Private Expedition to MOUNT ACONCAGUA

(22834 fasl / 6962 masl)

Climbing Aconcagua via NORMAL ROUTE (North – West Side Face)


In order to reach the highest peak in the Americas, our professional mountain team has developed a complete program to offer you security on the mountain with the best acclimatization. You have the opportunity to participate in our expeditions and enjoy this wonderful experience climbing the North Face of Aconcagua.


Why a Private Expedition?

The main characteristics of this type of expedition is that you choose the date of departure and you share it only with your fellow climbers. Most of the services are included and you have your own guide, which is very important as he will provide you with vital information, security and ensure a harmonized rhythm in your climbing Aconcagua.


The Best of the Expedition

– A program that gives you the opportunities to succeed.
– The Aconcagua Mountain is the highest mountain in America and is part of The 7 Summits Circuit. This consists of climbing the highest mountains of each continent.
– An excellent opportunity to test yourself at an altitude of up to 23,000 feet / 7000 meters, which is a great stepping stone for climbing the Himalaya mountains of 26,000 feet / 8200 meters.
– Porters for common gear to altitude camps. Most of the groupal gear (tents, kitchen sets, stoves, ropes and the garbage produced for the group) will be carry to altitude camps for a team of porters. This helps you to save energy to achieve your goal.

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Difficulties

Technical difficulty: the North Face or Normal Route climbing the Aconcagua mountain does not present any technical difficulty; this means that the participant does not require a previous climbing experience on rocks or ice. This route may be hiked, just by walking. You may have to use crampons and fixed ropes for your security, depending on the conditions of the route. The guides are going to be the ones that take decisions in situations like this one.

Physical difficulty: in order to avoid any kind of inconveniences in the process of acclimatization and to succeed in getting the summit, we suggest you follow a program of training that is adapted to the activity that you are going to make. As well as a balanced diet some months before joining the expedition to climbing Aconcagua.

Other types of difficulties: the biggest problem that you can face on your expedition are the effects of the altitude on your body. These can be overcome with a previous and correct acclimatization, which is a factor on any of our programs. Another difficulty are the low temperatures on the mountain, the effects of which are reduced with a high-quality clothing and equipment.

Climbing Aconcagua

Important

Going to Mount Aconcagua is one of the most wonderful experiences a person can live. There, one can know oneself and those around deeply. A general but essential advice for those who want to climb this mountain: to be aware that what matters is not the summit, but waiking towards it step by step, without being exposed to danger because preserving our heart healthy is what makes sense to the adventure. And if we reach the summit, it is really amazing. Then, for it to be worthy, the important thing is to start again, step by step, from hill to hill, from year to year, because the mountains, like life, are infinite and generous and they deserve to be shared among friends.


Itinerary

(Height in feets – meters as sea level)

