The easiest route to Aconcagua is the normal route in which we need to climb scree slopes (sometimes with snow) and walk along good trails to reach an attainable summit which is a bit high. This route has been chosen as it makes an easy and enjoyable ascent through the wonderful Horcones Valley on the lower part of the peak.
Trek to Base Camp:
We walk along gradually ascending wide trails to basecamp. Mules are loaded and carry all of your personal equipment, as well as group equipment, so you do not have to carry a heavy rucksack. Along the walk, there are spectacular views of the rising glacial peaks surrounding us, local flora, fauna, and wildlife, such as amazing condors and guanacos (wild llamas). During our approach to basecamp at “Plaza de Mulas”, we gradually ascend 1500 meters/5000 feet, over 3 days. This helps us to acclimate to the altitude and prepare for our summit attempt.
Aconcagua National Park:
The most spectacular, secured, and protected areas in the Republic of Argentina. The 71,000-hectare park is situated in the Province of Mendoza a few kilometers east of the Chilean border. The park was founded in 1983 in order to preserve the beauty of the landscape, flora, fauna, and archaeological material. The road near Aconcagua is surrounded by Andean peaks and has been an ancient passage for travelers since before the Spaniards arrival
Walking to the high camp:
Above basecamp, we walk carefully and slowly to cross volcanic slopes on good trails to reach the high camp (5900 meters/19,400 feet). We spend several days making 4-7 hour acclimatization hikes up and down the mountain, as well as resting. The higher we go, the better the views of the surrounding Andean peaks and the camps are relatively comfortable for the few days we reside there.
From the high camp, we traverse scree slopes to the “normal route”, following the well-trodden path through the “Canaleta”, a steep valley between two ridges piled with large rocks. Then we walk across boulders and ledges, occasionally dusted with snow, to reach the highest summit in all of the Americas.
Our main goal is to reach the top safely together as a team.We don’t anticipate that you should be expert (albeit a few members are) yet, nor are we a climbing school.Therefore, if you need fundamental technical training and experience in snow and ice, we strongly encourage you to attend our Glacier School held in every autumn and spring. Individuals need to be friendly & ready to work together with groups and be a good “team player” to achieve a common goal. Experience is required for members to be part of the team.
An individual must be very fit and active winter walkers to participate in this expedition.Climbers in accurate fitness should be capable of carrying (to the high camp, however not the summit) a rucksack containing your dozing bag, apparel, meals, and for the more potent members, a few group equipment too.Before joining our group, please visit doctor and get the necessary permission, advice and treatment (if necessary) to travel extreme heights and exotic locations.
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