Transportation from the airport to the hotel in Mendoza. Two nights accommodation in a three-star hotel in the city of Mendoza which includes breakfast (one night prior to and at the end of the expedition). Assistance with obtaining the Climbing Permit. Transportation to Penitentes (round-trip) in private vehicles. Assistance in the preparation of personal bags that will be transported by mules to the base camps. One night of accommodation in a four-star hotel in Penitentes, including breakfast and dinner. Transportation from Penitentes to Horcones trailhead. All the necessary food for the expedition (during the approach hike, in base camp and during the ascent). Load mules for the transportation of personal equipment (30kg maximum per person) to Confluencia approach camp and Plaza de Mulas Base Camp on the way in, and from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes on the way out (30kg maximum per person). Two camping nights in camp Confluencia (with all food) including two person tents to spend the night. Acclimatization hike to Plaza Francia (Aconcagua’s South Face Base Camp). Seven days of camping at Plaza de Mulas Base Camp including food and sleeping tents (six nights before the ascent and one on the return). Hiking to Horcones Glacier with instruction on how to use crampons. Permanent communication between Mendoza and Plaza de Mulas, and connection with the altitude camps. Baggage storage service in Penitentes and Plaza de Mulas while the group is on the mountain. Sleeping tents for the approach and altitude camps. Porters throughout the ascent and descent of the mountain. Professional Mountain Guides accompanying the group from Mendoza and throughout the entire expedition. Two extra days in case of improper weather conditions, including tents and food.
First quality sleeping tents: The North Face (VE25 - Mountain), Mountain Hardwear (Trango 2-3), Marmot or similar brands. The mountain guides communicate with FM 2m band radios, and have complete first-aid kits with specific medicine for mountain sickness, digital oximeter, altimeter and ropes. MSR liquid-fuelstove. Pots to melt ice.
Those leading the expedition are professional mountain guides (EPGAM, AAGM or UIAGM) with many years of experience and multiple summits to Mount Aconcagua. All speak English and Spanish.
Expeditions will be led by one mountain guide for every 3 or 4 clients.
The expeditions include porters to carry the sleeping tents to the altitude camps.
Ascent: From Base Camp (Plaza de Mulas) to Camp 1, from Camp 1 (Plaza Canada) to Camp 2 (Nido de Condores), from Camp 2 to Camp 3 (Colera).
Descent: from Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp.
The proportion is one porter for every 4 people.
Expeditions include two extra days (free of charge) with food included in the altitude camps (Plaza Canada, Nido de Condores or Colera) or in Plaza de Mulas base camp (prior to the ascent) in case of bad weather.
These days will be used only per guide’s decision (it is the guide who decides, when and where, if is necessary to take these days).
Extra days can be taken only on Aconcagua. If they are not necessary, such days are not replaced by nights in hotel in any other place (ex. in Penitentes or Mendoza, etc.), neither to be changed by another services or refunded.
Nor can these days be used for circumstances beyond our control (ex. bad weather or evacuations) a customer or the entire group returns early or simply because the days were not necessary (ex. completing the itinerary without needing to take the extra days).
Porters to transport personal equipment. Reservations of mountain equipment. Reservations of additional hotel nights in the city of Mendoza (these extra nights should be booked before you arrive to Mendoza).
Vegetarian meals. Single room, for the hotel nights in Mendoza. Both are available upon request. Please ask for these additional charges and include that information on the application form.
We need you to arrive in Mendoza the first day of the expedition that has been selected (preferably in the morning) or before, and not after this day.
The departure date from the city of Mendoza should be Day 20 of the expedition that has been selected in the time most convenient for you.
For more information, please see "Dates of Departure Season 2012 / 2013" where you will find day 1 and day 20 of the itinerary for each expedition.
The usual way to Mendoza is by flying to either Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Santiago (Chile) and then a connecting flight or bus to Mendoza. From Buenos Aires there are 2 hours by plane or 13 hours by bus to Mendoza, while from Santiago 50min by plane or 6 hours by bus.
