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Surrounding the Stone Sentinel

The ascent through Valle de Vacas and the descent through the Normal Route is an original program that offers a complete view of the highest mountain of America , allowing you to enjoy the magnitude of the mountain and its splendor.

About the Route

The expedition is made via a route which is a combination between the Polish Route, the Ameghino Traverse, Upper Guanaco and the Normal Route. It all begins with a three day trekking through Valle de Vacas up to Plaza Argentina Base Camp. After preparing everything we will start the ascent trough the first part of the Polish Route up to Camp 1. Then we will make the traverse of Cerro Ameghino up to Camp 2. From there we will go to Camp 3 via the upper part of the Valle de Guanacos Route, and finally we get the summit by the last part of Normal Route. The descent is made via the Normal Route. This route will allow you to see a unique landscape: the magnificence of the Polish Glacier and the greatness of the Andes; and most importantly, it will allow you to have a better acclimatization and thus more chances to reach the summit. The descent by the Normal Route will take us to Plaza de Mulas, Aconcagua´s biggest Base camp. Then we will go on a trek towards Laguna de los Horcones from where you can see the different faces of Aconcagua.

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Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina. A representative of INKA Expediciones will be waiting for you at the airport. We will stay at the hotel in the city. A group meeting will follow and you will be introduced to your guides and team members.
Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room. – Transportation: Airport – Hotel in Mendoza.
After you obtain individual park entrance and ascent permits, assisted by your guide, we meet at our commercial office to finalize all the arrangements of the expedition. Later we travel to Villa de Penitentes, where we stay at a Hotel in the mountain. There we get the equipment ready for transportation to the base camp by mule.
Transportation: Mendoza – Penitentes – Accomodation: Hotel – Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
We drive you to Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua Park Entrance. We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station. Then, we head off to Pampa de Leñas by walking 4 or 5 hours, starting the 3 days approaching trekking to the base camp.
Transportation: Penitentes – Punta de Vacas –  Accommodation: Tents – Meals. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
On this day, we advance towards an intermediate camp, passing through the Quebrada de Vacas, for 6 to 7 hours. This is where we will be able to see the first sight of the Western Face of the Aconcagua. We spend our last approaching night, from Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We start trekking for 5 to 6 hours, ascending the Relincho steep slope , which takes us to Inferior Plaza Argentina. This is where we will be able to see the last native vegetation before climbing towards the glaciers, where Plaza Argentina is placed.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
At Plaza de Argentina we rest and use the day for acclimatization. This is a good opportunity to get to know the Camp, take a shower and explore the area. We get together with the guide, do a medical check up, reorganize and review the equipment, prepare the loads for transportation for the next day.
Accommodation: Tent / Dormitory Dome– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We transport in a way to keep our backpacks as light as possible and fundamentally to be able to gradually adapt to the altitude. During the load transportation to Camp 1, we reach a level of 5000 m. Then we return to Plaza Argentina.
Accommodation: Tent / Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals.
Accommodation: Tent / Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We start the ascent to Camp 1 taking the first part of the Polish Route. After a 5 to 6 hour walk on easy terrain we arrive to Camp 1 (5000 mt). We meet with the load that we brought the day before. We assemble the camp and then we load division for carrying the following day.
Accommodation: Tent – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We continue with our gradual acclimatization to altitude. During the load transportation to high camp 2, we reach a level of 5500 mt. This is a hard day, of about 6 hours of walking, where we ascend on easy terrain. Then return to Camp 1.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals. We must prepare ourselves mentally, for the final stage. We talk with our expedition mates and agree on final plans and strategies with our guides.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We start the ascent from Camp 1 to Camp 2 using the Ameghino Traverse Route. We meet with the load that we brought two days before. We assemble the camp and then we load division for carrying the following day. We rest and have dinner.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Early morning, after breakfast and after disassembling our tents, we start ascending for around 4 hs. We take the last part of the Upper Guanaco’s Valley Route. Our Camp 3 is placed at the same altitude as the Berlin refuge (from the Normal Route), strategically situated to cover from winds.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
It is the most demanding day of the expedition. We climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6.500 m. We ascend through the “Portezuelo del Viento” , climb “La Canaleta”, and the “Filo del Guanaco”, that leads us to the summit. The prize is waiting for us, a 360° view and the experience of overcoming, that you only finally understand once you reach it. At the end of this experience, we descend to Camp 3.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We have two extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit. These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
In our way back, we go from Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp, the largest camp in Aconcagua. We’ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience and enjoy the view of the west face of Aconcagua.
Accommodation: Tent / Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes. There is a private transport waiting for us to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City.
Transportation: Horcones – Penitentes – Mendoza – Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room –Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box.
We have breakfast at the hotel. Check Out and end of services.

