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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Mendoza (760 m / 2,493 ft). Our driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel. After checking into your room, you can relax or explore the many sidewalk cafes of the city. The trip guide will contact you to see about next day’s schedule.

Day 2
Transfer in private vehicles from Mendoza to Penitentes, where the group will spend the night in a lodge (2.580 m / 8,465 ft). This small mountain village is where we have our warehouse and where loads for the mules are prepared. / 3 hs drive 

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Day 3
From Penitentes to the trailhead. After breakfast, we ride the van for a few minutes to the Horcones Valley (2.950 m / 9,678 ft). Here we get our climbing permits stamped at the rangers check point and begin the approach to base camp. After a relaxed hike we arrive at our first camp, Confluencia (3390 m / 11,300 ft). For the entire hike in to BC you will be carrying only a day pack with some essentials, as the mules take care of the heavy duties. / 3-4 hs

Day 4
Confluencia – South Face viewpoint – Confluencia (4.050 m / 13,287 ft). We take a detour to admire the imposing South face of Mt. Aconcagua. The main objective of the day is acclimatization. After a 7-hour hike we spend the night in the first camp. / 6-7 hs

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Day 5
Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas. After a demanding 7-hour hike we arrive at our well-equipped Base Camp (4.350 m / 14,500 ft). / 7-9 hs 

Day 6
Rest day in Plaza de Mulas. Sleeping, reading in the dining tent or trying the yoga mats in our heated domo; whatever you do, get hydrated!

Day 7
Cerro Bonete trek (5.004 m / 16,417 ft). An acclimatization hike to the neighboring Cerro Bonete: an awesome view of the West Face of Aconcagua and a 5.000 mt peak bagged./ 5-6 hs 

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Day 8
Gear carry to Plaza Canadá (5.050 m / 16,568 ft). The team climbs to the first altitude camp to carry part of the gear and then returns to Plaza de Mulas. / 3-4 hs

Day 9
Rest day in Plaza de Mulas, where you can treat yourself to a hot shower (a reward after completing the first stage of the climb).

Day 10
Plaza de Mulas – Plaza Canadá (5.050 m / 16,568 ft). The team leaves base camp and moves to the first camp. First step of the summit push. / 2 ½  a 3 hs

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Day 11
Plaza Canadá – Nido de Cóndores (5.560 m / 18,241 ft). The team moves to the second camp. (expect to carry a 18-22 kg backpack). / 3-4 hs   

Day 12
Nido de Cóndores – Cólera (high camp) (5.970 m / 19,586 ft). Move to the the highest camp of the trip. You’ll have dinner at almost 6.000 m… It’s higher than most places in Earth! / 2-3 hs 

Day 13
Summit day! (6.962 m / 22,841 ft). We leave early to get the most of the (long) day. You will be carrying a very light backpack (water, snacks, some clothing, camera). / 8-12 hs

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Day 14
Extra weather day. To secure the success of the expedition we have added two additional summit days in case of bad weather.

Day 15
Extra weather day.

Day 16
Cólera – Plaza de Mulas. Back to the comfort of the base camp and a well-deserved celebration dinner. / 2-4 hs 

Day 17
Plaza de Mulas-Horcones-Los Penitentes. The hike takes approximately 6-7 hours. Most of the gear is carried by the mules so you can walk light. From the trailhead at Horcones, we drive the van to Los Penitentes to pick up the gear, and from there to Mendoza. Hotel check-in. End of the program. / 6-7 hs + 3-4 hs drive 

Included services:

  • Hotel accommodation in Mendoza as indicated in the itinerary, based on double occupancy. Climbers descending early will incur extra hotel fees.
  • 1 night of lodging in Penitentes (dinner and breakfast included).
  • Full board during the expedition (all the meals while in the Park, meals in Mendoza not included).
  • Fully certified, English speaking guides.
  • All shared gear for the expedition (sleeping tents, stoves and cooking gear, radio, etc).
  • Complete base camp services (dining tents, bathrooms, meals, storage).
  • Free internet at BC (limitations apply).
  • Loads transportation in mules, to and from base camp.
  • All the transfers in licensed, private shuttles.
  • Permanent VHF radio communication.
  • We provide our guides with professional first aids kits and pulse oximeters for daily updates of acclimatization progress.
  • Assistance with climbing permit procedure.
  • Sat coverage and tracking during the trip, through an InReach device. Tracking of the expedition available online in our Twitter and Facebook accounts (@grajalesnet // facebook.com/GrajalesExpeditions).
  • One porter every four climbers, to carry 20 kg of common gear.

Not included services:

  • Mt. Aconcagua State Park climbing permit. MORE INFO
  • Personal porters.
  • Any cost incurred by the climber if she or he leaves the trip early (such as mules, transfers, guide, etc).
  • Meals in Mendoza.
  • Drinks in Mendoza and Penitentes.
  • Personal gear, medications, ground or air evacuations, room services, laundry, beverages, phone communications and items of personal nature, insurance liability, hospitalization or medication of any kind, any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.
  • Any cost incurred by the climber if she or he leaves the trip early (such as mules, hotels, transfers, guide, etc).We strongly recommend all participants to buy a trip cancelation insurance.

 

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