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Route 360°, 19 days
Aconcagua Expedition
 
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Aconcagua Provincial Park  
Expedition to the highest peak of America, with 6962 meters above the sea  

The ascent through Valle de Vacas and the descent through the Normal Route is an original program that offers a complete view of the highest mountain of America , allowing you to enjoy the magnitude of the mountain and its splendor.

About the Route

The expedition is made via a route which is a combination between the Polish Route, the Ameghino Traverse, Upper Guanaco and the Normal Route.

It all begins with a three day trekking through Valle de Vacas up to Plaza Argentina Base Camp. After preparing everything we will start the ascent trough the first part of the Polish Route up to Camp 1. Then we will make the traverse of Cerro Ameghino up to Camp 2. From there we will go to Camp 3 via the upper part of the Valle de Guanacos Route, and finally we get the summit by the last part of Normal Route. The descent is made via the Normal Route.

This route will allow you to see a unique landscape: the magnificence of the Polish Glacier and the greatness of the Andes; and most importantly, it will allow you to have a better acclimatization and thus more chances to reach the summit. The descent by the Normal Route will take us to Plaza de Mulas, Aconcagua´s biggest Base camp. Then we will go on a trek towards Laguna de los Horcones from where you can see the different faces of Aconcagua.
 


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Itinerary:

Day 01 · Mendoza
Day 02 · Penitentes
Day 03 · Pampa de Leñas
Day 04 · Casa de Piedra
Day 05 · Plaza Argentina
Day 06 · Plaza Argentina
Day 07 · Carry to Camp 1
Day 08 · Ascent to Camp 1
Day 09 · Carry to Camp 2
Day 10 · Rest at Camp 1
Day 11 · Ascent to Camp 2
Day 12 · Carry to Camp 3
Day 13 · Ascent to Camp 3
Day 14 · Summit
Days 15 and 16 · Reserve
Day 17 · Plaza de Mulas.
Day 18 · Return to Mendoza.
Day 19 · Mendoza


Aconcagua 360º · Itinerary detailed

Day 01 · MENDOZA – Altitude: 760 mts
Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina. A representative of our company will be waiting for you at the airport. We will stay at the hotel in the city. A group meeting will follow and you will be introduced to your guides and team members.
Accommodation: Hotel double basis –Meals: Breakfast.

Day 02 · Mendoza / Penitentes – Altitude: 2700 mts.
We will obtain individual entrance and ascent permits. You will be personally assisted in this procedure. After this we travel to Villa de Penitentes, where we stay at a Hotel in the mountain. There we get the equipment ready for transportation to the base camp, by mule.
Accomodation: Hotel – Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 03 · Penitentes / Pampa de Leñas – Altitude: 2950 m.s.n.m.
We drive you to Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua Park Entrance. We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station. Then, we head off to Pampa de Leñas by walking 4 or 5 hours, starting the 3 days approaching trekking to the base camp.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 04 · Pampa de Leñas / Casa de Piedra – Altitude: 3240 mts.
On this day, we advance towards an intermediate camp, passing through the Quebrada de Vacas, for 6 to 7 hours. This is where we will be able to see the first sight of the Western Face of the Aconcagua. We spend our last approaching night, from Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 05 · Approach from Casa de Piedra to Plaza Argentina – Altitude: 4.200 mts.
We start trekking for 5 to 6 hours, ascending the Relicho steep slope , which takes us to Inferior Plaza Argentina. This is where we will be able to see the last native vegetation before climbing towards the glaciers, where Plaza Argentina is placed.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 06 · Rest day at Plaza Argentina – Altitude: 4.200 mts.
At Plaza de Argentina we rest and use the day for acclimatization. This is a good opportunity to get to know the Camp, take a shower and explore the area. We get together with the guide, do a medical check up, reorganize and review the equipment, prepare the loads for transportation for the next day.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 07 · Carry equipment and food to Camp 1 – Altitude: 5000 mts.
We transport in a way to keep our backpacks as light as possible and fundamentally to be able to gradually adapt to the altitude. During the load transportation to Camp 1, we reach a level of 5000 m. Then we return to Plaza Argentina.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 08 · Ascent from Base Camp to Camp 1 – Altitude: 5000 mts.
We start the ascent to Camp 1 taking the first part of the Polish Route. After a 5 to 6 hour walk on easy terrain we arrive to Camp 1 (5000 mt). We meet with the load that we brought the day before. We assemble the camp and then we load division for carrying the following day.
Accommodation:Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 09 · Carry equipment to Camp 2 – Altitude: 5.500 mts.

We continue with our gradual acclimatization to altitude. During the load transportation to high camp 2, we reach a level of 5500 mt. This is a hard day, of about 6 hours of walking, where we ascend on easy terrain. Then return to Camp 1.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10 · Rest day at Camp 1 – Altitude: 5.000 mts.
This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals. We must prepare ourselves mentally, for the final stage. We talk with our expedition mates and agree on final plans and strategies with our guides.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11 · Ascent to Camp 2 – Altitude: 5500 mts.
We start the ascent from Camp 1 to Camp 2 using the Ameghino Traverse Route. We meet with the load that we brought two days before. We assemble the camp and then we load division for carrying the following day. We rest and have dinner.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12 · Carry equipment and food to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6000 mts.
We carry food and fuel to Camp 3 "Colera" . This is a hard day, of about 4 hours of walking. Besides this effort, it is very important to control our body adaptation to height and the evolution of our acclimatization. We return to Camp 2 and rest.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13 · Ascent to Camp 3 "Colera" – Altitude: 6000 mts.
Early morning, after breakfast and after disassembling our tents, we start ascending for around 4 hs. We take the last part of the Upper Guanaco's Valley Route. Our Camp 3 is placed at the same altitude as the Berlin refuge (from the Normal Route), strategically situated to cover from winds.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14 · Summit day – Altitude: 6962 mts.

