ACONCAGUA NORMAL ROUTE

(Puente de Vacas)

PLAZA DE MULAS

 

 

 

ACONCAGUA NORMAL ROUTE

The Aconcagua is the highest mountain of the Southern and Occidental Hemisphere and the highest peak of the American Continent. It is one of the icons of the appraised Seven Summit circuit. It is also important for introducing yourself to high altitude, due to its elevations, geographical and climatic conditions, it constitutes the ideal stage for moderate demands, also to prepare yourself for one of the most important athletic feats the 8000 m peaks of the Himalaya demand.

The “Colossus of America” is the goal of climbers of all latitudes and the athletic aspiration of thousands of annual lvisitors, who cherish this unique and exclusive experience, the one this magnificent mountain offers.

Mt Aconcagua is the center and main motive of the Aconcagua Provincial Park , one of the most spectacular protected areas of the Republic of Argentina . The 71000 hectares are located in the Province of Mendoza , a few kilometers East of the borderline with the Republic of Chile . All its waters flow towards the interior of Mendoza , through the Horcones, Vacas and Cuevas river basins.

Aconcagua Climate: The Central Andes , and particularly the Aconcagua , receive the humidity from the winds, originated in the anticyclonic centers of the Pacific Ocean . The climatic phenomenon denominated Zonda wind is similar to the Fohn in Europe.

The Pacific anticyclone emits humid winds that blow towards the East, meaning, West Winds. These winds elevate, crash against the mountain mass, cool and precipitate their humidity in the form of snow on the high peaks. After this, the air masses, already dry, descend on the oriental sides of the mountain range, progressively warming

ITINERARY ACONCAGUA NORMAL ROUTE

Day 1. Arrival in Mendoza 760 mt. – Transfer to Hotel

Day 2.  Pick up Permit and day in Mendoza. Hotel

Day 3. Transfer  from Mendoza to Penitentes 2700mt. Hotel

Day 4. Drive to Horcones and trek  3/4 hours to Confluencia 3920 mt.  Campsite

Day 5. Hike to Plaza Francia to see the famous South Face, back to Confluencia. Campsite

Day 6. Trek to Plaza de Mulas 4300mt. Base Camp. Campsite

Day 7. Carry equipment and food to Camp 1 5050 mt. and return to Base camp.  Campsite

Day 8. Ascent from Base Camp to Camp 1 CANADA . Acllimatization in Campsite

Day 9.  Ascent to Camp 2  called NIDO DE CONDORES at 5400 mt. Campsite

Day 10.  Acclimatization day at camp 2.  Campsite

Day 11. Ascent to Camp 3  at 5970mt.  Campsite

Day 12.  Summit day or spare day in case of bad weather or better acclimatization.

Day 13. Summit day or spare day in case of bad we rather or better acclimatization. Campsite

Day 14  Summit day via INDEPENDENCIA REFUGE – CANALETA – FILO HUANACO Summit. Descend to Camp 3

Day 15. Return to Base Camp Plaza de Mulas.

Day 16. Return to Confluencia and Penitentes, transfer to Mendoza

Day.17. Transfer to Airport

NOTE: The proposed itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions or other forced situations that put in risk the group security. The guides have the authority to change the program according to their criteria. You can be sure the changes have two fundamental objectives. These are to maximize the security and the summit chances. And they are based on our guides knowledge and experience.

 

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