2017/18 Aconcagua Adventure, Argentina
Cerro Aconcagua, 22,834 feet (6,959 meters) is the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, making it also the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. Its name comes from the Inca word Ackon Cahuak which means Stone Sentinel. This spectacular mountain is located in the heart of the Chilean-Argentine Central Andes. As the highest mountain in South America it is one of the famed ‘7 Summits’. It is also an excellent way to gain high altitude experience if the Himalayan giants are in your future.
Please know that this is not a guided expedition. You are expected to help with all aspects of the trip including cooking, melting snow putting up and taking down tents and carrying team gear. You will be an integral part of the team with input as to when to move up, when to descend and when to push for the summit. We won’t hold your hand on this trip.
- 26-Dec — Depart US.
- 27-Dec — Arrive Santiago. Fly on to Mendoza. Met at airport by Inka Expeditions representative. Transfer to Condor Suites.
- 28-Dec — Rest day in Mendoza. We will have a busy day. We need to get our permits, visit the mountaineering store for gas and any rental equipment, get our climbing permits, go to the grocery store, check our gear and organize duffels.
- 29-Dec — Bus transport from Mendoza to Hotel Ayelen in Penitentes. We will drop off our duffels at the hotel for the mules to take up to basecamp and drive on to the park entrance and hike about 3 hours to our first camp, Confluencia.
- 30-Dec — Acclimatization day and optional trek to view the breathtaking South Face. Return to Confluencia and overnight.
- 31-Dec — Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. This is a long day! It is about 12 miles and will take about 8 hours. Early in the morning we will start our walk across "Playa Ancha" (meaning wide beach). It is a deserted and always windy valley. We slowly gain altitude up the Horcones Superior Valley. Right at the end of the hike we walk up "Cuesta Brava" (meaning rugged slope) which is the last push to Plaza-de-Mulas. This day is important to our acclimatization.
- 1-Jan — The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day. We can take a shower, visit the internet café and prepare for our first load carry to Camp Canada
- From this point in the itinerary we may make adjustments to the schedule depending on weather forecast, team strength and other factors.
- 2-Jan — Today we will take a load to Camp Canada and return to base camp
- 3-Jan — Move from base camp to Camp Canada.
- 4-Jan — Today we will take a load to Camp Nido de Condores and return to Camp Canada
- 5-Jan — Move to Camp 2 Nido de Condores
- 6-Jan — Rest Camp 2, Nido de Condores
- 7-Jan — Today we will take a load to Camp Cholera and return to Nido de Condores
- 8-Jan — Summit Day #1
- 9-Jan — Summit Day #2
- 10-Jan — Summit Day #3
- 11-Jan — At the latest: descend from camp to Base camp. Overnight at Basecamp
- 12-Jan —. Return hike from base camp to Puente de Inca. Transfer to Penitentes. A van will be waiting for us to drive us to Mendoza, and we’ll have a celebration dinner and a long shower!
- 13-Jan — Mendoza Airport. Depart for US.
- 14-Jan — Arrive US.
The team will be limited to 6 people and two leaders. We will have porter support from basecamp to high camp and back down to minimize the loads we will be carrying and in turn maximize the chances of a summit. We will have a communal meal tent at Nido.
Cost Per Person Covers:
- All in-country transportation, airport transfers
- All hotel nights as shown in above itinerary. Additional nights at clients cost
- All meals on Aconcagua
- Two team porters from basecamp to high camp and return
Cost Per Person Not Covered:
- Round-trip travel to Argentina
- Meals in Mendoza
- Alcoholic beverages
- Additional hotel nights
- Climbing permit*
- Personal porter
*Typically around $800. The Argentinian government does not release the exact amount until late October.
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