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Incredible experience: 18 days

This 18-day program was designed thinking on the proper balance between time of acclimatization and summit success. Ideal for climbers who already have a previous acclimatization or that prefers shorter programs.

About the Route

The Normal route starts with an acclimatization trekkings to Plaza Francia, and then we made the approach to Plaza de Mulas, a 40 km trek. It takes us three days to get to Plaza de Mulas. This guarantee a very good acclimatization before start the climbing of Aconcagua. Our suggested program includes two days of double equipment porting and security. When the last stage begins, we go higher and higher until we reach the summit. In the Aconcagua, sometimes the presence of a white wind makes the ascent difficult, this is what we use the security days for thus increasing the chances of reaching the summit.

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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.
We will obtain individual entrance and ascent permits. You will be personally assisted in this procedure in our commercial office. After this 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 Horcones Park, where we get our first view of the mountain. We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station. Then, we head off to Confluencia by walking 4 or 5 hours.
Transportation: Penitentes – Horcones – Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals. Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner
We’ve included this day in order to acclimatize better, and give you more chances to summit. We’ll trek for about 5 hours until we arrive to Plaza Francia, base camp of the impressive Aconcagua South Wall. This is one of the nicest points of the expedition.
Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner
After 8-9 hours hiking across “Playa Ancha” and climbing up through a very steep path, we reach Plaza de Mulas, the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park. By the end of the day, most of us will feel the altitude.
Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner
The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day and a good occasion to take a bath and explore the local terrain.
Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This is a challenging day where we gain 1.000 m. with a heavy load on easy terrain. Then we’ll return to Base Camp. It’s important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner
This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals.
Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The following morning we definite start the ascent to Aconcagua. We move to Camp 1, called “Plaza Canada”. Until now, we were working on get an optimal acclimatization. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to do summit.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camp 2, called “Nido de Condores” (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5.400 m. and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This day, we carry equipment to Camp 3 called “Camp Colera”. After carrying the equipment up, we return to Camp 2 to sleep, to give our bodies more chances to acclimatize.
Accommodation: Tents – Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We start a 4 hours walk to Camp 3, located on the North Ridge. We will prepare our tents, eat and rest, to be ready to get the summit.
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
Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp. We’ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience.
Accommodation: Tents/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.

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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-Horcones, 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 room.  Welcome dinner, breakfast and taxes are included. Beverages not 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 Puente del Inca to Plaza de Mulas (Base Camp) back and forth. 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 “arrieros” are experimented in the mountain.
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, toilettes at Confluencia Camp and letrines at Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. 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. This is to avoid extra unnecessary efforts so you can preserve your energy, for the day you reach the summit. If you need a porter to help you with your personal gear, all you need to do is ask for one.
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 offer 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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