

Day 7: Acclimatization hike

Load carry and acclimatization to camp 1 (5,000 m / 16,404 ft) with spectacular views of the Quebrada de Relinchos and the Horcones Valley. Return to base camp for overnight.

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

Day 8: Acclimatization / rest day

An additional rest day giving the group time to acclimatize and hike around the Plaza de Argentina.

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

Day 9: Climb to Camp 1

5 to 6 hour walk on easy terrain to camp 1 to sleep at that elevation. The surroundings are truly magnificent in the heart of the Central Andes.

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

Day 10: Acclimatization hike

Load carry and acclimatization to camp 2 (5,500 m / 18,045 ft). Return to Plaza Argentina base camp for overnight.

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

Day 11: Acclimatization / rest day

An additional rest for acclimatization at the Plaza de Argentina.

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

Day 12: Climb to Camp 2

3 to 4 hour walk on easy terrain to camp 2.

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

Day 13: Climb to Camp 3

Climb 6 hours to camp 3 for an overnight.

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

Day 14: Summit Attempt

Summit attempt, returning to Camp 3 or Camp 2 (8-10 hours).

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

Day 15: Summit Attempt

Alternate day for summit attempt, returning to camp 3 or camp 2 (8-10 hours).

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

Day 16: Descend to Base Camp

Descend to Base Camp. Alternative: Traverse from camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas. Estimated time: 5-6 hours. Note: the alternative descent depends upon the weather, the group and ultimately the decision and judgement of the lead guide.

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

Day 17: Descend to Pampa de Leas

Descend to Pampa de Lenas. Alternative: Descend to Confluencia Camp. Estimated time: 7-8 hours.

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

Day 18: Pampa Leas -> Vacas Valley trailhead -> Mendoza

Pampa Lenas to Vacas Valley trailhead. Alternative: Confluencia to trailhead. Estimated time: 3 hours walking and 3 hours by vehicle. Transfer by car to Mendoza. Farewell dinner and handing out of certificates

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel in Mendoza

Day 19: Transfer to airport, depart

Private shuttle from Hotel to Airport. End of services.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

19-Day Aconcagua False Polish or Traverse Route
from $3695 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.

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  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
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  • Single room supplement
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