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Aconcagua, often referred to as the "Stone Sentinel," is the highest peak in South America, the highest peak in the world outside of Asia, and one of the Seven Summits. A guided climb of Aconcagua, which rises 4,000 feet above neighboring peaks, is a great way to experience the spectacular Andes of Argentina.

All of our equipment is carried to base camp by mules. We follow the philosophy of climb high and sleep low as we establish a series of higher camps while ascending Aconcagua. We have also built in numerous inclement weather days to the schedule to allow more time to attempt the summit climb. These factors enable proper acclimatization and greatly increase our chance for success.

 Day1 : Depart home. 

 
Day2 : Arrive in Mendoza. 14 Peak guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel in Mendoza. Exploring the charming city of Mendoza, in the heart of wine country, is always a highlight of this trip. This is a good day to wander about the town, enjoy the many parks, sidewalk cafes, delicious local cuisine, and take care of last minute details. Meet at the hotel in the evening for a group dinner and orientation.
 
 
Day3 : Leave Mendoza early and arrive at Puente del Inca mid afternoon - about four hours driving time. We will spend the night in dormitory style rooms near Puente del Inca. The name Puente del Inca comes from the impressive natural bridge which crosses the Rio de las Cuevas.
 
 
Day4 : We drive to the trailhead, just outside of town, and begin our approach to Aconcagua. All of our expedition food and equipment will be carried by mules, enabling us to enjoy this spectacular hike with a light daypack. The trail follows the Horcones River for 5 miles to the junction of the Lower and the Upper Horcones River. After crossing the Lower Horcones on a footbridge, we continue up the river valley towards Confluencia where we will set up our camp. We spend two nights at Confluencia in order to adequately acclimatize.
 
 
Day5 : After breakfast, we will day hike to Plaza Francia, which sits beneath the massive 10,000 foot South Face of Aconcagua, one of the world's most difficult alpine climbs. The path climbs gradually up this impressive valley on the lateral moraine of a beautiful glacial tongue flowing from the south face of Aconcagua. This is a great acclimatization hike and offers spectacular views of one of the largest rock and ice faces in the world! We then return to camp at Confluencia.
 
 
Day6 : We will complete the hike to our base camp, at Plaza de Mulas, by covering about 14 miles in 7 to 9 hours. Several stream crossings are met during the day and can be made easier if you have brought along a pair of sandals. This is a long and difficult day, but you will enjoy impressive views of Aconcagua, Cerro Cuerno, and the surrounding peaks. Mules carry the majority of the equipment and provisions to base camp.
 
Day7 : Today is scheduled for rest and acclimatization.
 
 
Day8 : Throughout our climb of Aconcagua we follow the philosophy of climb high-sleep low as we ascend the mountain. Today we carry gear up toward Camp Canada or Camp 1. From our base camp at Plaza de Mulas we follow the trail as it gradually switchbacks up steep scree slopes to the rock spires that mark Canada Camp. We cache food and gear here and then return to base camp. This usually takes 4 to 6 hours round trip.
 
 
Day9 : Today is dedicated toward rest, acclimatization and preparation for the summit push.
 
 
Day10 : We leave base camp and climb up the scree slopes once again to the pinnacles surrounding the flat promontory of Camp Canada. Next two nights at Camp Canada.
 
 
Day11 : Today we complete another carry of gear and food to Camp II or Nido de Condores. From Canada we make a long ascending traverse up toward an intermediate camp, Cambio de Penitentes. After a break we continue up toward the saddle between Aconcagua and Cerro Cuerno where Camp 2 is located. This is a large flat area with some large rocks that provide wind breaks. The view to the south, across a vast scree field called the Gran Acarreo, reveals the famous Canaleta couloir and the summit of Aconcagua. After making a cache, we descend to Canada for the evening.
 
Day12 : After breaking camp, we move our gear and ourselves to Nido de Condores.
 
 
Day13 : Our route from here ascends the subtle crest of the Northwest Ridge towards our Camp 3 (Berlin Camp). We will again follow the philosophy of carry high and sleep low and cache food and gear at Berlin Camp, then return to Nido de Condores.
 
Day14 : We move to Berlin Camp, our high camp on Aconcagua. The afternoon is dedicated to resting and getting ready for our summit attempt.
 
 
Day 15-16 : Two summit days have been scheduled into the itinerary in case of bad weather at any part of the climb. In addition, day 18 can also be used as an alternate summit day if climbers return to base camp on that day.
 
