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Aconcagua Ameghino Valley and Upper Guanacos

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 - 20 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Argentina   Chile   Bolivia  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   Heliskiing  
Season: November - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4500 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Group meets in Mendoza, Argentina. Equipment check and afternoon briefing will be at the hotel. For dinner we will have a chance to taste fine Argentinean cuisine and wine.

Day 2: Drive west from Mendoza to Penitentes ski area at 8,500’. Our drive winds along the Rio Mendoza deep into the heart of the rugged Andes mountains where we begin our acclimatization in Penitentes. Afternoon hike is recommended, though optional.

Days 3-5: Approach to Base Camp. Hike up the Vacas and Ameghino Valleys to Base Camp. Mules will carry our gear. Here we begin the route, which was established in 1934 by a Polish Expedition. Even today this eastern approach to the mountain is not as heavily traveled as the Normal Route. After three days of spectacular, colorful, high desert scenery we reach our Base Camp, at 13,800’. The hike to Base Camp is approximately 40 miles and gives us the perfect chance to begin our acclimatization.

Day 6: Rest and acclimatization day at Base Camp. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to make the summit. The most effective way to do this is to take the time to acclimatize to the low oxygen environment. We will incorporate rest days into our schedule and climb in traditional expedition style. We will be carrying loads up to the next camp and returning to sleep below at the previous camp. The next day we will move to the higher camp. This is an excellent method of acclimatization, which is our main focus throughout your expedition.

Day 7: Carry a load to Camp I, at 16,300’. The route goes up a gentle trail on the rocky moraine-covered Relinchos Glacier situated between Cerro Aconcagua and Cerro Ameghino. Here we will be able to see Nieve Penitentes, unique snow and ice formations created by the direct sun. Return to Base Camp.

Day 8: Leave Base Camp. Move to Camp I.

Day 9: Carry a load to Camp II, at 17,500’. Fantastic view of the Polish Glacier. We ascend scree slopes to a broad ridge crest where we will establish Camp II. After reaching the Ameghino saddle, a gentle easy traverse takes us to the Guanacos.

Day 10: Move to Camp II.

Day 11: Move to Camp III, at 17,800’. A carry will not be needed today, since we have already done our short carry most likely the day before. This is an easy day where we traverse from the saddle to the upper Guanacos, elevation gain is minimum.

Day 12: Carry to High Camp, Piedras Blancas (White Rocks), at 19,200’.

Day 13: Move to High Camp, from where we will tackle the summit the next day.

Days 14-17: Summit! Weather permitting. We leave several days for our summit day in case of poor weather.

Day 18: Descend down the Normal Route, all the way to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp, at 13,800’. This will be quite exciting since we descend a different side of the mountain.

Day 19: Descend the Horcones Valley with its impressive views of Aconcagua’s South Face. Mules carry our gear. Spend the night in Penitentes.

Day 20: Drive back to Mendoza. Evening banquet with your team. Spend night in Mendoza.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Professional Mountain Guides
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Mendoza at the Mendoza Park Hyatt Hotel with breakfast buffet (1 night at the beginning of the expedition and 1 night at the end of the expedition)
- 2 nights hotel accommodation, breakfasts and dinners in Penitentes - Land transportation
- Expedition food
- Community gear such as: tents, stoves, state of the art Base Camp, cooking gear, medical kits, satellite phones, radios, gamow bag, pulse-oximeters

Price Excludes:
- Round-trip flights to and from Mendoza, Argentina
- Aconcagua climbing permit fee (approx. $250, which you will pay in Mendoza, accompanied by your guide)
- Meals in Mendoza
- Personal equipment
- Passport, personal items and services (laundry, snacks, drinks, tips, etc.)
- Expenses incurred in the case of a rescue or early departure from the expedition
- SAT phone charges

About This Supplier
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Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2008

M18236 is an international climbing guide service based on over 28 years of professional guiding service on high altitude mountaineering expeditions world-wide. We are very proud to be guiding in the world's most spectacular mountain ranges of Alaska, Antarctica, Europe, Patagonia and South America. Today, M18236...

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