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / PL: Packed Lunch / D: Dinner included.
Day 1: Mendoza (2508 f – 760 m)
Drive airport or bus station / Hotel in Mendoza. Lodging. In the evening there will be an instructive talk about the Aconcagua Mountain and the guides will check your equipment. Time to rent or buy some equipment if you need.
Day 2: Mendoza / Penitentes (8992 f – 2725 m)
Obtaining of permits. Transfer to Penitentes. Lodging in hotel. Preparation of the loads for the mules. (B, L, D) Day 3: Penitentes / Confluencia (10890 f – 3300 m)
Drive to the entrance of the Park. Trek to Confluencia Camp. (B, PL, D)
Day 4: Confluencia / Plaza Francia (13200 f – 4000 m) / Confluencia
Trek to Plaza Francia, base of the south face of the Aconcagua, lunch and return to Confluencia. (B, PL, D)
Day 5: Confluencia / Plaza de Mulas (14058 f – 4260 m)
Trek to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. Lodging in the base camp. (B, PL, D)
Day 6: Plaza de Mulas (14058 f – 4260 m)
Resting day. Short trek to the glacier Horcones. Practice with crampons. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Plaza de Mulas / Mt. Bonete Summit (16732 f – 5100 m) / Plaza de Mulas
Acclimatization trekking to Mt. Bonete Summit and return to Plaza de Mulas. This trekking will take about 6 hours and you will reach 16732 f – 5100 m of altitude. This activity will definitely turns on all acclimatization mechanisms in the body. (B, PL, D)
Day 8: Plaza de Mulas / Camp 1 Canadá (16203 f – 4910 m) / Plaza de Mulas
Acclimatization trek and transportation of material to Camp 1 Canadá and return to Base Camp. (B, PL, D)
Day 9: Plaza de Mulas (14058 f – 4260 m)
Resting and acclimatization day. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Plaza de Mulas / Camp 1 Canadá (16203 f – 4910 m)
Climb to Camp 1 Canadá. (B, PL, D)
Day 11: Camp 1 Canadá / Camp 2 Nido de Cóndores (17325 f – 5250 m)
Climb to Camp 2 Nido de Cóndores. (B, PL, D)
Day 12: Camp 2 Nido de Cóndores (17325 f – 5250 m)
Resting day. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Extra day for bad weather conditions (B, L, D)
Day 15: Camp 2 Nido de Cóndores / Camp 3 Berlín – Cólera (19470 f–5900 m)
Climb to Camp 3 Berlín – Cólera. (B, PL, D)
Day 16: Extra day for bad weather conditions (B, L, D)
Day 17: Camp 3 Berlín – Cólera / SUMMIT (22834 f – 6962 m) / Camp 3
Climb from Camp 3 Berlín – Cólera to the SUMMIT and return to Camp 3. (B, PL, D)
Day 18: Camp 3 Berlín – Cólera / Plaza de Mulas base camp
Descent to Plaza de Mulas base camp. (B, PL, D)
Day 19: Plaza de Mulas base camp / Puente del Inca / Mendoza
Descent to Puente del Inca. Drive to Mendoza. Lodging in the hotel. (B, PL) Day 20: Transfer to the airport
Transfer from the hotel to the airport. (B)


NOTE:
The above itinerary is intended as a guideline only. Although every effort will be made to adhere to it, changes may be caused due to weather conditions or other unforeseen events. Please be flexible if necessary.


The ascent route Aconcagua

Graphic of Altitude and Acclimatization

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INCLUDED SERVICES


Transfer airport or bus station / hotel / airport or bus station

One of us will be waiting for you at the airport or bus station to drive you to the hotel, allowing you the possibility to enjoy your trip fully. And after the expedition, we will take you back to the airport or bus station.


Assistance and support for lost luggage recovery

You will have all the necessary support to retrieve their luggage as soon as possible. In Acomara-AconcaguaExpeditions we know the importance of the equipment for the success of the expedition and the extra costs which may entail having to rent or purchase again. While the loss of baggage is a responsibility of the airlines, our Customer Support Staff will assist you in Mendoza for the fast recovery of it.


Hotel in Mendoza

While you are in Mendoza city, you will be lodged in a 4 stars superior Hotel for 2 nights in a double room (the first night of the itinerary and the last night of your itinerary after climbing down from the mountain). Breakfast and taxes are included and will represent no additional cost. Nonetheless, if you wish a different type of room or service, you can adquire it as an additional service.


Aconcagua expeditions-Normal route

Assistance to buy the climbing permits

Mount Aconcagua is located in a provincial Park managed by the Provincial Government of Mendoza. To get into the Park you should get a permit in accordance to the activity that you are going to participate in (climbing, long trek, short trek). This procedure must be done personally, as a government rule. Each climber must go to the Park’s office with their own passport.


Luggage care

If you wish to leave certain personal belongings that you are not going to use during your Aconcagua expedition, you can count on the best security of the hotel of your expedition for leaving your personal effects. You will also be able to leave your possessions in Penitentes/Puente del Inca or in Base Camp.


