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.
As of January 7th, 2013, US, Australian or Canadian citizens traveling to Argentina must pay the reciprocity fee online prior to entering Argentina through any of its airports. Please visit reciprocidad.provincianet.com.ar to pay the reciprocity fee before you depart from home.
|Day 01||Depart the United States.|
|Day 02||Arrive in Santiago, fly to Mendoza. Hotel night included.|
|Day 03||Additional day in Mendoza to secure the permit, pack and enjoy Mendoza.|
|Day 04||Early departure for Los Penitentes. Day spent packing loads, resting and generally getting ready to start our approach.|
|Day 05||Drive to Punta del Vacas and begin approach march.|
|Day 06||Continue approach march.|
|Day 07||Reach base camp in the Guanacos Valley (13,000').|
|Day 08||Rest day at base camp.|
|Day 09||Carry to Camp 1 (14,500').|
|Day 10||Move to Camp 1.|
|Day 11||Carry to Camp II(17,800ft) via the Ameghino col and traverse to the Guanacos Helicopter camp (Guanacos route).|
|Day 12||Move to Camp II/Helicopter Camp(17,800ft).|
|Day 13||Carry to Camp III/High Camp(Piedras Blancas) at 19,500ft on the Guanacos route.|
|Day 14||Rest/acclimatization day at CampII(17,800ft)|
|Day 15||Move to High Camp(Piedras Blancas) at 19,500ft.|
|Day 16||1st Potential summit day. Spend night at High Camp after summit.|
|Day 17||Contingency Summit Day|
|Day 18||Contingency Summit Day|
|Day 19||Descend to Plaza de Mulas base camp(Normal Route) from High Camp|
|Day 20||Hike out from Plaza de Mulas base camp to Penitentes|
|Day 21||Drive from Penitentes to Mendoza and go out for a Celebration Dinner|
|Day 22||Fly from Mendoza, Argentina|
|Day 23||Arrive home|
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'.