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Mt. Aconcagua Expedition

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. 

Aconcagua geography

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.

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. 

Aconcagua Expedition Date:

31 Jan 2021 - 19 Feb 2021 (Ex. Mendoza)

Expedition Itinerary: Read More

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

Aconcagua Itienrary

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 : 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 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
Penitentes / Confluencia (3300 m) BLD
4 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.

CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA FRANCIA (4,000m) / CONFLUENCIA BLD
5 We make our way to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (seven to nine-hour trek). CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260m) BLD
6 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.
PLAZA DE MULAS BLD
7 This is an exciting day as we climb Mt. Bonete, 5,100 m. for acclimatization.  PLAZA DE MULAS / MT. BONETE (5,100m) / PLAZA DE MULAS BLD
8 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.
PLAZA DE MULAS / CAMP 1  CANADÁ (4,910m) / PLAZA DE MULAS BLD
9 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.
PLAZA DE MULAS BLD
10 This morning we move to Camp Canadá. Team members will carry personal gear and additional
supplies.
PLAZA DE MULAS / CAMP 1 CANADÁ BLD
11 Today we move from Camp Canada to our Camp 2 “Nido de Cóndores,” where we spend three
nights resting and acclimatizing.
CAMP 1 CANADÁ/ CAMP 2 NIDO DE CÓNDORES (5,250m) BLD
12 Today is a rest day and an opportunity to further acclimatize and enjoy the comfort of our camp. CAMP 2 NIDO DE CÓNDORES BLD
13 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.
CAMP 2 NIDO DE CÓNDORES/ CAMP 3 CÓLERA (6,000m) / CAMP 2 NIDO DE CÓNDORES BLD
14 Climb to Camp 3, “Cólera.” We will carry our personal equipment and any extra gear needed for the summit attempt. CAMP 2 NIDO DE CÓNDORES / CAMP 3  CÓLERA BLD
15 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. CAMP 3 CÓLERA/ SUMMIT (6,962m) / CAMP 3 CÓLERA BLD
16 We head down to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. We will take our time moving downhill with our
climbing equipment and personal gear.
CAMP 3 CÓLERA/ PLAZA DE MULAS BLD
17 We descend to Horcones, the entrance to the Park, on the last trekking day of the expedition. PLAZA DE MULAS / HORCONES / 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 -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.

Cost: USD 4885/- (Ex Mendoza) Read More

Includes:

  • 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

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 4 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.

For payment procedure, kindly contact us on 9769302934/9822323147.

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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