Transfer Mendoza / Penitentes – Puente del Inca / Mendoza

We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Penitentes – Puente Del Inca in our own vehicles. We will drive over 180 kilometers, which separate Mendoza City from Penitentes – Puente Del Inca (roundtrip). The scenery on the journey is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the central Andes.


Meals

On the expedition you will enjoy all the meals (B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / PL: Packed Lunch if we are on the move / D: Dinner) that are carefully planned by professionals to have a balanced diet during those days on the mountain. The cooks always prepare every meal, with fixed menu from day nº 3, except at the high altitude camps where the guides will be in charge of the cooking. You will enjoy tasty and large portions of very good meals. If you are vegetarian, let us know.


Overnight at Hotel Ayelén in Penitentes

No doubt the Hotel Ayelén is the best place to eat and rest in the area of Penitentes – Puente del Inca. You will stay comfortably in double rooms with private bathroom, central heating, balcony with mountain views and breakfast buffet. You will also enjoy delicious food and the warmth of the hotel staff. To learn more about the Hotel Ayelén plaease click here.


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Assistance for the arrangements of loads to be transported by mules

Our mountain guides will advise you on when you have to decide what to include in your luggage and the way that we are going to arrange it on the mules.


Load mules

These strong animals were the ones that helped the armies that fought for the freedom of South America, to transport their belongings over the mountains. Mules move over mountain with great caution, having the possibility to carry big loads. The negative aspect of these animals is their untamed character. That is why we have selected a professional team of muleteers, called “arrieros”, who have dedicated their lives to the country animals. They know how to deal with these animals, because of their experience. From Puente Del Inca to Confluencia, from this camp to Plaza de Mulas, and in the return your belongings will be carried by mules. Each mule can carry up to a limit of 60 kg, and every client may transport on the mules a maximum of 30 kg on each stage of the approach. We strongly recommend you to bring a strong duffel bag.


Transfer to the Aconcagua trailhead

You will be driven by a private transfer over 5 kilometers, from the hotel in Penitentes to the first Rangers Station. Here your permit is checked out and you are informed about the park rules.


Confluencia Base Camp

While you are gaining height, your body needs some time to start with the process of acclimatization. Therefore, it is extremely important to stop for two nights at an intermediate level, to help your body to start with this process. During that time, you will camp in the Confluencia campsite, which has the enough comfort to spend a good deal of time, being fully equipped.

Trekking to Plaza Francia

On the 4th day of the expedition, you will visit the base of the mythical South Face of the Mount Aconcagua. This is the most vertical face of the mountain, with glaciers and walls almost 10500 fasl / 3000 masl tall. During that trekking, you will gain 700 meter that will give your body a sign that the acclimatization process is starting.


Plaza de Mulas Base Camp

Once you have arrived at Plaza de Mulas, you will spend 5 nights in the campsite. It´s fully prepared to make the trip around the magnificent South American mountain as comfortable as possible. There are tents for eating, kitchen, equipment storage. Toilets are available too. An excellent team of people will attend you, preparing delicious meals and providing you an excellent service. The advantages of the campsite are not only its commodities, but also the direct contact with nature.


Trekking to the Horcones Glacier

Acclimatization is a dynamic process in which your body needs a minimal activity to increase the response to the altitude. During the resting day in the base camp, a short trek in the area of Plaza de Mulas is useful and interesting. Also, you will have an introduction class about the use of crampons and some advice to help you on your way to the top of the mountain.


Trekking to Mt. Bonete´s Summit (16732 fasl – 5100 masl)

To improve the acclimatization process to climbing Aconcagua in our body, we include in the itinerary a trekking to the summit of Cerro Bonete. To reach this altitude before starting the way to the Aconcagua summit, definitely increase the chances of success.


