Mount Aconcagua, Argentina (6,962m)


Stand on the highest peak of the Southern Hemisphere and observe the magnificence of The Andes with Cherie Horne Adventure Trekking.

This impressive expedition offers a personalised client focused service that’s ensures first and foremost safety of the mountain followed by a memorable high altitude mountaineering journey that is tailored exclusively towards giving you the greatest opportunity at succeeding on this high Andean peak called Mount Aconcagua.

Mount Aconcagua rises 6,962m above sea level and is the second highest mountain of the Seven Summits Circuit (highest mountains in each continent of the world) outside of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. This eminent wedge-shaped, “Stone Sentinel” is located in Western Argentina and lies in the heart of the Central Andes. The extreme cold, stormy white winds and high altitude makes this mountain a serious undertaking and is ideal for those wishing to experience a true high altitude mountaineering adventure. Despite being non-technical in nature Aconcagua is frequently used as a preparation climb for the big mountains of the Himalayas.

The “Normal Route” we trek along follows the Northwest Wall that we have assigned up to seventeen days on the mountain to reach our summit goal and conclude the journey. During this climb we will encounter a combination of extreme high altitude, volatile weather and the need to complete up to twelve hours of sustained climbing on summit day that ensures both a challenging and rewarding expedition.

My customised journey includes extended acclimatisation days along with two summit reserve days. We are so careful with acclimatisation logistics during the entire expedition and believe the ascent of the mountain should be made in the most favourable, gratifying and safe way.

Our approach to Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas covers a distance of approximately 40 km that will take us three days to reach. Prior to this we will make an acclimatisation trek to Plaza Francia, the Base Camp of the monumental Southern Wall. To ensure better physiological adaptations to the altitude and to enjoy a unique view of Aconcagua we will embark on a scenic acclimatisation trek to the neighbouring Mount Bonete that rises 5,100m above sea level. Following that scenic day hike we then commence the gradual climb to the summit of Mount Aconcagua by strategically establishing three higher altitude camps via the “Normal non-technical Route”.

Our carefully structured itinerary is programmed for two days of carrying and caching equipment and food. This important logistical technique leads into the final pre-summit stage. The supreme climatic phase will see us climb higher and higher until we reach the almighty summit of Mount Aconcagua, the “Roof of South America”.

If you desire the ultimate mountaineering challenge and want to conquer one of the much sought after “Seven Summits” of the world set yourself the goal to climb Mountain Aconcagua with Cherie Horne Adventure Trekking.

My highly qualified guides combine with me to offer you an experience that is meticulously structured, purely captivating and totally unforgettable. We believe our itinerary offers the most advantageous acclimatisation strategy and tactical climbing route for maximum enjoyment and overall team success.

Mount Aconcagua is waiting for you!

Day To Day Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrival at Mendoza International Airport and transfer to Hotel (760m)
Transportation:
Airport – Hotel in Mendoza
Accommodation:
Hotel -Twin share room
Meals:
Not included


Day 2:
Mendoza (760m) to Penitentes (2,720m)
Transportation:
Mendoza – Penitentes
Drive Time: 2-3 hours
Accommodation:
Hotel – Twin share room
Meals:
Breakfast/Dinner


Day 3:
Penitentes (2,720m) drive to Horcones (2,950m) trek to Camp Confluencia (3,390m)
Transportation:
Penitentes – Horcones
Drive Time: 1 hour
Trekking Time:
4-5 hours
Accommodation:
Double Tents / Dormitory Dome
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch Box /Dinner


Day 4:
Camp Confluencia (3,390m) to Plaza Francia (4,200m) return to Camp Confluencia (3,390m)
Trekking Time:
6-7 hours return (ascent and descent)
Accommodation:
Double Tents / Dormitory Dome
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch Box/ Dinner


Day 5:
Camp Confluencia (3,390m) to Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas – (4,250m)
Trekking Time:
8-9 hours
Accommodation:
Double Tents / Dormitory Dome
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch Box/ Dinner


Day 6:
Rest Day at Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m)
Trekking Time:
Rest
Accommodation:
Double Tents / Dormitory Dome
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


Day 7:
Acclimatisation Day and Ascent of Mt. Bonete
Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m) climb to Mt. Bonete (5,100m) return to Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m)
Trekking Time:
6-7 hours return (ascent and descent)
Accommodation:
Double Tents / Dormitory Dome
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch Box/ Dinner

