TREK ACONCAGUA

7 DAY TREK ACONCAGUA OVERVIEW

On our seven day Aconcagua trek, you’ll hike under the shadow of Aconcagua’s legendary South Face and climbing Mt. Bonete, a 5100 meter peak, with excellent views of Aconcagua and the surrounding high Andes mountains is an awesome experience for those of us enthralled by great mountain environs. Though this trek requires no prior experience, it is a true chance to hike beneath the tallest mountain in the Americas and immerse yourself in a true mountain experience.

Highlights:

BASE CAMP ACCOMODATIONS
When trekking Aconcagua, both our base camps at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas are surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas and are well established and fully equipped. Professional chefs serve you three meals a day in comfortable dining tents and we have a range of additional amenities such as showers, wi-fi. See inclusions for camp details.

TREKKING TO PLAZA FRANCIA
Along the way we visit the viewpoint of Plaza Francia, and the mythical South Face of Aconcagua. This is the tallest and steepest face on the mountain, with glaciers and rock walls almost 3000 meters tall.

SUMMITTING MT. BONETE, 5100M
On day six of our Aconcagua trek we summit a 5100 meter trekking peak with excellent views of the West and North Face of Aconcagua along with a vast array of other large Andes Peaks.

ITINERARY

DAY BEFORE TREK BEGINS
Prior to the beginning of each Aconcagua trek, all participants will meet their Lead Guide and have a thorough gear check. Your guide will outline the trekking plan so everyone is ready to begin the next morning. We will also assist you with renting gear if needed.

DAY 1: MENDOZA / PENITENTES (2,725M)
Before heading to Penitentes (our trek starting point), guides will assist the whole group in obtaining a trekking permit. We then drive by private van 4+ hours to Penitentes. Along the way we will have lunch and view amazing scenery as we ascend into the Andes Mountains. That afternoon, the mule loads are prepared for the following morning when we will begin our trek. We spend the night in Penitentes. (L, D)

DAY 2: PENITENTES / CONFLUENCIA (3,300M)
After breakfast a private van will transport the group to the entrance of the Park where we begin our trek to Confluencia Camp. Mules will carry our equipment. At the entrance of the Park we visit the Park Headquarters which has several exhibits of Aconcagua’s flora and fauna as well as a climbing history of the mountain. Our trek takes around 3-4 hours and upon arrival we are greeted by our friendly Confluencia Camp staff and they will provided a reception snack of salami, cheese and drinks. You will have the option to relax, hike around camp (there are amazing views), or take a shower and then enjoy a lovely dinner. (B, PL, D)

DAY 3: CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA FRANCIA (4,000M) / CONFLUENCIA
On this day we will trek to Plaza Francia Base below the South Face of Mount Aconcagua. The group will enjoy a delicious packed lunch and spectacular views of the 3000m glaciated South Face. It is a true wonder! This day trip also helps us acclimatize before trekking to Plaza de Mulas. (B, PL, D)

DAY 4: CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260M)
A long and exciting trek, crossing rivers and ascending mountain terrain up the Horcones Superior Valley to our highest Base Camp known as Plaza De Mulas, (PM). Our base camp is equipped with wi-fi, showers and even dormitory tents if you desire. We will have a reception snack upon arrival followed by a large dinner to refuel us from the long day of Trekking, (8 to 9 hours). (B, PL, D)

DAY 5: PLAZA DE MULAS
Free day to rest from the long trek and prepare for tomorrow’s summit attempt of Mt. Bonete. You will also have the opportunity to meet climbers preparing to summit Aconcagua and an optional short trek in the surrounding area. This is a fun day to rest and explore. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: SUMMIT MT. BONETE (5100M)
We begin our climb after breakfast and traverse across a glacier moraine to the base of Mt. Bonete. From here we follow switch backs (trails that cross back and forth across the mountain), up to the summit ridge. As we go higher the West Face of Aconcagua stands before us along with dozens of other Andes peaks. We can also see climbers ascending the climbing route towards the summit of Aconcagua. On the summit of Mt. Bonete we take time to photograph and enjoy the views and our summit accomplishment.