IMPORTANT – Porters for common gear to altitude camps

Our expeditions to Aconcagua include the help of porters in the altitude camps so that our climbers can walk from camp to camp carrying less weight and this being able to concentrate their energies on summit day. Porters appear on stage with the need of people and expeditions that, due to their logistics, need to transport a great quantity of equipment to altitude camps. Our porters are people very well adapted to working in the altitudes of Aconcagua. They have reached the summit many times and theresponse of their body to altitude is considerably faster and better than that of many athletes. Our porters are in charge of carrying tents, team garbage (including toilet garbage that must be transporter by each expedition according to regulations of Aconcagua Park) and they will also carry the first aid kits. Porters transport all these loads from Plaza de Mulas Base Camp to Camp 1 Plaza Canada, from Camp 1 Plaza Canada to Camp 2 Nido de Condores, from Camp 2 Nido de Condores to Camp 3 Berlin-Colera and the descent, from Camp 3 Berlin-Colera to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. Each expedition member must transport their personal equipment (backpack, sleeping baf, boots and personal belongings) plus their share of meals and cooking elements. During acclimatization treks, climbers will not have to transport their personal equipment (which will be left behind in the previous camp). The purpose of acclimatization treks are to acclimatize and transport the meals that will be consumed on the following day. Anyway, if you want to hire a porter to transport your backpack and acclimatization trek weight in all expedition days (but summit day) or you want to hire a porter for transporting only your personal backpack, do not doubt in requesting this service to us (such porter services may have additional cost and they will are non-included and optional services).


The Guides (See more information about them)

The guides in charge of the expedition are professionals who have obtained their degree from the AAGM or the EPGAMT (2 and 3 year carreers). We believe that one of the keys for having a successful expedition is to count on people who have the best qualifications and at least 5 years of experience in Aconcagua to provide safety and trek across the paths of nature with conviction and professionalism. Our expeditions are leadered by one high altitude mountain guide per every three climbers from base camp. The guide’s equipments include a VHF radio, first aid kit with the specific medications for altitude sicknesses, ropes, altimeter, digital oxymeter and proffessional clothing and equipments. Medicines will be provided after the aproval of the doctors of Park Aconcagua. All of this is necessary for your safety and well being.


Filtrate of water for consumption at altitude camps

The available water for consumption at altitude camps in Aconcagua comes from small reservoirs or from the snow. This water is rarely contaminated with bacteria, but it does have a high content of clayey sediments, which might cause diarrhea or gastrointestinal infections when entering the organism. That is why in all our private expeditions the water for consumption is filtered with the very efficient water microfilters MSR MiniWorks EX, getting rid of the sediments and other strange elements which might exist on the water, getting away the possibility of sickness and deceases. For further information about the filters MSR MiniWorks EX visit www.cascadedesigns.com


Aconcagua expeditions – Normal Route

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Extra days

There are three extra days that can be used on the mountain in case of bad weather conditions or contingencies which could delay the regular itinery. Since the climbers’ safety is our main priority, the leader guide will be in charge of taking this decision.


Bed service and use of mattresses Therm-a-rest in the altitude camps

Always looking to give you the best service to facilitate your success, Acomara-AconcaguaExpeditions includes service bed at base camps and the use of self-inflating mattresses Therm-a-rest for the altitude camps resting. This will certainly help with better sleep which results undoubtedly in a better recovery of power during the rest time. To learn more about mattresses please follow this link: www.cascadedesigns.com.


Tents

Normally, during the summer high-season, Aconcagua is a mountain with good weather conditions. Yet if you happen to have a few days of storms, you will be responsive to nature’s whims at Aconcagua high altitude camps. Therefore, we do not hesitate to provide you with the highest quality bedroom tents for high altitude campsites. We use brands that have proved an excellent performance in Aconcagua over the years like The North Face and Mountain Hardwear. The arrangement is usually 2 climbers per tent. For more information about The North Face VE 25 tents please follow this link: www.thenorthface.com and for Mountain Hardwear Trango tents 3.1 please follow: www.mountainhardwear.com.