It is the most demanding day of the expedition. We use the last part of the Normal Route, climbing the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6.500 m. We ascend through the "Portezuelo del Viento" , climb "La Canaleta", and pass through the "Filo del Guanaco", that leads us to the summit. The prize is waiting for us, a 360° view and the experience of overcoming, that you only finally understand once you reach it. At the end of this experience, we descend to Camp 3.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Days 15 and 16 · Spare days in case of bad weather conditions.
We have three extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit. These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit.
Accommodation:Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 17 · Descend to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp.

Return from Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp, the largest camp in Aconcagua. We'll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 18 · Return from base camp to Penitentes and back to Mendoza.
We have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes. There is a private transport waiting for us to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City and have a special dinner.
Accommodation:Hotel double basis –Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 19 · Mendoza
We have breakfast at the hotel. Check Out and end of services.



Route 360° · Services Included

Professional Guides
We are all professional, experimented and highly qualified guides, with degrees and licenses from organisms that guarantee their special training, graduates from th Provincial School for Mountain and Trekking Guides (EPGAMT), the only school that specializes on the Aconcagua, accredited in the Argentine Association for Mountain Guides (AAGM) and members of the Professional Mountain and Trekking Guides (AGPMT). Some of the guides have licences from the UIGAM.

Transportation
All the transportation are in private vehicle. Transport Airport – Hotel in Mendoza (18 km). Transport Mendoza-Penitentes (180 km). Transport to and from Penitentes-Horcones,Aconcagua Park Entrance(7 km). Return to Mendoza from Horcones (187 km).

Accomodation
City of Mendoza: Two (2) nights of lodging in a 3 *** hotel in the city of Mendoza, double or triple, half board, beverages not included.
Penitentes: One (1) night at the Ayelen Hotel in Penitentes, a 3***, Double or triple, half board, beverages not included. The welcome dinner, breakfast and taxes are included.
Mountain Camps: All nights of the expedition at tents, Double, Full Board.

Meals
All meals are included during the approaching, at Base Camp and high altitude camps. Meals are prepared daily by the cooks. Our diet include, among other things, fresh fruit, meat, chicken, vegetables, fresh eggs, bread and argentine wine. Our meals are energy balanced with all your body requires for the ascent. We are also prepared to elaborate special meals, vegetarian and other kinds.

Communications
There is permanent communication, 24 hours a day, through VHF, HF radios, Satellite Telephones, between Base Camps, mountain expeditions, Penitentes and Mendoza. This guarantees safety and organization that will lead your expedition to be a successful one. We also offer an e-mail service in Plaza de Mulas at reasonable costs.

Mules for equipment transportation

We take your equipment (30 kg/person) from Puente del Inca to Plaza de Mulas (Base Camp) back and forth. Our "responsibility and confidence service" means taking your equipment on time and in perfect conditions to and from Base Camp and back to Penitentes. We own our tame mules and the carriers are experimented.

Dining Domes
The kitchen and dining domes are completely equiped with tables, chairs, dishes, electricity and heat, to provide the highest comfort and quality services. They are attended by our Camp Team, in charge of preparing meals and of offering an excepcional service, a friendly treatment.

Medical Equipment

Our Base Camps have their own portable altitude chamber, oxygen equipment, oximeters and first aid kits for an immediate response under any situation.

Dormitory Tents
We provide our clients with the best mountain tents available (The North Face, Mountain Hard Wear) equipped with comfortable mats at the base camps. Also we have exclusive bathroom for our clients, toilettes at Confluencia Camp and letrines at Plaza de Mulas and Argentina Camps. We also offered hot water baths at convenient prices.

Porters
The porter is in charge of helping the group with the extra weight the group equipment represents, such as tents, food and fuel. This is to avoid extra unnecessary efforts so you can preserve your energy, for the day you reach the summit. If you need a porter to help you with your personal gear, all you need to do is ask for one.

Other services
*Assistance in the obtainment of Aconcagua Provincial Park entrance permits. The Aconcagua is a reserved area, managed by the Government of the Province of Mendoza. To be able to enter the park one must obtain a permit, for trekking or for ascending to the summit. By government disposition, this procedure must be done personally in the offices in Mendoza, with your passport or personal document. Our job is to accompany you to the offices to fill in the forms. The permit cost is not included in our services.

*Facility for the deposit and care of equipment. A person in charge of the camp supervises your equipment while you ascend.Personal equipment reviews and advice for rental, if necessary.

This program does not include:
* Aconcagua Park climbing fee (tax charged by Mendoza government, according to dates)
* Personal equipment
* Rescue or other costs due to abandon of expedition.
* Personal expenses (tips, laundry, phone, drinks, and porters or other items not specified above.)
* Extra nights in hotel in case of early return to the city.
* Meals in Mendoza
* All other services not listed as included.
 
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