DAY 7: PLAZA DE MULAS / HORCONES / MENDOZA
Descent to Horcones, (entrance of the Park). We take our time on the final day of trekking. Mules will carry your gear, so you will only take a light backpack with extra clothing, water and your packed lunch. When we reach the entrance of the Park our van will pick you up and you will stop by our depot at Los Puquios, a few miles away, to pick up any gear you may have stored. You will visit with our Arrieros, (mule drivers) and experience a working mule ranch. Afterwards we will take you to the local bus transportation that will delivery you back to Mendoza. Note: for a fee we can supply private transportation back to Mendoza. (B, PL)

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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 our general operation conditions.

PRICE

7 Day Trek

$1,350.00   Book Now

2018-2019 Schedule

Nov 20 – 26, 2019
Nov 25 – 31, 2019
Dec 2 – 8, 2019
Dec 9 – 15, 2019
Dec 16 – 22, 2019
Dec 23 – 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019 – Jan 04, 2020
Jan 6 – 12, 2020
Jan 10 – 16, 2020
Jan 13 – 19, 2020
Jan 20 – 26, 2020
Jan 26 – Feb 01, 2020
Feb 10 – 16, 2020
Feb 16 – 22, 2020

Price Includes

Transportation

1) Private van from Mendoza to Penitentes.
2) Private transport from Penitentes to trail head and back to Penitentes.
3) Bus ticket from Penitentes to Mendoza. (For an additional cost private transportation can be arranged.)

1 Night Lodging in Penitentes

One night of accommodations on the first night of the trek.

Gear Check

Assistance to Obtain Trekking Permit

AMG will help you with the paperwork to complete the permitting process.

Meals

Professional chefs carefully plan all meals for a balanced diet throughout the trek (B: breakfast / L: lunch / PL: packed-lunch if you are on the move / D: dinner). See itinerary for included meals. If you need a special diet, please let us know in your Booking Form and we can adjust our menu to your specific needs.

Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas Camps

The trek includes full board at both Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas Camps, a very comfortable camp that is fully equipped with large dining tents, electrical lights, and tables and chairs for meals. Accommodations include three-person tents (we sleep two to a tent) or the option to sleep in bunk beds in dormitory structure depending on availability. Showers are available for an extra cost. Plaza de Mulas also has Wi-Fi.

Trekking to Plaza Francia

This trek includes a visit to the viewpoint of the mythical South Face of the Aconcagua Mountain. This is the most vertical face of the mountain, with glaciers and walls almost 3,000 meters tall. During this trek, you will ascend about 4,000 meters over sea level.

Mules

All gear and supplies will be transported by our mules while we are on the mountain. You carry only your day back with water and extra clothing such as rain jacket and pants.

Our Guides

A professional trekking guide will be in charge of your trek. Our guides are qualified professionals of the AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides) and the EPGAMT (School of High Mountain and Trekking Guides). The last qualification is the result of three years of studying.

Communications

We have excellent VHF radio communications between camps while trekking allowing us to stay in contact with Plaza de Mulas, Confluencia, and Puente del Inca. We also have satellite internet for communication between Base Camps and Mendoza and can respond almost immediately to any issues that may arise.

Price Does Not Include

Entry Permit to Aconcagua Park

Cost of Trekking Permit: $240.00 (High Season) Fees contribute to the maintenance, protection and preservation of the Aconcagua Provincial Park as well as some medical services and park rangers.

Expenses for Leaving Early

In case of illness or other personal issues, we can help arrange transport down the mountain for an extra cost, otherwise expedition prices are based on each team member’s participation for the entire expedition.

Personal Clothing and Equipment

Please refer to our gear list for your trek. Our guides will be able to assist you with renting equipment if needed.

Personal Insurance

Having personal insurance is not required to participate in this trek, however, we highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption, evacuation and medical insurance.

Alcoholic Beverages, Soft Drinks and Other Personal Costs

If you wish to supplement your meals with alcohol or bottled drinks, you will pay for them separately. Extra expenses such as food or drinks separate from those described in the itinerary are not included.

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