NOTE
The proposed itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions o other forced situations that put in risk the group security. The guides have the authority to change the program according to their criteria. You can be sure the changes have two fundamental objectives. These are to maximize the security and the summit chances. And they are based on our guides knowledge and experience.

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The guides are professional, experimented and highly qualified guides, with degrees and licenses from organisms that guarantee their special training. The Provincial School for Mountain and Trekking Guides (EPGAMT), is the only school that specializes on the Aconcagua, accredited in the Argentine Association for Mountain Guides (AAGM) and members of the Professional Mountain and Trekking Guides Association  (AGPMT). Some of the guides have licences from the IFMGA.
All the transportation are according to the schedule, for the group, in private vehicle.Transport Airport – Hotel in Mendoza (18 km). Transport Mendoza-Penitentes (180 km). Transport to and from Penitentes – Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua Park Entrance (7 km). Return to Mendoza from Horcones (187 km).
City of Mendoza: Two (2) nights of lodging in a 3 *** hotel in the city of Mendoza, double or triple room, breakfast included. Penitentes: One (1) night at Mountain Hotel in Penitentes, Double or triple, half board, beverages not included. The welcome dinner, breakfast and taxes are included. Mountain Camps: All nights of the expedition at double tents or dormitory dome ( 4 or 8 persons) , Full Board.
All meals are included during the approaching, at Base Camp and high altitude camps. Meals are prepared daily by the cooks. Our diet include, among other things, fresh fruit, meat, chicken, vegetables, fresh eggs, bread and other. Our meals are energy balanced with all your body requires for the ascent. We are also are prepared to elaborate special meals, like vegetarian, celiac and other kinds.
There is permanent communication through VHF, UHF radios, Satellite Telephones, between Base Camps, mountain expeditions, Penitentes and Mendoza. This guarantees safety and organization that will lead your expedition to be a successful one. We also offer an e-mail service in Plaza de Mulas at reasonable costs.
We take your equipment (30 kg/person) from Penitentes to Plaza Argentina and then we transport 10 kg with the load of your preference from Plaza Argentina to Plaza de Mulas. Then from Plaza de Mulas we take back 30 kg to Horcones Park Entrance and then Penitentes.  Our “responsibility and confidence service” means taking your equipment on time and in perfect conditions to and from Base Camp and back to Penitentes. We own our tame mules and the carriers are experimented.
The dining domes are completely equiped with tables, chairs, dishes and electricity, to provide the highest comfort and quality services. You will be attended by our Camp Team, in charge of preparing meals and of offering an excepcional service with a friendly treatment.
We have medical kits at base camps that include all regular medicines and oximeters, oxygen tubes and hyperbaric chambers exclusively for our clients in ready to solve all kinds of problems. The guides also carry a medical kit for high camps. We have access to rangers, rescue teams, police, professionals medicine doctors and medical institutes specializing in mountain accidents, who are immediately put on alert and get ready whenever they are required by INKA Expediciones.
We provide our clients with the best mountain tents available. Also we have exclusive dormitory tents for 4 or 8 persons, with bunk beds, electric light and carpet. We have private bathroom for our clients at Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina Camps. We also offered hot water baths at convenient prices.
The porter is in charge of helping the group with the extra weight the group equipment represents. Our programmed expeditions includes the carry of double tents and common equipment. This is to avoid extra unnecessary efforts so you can preserve your energy, for the day you reach the summit. If you need a personal porter you can pay one as an additional.
Assistance in the obtainment of Aconcagua Provincial Park entrance permits. The Aconcagua is a reserved area, managed by the Government of the Province of Mendoza. To be able to enter the park one must obtain a permit, for trekking or for ascending to the summit. You will be personally assisted in this procedure at our sales office. The permit cost is not included in our services.
Facility for the deposit and care of equipment. A person in charge of the camp supervises your equipment while you ascend. Personal equipment reviews and advice for rental, if necessary
  • Aconcagua Park climbing fee (tax charged by Mendoza government, according to dates)
  • Personal equipment.
  • Rescue or other costs due to abandon of expedition.
  • Personal expenses (tips, laundry, phone, drinks, and porters or other items not specified above.)
  • Extra nights in hotel in case of early return to the city.
  • Meals in Mendoza.
  • All other services not listed as included.

