IMG Aconcagua Climb Itinerary
Most people normally rendezvous in Santiago. After arriving in Santiago, Chile you will fly to Mendoza, Argentina. Everyone needs to be on the morning Lan Chile flight. You will be met by private transportation, go to get our required permit and then have the afternoon to sort personal gear and relax.
Mules will be hired to carry group gear and food to base camp and members will carry only moderate loads to base camp. The approach takes three days. From here, we'll use standard McKinley tactics of climbing high and sleeping low in our attempt on Aconcagua. Several rest days are included. Following the climb, we'll travel back to Mendoza where we'll enjoy a celebratory team dinner, get some rest and be ready to fly for home the next day.
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|Depart the United States.|
|Arrive in Santiago, fly to Mendoza. Hotel night included.|
|Additional day in Mendoza to secure the permit, pack and enjoy Mendoza.|
|Early departure for Los Penitentes. Day spent packing loads, resting and generally getting ready to start our approach.|
|Drive to Punta del Vacas and begin approach march.|
|Continue approach march.|
|Reach base camp in the Guanacos Valley (13,000’).|
|Rest day at base camp.|
|Carry to Camp 1 (14,500’).|
|Move to Camp 1.|
|Carry to Camp II(17,800ft) via the Ameghino col and traverse to the Guanacos Helicopter camp (Guanacos route).|
|Move to Camp II/Helicopter Camp(17,800ft).|
|Carry to Camp III/High Camp(Piedras Blancas) at 19,500ft on the Guanacos route.|
|Rest/acclimatization day at CampII(17,800ft)|
|Move to High Camp(Piedras Blancas) at 19,500ft.|
|1st Potential summit day. Spend night at High Camp after summit.|
|Contingency Summit Day|
|Contingency Summit Day|
|Descend to Plaza de Mulas base camp(Normal Route) from High Camp|
|Hike out from Plaza de Mulas base camp to Penitentes|
|Drive from Penitentes to Mendoza and go out for a Celebration Dinner|
|Fly from Mendoza, Argentina|
Please Note: This is a probable but tentative itinerary. Our exact schedule above Camp 2 will be determined on the trip itself. Depending on factors including weather and group, we may well put in a Camp 3 located at approx. 20,000'.