Aconcagua is a highest mountain outside of Asia,being the Highest in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres with a summit elevation of 6,960.8 metres. It is located in the Mendoza Province, Argentina, and lies 112 km northwest of its capital, the city of Mendoza, about five km from San Juan Province and 15 km from the international border with Chile. Its is bounded by the Valle de las Vacas to the north and east and the Valle de los Horcones Inferior to the west and south. The mountain and its surroundings are part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. The mountain has a number of glaciers. The largest glacier is the Ventisquero Horcones Inferior at about 10 km long, which descends from the south face to about 3,600 in altitude near the Confluencia camp. Two other large glacier systems are the Ventisquero de las Vacas Sur and Glaciar Este/Ventisquero Relinchos system at about five kilometres long. The most well-known is the north-eastern or Polish Glacier, as it is a common route of ascent. Aconcagua is technically an easy mountain if approached from the north, via the normal route. Aconcagua is arguably the highest non-technical mountain in the world, since the northern route does not absolutely require ropes, axes, and pins.The routes to the peak from the south and south-west ridges are more demanding and the south face climb is considered quite difficult. The Polish Glacier Traverse route, also known as the "Falso de los Polacos" route, crosses through the Vacas valley, ascends to the base of the Polish Glacier, then traverses across to the normal route for the final ascent to the summit. The third most popular route is by the Polish Glacier itself. First time we Imagine Nepal Trek and Expedition Pvt ltd. going to organize Aconcagua Expedition in 2019-December 6 to 26 .
Peak: Aconcagua Peak
Expedition Duration:18 days
Expedition Season: 2020-December 6 to 22
Country: Mendoza Province. Argentina
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Leader: Mingma G
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Day 01: Arrival in Mendoza- 760m
Representative from Imagine Nepal will receive every guest from airport to hotel. All the team members are suggested to arrive on the same day. Upon arrival, we will have our gear checking, briefing the climbing program and we can do question and answers section where guide will assist you to quench your thirst of questions.
Accommodation: In hotel and meal is included
Day 02: Drive to Penitentes 2725m
Having breakfast at hotel, we will go to ‘‘Ente Provincial de Turismo’’ to obtain our climbing permit. We might take about an hour to receive our national park entry permit and after that we drive to Penitentes for about 3hrs.
Accomadation: In Hotel and meal is included
Day 03: Trek to Confluencia 3300m- 7.5km/3.5hrs trek
Early morning packing our double bag, we handover it to our guide and he will provide it to mules. Having breakfast at the hotel, we drive around 15 minutes to get to Park Entrance. We carry light backpacks and then start our trek through worm, picturesque trail. The first day trek is short but it’s very beautiful day.
Accommodation: In tent and meals are included
Day 04: Acclimatization day
We will have breakfast early in the morning and then go for hiking which will help our body acclimatize for higher climb. We will try to ascent 400-500m in 2-3 hrs and then return back to camp for rest
Accommodation: In tent and meals are included
Day 05: Trek to Plaza de Mulas-4260m/18km/8-9hrs
On this day we trek to Plaza De Mula which will be our base camp during our climb. This is also the longest trek in our entire climb. The trek follows the Horcones Superior River and then rises up onto a lateral moraine next to Horocones Glacier. It is long trek but beauty of the trek equally worth. We have warm and specious dining at Plaze De Mulas with wifi, hot shower, wines and heater for cold.
Day 06: Rest Day
After long day trek the day before, we take this day complete rest. You can do your laundry, shower etc. In the morning or evening, you can also walk around the base camp.
Day 07: Ascend to Camp 1 or Camp Canada 4910m and back / 3.5km/3 hrs
As part of acclimatization, we climb to camp1 with and descent back to base camp. The way to camp1 is on loose moraine and easy climb. It take maximum 3 hrs to reach camp1 from base camp and 1 more hrs to descend back. We use half day and we take half day rest.
Day 08: Ascend to camp1
Having lunch at camp at around 12 o’clock in the noon, we start our climb to camp1 at around 1-2pm and spend a night at camp1.
Day 09: Ascend to camp2 5250m / 2.8 km /3 hrs
We wake up with sunshine and then start to camp2 having breakfast. It takes 2.5hrs to 3 hrs to reach camp2 with our regular speed. The route starts on loose moraine traverse and then we climb up on sloppy flat area towards camp2
Day 10: Acclimatization /Ascend to camp3 and back /5km / 5 hrs/
Having breakfast, we climb upto camp3 to drop our own equipments and for acclimatization. It is very important for all members to arrive camp3 which helps for summit day. Having our pack lunch at camp3, we descend back to camp2. It will takes us less than 5 hrs to climb and descend back to camp2. We will have half day complete rest.
Day 11: Ascend to camp3 6000m /3km / 3 hrs
We will have our late breakfast and then after 10am, we start our ascend towards camp3 which takes us around 3 hrs. Camp3 will be our final camp before summit.
Day 12: Ascend to Summit and back to Camp3
Depending upon weather condition and wind, we start our summit push at 3-5 am in the morning. It usually takes 6-10 hrs to climb up depending upon our speed and 2.5hrs to 4 hrs to descend down to camp2. Days in Argentina are longer so we can climb to summit by before 4pm and then can descend back to camp2.
Day 13: Reserve day for weather
Day 14: Reserve day for weather
Day 15: Descend back to Base Camp/fly back to Penitentes
We close our camp and then descend back to base camp within 3 hrs. Having lunch and shower, we fly back to Penitentes by helicopter and then drive to Mendoza.
Day 16: Visit Winery
Zuccardi wine factory is Argentina’s one of the largest wine factory. We take free day to visit this wine factory and spend a day there. It is very peaceful and relaxing area. After visiting wine factory, we take lunch and taste varieties of wines there. Everyone will love this day.
Day 18: Fly back home from Mendoza.
1. Guiding fee
3.. Transportation during the trip
4.. Luggage transfer during the trip
5. Permit and entrance fees
6. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7. Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
1. International air fare
2. Personal climbing Insurance
3. Visa fee
4. Heliopter Rescue if needed
5. Alcoholic drinks
Heavy-weight fleece / pile jacket
Light/medium-weight, long thermal underwear shirt (polypropylene/capilene)
Long underwear shirt, medium weight fleece shirt,
Water proof / breathable jacket with hood (Gore Tex is strongly recommended)
Long sleeve, light weight shirt
Down or hollow fiber filled jacket with a hood, large enough to put on over a fleece jacket
Fleece pants (with full side zips to allow ventilation)
Two pairs of long underwear pants (one light-weight and one medium-weight)
Waterproof / breathable pants (or bib pants) with full side zips for easy putting on and taking off
Light weight trekking boots
Climbing expedition boots
Crampons (well fitting, preferably “step-in”) with a maintenance&repairing kit
2-3 pairs of liner socks
3 pairs of wool or poly socks (medium-heavy thickness)
2 pairs of liner gloves
Medium weight fleece gloves
Nylon shell gloves
Wool or fleece mittens
Thick hat (wool or fleece)
Extra pair of your ordinary glasses (if you wear them)
Down or hollow fiber filled sleeping bag good for 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit
Sleeping pad, either a Therm-a-Rest, or a closed-cell foam pad
Two water bottles 1 liter each (with insulators)
One 70-80 liters rucksack
One day pack (should be big enough to hold two
liters’ thermos, a snack, extra clothing, and a camera for
the summit day)
Ice axe 60-70 cm
Telescopic ski poles
Glacier cream (spf 40)
Your specific first aid kit
Lip balm (spf 25+)
Favorite lightweight snacks
Camera and accessories
Book, playing cards, walkman, reading stuff etc.
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