Summit Day: From our high camp, the route continues along the Northwest ridge, passing the highest refuge in the world, Refugia Independencia, at 21,476 feet. From these ruins we continue climbing up and right, crossing the Cresta del Viento (Windy Crest). From here we traverse the upper part of the Gran Acarreo, which leads to the Canaleta; the most famous and challenging part of the Normal Route. The Canaleta is an approximately 30-degree scree gully that rises 1,300 feet and requires great patience and stamina. Above the Canaleta, you will find yourself on the Cresta del Guanaco, the ridge that joins the lower South Summit to the higher North Summit. We follow the ridge crest to the 22,841-foot true summit, where aluminum cross marks the highest point in the Western Hemisphere! The 360-degree view from the summit is awe-inspiring as you gaze out towards the numerous 20,000-foot peaks of the Andes. Summitting and returning back down to the Berlin Camp usually takes between 9-12 hours.
 
Day17 : Extra day 
 
 
Day18 : We rapidly descend down the mountain, and marvel at how oxygen rich the air becomes with each 1,000 feet of elevation loss! Return to our base camp, Plaza de Mulas. 4-6 hours.
 
 
Day19 : We get an early start and continue our descent as we hike out to Puenta del Inca, 10 to 12 hours. Overnight at the Hosteria.
 
 
Day20 : Return to Mendoza for your late afternoon to evening flight home. Please consult our office for scheduling.
 
Day21 : Arrive home.
Included services
  • Baggage (for allowance see 14 peak expedition  handbook)
  • All transfers, trips by bus and jeep
  • Organisation of the entire expedition
  • Information meeting at Bächli Bergsport, Bern
  • Full-board during the entire expedition (for individual snacks see 14 peak expedition  handbook)
  • Hotel nights: 2 in Mendoza, 2 in Uspallata; rest of the nights in tents
  • Good group tent, lavatory tent
  • Tips on behalf of 14 peak expedition  (for individual tips see 14 peak  handbook)
  • Accommodation in double tents
  • Tents for the high camps
  • High mountain stoves
  • High porters for tents, fuel, stoves and group food 
  • Preparation of food by local mountain guides in the high camps 
  • Communication (radio) in base camp 
  • Walkie-talkies (9 volt)
  • Satellite phone, call charges excluded (only at base camp)
  • Weatherforecast at base camp by local agency 
  • Pack animals to/from base camps (see "support")
  • Pharmacy with pulse oximeter
  • Kitchen: cook and kitchen assistants
  • 1 local mountain guide per 4 participants
  • Certified mountain guide (6 or more participants required)
Excluded services
  • Insurance (see "insurance")
  • All beverages
  • Personal porter to/from high camps can be organised on-site (see "support")
  • Personal medication (see 14 peak  handbook)
  • Summit permit for the Aconcagua
  • Additional costs arising due to changes in the programme
  • international flight 

Member Personal Equipment

S/No:  Particular.  Qty
(1). : Down suits (dangri) 1
(2)  : Summit shoe La Sportiva Olympus monts Evo 1
(3)  : Walking/ Hikking  shoe 1 & Trekking boot 1
(4)  : Crampon 1
(5)  : Summit Glove (Mitten) 1
(6)  : Normal gloves 2
(7)  : Summit Snow goggles 1
(8)  : Glacier glasses 1
(9)  : Ice axe 1
(10) : Harness & tapsling  1
(11) : Jumer 1
(12) :  Carabiners (normal) 3
(13) : Sleeping bag (-40C) 1
(14) : Down filled Mattress 1
(15) : Summit socks 2
(16) : Normal socks 6 
(17) : Climbing bag (40 ltr) 1
(18) : Helmet 1
(19) : Down jacket 1
(20) : Down trouser 1
(21) : 8 finger / descender 1
(22) : Headlamp (Icon or Spot) 1
(23) : Gore-tex jacket 1
(24) : Gore-tex trouser 1
(25) : Fleece jacket 3
(26) : Fleece trouser 2
(27) : Fleece liner gloves 3
(28) : Screw Gate Carabiner 2
(29) : Balaclava (windstopper) 1
(30) : Thermos bottle 1
(31) : Base layer (woolen) 2 (set)
(32) : Water bottle normal 1
(33) : Sun cream 50spf 
(34) : Leap Gurd 30spf 
(35) : Swise Knife  1
 
Climbing Gears wich is Company will manage for the team  
S/No Particular
(1)  : Ice crews 1
(2)  : Fix rope  
(3)  : snow bars
(4)  : EPI gas
(5)  : Rock piton
(6)  : Carabiners (normal)
(7)  : High tent
(8)  : Summit rope
(9)  : Cooking pot
(10) : Snow shovel
(12) : ce hammer / adge (set)
(13) : Member high food
(14) : Oxygen bottle  (O2) 
(15) : Oxygen Mask & regulator 
(16) : Quick Draws