The Mount Aconcagua Normal Route presents minimum technical difficulties but it requires an excellent physical condition. There aren’t any permanent snow fields, although the climbers must be well equipped with good double boots, crampons, and ice axe. The Horcones Valley is used to approach the Mount Aconcagua Normal Route, and the lower part is used as the initial approach to the routes of the Mount Aconcagua South Face. This approach begins at the Horcones Lake, here is a park rangers office, who will check your permit and hand over litter bags; the trekking begins here.
Aconcagua Normal Route
The Mount Aconcagua Normal Route presents minimum technical difficulties but it requires an excellent physical condition. There aren’t any permanent snow fields, although the climbers must be well equipped with good double boots, crampons, and ice axe. The Horcones Valley is used to approach the Mount Aconcagua Normal Route, and the lower part is used as the initial approach to the routes of the Mount Aconcagua South Face. This approach begins at the Horcones Lake, here is a park rangers office, who will check your permit and hand over litter bags; the trekking begins here. Until you reach the west bank of the Horcones River that rapidly crosses to the east bank across a footbridge and the trail stays on this side for 8 Km, which is the point where the Inferior Horcones River joins the Superior Horcones River. In Confluencia stay the second office the Rangers.Keep the way from Confluencia turning right after you cross the second bridge. The trail stays on the east side of the Horcones River, passing a wet meadow, followed by Piedra Grande. At 12 Km from Confluencia enters from the right the Quebrada del Sargento Mas. Passing this point we find Playa Ancha. The Ibañez campsite is found at the end of Playa Ancha. Colombia refuge which is destroyed construction, it might be necessary to make at least 5 vados. Then the trail makes a continuos ascent of 2 Km. (the rough ascent) up to the new Plaza de Mulas. Plaza de Mulas is the traditional base camp of the Mount Aconcagua Normal Route.
Start Of Season
Transportation from the airport to the Hotel and from Mendoza to the Airport.
Two (2) hotel nights (tourist class) in the center of Mendoza. Double room with continental breakfast included.
Assistance to obtain permission to enter the Aconcagua Park.
One (1) night at the Penitentes hotel. Double rooms. Dinner and continental breakfast included.
Mules for the transport of cargo from Puente del Inca to Plaza de Mulas and return.
Transport to Horcones Lake to start the trekking approach to the mountain.
Food and drink in the confluence field. Two (2) nights in total. Includes cook and all meals.
Meals, drinks and Base Camp Service at Base Camp Plaza de Mulas. Includes: Private confectionery Shop with tables and benches, dishes, all meals served, electric light.
Permanent radio communication with Mendoza.
High mountain guide.
Pots, stoves, fuel, food and tents at the base camp.
VHF radio to obtain permanent communication with Base Field.
Permanent technical advice about the personal equipment before departure.
Dates & Prices
|November 20,2020||December 06, 2020|
|December 01, 2020||December 19, 2020|
|December 10, 2020||December 27, 2020|
|December 15, 2020||January 03, 2021|
|December 22, 2020||January 08, 2022|
|December 28, 2020||January 14, 2021|
|January 05, 2021||January 22, 2021|
|January 10, 2021||January 27, 2021|
|January 18, 2021||February 04, 2021|
|January 26, 2021||February 13, 2021|
|February 05, 2021||February 22, 2021|
|November 20, 2022||December 06, 2022|
Normal Route Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival in mendoza
They will be removed from Mendoza Airport and transferred to our comfortable hotel located in the heart of Mendoza. This day is planned for you to relax or enjoy the city. At night, you will meet with the leader of the expedition and other expeditions to enjoy a dinner at one of the best restaurants in Mendoza, where you can taste typical Argentinian food. (Note: The meals included in the cost are designated as breakfasts, dinners and lunches).
Day 2 - Puente Pel Inca
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Permit Office in Mendoza (ascension permits not included); then it will be directed to our comfortable hotel located in Puente del Inca, 2700m. B D. with private bathroom and hot water. With half board (breakfast and dinner).
Day 3 - Confluence
On this day you will be transferred to the entrance of the Aconcagua Normal Route, which is at an altitude of 2820mts, where your permit will be requested. Our teams will be loaded on the mules and directed to Plaza de Mulas (Base Camp). From this point the expedition will begin, since we will stop moving in vehicles and we will start the trek, during 2:30 or 3:30 hs, until our first field in Confluencia, at 3320 mts high, where the Horcones lower and Horcones superior. On this night we will camp, BLD.
Day 4 - Confluence
To maximize our chances of acclimatization on the mountain, we will hike during the day. This trek will take us to the Bajos Horcones River and then to the Horcones Glacier, where you will enjoy beautiful views of the south face of Aconcagua. Then we will return to our field in Confluencia, 3320m, B L D.
Day 5 - Plaza De Mulas
Leaving Confluencia, we will walk to Plaza de Mulas, our base camp for the expedition of the Aconcagua Normal Route, which is at 4200mts. This walk will take around 7 or 8 hours. through the Horcones valley, where the last traces of vegetation disappear. You can make use of ecological bath / shower, B L D.
Day 6 - Plaza De Mulas
Again, to maximize our chances of acclimatization in the mountain, explorations will be made in the surroundings of the base camp of the Aconcagua Normal Route, B L D.
Day 7 - Plaza De Mulas - Canada - Plaza De Mulas
On this day we will move our equipment to "Campo 1", known as Campo Canada, at 4877m. The transfer of the equipment is done by a zigzag path, in a 6 or 7 hs walk to the field, and then back to Plaza de Mulas, where we will camp again, B L D.
Day 8 - Plaza De Mulas
Again, to maximize our chances of acclimatization in the mountains, we will take a hike to Horcones Superior Glacier, where we can get acquainted with our team. Our expert local guide will give explanations and make demonstrations for the ascent to the Glacier. The rest of the day will be used to relax and explore the surroundings, B L D.
Day 9 - Plaza De Mulas - Canada
On this day we will leave Plaza de Mulas to go to Camp 1 (4877m), with the rest of our equipment. The ascension of this day will also be difficult, so a good hydration will be very important. The walk should take between 3 and 4 hours, and the rest of the day will be used to rest, B L D.
Day 10 - Canada - Nido De Condores - Canada
During this day we will continue our ascent taking our equipment to "field 2", also known as Nido de Cóndores, located at 5365m. This walk will last around 3 or 5 hours. Then we will return to Camp 1 to spend the night, B L D.
Day 11 - Canada - Nido de Condores
Again we will ascend with our teams in a 3 hour hike, until the "Field 2". The afternoon will be used to relax and explore the surroundings, B L D.
Day 12 - Nido de Condores - Berlin
During this day we will leave "Field 2" and we will go with our teams to "Field 3", also known as Campo Berlín, which is at 5950m. The walk of this day will be quiet and should not take more than 2.5 or 3 hours; In any case, it is important to remain active for acclimatization, B L D.
Day 13 - Summit Day Aconcagua Normal Route
On this day we will leave the field very early in the morning to begin our ascent to the summit, through the "normal route", passing the "Independencia" hut, built in 1951 at a height of 6400mts. From here we will continue towards Cresta del Viento and then we will cross the upper area of the "Gran Acarreo", at the foot of the famous "Canaleta. Probably, this last area is the most difficult to climb, since it is 400 meters high, with 33º water falls with ice and snow, which requires extreme care and determination. La Canaleta reaches the summit of "Cresta del Guanaco", the chain between the South Summit and the North Summit, our ultimate goal, at 6960 meters or 22,841 feet. Our ascent to the summit takes.