Pitching the tents in altitude camps

Once the comfort in base camp Plaza de Mulas is left behind, it starts the hardest stage of the expedition which is the ascent to the different altitude camps towards the desired summit. So, it is essential that you save all your strength only for the most important: to focus on the ascent. That is why we pitch the tents for you on the altitude camps, that is to say when the expedition arrives to these camps, the tents will be ready for you to rest, to protect yourself from the cold weather and to wait the refreshing meal the guides will prepare.


Communications

The expedition take advantage of satellite phones, VHF and BLU radio lines that help to stay in contact between the high-altitude campsites, Plaza de Mulas, Confluencia, Puente del Inca and Mendoza. Therefore, almost instantaneously answer to whatever issue that may arise.

Solar Panels to recharge batteries during the entire expedition

The last place to recharge the batteries of electronic devices before ascending towards the altitude camps is the base camp Plaza de Mulas. From there, there is no way to get electricity, unless solar energy is used to generate it. So, all our private expeditions have mini portable solar panels which serve to generate electricity to recharge all kind of electronic devices, such as cameras, smartphones, Ipad´s, Ipod´s, satellite phones, tablets, etc. The last thing we want is not to have enough electricity to take the summit picture.


Aconcagua Expedition – Normal Route

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Farewell dinner

At the end of the expedition, the whole group will share a dinner in one of the best restaurants in Mendoza in order to celebrate the new friendships.


Participation or Summit Certificate

We will extend you a certificate signed by the Guide of the expedition and the Ceo of Acomara-AconcaguaExpeditions certifying that you have participated in the expedition to Mount Aconcagua (or reached the summit if that happened).


Medical and pharmaceutical support in Mendoza City

Your safety and health is our priority. If you need to be evacuated from Aconcagua for medical reasons or you finish your expedition with any kind of medical condition, our team will provide you personal bilingual support for all medical activities you need to do after returning from the Aconcagua like assisting you if you need additional medical attention, medical studies like lung x-rays, shopping medicine, hospital admission, etc. The expenses arising from hospital admission, medical studies, doctor’s fees, ambulances, medicines, etc. are not included.
In addition, you will be able to use our optional service of full bilingual assistance for your time in Mendoza until you fully recover. The objective is that you feel completely accompanied and content until you fully recover your physical health and you are able to return to your home country.


Support in Mendoza after your Expedition

After you return from your expedition to Aconcagua and your services for the expedition finish, our customer support team will continue to assist you with everything you need in Mendoza City.



NOT INCLUDED SERVICES


Climbing Permit

The only way to enter the Mount Aconcagua Park is by getting the permit personally in Mendoza city. If the ticket is not used within the dates established by the Park authorities, the money will not be returned. The ticket will be invalid in the future years. The entrance fee’s payment support the maintenance and care of Mount Aconcagua Provincial Park and aid to preserve and protect it. It also supports the maintenance of the medical, the park rangers and the rescue service (helicopter).


Expenses emerging from abandoning your scheduled itinerary

The itinerary includes group services in order to provide more and better services at a low price. When you abandon the itinerary of your expedition for any reason (like personal reasons, health, etc) you begin to use private services. If you abandon the itinerary, the company covers the transportation from Puente del Inca to Mendoza City by bus line free of charge. The second hotel night in Mendoza city included in your expedtion can be used at this moment. If you need extra hotel nights, private transfer or other services originated by the abandondment of the expedition, they shall be considered additional services not included in the price of the expedition. You can find more information in our pdf file you can download in the footer.


Personal equipment and Sleeping bag

Your personal equipment is not included in the expedition. You can bring it from your country or you the option of either purchasing or hiring all gear needed for your expedition once you are in Mendoza. We will help you with this. The list of this recommended gear is shown further on this page.


Personal Insurance

Having a personal insurance is not a fundamental requirement to climbing the Aconcagua mountain. However, we suggest that you to contact an insurance company if you wish to get one, taking into account the risk in the mountain.


