Why choose an Aconcagua Excursion?

Because the landscape throughout the whole day is beautiful. You can count on…

  • Walking at an altitude at about 4,200 m.a.s.l, and being immersed in the Andes Mountain Range.
  • Being face to face with the striking south wall of Aconcagua.
  • Sharing 2 nights in the camp Confluencia with climbers looking to conquer the summit.
  • Learning about the flora and fauna that live in the surrounding area.
  • Listening to stories of people who have achieved great feats.

Description

Few people have the privilege of witnessing such a spectacle: the mythical southern face of Cerro Aconcagua. An imposing wall of 3,000 meters high, where huge glaciers and rocks hang, taking the breath away from most experienced climbers. This trek is 3 days and of medium difficulty. This will allow us to see the highest peak of America in all its splendor. We will walk their paths and sleep two nights in the base camp "Confluencia" at 3,400 m.a.s.l. We will also go to the well-known camp "Plaza Francia," located at 4,200 m.a.s.l being the place with one of the best views of the mountain..

The day before the departure of the expedition, we will meet in the city of Mendoza to process the permit at the Park headquarters. We will also meet with the guides to check the equipment and make sure that nothing more is needed from the team. The guides can assist you with renting what is missing.

Day 1

We will pick everyone up at their hotels and depart from the city of Mendoza at 7:00 a.m and take the National Route No. 7 to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. After 3 hours of traveling between tunnels and Andean scenery, we will arrive at Horcones. There, we will carry out the corresponding procedures for entry. In Horcones, there are baths and a visitor center, which provides information about the Park and the circuit of the lagoons with the viewpoint to Cerro Aconcagua.

Once the procedures are completed, we will start our trekking to Camp Confluencia. After about an hour, we will arrive at the Durazno Bridge. This is a suspension bridge over the Horcones River, which marks the beginning of the path by the normal route. We will walk about 4 hours, along a well-marked path where we can stop to take photos and recharge energy with a boxed lunch that we provide. We will have lunch at the best point so that we can rest a few minutes and then continue on with the trekking. Upon arrival at Camp Confluencia, we will head to the camp where we will stay for the next three days. The people working there will be waiting for us with a reception in one of the domes. There, we will find drinks, tea, coffee, puddings, and cookies so that we can recover our energy. This dome will be the one we will use for dinner and breakfast. Then, we will be placed in the tents where we will spend the night. The rest of that day will be to rest, eat well and tour camp Confluencia. We will be able to see expeditions that are acclimatizing to follow its course by the normal route. You can also see the mules that come and go, carrying the loads of the mountaineers and the expeditions. Aconcagua is a great stage to experience a world full of great acomplishments.

Day 2

We will have breakfast early in the dining dome, then leave to Plaza Francia. Today, we will be trekking for about 8 hours in total. The trail is well marked and will take us along the Lower Horcones River and later along the edge of the Glacier that feeds the river. The spectacular landscapes will lead us to discover the immense amphitheater. It is essential to hydrate along the path and walk very quiet, as we will begin to climb high altitudes, reaching about 4,200 m.a.s.l. We will stop for lunch in "the viewpoint" in front of the South Wall of the Aconcagua, natural platform, shocking for its 3,000 meters high. Along the way, the guides will tell us their experiences in the mountains and their ascents to the summit and what it means to walk to greater height and how it is lived in the other camps.

Upon arrival at the camp, we will prepare for dinner and then rest.

Day 3

After preparing our things, we will have breakfast and return to the valley down towards Horcones. After 3 hours of trekking, we will meet the truck to return to Mendoza. We hope you had a beautiful experience at Aconcagua, and that we will see you again for some other activity!!


Cerro Aconcagua


Weather

It is necessary to know that the Aconcagua crossing is carried out during the summer season, from November to March. During the summer in Confluencia, the climate can be relatively warm. At night the temperature drops to about 0 ° C and during the day it can vary between 20 ° C to 30 ° C. Being in Plaza Francia, the altitude is greater and the temperature can drop a few degrees. At night, the temperature descends to about -10 º C and in the day from 10 º C to 20 º C. It is essential to always have shelter and windbreakers because in Aconcagua, there is usually a lot of wind.

In the winter, the temperature starts to drop a few degrees, making the weather very cold and with high precipitation, almost always in the form of snow. It can get as low as 0 º C, being even colder at higher altitudes. For this climate, it is necessary to have a couple layers of coats, waterproof shoes, and warm pants. It is always advised to go to the mountain with “onion layers,” where you can take layers off as you get warmer.


Recommended equipment
This equipment is optional but strongly advised: (Marked with **)
  • Lightweight underwear.
  • Indoor pants and long sleeve t-shirt (Polypropylene or Capilene)
  • Windproof or waterproof jacket
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Polar jacket
  • Sun cap: With visor and handkerchief to protect the neck
  • Headlamp (optional)
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Buff (face mask)
  • Polar or wool cap
  • Sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)
  • Gloves: Polar (recommended windstopper - windblock) or wool
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Fine and thick synthetic stockings. 2 pairs each
  • 1 pair of sandals or comfortable footwear
  • Technical Equipment: Sleeping bag (-10/0 degrees)

What is included
  • Transfer from Mendoza - Provincial Park Aconcagua - Mendoza.
  • Trekking guide that will accompany you during the whole trip.
  • Box lunch for each day.
  • All meals: In our trekking, you will enjoy all the meals (breakfast, box lunch and dinner), which are carefully planned by professionals to have a balanced diet during the mountain days. All meals are prepared by the cooks up in the camps. If you are vegetarian, celiac, or if you need a special diet, please let us know in the booking form so that we are able to satisfy your needs.
  • Communication: We have fixed points throughout the mountain where there are networks we use to keep us connected via VHF radio between Plaza de Mulas, Confluencia, Puente del Inca and Mendoza. We also have satellite internet for communication between the mountains and Mendoza. This way, we can respond to any contingency almost immediately.
  • Tents: Typically, Aconcagua is a mountain with good weather during its summer period. But you have to be aware of its storm days. At this point, you will have take on the strength of nature. Therefore, we do not hesitate to provide our expeditions with high-quality bedroom tents. We use only two world-renowned brands; The North Face and Mountain Hardwear. The distribution of people to tents is usually 2 passengers per tent.

What is not included
  • Permission to the Aconcagua Park for the trekking of three days.
  • In this trekking, mules are not included for the transfer of loads. So you must carry your backpack and all of your personal items including sleeping bag and box lunch.
  • Sleeping bag and personal equipment that you need during the trekking. The guide can advise you with the equipment you need to rent, here in the city of Mendoza.

Season Schedule 2016/2017 – Aconcagua Excursion – 3 Days
Month Departure Date Arrival Season
November 21 & 27 23 & 29 respectively Low
December 5, 11, 18, 24 & 31 7, 13, 20, 26 de December. Also, 2 of January respectively Medium/High
January Every Tuesday and Friday Every Thursday and Sunday High
February Every Tuesday and Friday Every Thursday and Sunday Medium/Low
March Every Tuesday and Friday (not March 29th) Every Thursday and Sunday Special