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  • Normal Route EXT · Itinerary

    Mendoza

    Day 01 · MENDOZA – Altitude: 760 mts
    Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina. A representative of INKA Expediciones 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

    Penitentes

    Día 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

    Confluencia Camp

    Day 03 · Penitentes / Confluencia – Altitude: 3.368 m.s.n.m.
    We drive you to Horcones Park Entrance, where we get our first view of the mountain. We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station. Then, we head off to Confluencia by walking 4 or 5 hours.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Plaza Francia

    Day 04 · Acclimatization trekking to Plaza Francia – Altitude: 4.200 mts.
    We’ve included this day in order to acclimatize better, and give you more chances to summit. We’ll trek for about 5 hours until we arrive to Plaza Francia, base camp of the impressive Aconcagua South Wall. This is one of the nicest points of the expedition.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Plaza de Mulas Base Camp

    Day 05 · Approach from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4.250 mts.
    After 8-9 hours hiking across “Playa Ancha” and climbing up through a very steep path, we reach Plaza de Mulas, the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park. By the end of the day, most of us will feel the altitude.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Rest at Plaza de Mulas

    Day 06 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4.250 mts.
    The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day and a good occasion to take a bath and explore the local terrain.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Mt Bonete

    Day 07 · Ascent to Mt Bonete – Altitude: 4.900 mts.
    Again We’ve included this climbing in order to acclimatize better, and give you more chances to summit. Also you’ll enjoy a spectacular view of the west face of Aconcagua.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Preparing the ascense Plaza de Mulas

    Day 08 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4.250 mts.
    We’ll stay in Plaza de Mulas to rest from the climbing of Bonete. We will divide expedition loads to carry to the high camps (community gear, fuel and food). We double carry to keep pack weight down and help ensure good acclimatization.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Carry to Canada

    Day 09 · Carry equipment and food to Camp 1 – Altitude: 4.900 mts.
    This is a challenging day where we gain almost 700 m. with a heavy load on easy terrain. Then we’ll return to Base Camp. It’s important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Preparing the ascense Plaza de Mulas

    Day 10 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4.250 mts.
    This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Plaza Canada Camp

    Day 11 · Ascent from base camp to Camp 1 – Altitude: 4.900 mts.
    The following morning we definite start the ascent to Aconcagua. We move to Camp 1, called “Plaza Canada”. Until now, we were working on get an optimal acclimatization. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to do summit.
    Accommodation:Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Nido de Condores Camp

    Day 12 · Move to Camp 2 – Altitude: 5.400 mts.
    Camp 2, called “Nido de Condores” (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5.400 m. and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Carry to Colera

    Day 13 · Carry equipment from Camp 2 to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6.000 mts.
    This day, we carry equipment to Camp 3 called “Camp Colera”. After carrying the equipment up, we return to Camp 2 to sleep, to give our bodies more chances to acclimatize.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Colera Camp

    Day 14 · Ascent from Camp 2 to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6.000 mts.
    We start a 4 hours walk to Camp 3, located on the North Ridge. We will prepare our tents and eat and rest, to be ready to get the summit.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Aconcagua's Summit

    Day 15 · Summit day – Altitude: 6.962 mts.
    It is the most demanding day of the expedition. We climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6.500 m. We ascend through the “Portezuelo del Viento” , climb “La Canaleta”, and 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

    Reserve days

    Days 16 and 17 · 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

    Return to Plaza de Mulas

    Day 18 · Return to Base Camp.
    Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp. We’ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience.
    Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Return to Mendoza

    Day 19 · 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.
    Accommodation:Hotel double basis –Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Fly Home

    Day 20 · Mendoza
    We have breakfast at the hotel. Check Out and end of services.

    NOTE
    The proposed itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions o other forced situations that put in risk the group security. The guides have the authority to change the program according to their criteria. You can be sure the changes have two fundamental objectives. These are to maximize the security and the summit chances. And they are based on our guides knowledge and experience.