I really enjoyed meeting you and climbing with you. Thanks for everything you did for me and the group in getting 10/11 to the top. It was an incredible experience. Take care and let's keep in touch. You will always be welcomed at our home . -Joe
Here is what Damon has to say:
Dear SummitClimb, Thanks for your concern. I was up there at Nido waiting for the wind to calm down for 2 days before the Summit attempt. I have to say that your organization is really..really well organized. As it seems like everyone was connected to know each member's status. Such small details make the trip worth while. By the way... Don't ride mules for 4.5 hours. You can't imagine what that will do to your body. I'm still in bed now...recovering. Happy New Year Damon
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All members must arrive on the first day of the scheduled itinerary and plan on staying until the last day (unless you have made special arrangements).
Please also visit our Aconcagua route description for more about what to expect on the drive from Mendoza, the trek to basecamp, during the climb itself, etcetera.
Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Argentina.back to top
Day 1 – Arrival to Mendoza – 900meter / 2,950 foot
One member of our staff will welcome you at the airport and bring you to the hotel. In the evening all expedition members will meet for dinner. Depending upon your arrival time, we will assist you to buy or rent all equipment you need. Included: Transport and hotel.
Day 2 – Permissions and drive to Penitentes – 2300meter / 7,550 foot
We will have morning meeting about logistics and all expedition aspects as well as answering any questions you might have. We will also check all your personal equipment, assist you for rentals and purchases and sort out all climbing permits so you can legally climb Aconcagua. Included: Transport, hotel and dinner.
Our luggage is carried by mules at 5am to Confluencia so we will have everything packed in the previous night. After taking breakfast at our hotel in Penitentes we’ll take a private transport to Horcones where we entry Aconcagua Provincial Park. We’ll stop for lunch at Puente del Inca and at 2pm we’ll start the 3-4 hour trek to Confluencia. Our staff will wait for us with a reception meal at our dinning tent. In the evening we will have dinner and sleep in tents. Included: Private transport, breakfast, lunch at Puente del Inca, reception meal in Confluencia and dinner.
Day 4 – Confluencia – Plaza Francia – Confluencia – 4150meter / 13,615 foot
This is one of our acclimatisation days. We’ll walk carrying a basic rucksack with water, jacket, gloves, trekking poles, sunscreen, etc. and walk very slowly to the base of the south face of Aconcagua. The views are are absolutely stunning! We might even see some avalanches falling from the souther steep slopes of Aconcagua. Included: Double tents with mattress, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 5 – Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas – 4300meter / 14,110 foot
Today is the longest day. The 18km walk to BC might take us from 5 to 8 hours. We’ll carry a very light rucksack and have lunch at the base of a huge rock named Ibañez. The landscape here is very dry so you might want to bring a good hat. At the end of the huge open valley named Horcones we will arrive to Plaza de Mulas, our basecamp. Included: Double tents with mattress, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 6 – Rest – 4300meter / 14,110 foot
Rest day at Plaza de Mulas. Depending on the state of the entire team, we can take a short walk to a nearby glacier. Included: Double tents with mattress, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 7 – Acclimatization Walk to Plaza Canada – 4900 meter / 16,050 foot
About 4 hour walk to 4900 metres (600 metre altitude gain) taking part of our personal climbing equipment. We’ll return to sleep at BC in the same day. Included: Double tents with mattress, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 8 – Rest – 4300meter / 14,110 foot
Rest day at Plaza de Mulas. We recommend you to do absolutely nothing today. Included: Double tents with mattress, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
9th – Plaza de Mulas – Plaza Canada – 4900meter / 16,050 foot
Four hour walk to Plaza Canada after a nice breakfast at BC. Included: Double tents, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 10 – Plaza Canada – Nido de Condores – 5600meter / 18,370 foot
Five hour walk to Nido de Condores, our second camp. Included: Double tents, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 11 – Rest at Nido de Condores – 5600meter / 18,370 foot
Light walks around camp to improve acclimatisation. Included: Double tents, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 12 – Nido de Condores – Colera – 5950 meter / 19, 500 foot
3 to 4 hour walk with carrying climbing equipment (wearing most of it) to Colera, our last camp at almost 6000 metres. Included: Double tents, Breakfast and lunch.
Early start to the first summit attempt (2 or 3am). We’ll hidrate as much as we can and leave camp at around 4am for the 12 hour round trip to the summit (average time) Included: Double tents and water melting
Day 14 – Colera – Plaza de Mulas – 4300meter / 14,110 foot
We’ll walk down through all camps arriving at BC at around 4pm. Included: Double tents with mattress, Breakfast, lunch and celebration dinner.
Day 15 – Plaza de Mulas, Confluencia, Mendoza – 4300m / 14,110 foot
After an 8am breakfast we’ll pack our duffels and send them to Horcones on mules and start the 8 hour walk to Horcones. On the way we’ll stop at Confluencia for food and a short break. Our private transport will wait for us at Horcones and take us to Penitentes so we can take another private transport to Mendoza. On the way we’ll stop at Uspallata for a steak dinner. Included: Breakfast, pack lunch, snack food in Confluencia, private transport, hotel and celebration steak dinner.
Day 16 – Flight out – 900meter / 2, 950 foot
You will be taken to the airport 2-3 hours before your flight. Included: breakfast and private transport.
Day 17 – Spare acclimatisation day or weather day.
** The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political / administrative problems and any other events not described.back to top