Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Mendoza (760 m / 2,493 ft). Our driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the Diplomatic Hotel. Your guide will contact you to schedule a gear check and the team meeting.

Day 2
Transfer in private vehicles from Mendoza to Penitentes. After getting the climbing permits at the Park office in Mendoza, our private van drives the group to the lodge at Los Penitentes. This small mountain village at 2.580 m / 8,465 ft is where we have our warehouse and where the loads for the mules are prepared. / 3 hs drive

Day 3
Penitentes – Punta de Vacas (trailhead) – Pampa de Leñas camp (2.950 m / 9,678 ft). After breakfast, we drive ten minutes to Punta de Vacas. We get our climbing permits stamped at the rangers station and begin the approach to base camp. After a 4 to 5-hour hike along Río de las Vacas we arrive at our first camp, Pampa de Leñas, where we enjoy a genuine asado criollo (Gaucho BBQ). For the entire hike in to BC you will be carrying a day pack with only the necessary essentials. The mules take care of the heavy loads. / 4-5 hs

Day 4
Pampa de Leñas – Casa de Piedra (3.240 m /10,630 ft). Hike to Casa de Piedra, our second approach camp. Great view of the Polish Glacier and the eastern face of Aconcagua as we arrive to the camp. / 6 hs

Day 5
Casa de Piedra – Plaza Argentina Base Camp (4.190 m / 13,746 ft). We follow the trail up the Relinchos Valley to Plaza Argentina. Our BC chef greets us with a hearty dinner in a comfy dining tent. A proper reward after the hardest day of the approach. / 6-7 hs

Day 6
Plaza Argentina. Rest day at base camp. Sleeping, reading in the dining tent or trying the yoga mats in our heated lounge tent; whatever you do, get hydrated!

Day 7
Plaza Argentina – Camp 1 – Plaza Argentina (4.800 m/ 15,748 ft). With the trek to BC and the first stage of acclimatization completed, the climb itself begins with this gear carry to camp 1. After catching equipment, food and gas we return to base camp. / 7 hs

Day 8
Plaza Argentina. Rest day at base camp.

Day 9
Plaza Argentina – Camp 1 (4.800 m/ 15,748 ft). The team leaves BC behind and moves to camp 1 with the remaining gear. Our porters will carry the tents and other common gear, the climbers carry their own gear and their share of the common gear if needed (expect to carry a 18-22 kg backpack). / 4-5 hs

Day 10
Camp 1 – Camp 2 – Camp 1 (5.486 m/ 18,000 ft). Gear carry to camp 2, also called “Guanacos”. Astonishing view of Mt. Mercedario and other peaks of the Ramada massif. Return to Camp 1. / 5-6 hs

Day 11
Camp 1 – Camp 2 (5.486 m/ 18,000 ft). Move to Camp 2 “Guanacos”. / 5 hs

Day 12
Camp 2 Guanacos (5.486 m / 18,000 ft). Rest day.

Day 13
Camp 2 Guanacos – Polish glacier Camp 2 (5.863m / 19,235 ft). / 4-5 hs

Day 14
Summit day! (6.960 m – 22,837 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
Polish glacier Camp 2 – Plaza Argentina. Celebration dinner in dining tents with tables and chairs.

Day 18
Plaza Argentina – Pampa de Leñas. We say goodbye to our “home away from home” and begin the two day trek out to the trailhead. An alternative way to end the expedition in grand style is to flight out in a helicopter (optional service, with additional cost). The heli-charter spares two days of strenuous hiking and lets you admire Aconcagua from the air: the perfect icing on the cake!

Day 19
Pampa de Leñas – Punta de Vacas – Penitentes – Mendoza. We complite the trek out to Punta de Vacas, where we meet our van. Private transfer to Mendoza, after picking up the gear at Penitentes. Hotel check-in, end of the program./ 7-8 hs + 3-4 hs drive 

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