Itinerary

Day 1
Mendoza – Los Penitentes (3 hours drive – 2.580 m/8,465 ft)
Pick up at the airport if needed (optional). The guide will check your gear and assist you with the Park’s trekking permit procedures (*). Transfer in private vehicles from Mendoza to Los Penitentes, where the group will spend the night in a lodge. In this small mountain village we have our warehouse, where you can see the logistics of the full Aconcagua expeditions from inside.

Day 2
Los Penitentes – Punta de Vacas (trailhead) – Pampa de Leñas camp (2.950 m/ 9,678 ft)
After breakfast, we ride in the van the four miles to Punta de Vacas, our trailhead and the Park Rangers checkpoint. The trail gains altitude gradually as it winds along the Vacas stream and valley, on the less visited East side of Mt. Aconcagua. After a 4-hour hike we arrive at our first camp, Pampa de Leñas. Here we enjoy a genuine asado criollo (bbq). It is a good opportunity to spend some time with the arrieros (muleteers) and learn about the Gaucho traditions.

Day 3
Pampa de Leñas – Casa de Piedra (3.240 m/10,630 ft)
Breakfast and 6-hour hike to Casa de Piedra, our second trekking camp in the Vacas Valley. The trail offers great views of the Polish Glacier and the East Face of Mt. Aconcagua.

Day 4
Casa de Piedra – Plaza Argentina base camp (4.190 m/13,746 ft)
The trail leaves the main valley. After crossing the stream -with the help of the mules if needed- we hike up the narrower Relinchos Valley, that leads to Plaza Argentina. Our base camp chef greets us with a solid meal in a comfortable dining tent. It is the perfect reward after the hardest day of the trip (6-7 hours).

Day 5
Rest & Explore
Plaza Argentina is the perfect spot to take a closer look at the cosmopolitan world of mountaineering; the lofty dining tents, the seasoned guides and porters, the climbers from all over the world; the pace of the mules and the rush of the chopper, living together under the same Andean sky.
But a short walk away, you can experience the raw power of the pristine, high altitude environment.

Day 6
Plaza Argentina – Horcones – Mendoza
Early in the morning, our BC manager will coordinate the helicopter flight (weather permitting). Your guide will assist you getting on the helicopter. Seeing Aconcagua from the Condor’s perspective is a whole different experience! After enjoying one of the world’s most scenic transfers, the helicopter will land in Horcones, the trailhead of the Normal route. A more humble land vehicle (at least it will have cold soda or beer) will drive you to Mendoza, where our program ends.

Included services:

  • Private transfers (Mendoza/Penitentes/Trailhead/Mendoza).
  • One night of lodging (Hotel Ayelén, Penitentes), dinner and breakfast included.
  • Full board during the hike.
  • Base Camps services: full board, dining tents, sleeping tents, bathroom.
  • Pack mules from the trailhead to BC and back.
  • Permanent communication (VHF).
  • World class, English speaking mountain guides, certified by Mt. Aconcagua State Park.
  • Gear check and assistance with climbing permit procedures.
  • Single lodging in the field.
  • Helicopter charter from base camp to the trailhead. If the helicopter is not able to fly because of weather conditions, we’ll reinburse U$S 500 per person and provide guides, mules and all necessary services for the hike out.
  • Last but not least, we are delighted to let you know about our exclusive partnership with Hotel Entrecielos. Should you wish to extend your stay in Mendoza after your Aconcagua expedition, you will receive a 30% discount in their flat rate. This offer is only valid for Fernando Grajales Expeditions customers, therefore we need to make the booking for you. Please let us know if you are interested in this offer.

Optional services

  • Hotel in Mendoza.
  • Airport or Bus Terminal pickup.

Not included services:

  • Cost of the trekking permit to enter Mt Aconcagua State Park.
  • Lodging in Mendoza.
  • Beverages in Mendoza and Penitentes.
  • 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 cancelation insurance.
  • 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.

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