|Mountain:||Aconcagua (6 962 m / 22 831 ft)|
|Activity level:||Challenging/ Tough|
|Elevation:||6 000 m / 19 685 ft|
|Expenses:||from$ 3 700|
Aconcagua 360, Аконкагуа 360
|Type of Climb:||
Snow & Ice & Rock
South America, Argentina: (Mendoza)
6 000m / 19 685 ft
2 762m / 9 062 ft
108km / 67 miles
15 Nov-28 Feb;
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Cellular Network: No
The route conditions very varies from year to year - sometimes climbers have to struggle with deep snow starting from the Plaza Argentina. If the winter was dry you probably even wouldn't take your crampons out from your backpack. But anyway you have to be ready for the most unpleasant situation - even during the warmest month (February) a huge snowfalls and hurricane winds can happen. There were times when climbers could not leave their tents for several days because of the wind and were waiting for the end of the storm somewhere in camp at the altitude of 5 200 meters. In 99 cases out of 100, you will need crampons to approach from the summit camp to the summit. Be very careful when passing couloir "La Caneleta" - sometimes it could be so icy that local guides even were forced to fix some ropes there. Do not forget to take care of sending your personal gear (which left at the Plaza Argentina) to the Plaza de Mulas at the time of your descent.
|Base Camp Elevation:||4 200 m / 13 780 ft|
|Summit Camp Elevation:||Please update|
|Accommodation in Base Camp:||Tents only|
|Accommodation above Base Camp:||Tents only|
|Number of Camps:||3|
|Avg. Cost:||3 700 USD|
|Specify descent time:||2 Day(s)|
2 700 m / 8 858 tf
|Small city near the entrance to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. As a rule climbers have an overnight at Penitentens' hotels before crossing the border of the park.|
Punta de Vacas
2 700 m / 8 858 tf
|Ranger's Station at the entrance of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Here your climbing permit will be checked by rangers.|
Pampa de Lenas
2 950 m / 9 678 tf
|Intermediate Camp located above national park entrance.|
Casa de Piedras
3 240 m / 10 630 tf
|Intermediate Camp located above national park entrance.|
4 200 m / 13 780 tf
|The base camp Plaza Argentina is a colorful tent city, yet smaller and somewhat more manageable than Plaza de Mulas, the base camp of the normal route. At base camp, a compulsory medical examination done by an Argentinian doctor will take place, who will give permission to continue with the ascent.|
Plaza de Mulas
4 250 m / 13 944 tf
|Plaza de Mulas is the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park. It has some tent-restaurants, Internet-cafes, hot shower service and even a bar that situated by 20 minutes walk in the Refuge "Hotel".|
5 000 m / 16 404 tf
|Camp I is a tent camp above Plaza Argentina. It's situated at the end of the big glacier's moraine.|
Camp 2 (Guanaco)
5 500 m / 18 045 tf
|Camp 2 is situated above Camp 1 on the gravel slope. Sometimes it may be covered by snow.|
High Camp (Colera)
6 000 m / 19 685 tf
|The main high camp situated above Camp 1 and 2. It's located at the narrow field on the small col of the North Ridge. Sometimes may be covered by snow.|
6 500 m / 21 326 tf
|A tiny wooden cabin situated above summit camp. In general it's used as a shelter.|
6 700 m / 21 982 tf
|Steep scree couloir that leads to the summit ridge. Sometimes may be icy or snow covered.|
Move from Penitentes to Pampa de Leñas. You'll need to drive to Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua Park Entrance where you will get your permits checked at the Ranger station. Here your personal equipment will be picked up by the mules. They will transport it to base camp Plaza Argentina. Carrying only a day pack you head off to Pampa de Leñas by walking 4 or 5 hours, starting the 3 days approaching trek to the base camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Move from Pampa de Leñas to Casa de Piedra. On this day you advance towards an intermediate camp, passing through the Quebrada de Vacas, for 6 to 7 hours. This is where you will be able to see the first sight of the Western Face of the Aconcagua. You spend here you last approaching night before arriving to Base Camp.
Move from Casa de Piedra to Plaza Argentina. You start hiking for 5 to 6 hours, ascending the Relicho steep slope, which leads you to Inferior Plaza Argentina. This is where you will be able to see the last native vegetation before climbing towards the glaciers, where Plaza Argentina is situated.
Rest day at Plaza Argentina. This is a good opportunity to get to know the Camp, take a shower and explore the area. You will need to pass a medical check up, reorganize and review the equipment, prepare the loads for transportation for the next day. You can further support the acclimatization process by going on a short (3-4 hours) tour to the Cerro Colorado (4 566m). Cerro Colorado is a mountain with little technical difficulties and typical gravel slopes. Taking it slow, you reach the summit in 2–3 hours, where you are rewarded with a spectacular view. Overnight stay in tents at Plaza Argentina.
Carry loads to Camp 1 situated at 5 000 meters. Try to keep your backpack as light as possible and fundamentally to be able to gradually adapt to the altitude. The ascent starts on the broad ridge, along a narrow trench until said trench opens up again. Shortly before camp I, the path becomes slippery, the many loose rocks making it more difficult. Camp 1 follows just after the terminal moraine. Time for the ascent 4-5 hours, descent about 2 hours. Overnight stay in tents at Plaza Argentina.
Rest day at Base Camp. Use this day to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate yourselves and for abundant meals.
Move from Base Camp to Camp 1. The ascent to Camp 1 takes the first part of the Polish Route. After a 5 to 6 hour walk on gravel slopes you will arrive to Camp 1. Overnight at Camp 1.
Carry loads to Camp 2 situated at 5 500 meters. This is a hard day about 6 hours hiking on gravel slopes. At camp you'll cache your loads and have a brief rest before descending back to Camp 1 for overnight and rest day. Good acclimatization is still has a vital importance and this carry hike is another chance to support it.
Rest day at Camp 1. This gives you further acclimatization time and rest before moving higher to sleep.
You will carry and move to Camp 2, ascending the same route as the prior carry, while feeling much stronger and better acclimatized.
Move to High Camp, aka Colera, located on the North Ridge. On the approach, you'll enjoy magnificent views of the Polish Glacier. You'll traverse west across the Polish Glacier and up the snow/scree slope leading to Camp Colera, which offers breathtaking scenes of many of the highest peaks of the Andes. This is a single carry day in which pack weight may reach approximately 55 lbs. The weight depends on a number of factors including: weight of personal gear such as backpack; if extra days were used earlier in the trip consuming food and fuel; and temperature on the day of this carry (if all clothing is worn).
The summit day. It is the most demanding day of the expedition. You'll start between 4 and 6 o'clock in the morning, depending on the current weather conditions. It's going to be cold. Hopefully, the wind will stay calm this day. Following the well visible path, passing the white stones, you'll soon reach the ascent line of the normal route. Once you've reached the small wood cabin (Independencia) at about 6 500 meters, you will stop for a break. Then you will ascent through the “Portezuelo del Viento” , climb “La Canaleta”, and the “Filo del Guanaco”, that lead you to the summit. At the end of this experience, you will descend and have overnight in Camp Colera.
Descent to the Horcones Park Entrance. All your personal equipment will be picked up by the mules. They will transport it down to Horcones.
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