Mt. Aconcagua Expedition

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

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
  • Explore two different routes of the mountain. We will climb from Polish traverse and descend via Normal route.

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!

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

Fitness Training:  Read More

One needs to train specifically for their climb of Aconcagua for at least four to six months, building up from a solid baseline of fitness. During your training, you will need to progressively ramp up your hike time, distance, and elevation gain (at roughly 10% per week) to safely and effectively build your climbing-specific conditioning.

  1. Mountaineering conditioning — pack-loaded uphill hiking, walking, and stair climbing (One has to climb with min 10 kg for group load ferry and around 20 kg for expedition movement. pack loaded uphill climbing will simulate the climbing conditions. )
  2. Strength training — for the lower body and core (The treks are long and one has to carry the load on the back. For this strength training is important. Gym, cross fit workouts will give an advantage.)
  3. Cardiovascular training — including both aerobic and anaerobic workouts without pack weight (Cardio vascular training is important as hiking, trekking involves physical exertion at extreme high altitude. The Oxygen contents are low and the air is rare. Training the lung muscles and doing breathing exercises will improve cardiovascular fitness)
  4. Flexibility training - Warm up stretching before and cool down stretching after the workout are essential training factors to keep the muscles injury free. 

Expedition Date: To be Decided (Ex. Mendoza)

Expedition Itinerary: Read More

The expedition can be conducted by two different routes: 

1 Normal Route

2 Polish Traverse Route. 

We suggest to take Polish traverse route to climb up and while descending, we will follow normal route. Thus, we will be able to explore two different routes and two different base camps of the mountain.

DAY PROGRAMME STAY MEALS
1 Arrival in Mendoza. Accommodation in 4 star hotel. Equipment arrangement, discussion with guide for the trek plan. MENDOZA (760 m) B
2  Mendoza / Penitentes-Puente del Inca: 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. Penitentes (2725 m) BLD
3 Drive to Quebrada de Vacas. Beginning of the trekking to Pampa de Leñas. Setting up of tents and resting. We will only carry your daypack, mules will carry your personal equipment. Penitentes / Pampa de Leñas (3100 m) BLD
4 Trek to Casa de Piedra.  Pampa de Leñas / Casa de Piedra (3600) BLD
5 Trek to Plaza Argentina base camp.  Casa de Piedra / Plaza Argentina Base Camp (4000 m) BLD
6 Resting day in Plaza Argentina.  Plaza Argentina Base Camp (4000 m) BLD
7 Acclimatization trek and transportation of material to Camp 1. Lunch and return to Plaza Argentina.  Base Camp (4000 m) BLD
8 Resting day in Plaza Argentina. Checking of equipment for the ascent.  Base Camp (4000 m) BLD
9 Climb to Camp 1. Setting up of tents and resting. We will have to carry our personal equipment and additional supplies if any. porters will carry the tents, garbage and first aid kits.  Camp 1 (4900 m) BLD
10 Acclimatization trek and transportation of material to Camp 2. We will have lunch and return to Camp 1  Camp 1 (4900 m) BLD
11 Climb to Camp 2. Setting up of tents and resting. Today also, we will have to carry our personal equipment and additional supplies if any. And the porters will carry the tents, garbage and first aid kits. Camp 2  (5500 m) BLD
12 Resting day in Camp 2.  Camp 2  (5500 m) BLD
13 Acclimatization trek and transportation of material to Camp 3. Lunch and return to Camp 2  Camp 2  (5500 m) BLD
14 Climb to Camp 3 by making a traverse to the Normal Route crossing the mythic base of the Polish Glacier. Load carrying will be as per the previous load ferries.  Camp 3 ( 6000 m) BLD
15 Climbing day from Camp 3 to the SUMMIT! It will be the longest and the coldest day of the expedition. After the summit, we will be using the Normal Route to return to Camp 3.  Camp 3 ( 6000 m) BLD
16 Descent from Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas base camp. While descending, we will have to carry our personal equipment and additional supplies. The porters will carry the tents, garbage and first aid kits.  Camp 3 / Plaza de Mulas base camp (Normal Route) BLD
17 Descent to Puente del Inca with just a daypack. Rest of the gear will be carried by mules. Drive to Mendoza. Stay in hotel Plaza de Mulas / Puente del Inca / Mendoza BL
18 Departure to Airport   Mendoza (760 m)
19 Extra day    BLD
20 Extra day    BLD

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 -20 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.

Cost: USD 4750/- (Ex Mendoza) Read More

Includes:

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • 2 night stay in 4 star hotel in Mendoza
  • 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, hyperbarium chamber and top-quality sleeping tents (two persons per tent)
  • Participation or Summit Certificate signed by the CEO of the company
  • At the end of the expedition you will receive an Aconcagua set as a gift.

Excludes:

  • 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

HOW TO REGISTERRead More

You can register for this trek throughout the year. The initial booking has to be done latest by 3 months of the reporting date. Following are simple steps for registration. 

Enrollment Procedure:

Step 1: Fill up Online enrollment form. (The form should be filled only once. If you have filled it already you need not to refill.)

Step 2: Download, print and fill up Medical form from a medical practitioner.

Step 3: Download Indemnity bond. Print first page of the form on 500 Rs. stamp paper, fill the form and get it notarized by a legal practitioner. (Please note that the indemnity bond should be submitted only once)

(Please note that there are separate indemnity bonds for adults and minors. In case of minors, participant has to procure a consent letter from parents. We will share the format once you register.

Document Submission:

Medical Form

Indemnity Form

Photocopy of Valid Passport

Confirmed Air ticket

We will help you regarding obtaining the Visa. The fees should be paid at actual.

Insurance 

Details of trekking, mountaineering (certificates)

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