ACONCAGUA FALSE POLISH ROUTE 360º

(Puente de Vacas)

ACONCAGUA FALSE POLISH ROUTE

The Polish Glacier Traverse route, also known as the “False Polish” route, crosses through the Vacas valley, ascends to the base of the Polish Glacier, then traverses Colera Campsite and across to the normal route for the final ascent via Canaleta  to the summit. Descending direct via Colera Camp to Plaza de Mulas the Base camp of the Normal Route, that´s why is also called 360ª. Route, so that, this climbing option offer you a complete overview of Aconcagua.

Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemispheres at 6,960.8 meters (22,837 ft). It is located in the Cordillera de los Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza – Argentina, and lies 112 kilometers northwest of its capital, the city of Mendoza. ACONCAGUA is one of the Seven Summit.

In mountaineering terms, 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. Although the effects of altitude are severe (atmospheric pressure is 40% of sea-level at the summit), the use of supplemental oxygen is not required. Altitude sickness will affect most climbers to some extent, depending on the degree of acclimatization. Even if the normal climb is technically easy, multiple casualties occur every year on this mountain (in January 2009 alone five climbers died). This is due to the large numbers of climbers who make the attempt and because many climbers underestimate the objective risks of the elevation and of cold weather, which is the real challenge on this mountain. Given the weather conditions close to the summit, cold weather injuries are very common.

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Mendoza (2,508 f – 760 m). Transfer to  Hotel in Mendoza. Lodging. In the evening there will be an instructive talk about the Mt. Aconcagua and the guides will check your equipment. Time to rent or buy some equipment if you need.

Day 2:

Mendoza / Penitentes (8,992 f – 2725 m)  Obtaining of permits. Transfer to Penitentes. Lodging in hotel. Preparation of the loads for the mules.

Day 3:

Penitentes / Pampa de Leñas (10,230 f – 3100 m)  Drive to Quebrada de Vacas. Beginning of the trekking to Pampa de Leñas.

Day 4:

Pampa de Leñas / Casa de Piedra (11880 f – 3600 m). Trek to Casa de Piedra.

Day 5:

Casa de Piedra / Plaza Argentina Base Camp (13200 f – 4000 m). Trek to Plaza Argentina base camp. Lodging.

Day 6:

Day 6: Plaza Argentina Base Camp (13200 f – 4000 m).  Resting day in Plaza Argentina.

Day 7:

Plaza Argentina / Camp 1 (16335 f – 4950 m) / Plaza Argentina. Acclimatization trek and transportation of material to Camp 1 and return to Plaza Argentina.

Day 8:

Plaza Argentina Base Camp (13200 f – 4000 m).  Resting day in Plaza Argentina.

Day 9:

Plaza Argentina / Camp 1 (16335 f – 4950 m). Climb to Camp 1.  improving acclimatization

Day 10:

Camp 1 / Camp 2 (19140 f -5800 m) / Camp 1.  Acclimatization trek and transportation of material to Camp 2 and come back to Camp 1.

Day 11:

Camp 1 (16335 f – 4950 m). Resting day in Camp 1.

Day 12:

Extra day for contingencies as bad weather that may prevent the normal development of the program.

Day 13:

Camp 1 / Camp 2 (19140 f -5800 m). Climb to Camp 2.

Day 14

Extra day for contingencies as bad weather that may prevent the normal development of the program.

Day 15:

Extra day for contingencies as bad weather that may prevent the normal development of the program.

Day 16:

Camp 2 / SUMMIT (22974 f – 6962 m) / Camp 2.  Climbing day to the Summit by making a traverse to the Normal Route and returning to Camp 2.

Day 17:

Camp 2 / Plaza de Mulas . Descent from Camp 2 to Plaza de Mulas base camp.

Day 18:

Plaza de Mulas/  walk to Penitente. Hotel

Day 19:

Transfer to  Mendoza. Hotel. Farewell Dinner

Day 20:

Transfer to the Airport. End of the services.

 

 

 

 

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