POLISH GLACIER ROUTE EXPEDITION  – CLIMB ACONCAGUA

In order you can reach the highest Summit in America, our professional team works hard to provide the maximum safety in the mountains with the best acclimatization.

Mount Aconcagua (6,962m) is the highest mountain in the West, the highest apart from the Himalaya, and the second highest summit in the circuit of the seven summits. Its difficulty lies in its high altitude and the low temperatures.

 

You have the possibility of having a spot in our expedition and enjoying the unforgettable experience.

 

ITINERARY | SERVICES | DIFFICULTY

TESTIMONIALS

I have been cooperating with Aconcagua Mountain Guides since I arranged my first commercial expeditions to Aconcagua in 2008. I can highly recommend them as they deliver extremely high standard of logistic support in all aspects of the expeditions. Me and my guides know that we don’t need to worry about anything when Aconcagua Mountain Guides takes care of all the details regarding equipment, transport, Base Camp services and local guides.

Jarle Tra Expedition organizer, Norway

THE BEST OF THE EXPEDITION

  • A program that gives you the opportunity to succeed.

     

  • The chance to know the Aconcagua Mountain taking one of the most technical routes.

  • The Aconcagua Mountain is the highest mountain in America and it is part of “The 7 Summits Circuit”. This consists in climbing the highest mountain in each continent. It is a great stepping stone for climbing the Himalaya Mountains at 8,000m.  

  • COMPLETE ITINERARY
  • INCLUDED SERVICES
  • DIFFICULTY

POLISH GLACIER ROUTE – ITINERARY – Heights in meters

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT

CHANGING OUR MODERN LIFESTYLE FOR AN ADVENTURE REQUIRES IMAGINATION AND ENERGY. BEING MENTALLY PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE DIFFICULTIES AND INCONVENIENCES WILL BE THE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS.

  • DAY 01: MENDOZA (760)

    You will enjoy the comforts of the best hotels in Mendoza city. On this day our guide will check your mountain equipment and accompany you to hire the necessary things. (Food is not included)

  • DAY 02: MENDOZA / PENITENTES (2,725)

    Before going to Penitentes, the whole group will apply for the climbing permit with the guides’ assistance. You will have lunch and spend the night in Penitentes. In the afternoon, the mules will be loaded and prepared for the following day. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 03: PENITENTES / PAMPA DE LEÑAS (3,100)

    The group will be taken to the entrance of Aconcagua Provincial Park in a private van and you will start with the trek to Pampa de Leñas Camp. The equipment will be carried by mules. At arrival, you will set up tents and you will be able to rest. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 04: PAMPA DE LEÑAS / CASA DE PIEDRA (3,600)

    After breakfast and pitching the tents, you will walk to Casa de Piedra. This trek lasts 6 hours. Like in the previous day, the tents will be set up and you will be able to rest waiting for dinner to be ready. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 05: CASA DE PIEDRA / PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP (4,000)

    The trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp lasts 6 hours. You will stay in our own campsite, with the necessary comforts so as your staying in our camp, is as nice as possible. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 06: PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP

    You will be able to rest during the whole day or just go sightseeing around the area, and contemplate the beauty of the mountain. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 07: PLAZA ARGENTINA / CAMP 1 (4,950) / PLAZA AGENTINA

    You will take to Camp 1 part of the food that you will need in the height camps (each member of the group will carry -without exception- food load for the expedition that will be 10 kg tops). Once at Camp 1, you will enjoy your packed-lunch and then return to the Plaza Argentina. This walk will help you to get a better acclimatization. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 08: PLAZA ARGENTINA

    Resting and acclimatization day in Plaza Argentina. On this day, you will make sure that your equipment is ready and you will rest so as to be strong enough for the next days that demand more effort.  (B, L, D)

  • DAY 09: PLAZA ARGENTINA / CAMP 1

    After a 4-hour trek, you will reach Camp 1. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment only. Mountain equipment and sleeping tents will be carried by our porter staff. On the way, the group will have lunch and once you arrive, you will set up the tents with the guide`s help. You will start to feel the altitude effects on your body. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 10: CAMP 1 / CAMP 2 (5,800) / CAMP 1

    On this day, part of the expedition food that will be needed at the height camps will be carried by each participant on the expedition (each member of the group will carry –without exception- food load for the expedition that will be 10 kg tops). Once at camp 2, you will enjoy your lunch so as to return later to Camp 1. This trek will continue helping with your acclimatization process. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 11: CAMP 1

    Rest day in Camp 1 to recover your strength and continue the trip. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 12: CAMP 1 / CAMP 2

    The group will climb up to the 5,800 m to install there, Camp 2. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment only. Mountain and sleeping tents will be carried by our porter staff. The tents will be pitched, and the team will be able to rest and recover for the following day. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 13: CAMP 2

    Rest day in Camp 2 to recover strength to the summit day. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 14: CAMP 2 / SUMMIT (6,962) / CAMP 2

    Climb from Camp 2 to the summit by the POLISH GLACIER ROUTE, and return to Camp 2. The great day!

