Trekking Aconcagua
Plaza de Mulas & Co. Bonete Trek

8 days / maximum altitude: 5,000 m

ITINERARY


Day 1 > Mendoza
Pick up at the airport if needed (optional). Your guide will check your gear and assist you with the park’s trekking permit procedures. The program does not include hotel and meals in Mendoza.

Day 2 > Mendoza – Horcones – Hike to Confluencia Camp (Transfer 3 hs + Trek 3-4 hs / 3,390 m)
Private transfer from Mendoza to our warehouse in Penitentes. (there are lockers and storage place available for our guests). You can have coffee and snacks while the guides get the mule loads ready. Another 15 minutes ride takes the team to Horcones. This is the trailhead and also where the Park rangers will check permits. A scenic hike (carrying only a daypack) leads to Confluencia, the first camp of the Horcones Valley routes. / 3-4 hs

Day 3 > Confluencia – South Face viewpoint (Plaza Francia / 6-7 hs / 4,050 m)
We take a detour to admire the imposing South face of Mt. Aconcagua. We stop at a perfectly located viewpoint at the foot of the sheer ice wall to have lunch. After a 7-hour hike we spend the night back at Confluencia. / 6-7 hs

Day 4 > Confluencia rest and acclimatization day

Day 5 > Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas ( 7-9 hs / 4,350 m)
After a demanding 8-hour hike, arriving at Base Camp feels like a reward. Our camp manager and crew will greet you like one of the family. A hot shower before a hearty dinner, or free internet access to stay in touch with your loved ones, are just some of the treats at our “home away from home”.

Day 6 > Rest day at Plaza de Mulas
Sleep in your tent, read in the dining tent or try the yoga mats in our heated lounge tent; but whatever you do, get hydrated.

Day 7 > Cerro Bonete trek (5-6 hs / 5,004 m)
A non-technical hike to the neighboring Cerro Bonete offers an astonishing view of the West Face of Aconcagua -and a 5.000 mt peak bagged-. / 6-7 hs

Day 8 > Plaza de Mulas – Horcones – Mendoza (6-7 hs + 3 hs transfer)
After a last breakfast with the lead guide and the climbers that will go on with the summit ascent, we retrace our steps down the Horcones valley. Our vehicle will be waiting at the trailhead (with cold sodas or even a beer) to drive you back to Mendoza, where our program ends.

Optional > Heli-Charter
End your trip in style by flying out of base camp in a private helicopter instead of walking. Seeing the Andes from the Condor’s point of view is a whole different experience!
Early in the morning, our BC Manager will coordinate the helicopter flight (weather permitting). After enjoying one of the world’s most scenic transfers, the helicopter will land in Horcones. A more humble land vehicle will drive you to Mendoza, where our program ends.

NOTE (*): Please note that the program begins in Mendoza the day before the hike, in order to have time to check your gear and obtain the trekking permit. Please schedule your arrival accordingly.

Included in the cost:

  • Private transfers (Mendoza / Trailhead / Mendoza).
  • Pack mules from the trailhead to BC and back.
  • Base camp service: full board, dining tents, sleeping tents, bathroom.
  • Free showers and drinkable water at BC.
  • Free WiFi at BC & 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.

Not included in the cost:

  • Cost of the trekking permit to enter Mt Aconcagua State Park.
  • Lodging in Mendoza.
  • Meals and 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, room service, laundry, beverages, phone communication, ground or air evacuations, hospitalization or medication of any kind, liability insurance, any other service not mentioned in this above.

Optional services:

  • Hotel in Mendoza.
  • Airport or Bus Terminal pickup.
  • Helicopter charter from BC to the trailhead (extra cost for up to two persons: U$D 1,620 per flight).

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