Aconcagua 360 Traverse Route

19 Days

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Mountaineering
Trekking
Winter Activity

A rewarding alternative climb to Aconcagua summit...

Climbing to the summit of Aconcagua and rising 4000ft above its surrounding peaks, provides an incredible perspective of the Andean mountains in Argentina. This trip offers participants the chance to test their endurance at high altitude on a non-technical route in full expedition mode and offers excellent preparation training and altitude experience for those wishing to climb up to 8000 metres on Himalayan expeditions.

  • Aconcagua 360 Traverse Route image
  • Highlights
  • Climb to roof of Americas
  • Quieter route
  • More scenery and wildlife
  • See the Polish Glacier
  • Guaranteed run dates
Carrying our equipment to base camp by mules we then adopt a proven climb high/sleep low approach as we establish a series of higher camps while ascending Aconcagua. We also include several inclement weather days as a contingency, allowing more time to maximise the chances of a successful summit bid. These vital factors are essential for proper acclimatisation and greatly improve our chance of success on this demanding expedition.

Our route to the summit from Vacas Valley is not technically difficult and is of similar difficulty to the Normal Route; however, it is physically more demanding because the distance is longer. Technically, the route crosses below the Polish Glacier and does not involve glacial travel, with only one section of hard snow, a 200-300m slope circa 30° where you would usually require crampons. The approach is made from the Valle de Vacas (Vacas Valley) heading to Base Camp at Plaza Argentina (4200m). From here we climb the mountain via the Falso Polacos Route.

Departing base camp we head to Camp 1, before a diagonal climb towards the right, from a rocky area (5605m) at the base of the Polish Glacier. Our route traverses the bottom, flat part of the glacier before arriving at the camp that marks the northern side of Aconcagua . After this, we follow our route north joining the Normal Route and the Canaleta, from where we approach the summit. Our descent is via the same route, returning to Plaza Argentina. The Polish Traverse approach offers groups a contrasting alternative to the increasingly popular Normal Route providing an aesthetically pleasing route with more solitude ascending the eastern aspect of the mountain.

Activity Information

Participation Statement
Mountaineering and trekking can be dangerous and carries an inherent risk of injury or death. Our professional guides continually undertake dynamic risk assessments to minimise the level of risk but it is impossible nor desirable to reduce the risk entirely, as objective dangers such as avalanches, rock fall and altitude sickness occur in the mountains. Participants must understand and accept these risks and take responsibility for their involvement.

Accommodation

Campsite accommodation in tents during the climb. Hotel accommodation at the beginning and end of climb. During the trek all meals are included. They are prepared following strict standards of hygiene and contain high nutritional value. They assure the right amount of carbohydrate and protein, everything the body needs to perform at high altitude, yet things which are easy to digest. We also cater for vegetarians upon request

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in the City of Mendoza. Private shuttle from airport to Mendoza Hotel. Purchase Permits. Review, rent or buy equipment. Welcome Dinner.

Day 2

Travel from Hotel in Mendoza to Hotel in Los Penitentes (2580m). Lunch in Valle Uspallata (in route to Los Penitentes) or Penitentes restaurant. Estimated time: 3 hours

Day 3

Shuttle from Los Penitentes to Punta de Vacas (2600m). Trekking from the Vacas Valley entrance to Pampa de Leñas (2800m) Estimated time: 4 hours

Day 4

Trekking to Casa de Piedra (3200m) Estimated time: 6 hours

Day 5

Trekking to Base Camp at Plaza Argentina (4200m) Estimated time: 6-7 hours

Day 6

Rest day at Plaza Argentina Base Camp

Day 7

Practice load carrying and acclimatisation from base camp to Camp (4850m). Return to base camp for overnight stay. Estimated time: 5 hours

Day 8

Rest day Plaza Argentina Base Camp

Day 9

Climb to Camp 1 (4850m) Estimated time: 4-5 hours

Day 10

Practice load carrying and acclimatisation from Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5605m). Return to Camp 1 for overnight stay. Alternatively: Climb to Camp 1.5 (5330m). Estimated time: 5-6 hours

Day 11

Rest day at Camp 1. Alternatively: Climb to Camp 2. Return to Camp 1.5 for overnight stay.

Day 12

Climb to Camp 2.