Tickets to and from Mendoza. Aconcagua Climbing Permit. Extras in Mendoza, Penitentes and in approach, base camp or altitude camps. Drinks apart from those provided with food. Dishes (plates, silverware, jugs) for the high altitude camps. Food apart from that specified in the program. Abandon of itinerary expenses. Transfer from the hotel to the airport at the end of the expedition. Personal equipment. Personal insurance. Additional hotel nights if for reasons beyond our control (for example inclement weather, sickness, or something not already mentioned) the group or some members of the group return early, or if for whatever other reason (ex. delay in the arrival of equipment caused by airlines), a group member(s) needing extra nights of accommodation. Any expenses incurred in case of delay or lost of luggage by the airline on which you arrive to Mendoza City. In this situation you must deal with the airline the arrival of you baggage and or take care of any expenses that may require (the group will continue with the regular itinerary of this expedition). Porters to carry personal equipment. Any other service that you don't find detailed within the Included Services.
In case of the cancellation (*) of a reservation with the paid one time required deposit, Aconcagua Adventures will keep such payment as a credit for a period of two years. Exceeding this period will make the deposit non-valid.
(*) Cancellations need to be in written form and given to the organization a minimum of 30 days prior to the departure of the expedition. Cases not following this requirement will lose their deposited amount. When using the credit, the value of the expedition will be the value of the current season (in the case that there is a price difference between the original reservation).
They are all of the incurred expenses in the case that for some reason, outside of our control, the client abandons the established itinerary, among others: extra hotel nights (the programs include a certain amount of nights in a hotel in the city of Mendoza and in Penitentes and camping nights at Plaza de Mulas base camp); extra mules (the expedition includes 30kg per person during the approach and another 30 kg during the return to Horcones); transportation from the mountain to Mendoza (the expedition includes transportation for the group but not for individuals); Expenses incurred in the case of rescue and/or evacuations.
Excellent physical preparation and health, appropriate personal equipment, experience in mountaineering, camping and mental preparation for the expedition which includes endurance, perseverance and patience.
We suggest that those planning to undertake this expedition have previous experience in an expedition of at least 5,500 meters (approx. 18000 feet).
The expeditions are the product of many years of intensive work on Mount Aconcagua. Our itinerary has been successfully completed numerous times. The detailed work of the mountain guides, in addition to the logistics placed at the client's disposition, provide an excellent opportunity to reach the summit of the highest mountain in America.
The approach to base camp is achieved by a three-day hike covering the Valle de Horcones (Horcones Valley). We will remain two nights in Confluencia, intermediate camp, to ease the bodily adaptation to the elevation of Plaza de Mulas.
We will stay in the Plaza de Mulas base camp for the next five days to acclimatize ourselves appropriately and rest as necessary to embark on our ascent.
During the days in base camp it is of the utmost importance that we practice teamwork and use of the crampons.
Once on the mountain there are three upper camps. Our porters will be in charge of moving the tents to sleep, and to assist with the transportation of part of the food, cooking supplies, gas, etc. so that the client can save the necessary energy to reach the summit.
The guides, in a proportion of one to every three or four clients, will be in charge of leading the expedition and will have the group's safety as their first priority. Among those who are in charge of the expedition, there are also those who will be in charge of cooking, as well as providing a constant supply of hot water.
The expeditions also include two contingency days in case the guides determine that the conditions are not safe enough to move forward.
Includes bilingual staff (Spanish English). Camp equipped with electric energy, tables, chairs, and dishes. The camp comes equipped with its own bathroom. Free baggage storage service during the mountain expedition. BLU Radio communication with Mendoza, Penitentes and Plaza de Mulas and VHF for internal communication inside Park Aconcagua with our groups, base camps, Park Rangers and Rescue Patrol.
Includes bilingual staff (Spanish English). Camp equipped with electric energy, tables, chairs, and dishes. The camp comes equipped with its own bathroom. Free baggage storage service during the mountain expedition. BLU Radio communication with Mendoza, Penitentes and Confluencia and VHF for internal communication inside Park Aconcagua with our groups, base camps, Park Rangers and Rescue Patrol.Satellite telephone service and e-mail accessibility (the costs for these last two mentioned service are not included in the expedition cost)