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Overview – Trek to Plaza de Mulas
A classic trekking in the Andes, which brings you to the base of the mythical Aconcagua South Face which is nearly 3,000 vertical meters covered by glaciers.
You will reach to Plaza de Mulas (4,260m) and will camp here with the expeditions that are beginning to climb up Aconcagua. Here you will find a world of mountains and passionate people who try to discover the highest point in America.
If desired, you can make an ascent to Mt. Bonete (5,100m) where you will have an amazing view of the west face of Aconcagua West Face.
Itinerary – Trek to Plaza de Mulas
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.
PREVIOUS DAY: MENDOZA (760)
On this day it will be a welcome meeting where our guides will check your mountain equipment and accompany you to hire the necessary things.
DAY 1: MENDOZA / PENITENTES (2,725)
Before going to Penitentes, the whole group will apply for the climbing or trekking permit with the guides’ assistance. You will have lunch and spend the night in Penitentes. In the afternoon, the mules are loaded and prepared for the following day. (B, L, D)
DAY 02: PENITENTES / CONFLUENCIA (3,300)
The group will be taken to the entrance of the Park in a private van. There permits will be presented and you will start with the trekking to Confluencia Camp. The equipment will be carried by mules. At arrival, you will be able to rest. (B, PL, D)
DAY 03: CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA FRANCIA (4,000) / CONFLUENCIA
Trek to Plaza Francia, base of the south face of Mt. Aconcagua. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch and a spectacular view. Then you will return to Confluencia. This trekking is considered part of the acclimatization process. (B, PL, D)
DAY 04: CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260)
The trek to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp is a long day. Once in Plaza de Mulas, you will stay in our own base camp with the necessary commodities for you to be as comfortable as possible. (B, PL, D)
DAY 05: PLAZA DE MULAS
Resting day. You will make a short trek in Plaza de Mulas area, to contemplate the beauty of the mountain. (B, L, D)
DAY 06: PLAZA DE MULAS
OPTION 1: Resting day.
You will make a short trek in Plaza de Mulas area, to contemplate the beauty of the mountain. (B, L, D)
OPTION 2: Climbing Mt. Bonete (5,100).
Trekking to Mt. Bonete, summit and return to Plaza de Mulas. At Mount Bonete summit you will reach 5,100m of altitude. (B, PL, D)
(*) In order to climb Mt. Bonete or get until any high camp, you must get the climbing permit for 20 days and not the trekking permit for 7 days. This is an Aconcagua Provincial Park rule.
DAY 07: PLAZA DE MULAS / HORCONES / MENDOZA
Descent to Horcones and last trek in the trekking. Your belongings will be carried by mules so you will only take a light bag pack with a jacket and your packed lunch. Transfer to Mendoza city in regular bus. (B, PL)
End of the services.
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 TREKKING.
Schedule & Prices – Trek to Plaza de Mulas
Prices are per person, given in US Dollars
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Services – Trek to Plaza de Mulas
In order to ease these procedures, we can take care of filling the online form with the information previously provided by you in your Booking Form.
Apart from that, to help you make a better use of your time in Mendoza City, you can pay the Permit Fee in advance through our bank account − with enough anticipation. This will give us the possibility of paying the permit fee for you, saving you from the hassle of exchanging money by yourself or from any inconvenience that might happen when withdrawing money from an ATM machine (the risk of being robbed, etc.). This service has an extra cost. If you have any doubt or question, do not hesitate in consult us.
On the return of the trekking the transfer to the city of Mendoza will be done in Regular Bus. The option in private transfer has an extra cost. (Consult us)
Those meals mentioned in the itinerary are included.
If you are vegetarian or celiac, or if you need a special diet, please let us know in your Booking Form. It will be a pleasure for us to prepare a special menu for you. This service has an extra cost.
These animals pasture during autumn, winter and spring, and before starting with the summer season, these animals are tested and given medicine by veterinarians. They are treated with caution. During the season, after two trips to Plaza de Mulas and one to Plaza Argentina, the mules rest 4 or 5 days, so as to recover from this activity.
The negative aspect of these animals is their untamed character. That is why we have selected a professional team of muleteers, called “Arrieros”, who have dedicated their lives to country animals. Experience has taught them how to deal with these animals.
From Puquios to Confluencia, from this camp to Plaza de Mulas, and on the return to Puquios, your belongings will be carried by mules. Every client may transport on the mules a maximum of 15kg on each stage of the approach. We strongly recommend you to bring a strong duffel bag.
Note: 15 Kilograms = 33 Pounds
Remember that you will have to set up your own tent with your partner. The guide will help you when necessary.
NOT INCLUDED SERVICES
The amount of the permit is non-refundable and the price may suffer increases without prior notice by the authorities of the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
The payment of the fee contributes to the maintenance of the Aconcagua Provincial Park (collaborating with its protection and preservation) as well as with the maintenance of the Medical Services and Rangers.
The extra expenses that you will pay for, if necessary, are: mules from Plaza de Mulas to Puquios (around U$D 240.-), a guide or companion from Plaza de Mulas to Puquios (the cost of this service is U$D 300.-), the private transfer from Puente del Inca to Mendoza city, etc. Once you give up the itinerary, the transfer in a regular bus is included.
There is a possibility that you be evacuated by helicopter, and in that case your belongings will not travel with you. If you do not wait for your belongings in Puente del Inca, in this case you have to pay not only for the mule to carry your equipment down, but also a transportation to take your belongings to Mendoza. Each person is responsible for his belongings and personal equipment.
In the same way, if your luggage does not arrive to Mendoza on time for the departure date of the trekking group to Horcones, the group will be carried out as initially planned, and you will be responsible for those extra expenses caused by this shortcoming.