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About Mt. Aconcagua

Mt. Aconcagua (6962 m)! Highest mountain of the South America Continent and second highest of the seven summits after Mt. Everest!!

Aconcagua’s name translates from the Quechua word “Akon-Kahuak,” which means Stone Sentinel. The mountain lives up to this reputation as it towers over the heart of the Andes on the border between Chile and Argentina. The surrounding lowlands rise up to 4,000 meters and provide beautiful desert landscapes with a diversity of flora and fauna.
At Aconcagua, we use “Normal Route”, which is the most commonly climbed route on Aconcagua. This route has a more direct ascent with shorter distances and times between camps, three to four hours. During the climb, we spend eight of sixteen nights on the mountain in the comfort of our well-equipped Base Camps at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas.

 

Expedition Highlights:

  • Highest trekking mountain on the Earth
  • Highest mountain of South America and one of the seven summits
  • Explore the famous Aconcagua national park as you trek to the basecamp

Everyone who is in a good fitness regime and has some experience of high altitude trekking or climbing can participate in this expedition. GGIM welcomes all the adventure enthusiasts to join this expedition and climb to the top of South America! GGIM conducts seven summits expeditions other than Aconcagua. We recommend to climb Mt. Elbrus (Europe’s highest) & Mt. Kilimanjaro ( Africa’s highest) mountains before attempting on Aconcagua.

A word of caution:

Climbers of Aconcagua often struggle with low humidity, low oxygen and fierce winds. The altitude is extreme and if proper preparations are not undertaken, one can possibly get in trouble due to High Altitude Sickness. But if one trains well in advance, do thorough preparation regarding clothing, equipment and general awareness of individual health, then climbing Aconcagua shall be one memorable journey in Andes range.

GGIM team will guide you throughout the expedition right from the day you decide to participate. Our main focus shall always be

  1. Success with safety
  2. Guidance and personal care with each member
  3. Strong Logistics Support
  4. If the group size is large (6 or more), we will send Giripremi‘s able mountaineer as an additional support.

GGIM will conduct expedition via normal route which does not involve any technical difficulty.

Please note:

  1. Extra days are planned only in case of the bad weather conditions. If the expedition is over within 18 days, team will travel back to Mendoza and for subsequent days, members will have to arrange their food and accommodation accordingly. (Generally in such cases, participants explore Mendoza and nearby places)
  2. During the trek, all will have to do load ferries to intermediate camps. The weight of a pack can be between 10 -15 kg depending upon the day and the load. So the participants must train accordingly. In case if anyone needs a special porter, please let us know in advance.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival at Mendoza (760 m)

Arrival in Mendoza. Accommodation in 4 star hotel. Equipment arrangement, discussion with guide for the trek plan. (Meals - B)

Day 2

Mendoza to Penitentes (2725 m)

Mendoza / Penitentes : Travel to Penitentes by road. It's around 3 hrs journey. Accommodation in lodge and preparation for the trek next day. This day, we will also procure our permits from the national park. (Meals - BLD)

Day 3

Penitentes to Confluencia Camp (३३०० M)

After breakfast we will take a short drive to the entrance of the park in a private van. Permits will be presented as we start our 3.5-hour trek to Confluencia Camp. (Meals - BLD)

Day 4

Confluencia to Plaza Francia (4,000m) and back to Confluencia

Today we trek to Plaza Francia and back to Confluencia. At Plaza Francia, we will eat lunch and be able to view the spectacular South Face of Aconcagua while further acclimating. (Meals - BLD)

Day 5

Confluencia to Plaza De Mulas (4260 m)

We make our way to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (seven to nine-hour trek) (Meals - BLD)

Day 6

Rest day at Plaza De Mulas

Rest day. This will be a leisure day starting with a healthy breakfast and then a nice walk in the surrounding area, which has many stunning vistas. (Meals - BLD)

Day 7

Climb Mt. Bonete (5100 m) and back to Plaza De Mulas

This is an exciting day as we climb Mt. Bonete, 5,100 m for acclimatization. (Meals - BLD)

Day 8

Plaza De Mulas to Camp 1 / Camp Canada (4,910 m) and back to Plaza De Mulas

Acclimatization trek to Camp 1, known as “Camp Canadá.” Team members will carry food, fuel, and other supplies to be used in our camps higher on the mountain. (Meals - BLD)

Day 9

Rest and Preparation day

Rest and acclimatization day. Everyone will make sure that their equipment is ready and we are well-rested to make the move to a camp higher up the mountain. (Meals - BLD)

Day 10

Plaza De Mulas to Camp Canada / Camp 1 (4,910 m)

This morning we move to Camp Canadá. Team members will carry personal gear and additional supplies. (Meals - BLD)

Day 11

Camp 1 to Camp 2 / Camp NIDO DE CÓNDORES (5250 m)

Today we move from Camp Canada to our Camp 2 “Nido de Cóndores,” where we spend three nights resting and acclimatizing. (Meals - BLD)

Day 12

Rest Day at Camp 2 / -Nido de Cóndores

Today is a rest day and an opportunity to further acclimatize and enjoy the comfort of our camp. (Meals - BLD)

Day 13

Camp 2 (NIDO DE CÓNDORES) to Camp 3 (CÓLERA) (6,000m) and back to Camp 2 (NIDO DE CÓNDORES)

Carry to High Camp, “Camp Cólera.” All climbers will carry expedition food, fuel and some camp equipment that we will need in Cólera and for our summit attempt. (Meals - BLD)

Day 14

Camp 2 (NIDO DE CÓNDORES) to Camp (6000 m) 3 (CÓLERA)

Climb to Camp 3, “Cólera.” We will carry our personal equipment and any extra gear needed for the summit attempt. (Meals - BLD)

Day 15

Summit Mt. ACONCAGUA and back to Camp 3 ( CÓLERA)

Climb from Cólera to the summit and return to Camp 3. We will wake up early in the morning and dress for our summit attempt. Guides will serve hot drinks and a quick breakfast. They will let us know what time to leave our tents so we all rise together and start moving toward the summit. Total time for coming back to camp 3 would be 10-12 hrs. (Meals - BLD)

Day 16

Camp 3 (CÓLERA) to Plaza de Mulas

We head down to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. We will take our time moving downhill with our climbing equipment and personal gear. (Meals - BLD)

Day 17

Plaza De Mulas to Horcones

We descend to Horcones, the entrance to the Park, on the last trekking day of the expedition. (Meals - BL)

Day 18

Departure from Mendoza

Departure to Mendoza Airport from Horcones.

Day 19

Extra day

(Meals - BLD)

Day 20

Extra day

(Meals - BLD)
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • 2 night stay in 4 star hotel in Mendoza (1 day before and 1 day after the expedition)
  • Experienced local guides; porters during expedition
  • Transport arrangements as mentioned in itinerary
  • Assistance in Climbing Permit procurement
  • Assistance in Visa procurement
  • Equipment rental assistance
  • Well trained first aid repsonders
  • Assistance in Emergency evacuation
  • Base Camps with permanent active attention and communications, top-quality sleeping tents (two persons per tent)
  • Participation or Summit Certificate
  • Travel upto Mendoza
  • Visa and Climbing Permit Fees
  • Equipment rent
  • Medical evacuation expenses if any
  • Expenses emerging from abandoning the expedition
  • Personal equipment
  • Insurance cover
  • Private porter if hired
  • Any other personal expenses

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