Porters for personal equipment

The porters may help you to transport your belongings from a camp to another one offering you a better result on the mountain. So do not hesitate in letting us know, if you decide to take one. The price will depend on the stretch that your equipment will be carried.


Others

Extra expenses as food or drinks separate from those described in the itinerary, satellite phonecalls, transference fees, and other services not specified as included.


North Face Aconcagua

Recomended Equipment and Clothing
Feet:
– 2 pairs of synthetic inner socks
– 4 pairs of thick socks for cold (ski type)
– 1 pair of comfortable trekking boots
– 1 pair of gaiters

Legs:
– 1 pair of fine synthetic pants
– 1 pair of thick shelter pants
– 1 pair of rainproof pants
– 1 pair of comfortable long pants (trekking type)

Body:
– 2 synthetic underwear shirts
– 1 turtleneck of synthetic material
– 1 fleece jacket of alike
– 1 shelter jacket (down or synthetical)
– 1 rainproof jacket

Head:
– Sun cap or hat
– Shelter hat (wool or fleece)
– Light ski mask
– A good pair of sunglasses with UV filter and nose and side protection
– A pair of ski goggles
– A handkerchief for the neck
Hands:
– 2 pairs of light inner gloves
– 2 pairs of rainproof gloves for shelter (mitten type)
– Wet toals
Expedition material:
– Book or anything that helps to be entertained in the tent
– 1 Sunscreen
– Water bottles for three liters in total
– 6 pairs of hand warmers
– Sleeping mattress for high mountain
– Personal care elements
– Front lamp with extra batteries
– An stainless steel thermo of one litter or half a litter
– Personal crockery (Bowl, cup, fork and spoon)
– A synthetic or duvet sleeping bag for – 35 º C

Technical equipment:
– 1 comfortable backpack of 80 liters
– 1 Pair of double or triple boots for high mountain (suitable for 23000 feet – 7000 meters and – 40ºC temperature)
– Semi-automatic crampons
– 1 pair of telescopic poles
– 1 helmet

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E.A.P. OPTION
(Extra Acclimatization Program)

The expedition can be hired with the EAP option, which consists in a previous two or three days stay in Puente del Inca or El Plata valley and guided trekkings around the area (up to 4000/5000 masl), to ensure further the process of acclimatization (wich is very important to get the summit). If EAP is of interest, please consult us for more information.

RESERVES

To confirm the reservations, Acomara – AconcaguaExpeditions asks for a downpayment, we accept credit cards or banking transfers. To ensure the security of your information all credit cards transactions are handled by PayPal (your credit card information will never be required). The balance must be paid in Mendoza, before starting the expedition.


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Guaranteed Satisfaction and Cancellation Policy (Refunds)

In case you have to cancel or postpone your expedition for any reason, our policy is to protect your money.
If you book with us, you may have a Flexible Booking, that in case you are not able to join your expedition for any reason, allows you to cancel the services you have booked, even if you cancel the previous day of your arrival (writen confirmation by email is required for all cancellations). Only in case you cancel your services under these conditions, you will have an Available Credit (from 100% to 30% of your prepayment, depending on the anticipation of your writen cancellation, from 90 days to 1 day prior to the 1st day of your program). Your Available Credit may be used for different services offered by Acomara in the following 5 seasons (100% transferable free of charge, it may be used by you or by any other person you want to transfer your credit to) or you may also request a REFUND (only 35% of your available credit, refunds will be made in the next 15 days after written request and they will exclusively be paid to the client’s paypal account, Acomara will pay paypal fees of all Refunds). At the moment of usage of credit, the current prices of the season when the new reservation is made will be taken as valid. In case your expedition doesn’t reach the summit, you may have 35% OFF to try again to reach the summit in one of our Open Expeditions by the Normal Route to be used in the following season in a specific departure date set by Acomara or 20% discount in any of our Open Expeditions of the following season (discounts will be applied from regular prices, subject to availability). Additional services may have special booking conditions.


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