    The group will get up very early in the morning, have breakfast and start climbing. You will get to the summit, where you will live an unforgettable experience, and return to Camp 2. You will sleep that night with the satisfaction of having reached your aim. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 15: CAMP 2 / PLAZA ARGENTINA

    After a long trek, you will get to Plaza Argentina Base Camp. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment only. Mountain equipment and sleeping tents will be carried by our porter staff. Once in Plaza Argentina, the group will have the day free to share emotions you have experienced throughout the expedition. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 16: PLAZA ARGENTINA / PAMPA DE LEÑAS

    This day the group returns from Plaza Argentina to Pampa de Leñas. The loads will be transported by mules. Arriving at Pampa de Leñas the tents will be set and rest. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 17: PAMPA DE LEÑAS / PUNTA DE VACAS / MENDOZA

    Descent to Punta de Vacas and last effort in the expedition. Your belongings will be carried by mules so you will only take a light backpack with a jacket and your packed lunch. You will return to Mendoza city. You will surely reflect upon this experience and enjoy the last day in this beautiful city called “La Tierra del Sol y del Buen Vino” (The Land of the Sun and Good Wine). (B, PL)

  • DAY 18: MENDOZA

    Breakfast. End of services. (B)

  • DAY 19: EXTRA DAY

    Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.

  • DAY 20: EXTRA DAY

    Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.

  • NOTE:

    THE ABOVE ITINERARY IS INTENDED AS A GUIDELINE ONLY. ALTHOUGH EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ADHERE TO IT, CHANGES MAY BE CAUSED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, TRANSPORT FAILURE OR OTHER UNFORESEEN EVENTS. PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE IF NECESSARY.

    PLEASE, READ VERY CAREFULLY OUR GENERAL OPERATION CONDITIONS. THIS MUST BE SIGNED BEFORE STARTING THE JOURNEY. BY SIGNING IT, YOU ACCEPT OUR GUIDE’S AUTHORITY DURING THE WHOLE EXPEDITION.

INCLUDED SERVICES

   
  HOTEL IN MENDOZA
   
  ASSISTANCE TO OBTAIN THE CLIMBING PERMIT
   
  TRANSFER MENDOZA / PENITENTES / MENDOZA
   
  MEALS
   
  LODGING IN PENITENTES
   
  ASSISTANCE FOR THE ARRANGEMENT OF LOADS TO BE TRANSPORTED BY MULES
   
  MULES
   
  TRANSFER TO THE ACONCAGUA TRAILHEAD
   
  CAMP IN PAMPA DE LEÑAS AND CASA DE PIEDRA
   
  PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP
   
  PORTERS FOR THE HEIGHT CAMPS
   
  OUR GUIDES
   
  EXTRA DAYS
   
  COMMUNICATIONS
   
  TENTS
   
  GIFTS

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES

   
  ENTRY PERMIT TO ACONCAGUA PARK
   
  DRINKS AND OTHER PERSONAL COSTS NOT MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY
   
  EXPENSES FOR GIVING UP THE EXPEDITION
   
  SLEEPING BAG AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
   
  PERSONAL INSURANCE
   
  PORTERS FOR PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
   
  TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE HOTEL
   
  PROBLEMS WITH YOUR LUGGAGE (LOSS OR DELAY DURING THE FLIGHT)

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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY

This route presents a moderate technical difficulty. There are some requirements that you should take into account, since at its last section, the slope is more than 75 degrees and the climbing is through a glacier. It is very important to be prepared not only technically, but also physically. From the technical point of view, you should have climbed some glaciers with similar slopes or some mountains with similar characteristics to Mount Aconcagua.

The correct use of the tools to climb in ice and security systems is a vital requirement to get the summit in a successful way without unnecessary risks and to enjoy the beauty of this mystic glacier.

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PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

The process of acclimatization is really important in order to succeed in reaching the summit. As this is a very important factor in any of our expeditions, the only previous requirement would be to follow a training program that is adapted to the activity that you are going to do. The rest of the program is planned to guarantee your enjoyment and get you to know one of the most beautiful route in the Aconcagua Mountain.

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OTHER TYPES OF DIFFICULTIES

The biggest problem you may have to face on your expedition is the altitude effects on your body. This can be overcome with a previous training and a correct acclimatization (this aspect is covered in all our programs). Another difficulty is the low temperatures in the mountain; such effects are reduced with a high-quality clothing and equipment.