Aconcagua Trekking Plaza Argentina
Vacas Valley in 7 days
This trek is a very nice walk, which will face you with a thrilling experience and a great encounter with nature. The trek will take you through the Vacas Valley and after three days of walking we’ll arrive to the base camp Plaza Argentina. You’ll share the exclusive world of climbers and expeditions from around the world, ready to reach the summit.
About this trekking
This seven-day trek has a medium level of difficulty. That is why it is the best option to experience a special contact with the mountain.
Nature surprises us with the contrast between the rich and colorful vegetation and the magnificence of the mountain where the cold and altitude play their part.
Plaza Argentina will give us the opportunity to share experiences with mountaineers from around the world who are ready to reach the summit. The sensation of the moment it can not be transmitted . We want you to experience by yourself. Start walking with us !.
After you have rested from your flight, we wait for you at INKA EXPEDICIONES office to finalize the arrangements and give you the needed paperwork to go to the permit office and purchase your permit to enter to Park Aconcagua and your bus ticket to Penitentes.Accommodation: Not included – Meals: Not included- Transportation: Not included
When you get to Penitentes, an Inka representative will be waiting for you. We organize the loads that will be transported by mules and spend the night in a mountain hut. –
Accommodation:Mountain Hut –Meals: Dinner
Departure from Penitentes. Transport to Punta de Vacas. Arrive to the Aconcagua Provincial Park, to the control post (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 – Trekking duration: 4 – 5 hs. – Accommodation:Double tents –Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and 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, before reaching Base Camp.Trekking duration: 6 to 7 hours – Accommodation: Double 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. Trekking duration: 5 to 6 hours. – Accommodation: Double tents / Dormitory Dome – Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
This day is a rest day and a good occasion to explore the local terrain. We will walk on Plaza Argentina surroundings, always with an incredible view of Aconcagua´s East Face. Plaza Argentina is where hundred of expedition begins the expedition to the summit, so you can talk and share experiences with people of all around the world.Accommodation: Double tents / Dormitory Dome Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
We start the descent from Plaza Argentina to Pampa de Leñas. Our equipment will be carried by mules, so we’ll just take a light backpack. Once we arrive to Pampa de Leñas we’ll prepare our sleeping tents and enjoy the view and this peaceful place. Accommodation: Double tents – Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Box –Dinner.
We will descend to Punta de Vacas. We’ll get to Punta de Vacas, do the check out at the Ranger Station. Our private van will be waiting for us to transport us back to Penitentes. End of our services.Accommodation: Not included – Meals: Breakfast (Not included: Lunch – Dinner). Transportation: Transfer Punta de Vacas / Penitentes – (Not included: Mendoza – Penitentes)
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, to maximize the security based on his knowledge and experience.
We will get in touch with professional, experimented and highly qualified guides, with degrees and licenses from organisms that guarantee their special training, graduates from th Provincial School for Mountain and Trekking Guides (EPGAMT), 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 (AGPMT). Some of the guides have licences from the UIGAM.
Transport in a private vehicle to and from Penitentes – Punta de Vacas in a private vehicle. We take you from our office in Penitentes to the entrance of Aconcagua Park, to start the trekking.
Mules for common equipment transportation from Penitentes to Plaza Argentina back and forth. It means you won’t have to carry any tents or extra weight besides your personal gear. We own tame mules and the carriers are experienced, they know and handle their work with these animals, through family tradition. We also include 15 kg/person from Penitentes to Plaza Argentina for personal equipment.
Pampa de Leñas y Casa de Piedras: All nights of the trekking at double tents, Full Board. Plaza Argentina: All nights of the trekking at double tents or in Dormitory Dome, Full Board.
All meals are included during the trekking. Meals are prepared daily by the cooks. Our diet include, among other things, fresh fruit, meat, chicken, vegetables, fresh eggs, bread and argentine wine. 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 Camps, groups, Penitentes and Mendoza. This guarantees safety and organization that will lead our trekking to be a successful one.
The dining domes are available only at Plaza Argentina. They 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, a friendly treatment.
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. We also offered hot water baths at convenient prices.
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 Entrance Permit fee.
- Personal equipment (please check the required equipment in this file).
- Rescue costs or other costs due to the abandonment of the expedition. (Riding mule, pack mule, individual transfers, helicopter flight, extra nights, meals, extra costs for changes in your flight ticket, personal porter service, etc. – It is recommended to take out insurance to cover these expenses).
- Extra nights in hotel in case of early return to the city.
- Personal expenses (tips, laundry, phone, drinks, and mule service to transport equipment)
- Transfer in / out Mendoza – Penitentes.
- Travel and Medical insurance.
- Accommodation, meals and Drinks not specified in the itinerary. E.g.: Lunches and Dinners in Mendoza/ Penitentes.
- Transport in / out Hotel- Airport.
- Any other service not mentioned as included.
Required equipment list
Light Weight Underwear.
Long Underwear, Tops and bottoms. (Polypropylene or Capilene) cotton blends are not acceptable.
Fleece Jacket: Mid-weight.
Long sleeve t-shirts
Jacket: Waterproof/ breathable.
Good storm-proof mountain jacket with attached hood. We suggested: Gore-Tex.
Duvet vest or jacketShorts (optional)
Sun hat: Sun hat with good visor and white bandana for protecting neck.
Head lamp (optional).
Beanie (with interior fleece lining)
Synthetic gloves: 1 pair light weight (pile or polypropylene) -inner gloves + fleece gloves-.
Warm Gloves with WindWall fleece at exterior to block winter’s raw winds.
Light hiking boots or trekking shoes.
Wool socks. (3 pairs)Liner socks.
2 pair of smooth wool, nylon or polypropylene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots.
Sandals (footwear to rest, to move confortably through the camp).
One pair of telescopic or collapsible poles, optional.
Backpack: 75 liters.
Daypack: Optional but recommended.
Sleeping bag: from -10 º C / -20 º C.
Water bottle: Two (2) one-liter water bottle.
Sun screen: SPF 30 minimum.
Lip screen: SPF 30.
Personal first aid kit. Headache pills, injuries kit, personal medication, etc.
Personal Hygiene: Wet towels, soap, etc.
Plastic bags. For pack clothes and keep dry.
Photographic equipment. Optional
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A private trekking 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 trekkings.
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 your goal.
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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