Mount Aconcagua normal route expedition

Mount Aconcagua Normal Route

Mount Aconcagua normal route expedition, with its height of 6962 meters, it is the highest mountain of Americas, the highest mountain outside of Asia and highest peak of southern and western hemispheres. Despite the relatively low technical difficulty of the normal ascent route, the remoteness of this mountain, as well as its exposure to sudden climate changes and notorious high winds called “Viento blanco” make it a challenging objective, attracting numerous people to attempt its summit every year. Aconcagua is a high mountain that culminates in two peaks, the north (the highest) and the south. In the vicinity are many peaks that exceed 5.000 and 6000 metres; this peak does face the danger of high altitude and unstable climate.

The key to reach the summit of Aconcagua is a good acclimatization, have good physical shape and sufficient time to have a window of good weather to attack the summit. You can perform the climb via normal route or the polish traverse that shows his beautiful wild side and where the spirit of adventure is present at every step, crossing the base of the legendary Polish Glacier until to reach the normal route.

Andes Vertical offers a real and classic mountain expedition with small or personalized groups. We guarantee quality services and a high possibility of summiting with selected guides with more than twenty successful expeditions. Join Us!

Duration 18 days

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* The date listed correspond to the first night in Mendoza.

 

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19 Days

November to February


INCLUDED SERVICES

• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Mendoza as indicated in the itinerary, based on double occupancy. Climbers descending early will incur extra hotel fees.

• 2 nights 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).

• Loads transportation in mules, to and from base camp.

• Free internet at BC (limitations apply)

• 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.

• One porter every four climbers, to carry 20 kg of common gear.

 

WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED

• Aconcagua entrance fee

• Personal porters.

• Any cost incurred by the climber if she or he leaves the trip early (such as mules, transfers, guide, etc). We strongly recommend all participants to buy a trip cancellation insurance.

• 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.

Itinerary · normal route

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  Mendoza. Team meeting, gear check, gear rental, climbing permit procedures. Your guide will help you getting through the bureaucracy. The gear check is important!

Day 3  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

Day 4  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 ?rst camp, Con?uencia (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 5  Con?uencia – South Face viewpoint – Con?uencia (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 ?rst camp. / 6-7 hs

Day 6  Con?uencia – 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 7  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 8  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

Day 9  Gear carry to Plaza Canadá (5.050 m / 16,568 ft). The team climbs to the ?rst altitude camp to carry part of the gear and then returns to Plaza de Mulas. / 3-4 hs

Day 10  Rest day in Plaza de Mulas, where you can treat yourself to a hot shower (a reward after completing the ?rst stage of the climb).

Day 11  Plaza de Mulas – Plaza Canadá (5.050 m / 16,568 ft). The team leaves base camp and moves to the ?rst camp. First step of the summit push. / 2 ½ – 3 hs

Day 12  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 13 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 14  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

Day 15  Extra weather day. To secure the success of the expedition we have added two additional summit days in case of bad weather.

Day 16  Extra weather day.

Day 17  Cólera – Plaza de Mulas. Back to the comfort of the base camp and a well-deserved celebration dinner. / 2-4 hs

Day 18  Plaza de Mulas – Horcones – Penitentes. The hike out takes approximately 6-7 hours. Most of the gear goes in the mules, so you walk light. From the trailhead at Horcones our van drives us to Mendoza, after picking up the gear at Penitentes. Hotel check-in (not included), end of the program. / 6-7 hs + 3-4 hs

Feet

• 1 Pair of comfortable hiking boots
• 2 Pairs of outer socks [thick wool or polypropylene]
• 1 Pair of inner socks [thin silk or polypropylene]
• 1 Pair of cotton socks [for approach to base camp]
• Gaiters

Legs

• 1 Thin synthetic pants polypropylene or nylon
• 1 Fleece pants [full length zippers recommended]
• 1 Waterproof and breathable over-pants [such as Gore-Tex, full length zippers recommended]
• Comfortable trekking pants

Upper Body

• 1 Thermal base layer shirts [polypropylene or capilene]
• 1 Fleece pullover [like soft polartec 100 or 200, or similar]
• 1 Fleece jacket or alike
• 1 Warm jacket for -30°C | -22°F [down recommended]
• 1 Rainproof or windproof jacket with hood [such as Gore-Tex]
• Cotton T-shirts or shirts
• 1 Turtleneck of synthetic material [Buff or similar]

Head

• Sun cap or hat
• Ski hat [wool or fleece]
• Light balaclava
• Ski goggles
• A good pair of sunglasses [with 100% UV filter with nose and side protection]

Hands

• 1 Pair of inner thermal gloves [polypropylene or capilene]
• 1 Pair of insulated fingers gloves
• 1 Pair of insulated mittens [fleece, down or polarguard]
• 1 Pair of over mittens [such as Gore-Tex, only if your mittens are not made of windproof material]

Packs

• Comfortable expedition backpack [70 liters / 4.250 cubic inches as minimum]
• One extra large strong duffel bag [to be carried by mules and stored in base camp, 4.000 cubic inches as minimum. Large enough to fit in all your equipment]

Sleeping Gear

• Sleeping bag for -30°C | -22°F [down or polarguard]
• Sleeping mat [Thermarest or similar, full length recommended]
• Foam pad [only if you bring a Thermarest, to avoid a burst]

Mountaineering Equipment

• 1 Pair of plastics boots

Note

Climbing plastics boots or double boots are the best option for high altitude. You could be exposed to temperatures up to -30°C | -22°F

Recommended

Koflach Artic Expedition, Scarpa Vega or Asolo AFS 8000 are good examples of plastics boots.
There are excellents alternatives to a plastic boot, in which the outer boot is made of modern synthetic materials.
Ask us about these new models as La Sportiva Nuptse, the Vasque Ice 2000 or the Salomon Pro Thermic.
We must be sure that your boots are equipped for very low temperatures.

• 1 Pair of trekking poles [adjustable preferred]

Others

• Headlamp with extra batteries and bulb
• Block for lips and sun screen [not less than 45 SFP]
• Personal crockery [bowl, cup, fork and spoon]
• 2 Water bottles or hydrating system CamelBak or similar
• 1 Stainless steel thermos of one liter or half liter [useful for high camps]
• 4 Hand warmers (for summit day)
• Personal care elements [small towel and soap, baby wipes recommended]

Optional Items

• Book, IPod, games or anything that helps to distract you
• Camera, memory cards and extra batteries
• Pee bottle with wide mouth [Useful at higher camps]
• Pocket-knife note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage
• Your favourite energy bars or gel.

If you cannot find a suitable itinerary or date, please do not hesitate in contact us and we will arrange a private trip to suit your requirements. Simply call or email us and we'll construct the perfect program for you.
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