Polish Glacier Traverse Route – Aconcagua Expedition

Always willing to improve our services every year, our team is constantly leading the change.

 

More than 100 schedule expeditions and similar amount of private expeditions, have given us unparalleled experience. Thanks to our “Know-how” our guide team applies improvements in a program that will give you greater opportunities to reach the Summit.

 

We invite you to be part of this expedition, visiting the two valleys that surround the highest mountain in America. With the help of porters and professional guides, you will discover the soul of Los Andes at each step.

 

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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 opportunity to visit both Base Camps in Mount Aconcagua.

  • An excellent opportunity to test yourself at an altitude of up 7,000m, and it is a great stepping stone for climbing the Himalaya mountains of 8,000m. 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.

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POLISH GLACIER TRAVERSE 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.

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  • DAY 1: MENDOZA (760)

    You will enjoy the comforts of one 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 2: 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 3: PENITENTES / PAMPA DE LEÑAS (3,100)

    The group will be taken to the entrance of the 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: PLAZA ARGENTINA / CAMP 1 (4,950) / PLAZA ARGENTINA

    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 Plaza Argentina. This walk will help you to get a better acclimatization. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 8: PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP

    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 9: 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 guides’ help. You will start to feel the altitude effects on your body. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 10: CAMP 1 / CAMP 2: UPPER GUANACOS (5,500) / 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 / CAMP 2: UPPER GUANACOS

    The group will climb up to the 5,500 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 12: CAMP 2

    Rest day in Camp 2 to recover your strength and continue the trip. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 13: CAMP 2 / CAMP 3 CÓLERA (6,000)

    Everybody will get up very early in the morning, you will have breakfast, and you will start ascending towards the Normal Route. On this day, each member of the group will carry -without exception- besides personal equipment, a food load for the expedition that will be 4 kg tops. Mountain equipment and sleeping tents will be carried by our porter staff.

    At Cólera Camp our campsite will be settled, strategically located for its altitude and protected from strong winds. The guide will check each member of the group and will give the last advices. Besides, he will plan the final strategy to the last climbing day in order to assure the greatest success possible in the summit. Dinner and resting. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 14: CAMP 3 / SUMMIT (6,962) / CAMP 3

    Climbing day from Cólera to the summit and return to Camp 3. This is 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 then return to Cólera. You will sleep that night with the satisfaction of having reached your aim. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 15: CAMP 3 / PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260)

    After a long trek, you will get to Plaza de Mulas 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 de Mulas, the group will have the day free to share emotions you have experienced throughout the expedition. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 16: PLAZA DE MULAS/ PUENTE DEL INCA / MENDOZA

    Descent to Puente del Inca 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 17: MENDOZA

    Breakfast. End of the services. (B)

  • DAY 18: EXTRA DAY

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

  • DAY 19: 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.


POLISH GLACIER TRAVERSE ROUTE – Prices are per person, given in US Dollars

 

Start End Price
04 – Dec – 2017 23 – Dec – 2017 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
15 – Dec – 2017 03 – Jan – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
29 – Dec – 2017 17 – Jan – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
08 – Jan – 2018 27 – Jan – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
19 – Jan – 2018 07 – Feb – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
05 – Feb – 2018 24 – Feb – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS

 

INCLUDED SERVICES

   
  HOTEL IN MENDOZA
   
  ASSISTANCE TO OBTAIN THE CLIMBING PERMIT
   
  TRANSFER MENDOZA / PENITENTES / MENDOZA
   
  MEALS
   
  LODGING IN PENITENTES
   
  ASSISTANCE FOR THE ARRANGEMENTS 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
   
  PLAZA DE MULAS BASE CAMP
   
  PORTERS FOR THE HEIGHT CAMPS
   
  OUR GUIDES
   
  EXTRA DAYS
   
  COMMUNICATION
   
  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 does not present any technical difficulty. It is not required any previous climbing experience on rock or ice.

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PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

Like in the Normal or Northeast route, 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 traverse 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.