1. What is special about Trekking?
Trekking and hiking, seduce you to discover the magnitude of the landscapes in absolute communion with nature. It implies to be in contact with the life in the ecosystem, its flora and fauna, being indispensable to take into account the care of the same and always respecting the norms that must be fulfilled being in a protected area. A trekking allows you to get closer to the mountain world, making you want to live these experiences more and more. You will be able to find trekking of several exigencies, in this case the trekking to Aconcagua implies to have physical condition to be able to walk for 6 hours approximately, and to take into account that it will rise to a height of 3,400 m.a.s.l. , being the maximum that we climbed 4,200 m.a.s.l. in Plaza Francia . (In the program of Aconcagua Crossing).
2. What level of experience is needed?
It is not necessary to have previous experience to do a trekking. The activities that we propose are designed for people who are not experts in trekking but who are very keen to experience life in height. Their mental and physical demands denote the need to be predisposed. A good physical condition will accompany you to enjoy more fully the excursion without so many sacrifices.
3. From what age can you do a trek?
These trekking are designed for people over 18. It always depends on the health and training that each person has in particular.
4. Are trekking tours dangerous?
For all types of activity in the mountains, we provide the passenger with insurance for any contingency that occurs within the activity . Also within the park, will have extra security, provided by the Police of Mendoza, body of doctors and the Corps of Rangers.
It is necessary to emphasize that being at this high an altitude can cause several different situations and discomforts that make it necessary that the person has to descend; such as headache, nausea or loss of appetite, insomnia and dizziness. Unleashing in the worst cases of cerebral or pulmonary edema. In these cases, the medical staff will decide to evacuate the person prior to the medical checkup. These problems usually arise at a higher altitude, often lowering altitude may reduce symptoms.
5. Will I be out of place if I travel alone?
Not really. Many of our tourists travel alone and soon find friends among the people in the group. After all, these people have common interests like the love of nature and the spirit of adventure.
6. Where do you sleep in the Aconcagua Crossing?
When we arrive at Confluencia base camp we go to the company that will provide the services and we will be assigned a dining dome, where we will have the services of breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner. They will also give us tents to sleep at night. It is important to remember that sleeping bags are not included in the price so they can be rented if necessary in Mendoza City.
7. Do I need a healthy diet to go to the mountain?
To do all kinds of physical activity, is important to maintain a good diet in the day to day, and this depends on each person. In the services we offer for both, trekking and crossing, we strive for a balanced and energetic diet. For the trekking we offer a box lunch that includes protein and hydrates, along with sweets and drink. It is also important that each person who carries out the activity takes water to go because hydrating along the way is very important.
With regards to the crossing, the breakfasts vary between homemade bread and toast, dulce de leche and fruits, tea, coffee, milk, sweet and savory cookies, cereals. The lunches are light, because you have to continue walking after eating. We prepare salami and cheese sandwiches, salami bites, ham and other sausages, tuna or mackerel fish, olives, homemade bread, mayonnaise, fruit and juices as a beverage. The dinners are plentiful and comfortable, pastas, rice, meats, vegetable soups, lettuce and tomato salads, homemade bread, seasonal fruits, wine and juices. If you are vegetarian or have any food restriction, you just have to let us know so we can have it in mind.
8. What should I bring in my personal backpack during trekking?
We recommend to carry a backpack of 30 to 60 liters, depending on the trekking that you are going to do. At the same time, you will have to take food for the trek, which will be given by the guide. Include a plastic bottle with a liter of water, sufficient warm clothing and personal medicines.
9. When do I get the permission to make the crossing?
Once you decide to make the crossing, the permit will be processed here in Mendoza. All we need from you is that you fill out a form that can be found on our website. This will lelt us continue with the permit process. In the case of trekking, this is processed that takes place in the Horcones sectional.
10. Personal documentation necessary to take to the trekking.
- Passport if you are a foreigner
- Entrance permit to the Aconcagua Provincial Park
11. Are there any additional costs?
All excursions include the transfer to the Aconcagua and the return to Mendoza City. It also includes the guide that will accompany you throughout the trekking, as well as the camping service in Confluencia for the crossing. The only additional money necessary is for the trekking permit in the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
12. ho will be the guides that will accompany us?
The Aconcagua Provincial Park regulates the entrance of guides and people. It is necessary that the guides are professionals and that they have their enabling credentials that allow them to work as such. During out excursions, you will be accompanied by qualified mountain guides with extensive experience in the management of groups in the mountains. They will also be in charge of transmitting an extensive knowledge of the area, its geography, flora, fauna and its people.