Required equipment list

Light underwear.
Long underwear.
Underwear and turtleneck. Polypropylene or capilene, cotton is not recommended. Pile lining.
Jacket or sweatshirt.
Trousers with pile lining. Side zippers are recommended to guarantee comfort and ventilation.
Warm jacket. Down or thinsulate, with a hood, expedition type, it must be comfortable to wear over other clothes.
Waterproof jacket / transpirable. It must have a hood. Suggested: Gore-Tex.
Waterproof trousers / transpirable. Suggested: Gore-Tex. We recommend side zippers to guarantee comfort and ventilation.
Sun hat.
Visor and bandana or handkerchief to protect the neck area.
Balaclava . Suggested: polypropylene or capilene.
Wool or pile ski hat.
Head lamp (spare bulbs and batteries).
Glacier glasses: 100% UV, with side cobres. If you use contact lenses or glasses, we recommend you bring an extra pair. Suggested: Cebe, Julbo, Bolle and Ray Ban.
Thin gloves. Two pairs, pile or polypropylene.
Mittens. One pair, pile, down or wool.
Gore-Tex overmitts. We recommend shell palms. Suggested: Outdoor Research Expedition Modular Mitts or Wild Country Extremities.
Trekking shoes.
Double mountaineering boots. With removable linner.
Gaiters. Gore-Tex, Cordura.
Thick socks. (3 pairs) woolen or synthetic, for cold weather.
Thin socks. 2 pairs of smooth wool, nylon or polypropylene, to be worn closest to the skin. This reduces blistering.
Climbing Helmet. Compulsory use.
Ice axe: Light ice axe. The size is important: if you are 1.7 mts, use a 60 cm tool; 1.7 to 1.9 mts, use a 65 cm tool; if you are more than 1.9 mts, use a 70 cm tool.
Crampons. We recommend 12 point crampons. Not Footfangs or Simond Scorpions or Grivel Rambo.
Ski poles. One pair of telescopic or collapsible, optional.
Backpack: UIT an internal structure of, at least, 70 lts. It must have ice axe haul loops and a place to attach crampons.
Sleeping Bag: Expedition quality, of at least -18°C (0°F). A good quality down sleeping bag of 1 kg is better.
Thermal Mats: Neoprene or Therma Rest. Plate, cup and silverware: Unbreakable for high altitude camps.
Accesories: Pocket Knife: Swiss or Leatherman tool.
Water Bottle: Two one liter wide mouth water bottles, one liter thermos.
Sun screen: Sun cream and lip screen SPF 20-40.
First Aid: Personal First Aid Kit.
Personal Hygiene: pee bottle, wet towels, soap, etc.
Large duffel bag: Big enough to be able to transport all your equipment.
Safety lock.
Small duffel bag: To store excess equipment at the hotel.
Plastic bags. For pack clothes and keep dry.
Clothes for the journey.
Hygiene bag.
Photographic equipment. Optional

A private expedition is run exclusively for you, your own families or friends and also you can choose the departure date.

At INKA we have pre-set programs with the same itinerary and services of programmed expeditions.
Departure dates: you or your group choose the best date according to convenience.
Itinerary: You can choose our pre-set program (recommended) or propose one as programs. We advise you according to our experience to see if it is feasible to perform so you can reach the summit.
The group: The number of members per expedition can be from 1 to 12 people
Services: We have the best professional guides and the best infrastructure in Aconcagua. Transportation, lodging, food … no need to worry about anything … just enjoy and get ready for an unforgettable experience.

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