Day 13

Climb to Camp 3, Rocas Blancas (6095m). Estimated time: 6 hours

Day 14

Possible Summit Attempt 1, return to Camp 3 or 2 for overnight stay. Estimated time: 8-10 hours

Day 15

Possible Summit Attempt 2, return to Camp 3 or Camp 2 for overnight stay.

Day 16

Descend from Camp 3 or Camp 2 to Base Camp at Plaza Argentina. Alternatively: Traverse Camp 3 and descend to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4260m). Estimated time: 5-6 hours

Day 17

Descend to Pampa de Leñas (2800m). Alternatively: Descend to Confluencia Camp (3300m). Estimated time: 7-8 hours

Day 18

Pampa de Leñas to Vacas Valley entrance. Shuttle to Mendoza hotel followed by farewell dinner and handing out of certificates. Alternatively: Confluencia to Puente del Inca (2700m). Shuttle to hotel. Estimated time: 3 hours walking and 3 hours by vehicle

Day 19

Private shuttle from your hotel to the airport for departure to the UK

Reference

  • TThis itinerary is only intended as a guide. Adventure travel can be affected by a huge variety of factors including adverse weather, landslides, strikes, breakdowns and the need to spend time acclimatising is crucial to the overall success of the expedition. Our staff will work hard to give you the best possible experience but please be aware that there are some things outside of our control.

What's Included?

  • Full event planning and client liaison
  • Private return shuttle from airport to Mendoza Hotel
  • 2 nights hotel double occupancy rooms with breakfast included
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner-lunch in Mendoza (Drinks include one bottle of mineral water)
  • Help in obtaining the necessary climbing permits
  • Transportation in private vehicles from hotel in Mendoza to Los Penitentes and back
  • Lunch in Valle Uspallata in route to Los Penitentes (Drinks include one mineral water)
  • 1 night in Hotel Penitentes, double occupancy rooms, includes dinner (Drinks include one mineral water) and breakfast
  • Transportation from Los Penitentes to Valle de las Vacas trailhead
  • Mules for the transport of equipment from Puente del Inca (Los Puquios) to Plaza Argentina and back, or from Plaza de Mulas to Puente del Inca (Traverse route). Limit of 30kg per person. We also transport the personal equipment to the intermediate camps at Pampa de Leñas and Casa de Piedra
  • Food and drinks in Pampa de Leñas, 2 nights
  • Food and drinks in Casa de Piedra, 1 night
  • Food, drinks and base camp service in Plaza Argentina for up to 5 nights. Includes: private mess tent with tables and seats, all necessary dishes (knife, fork, spoon, plate and thermal glass), served meals, cook, equipment storage tent for use while group is at the higher camps, electric lights, permanent radio communication, toilet tent)
  • Food and drinks in Confluencia, 1 night; including Geodesic Domes with real beds, carpeted floors, heating system, hot shower, and a toilet seat bathroom. Our camps also have solar energy system, VHF and BLU communications
  • Food, drinks and base camp service in Plaza de Mulas, 1 night; including private mess tent with tables and seats, all necessary dishes, served meals, cook, equipment storage tent for use while group is at the higher camps, electric lights, permanent radio communication, toilet tent, high quality four season tents (North Face, Mountain Hard Wear), stoves, cookware and dishes
  • All necessary food for the high camps
  • Bilingual high altitude mountain guide and assistants (depending on the size of the group, ratio 1:3)
  • Medical kits during expedition
  • Radio for permanent communication between base camp, Mendoza and Puente del Inca to be able to co-ordinate different logistical issues, reservations and when necessary rescues or evacuations
  • Big discount on clothing and equipment from Cotswold Outdoors and Montane

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Climbing permits (prices vary according to the season)
  • Mendoza food and drink not mentioned in the itinerary or above
  • Personal porters
  • Individual gear
  • Extra costs incurred as a result of leaving the expedition early/late
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Costs incurred as a result of an emergency rescue
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, mail, telephone calls and other items not mentioned above)
  • All other services not listed as included
  • Tips for local guides

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Grade: Demanding

Suitable for...

Aconcagua is the highest trekking peak in the world and is a strenuous summit excursion, ideally suited to those with previous trekking experience above 5000m. It offers a logical progression from Kilimanjaro and is a more demanding challenge that requires thorough preparation to maximise your chances of success. Although experience in the use of crampons is not essential, it is beneficial if you have some previous experience of backpacking and camping in winter conditions.

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