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An Aconcagua climb experience
My name is Fayzel, and I would like to talk about Acomara and how they helped me put together my expedition.
Climbing Aconcagua was always a challenge for me. During the Aconcagua climb season, Acomara arranged everything from the beginning to the end of my expedition; I am grateful to Acomara because I did not know what I was getting into. I never imagined the challenge that climbing Mount Aconcagua would be. I knew that there were many factors involved. From the moment I booked online and told them about my plans, they helped me with my Aconcagua expedition. I asked them what kind of equipment I would need or what I should bring because climbing Aconcagua is not something that happens every day, and I needed to be prepared.
When I arrived in Mendoza and met with the Acomara Staff and the other Aconcagua expedition members, I felt extremely comfortable. Once at the hotel, Acomara guides checked all my equipment, even before the expedition began, and ensured that my equipment was adequate and optimal. In case we found any deficiency in my boots, for example, they would be with me to rent or buy whatever was necessary. I want to emphasize that both the sales and advice process and the post-sale and subsequent expedition assembly were very harmonious. At all times, I felt the tranquility and confidence in speaking with an expert on the subject. Both Fernando and Nicolas answered my questions clearly and thoroughly, without omitting information that could compromise my experience; at all times, I felt that they genuinely wanted to help or advise me and not because I would pay a lot of money for an expedition. It was very gratifying for me to know that companies like Acomara are managed in a more human way and without thinking about making money regardless of the client’s welfare.
The guides from the beginning spoke to us about all the expedition’s recurring themes and day by day during the expedition. The equipment that Acomara provided for the whole Aconcagua expeditions was of the highest quality. The food you could tell was very well prepared. The portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner were quite generous. Usually, for lunch, they gave us a packed lunch because we were walking. Many members of the Aconcagua expeditions, including myself, had some restrictions or allergies to some foods and Acomara knew that from the beginning, and they made sure that we did not lack anything to eat or drink. Both the guides and the camp staff made sure we were very well fed despite our restrictions. It was a challenge.
The Acomara facilities in the camps, both at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas, really showed you that you had not been wrong when choosing Acomara to carry out your expedition. At the confluence, they had domes for different numbers of people, and you could tell at first glance that they were in excellent condition and that, in some cases, it was the first time they were used. I have been lucky enough to climb several hills, which is not quite common in other companies. Still, in Confluencia, the food was exquisite and exceptionally abundant, dinner always had a soup full of nutrients as the first course, since, as you know, hydration is essential in this environment. Even after finishing your meal, we had the opportunity to talk with the cooks and the staff in charge of the camp, which was one of the most rewarding experiences because that interaction allows you to know others’ customs idiosyncrasies quite different people to your customs and beliefs.
During the Trekking to Plaza Francia, I took real magnitude of what was Mount Aconcagua. Unfortunately, I began to feel some headaches. I confess that I was a little scared because I thought the worst; (I remember thinking that time; I should not climb Aconcagua; I should have just done the Aconcagua trek). Imagine that feeling headaches at the junction is like your car breaking 10 kilometers after leaving home. I immediately discussed it with the guide, and he advised me to coordinate my breathing better and think about the day without going beyond where we were at that moment. I admit it was a bit difficult at first, but then it worked perfectly. My acclimatization gradually improved, and looking back, I think the guide’s words and advice were a hinge on my Aconcagua climb so that I could continue. When we started the trip from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas, the guides warned us that it would be a challenging and long journey; after the Summit day, this day is the longest in the expedition to climb Aconcagua. In this case, I believe again that the management of the group by the guides was fundamental. Several stretches are quite demanding. Playa ancha and Cuesta Brava are clear examples that Aconcagua should not be underestimated (again, in my head, I should not climbing Aconcagua; I should have just done the Aconcagua trek). Not even before reaching the Plaza de Mulas base camp.
Once you have arrived and settled in Plaza de Mulas, you start to take the dimension of this experience’s greatness. The base camp is almost a small town (it is the largest base camp globally after Everest). The Acomara staff treated us in the best possible way; they welcomed us with food and plenty of fluids to hydrate us since our effort was quite challenging. I want to mention the bathroom cleanliness that Acomara has in Plaza de Mulas. Clean, with all the cleaning supplies at our disposal after touring the base camp for a few days, I didn’t see a bathroom similar to ours in the other companies. I think it is also essential to invest in infrastructure. Acomara could easily say that the toilets cannot be improved due to the environment’s apparent conditions and restrictions. Still, they made it clear that you can always choose to have the best service to offer your clients, regardless of the environment where one is. During the acclimatization treks to Canada, the group in general responded well. I mainly felt excellent, although the fatigue increased considerably, and I began to dose efforts all the time. I hired a 10-kilo porter with Acomara for the uphill sections since that was where I had to make the most significant effort, and I preferred to save all my energy for the final and decisive days of the expedition. The issue of buying portages was also a pleasant surprise for me since I was able to hire them in advance with Acomara, and I saved a lot of money, much more than if I had booked them directly in Mendoza.
I thank all the guides involved in our expedition, leaders, porters, leader’s assistants. They were excellent; they were always up to date with our inquiries and requests, in addition to worrying about our safety all the time and making sure we enjoyed the expedition. We noticed that they knew what they were talking about all the time. They knew the territory, the weather, and they have been working there for a long time. They knew how to manage the group, what needs we might have, and they always made sure that we had everything we needed for the expedition to run smoothly. I also want to thank and congratulate the porters for their work. The contribution they make to the expedition’s logistics is invaluable, not to mention that they are the people who make the most physical effort in the mountains. From the moment we arrived at Plaza de Mulas, they introduced themselves to the group and told us that they would work most professionally, not worry about anything other than meeting our goal. They were cautious when handling our belongings. They carried our things with great care, and when we arrived at the corresponding camp, we had at the entrance to our tent the bag with all our belongings in perfect condition. You will understand that it is complicated to keep things orderly and healthy in that climate and in that terrain, and the Acomara porters were always up to the task.
The day before the summit attempt, we had a meeting with the guides in Colera; I think that was the last push the group needed to meet the objective. They told us that the entire Acomara Staff was proud of us. Throughout the expedition, we had been a clear example of overcoming, persevering, and struggling towards a common goal. No one knew if we would reach the summit the next day, but at least we knew that no one was going to blame themselves for anything. Finally, the whole group met the objective, and we reached the highest Summit in America. At the end of the expedition, we treated each other as a family because by living together during so many days with them, fraternal bonds are generated. In the end, it is not only an expedition with strangers, but it ends up being an experience with friends and finding and meeting people who have the same love for the outdoors, learning about people from all over the world who have different customs than mine was unique. Thanks again to Acomara for fixing everything from start to finish. There were many factors to consider, not just financial, but also preparation, logistics, training, acclimatization, and many other things. Acomara took it upon himself to put all of that together and make it work to make my experience excellent. Acomara is an excellent Aconcagua expedition company, and if I had to go back to Aconcagua, I would do it with them.
(22.840 ft – 6.962 masl)