Day 1: Trek to Confluencia Camp
After the group meeting in Penitentes we will be transported to Horcones. This day we go to the entrance of the Aconcagua Park. We arrive to Horcones, the entrance to Aconcagua Park, where we check our entrance tickets with the Park Rangers. From there we get to see the first sight of the Aconcagua and start trekking for 4 to 5 hours, going around the Horcones River through the Valley of the same name, until we arrive to Camp Confluence at 3500 m. Our will be waiting for us with a comforting refreshment and we can rest until dinner.
Day 2: Breakfast and trekking to Plaza Francia
On our second day at the park we walk for 4 or 5 hours to Plaza Francia, 4200 m, bordering the Inferior Horcones River , seeing the transformation process of the water from fresh snow on the high peaks to different glacier forms, until it converts into a turbulent river. We can finally enjoy the spectacular scenery the Southern wall of the Aconcagua shows us, with its almost 3000 m vertical, hanging glaciers, channels and avalanches. It is a magnificent view you will never forget. In the afternoon we return to Confluence for dinner and rest.
Day 3: Approach from Confluence to Plaza de Mulas
This day begins early. After going through the last vegetation areas, we cross the "Playa Ancha", a deserted and very windy valley, formed by erosion of the large ancient glaciers. We climb little by little, while we go through the Superior Horcones Valley, overcoming the obstacles the Horcones River offers us. At the end of the walk, after 8 or 9 hours and after climbing the "Cuesta Brava", a large slope, we arrive at Plaza de Mulas, our base camp at 4250 m. At the camp we meet up with our personal equipment, the rest of the geear and the staff, there to assure us a comfortable stay.
Day 4: Rest in Plaza de Mulas
At Plaza de Mulas, we use this day to rest. This is a good oportunity to get to know the Camp, take a shower and explore the outskirts. We have meetings with the guide and a medical check up. It is also the moment you can get to know your expedition mates, from other parts of the world and the staff working at the camps. The sunset is a magnificent explosion of colors, and it reflects on the western wall of the Aconcagua.
Day 5: Descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes
This day we walk for approximately 7 hours, on our way to Horcones, where our vehicle will pick us up and take us to Penitentes, passing through the Cemetery of the Mountain Climbers and the Puente del Inca, point of extraordinary value because of its historic culture, geomorphology and thermal waters. Private transport to Penitentes. End of trek.
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