Day 8:
Rest Day at Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m)
Trekking Time: Rest
Accommodation:
Double Tents / Dormitory Dome
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9:
Carry and Cache of Equipment to Camp 1 – Plaza Canada
Plaza de Mulas (4,250m) to Camp 1 – Plaza Canada (5,050m) return to Plaza de Mulas (4,250m)
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours return (ascent and descent)
Accommodation:
Double Tents / Dormitory Dome
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 10:
Rest Day at Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m)
Trekking Time: Rest
Accommodation:
Double Tents / Dormitory Dome
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 11:
Ascent to Camp 1 – Plaza Canada
Base camp – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m) to Camp 1 – Plaza Canada (5,050m)
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
Accommodation: Double Tents
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12:
Ascent to Camp 2 – Nido de Condores
Camp 1 – Plaza Canada (5,050m) to Camp 2 – Nido de Condores (5,560m)
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Double Tents
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 13:
Carry and Cache Equipment to Camp 3 – Plaza Colera
Camp 2 – Nido de Condores (5,560m) to Camp 3 – Plaza Colera (6,000m) return to Camp 2 – Nido de Condores  (5,560m)
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours return (ascent and descent)
Accommodation: Double Tents
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 14:
Ascent to Camp 3 – Plaza Colera
Camp 2 – Nido de Condores (5,560m) to Camp 3 – Plaza Colera (6,000m)
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Double Tents
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 15:
Summit Day
Camp 3 – Plaza Colera (6,000m) to Aconcagua Summit (6,961m) return to Camp 3 – Plaza Colera (6,000m)
Trekking Time: 8-12 hours return (ascent to the summit and the descent to Camp 3)
Accommodation: Double Tents
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 16:
Reserve Summit Day #1
Accommodation: Double Tents
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 17:
Reserve Summit Day #2
Accommodation: Double Tents
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 18:
Descend to Plaza de Mulas
Camp 3 – Plaza Colera (6,000m) to Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m)
Trekking Time: 8-9 hours
Accommodation: Double Tents
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 19:
Descend to Penitentes and transport back to Mendoza
Base camp – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m) to Horcones (2,950m) drive to Penitentes (2,720m)
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours
Transportation: Horcones – Penitentes – Mendoza
Accommodation: Hotel – Twin share room
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch Box

Day 20:
Depart Mendoza and transfer to International Airport. End of expedition
Transportation: Mendoza – Airport
Meals: Breakfast

* Itinerary subject to change
* Detailed trek itinerary and information (clothing & equipment list; medical information; FAQ’s) issued upon booking
* Single room/tent supplement available at additional cost of $800.00 USD. (This needs to be requested at the time of booking). 

Expedition Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure transfers from International flights.
  • 4 star accommodation in Mendoza on a twin share basis. (Day 1: Bed. Day: 2-Bed/Breakfast/Dinner. Day 19: Bed. Day 20: Breakfast).
  • Highest quality expedition camping tent accommodation during expedition including toilet at Base Camp -Plaza de Mulas.
  • Unlimited breakfast, lunch and dinner during climbing expedition.
  • Unlimited hot drinks at each meal.
  • Boiled or filtered drinking water per day while trekking.
  • Welcome dinner in Penitentes.
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending point of trek.
  • Cherie Horne Trekking Adventures (CHAT) duffle bag.
  • Corporate discounts for expedition clothing & equipment from Kathmandu.
  • Professional and highly experienced local climbing co-guide & assistant guides to accompany Cherie during the expedition who are well trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Porters to assist in carrying group equipment to camps.
  • Mules to carry personal gear (30kg per person) from Penitentes to Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas back and forth.
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit (excluding personal prescription medication).
  • Gamow Bag/PAC, Supplementary Oxygen & Pulse Oximeters.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service. (You are responsible for mandatory personal travel insurance to cover this contingency).

Expedition Exclusions:

  • International airfares to Mendoza and airport taxes.
  • Aconcagua Park Entrance and Climbing Permit fee (approx. US$850.00). This Tax is charged by the Mendoza government, according to the selected route, dates, nationality and the assistance of authorised company. Permit fees are payable in Argentine Pesos at the National Park Service office in Mendoza prior to departing for Penitentes. We will obtain permits for each climber on Day 2 of the itinerary. *Permit fees are subject to change.
  • Travel/Medical and Emergency Helicopter Rescue/Evacuation insurance). This is a mandatory requirement to be accepted on the expedition.
  • Excess personal expedition clothing and equipment fees over the 30kg limit per person.
  • Visa fees (if applicable depending on your nationality).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Personal Porter Service (additional fees apply).
  • Personal Campsite assistant (to erect and take down tent).
  • 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 you) 
    Personal expenses (tips, laundry, phone, drinks, satellite phone, internet access, showers and personal porters).
  • Extra nights at hotel in case of early return to Mendoza or in case you don’t want to use the “Reserve Summit Days” and decide to come back to Mendoza rather than stay on the mountain at Base Camp – Plaza de Mulas.
  • Transfer out of Penitentes to Mendoza in case of early returning or abandon the expedition.
  • Meals and Drinks not specified in the itinerary (Lunches and dinners in Mendoza or Uspallata).
  • Any other service not specifically mentioned as included on this list.
  • Single room/tent supplements (additional cost of $800.00 USD per person. This must be requested at the time of booking).
  • Hot shower and battery charges during the expedition.
  • Drinks (carbonated and alcoholic).
  • Tips for Cherie’s co-guides, porters and expedition camping crew (highly expected).
  • Pre-Trek Simulated Altitude & Group Training program (optional extra).

All registered climbers will receive a comprehensive Aconcagua climbing itinerary and full expedition information including clothing & equipment list; medical & dietary information; weather facts; training requirements; accommodation details etc. upon expedition registration.

 


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