Arrival in Mendoza (760 m / 2,493 ft). Our driver will pick you up at the airport, and take 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.
Transfer in private vehicles from Mendoza to Los Penitentes, where the group will spend the night in a lodge (2,580 m/8,465 ft). In this small mountain village we have our warehouse and preparation for the loads of the mules. / 3 hs drive
Penitentes – Punta de Vacas (trailhead) – Pampa de Leñas camp (2.950 m/ 9,678 ft). After breakfast, we ride the van for a few minutes to Punta de Vacas. Here we get our climbing permits stamped at the rangers check point and begin the approach to base camp. After a 4-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 only a day pack with some essentials, as the mules take care of the heavy duties. / 4 hs drive
Pampa de Leñas – Casa de Piedra (3,240 m/10,630 ft). Hike to Casa de Piedra, our second trekking camp. Great view of the Polish Glacier, and the Eastern Face of Aconcagua from the trail. / 6 hs
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 base camp chef greets us with a good dinner at a comfy dining tent: the perfect reward after the hardest day of the approach. / 6-7 hs