Traverse 360



ACONCAGUA - TRAVErse 360
(6962 meters)

MENDOZA province


A different experience

This is a different trail that will allow you to learn about high mountain terrain and about yourself.

It is a demanding experience that requires passengers to be en excellent shape. We will follow a unique trail that bring us to the summit of the tallest mountain the Americas, crossing through an isolated valley and seeing incredible wild life along the way.

Daily ITINERARY


Day 1: Mendoza - Penitentes

Day 2: Penitentes- Pampa de Leñas

Day 3: Casa de Piedra (“Stone house”) – Plaza Argentina, Base camp

Day 5: Rest in Plaza Argentina

Day 6: Portage to Campsite 1

Day 7: Rest in Plaza Argentina

Day 8: Plaza Argentina – Campsite 1

Day 9: Portage to Campsite 2

Day 10: Rest in Campsite 1

Day 11: Campsite 1 – Campsite 2

Day 12: Campsite 2 – Campsite 3

Day 13: Campsite 3 – Summit

Day 14: Campsite 3 – Plaza de Mulas

Day 15: Plaza de Mulas – Penitentes –Mendoza

Days 16 and 17: Extra days in case of bad weather

Mountain Duck and our guides can modify the itinerary of the ascent according to the needs of the group and the climatic conditions.

DAy 1: MENDOZA – PENITENTES


Once in Mendoza, we will buy permits to enter Parque Aconcagua with the assistance of our coordinators. The paperwork is completed in the office of tourism, located in one of the most central areas of the city. Don’t forget to bring your passport!

Our guides will check your equipment and, if it is necessary, there will be time to buy or rent additional items in Mendoza. Next we will go to Penitents and begin the acclimatization process.


In Penitentes we will order all of our equipment, separating things that will the mules will take directly to the base camp (Plaza Argentina) and the equipment that we will need during the hike (Pampa de Leñas and Casa de Piedra).  While the mules will accompany us during the hike and sleep in the same campsites, it is always a good idea to send things directly to the base camp to avoid confusion with our bags.

DAy 2: PENITENTES – PAMPA DE LEÑAS


Now we can begin our adventure!!!

We will take a short trip to the entrance of Park Aconcagua. We will show our permits to the park rangers and begin our hike.

On the first day we will walk along Quebrada de Vacas, following the River of the same name in a valley that is narrow in some areas and wide in others. After four hours of hiking we will arrive at Pampa de Leñas (2,950 meters above sea level) to our first campsite, where our mule drivers will prepare a typical argentine asado, or barbeque. We will spend the night here.

DAy 3: PAMPA DE LEÑAS - CASA DE PIEDRA


The mules leave early so our team must be ready first thing in the morning. After having breakfast and drinking a lot of liquid, which is important for acclimatization, we will begin our second day.

We will arrive at the next campsite, Casa de Piedra (“Stone house”) at 2,340 meters above sea level, after 5 hours of hiking.

Before arriving we will have our first view of Aconcagua and the incredible Glaciar de los Ingleses (“Glacier of the English”) and the Glaciar de los Polacos (“Glacier of the Polish”).
 

DAy 4: CASA DE PIEDRA – PLAZA ARGENTINA, base CAMP


We will get ready for another day of hiking. The mules will leave early again today, and we will too.

We will begin the most difficult ascents; this is the most challenging day of our hike but the incredible view will refresh us.

We will finally arrive at the Plaza Argentina (4,190 meters above sea level), which will be our base camp for the next days.

 

DAy 5: rest in PLAZA ARGENTINA


In order to acclimatize and increase the probability of reaching the summit, we will need to rest well and drink a lot of liquids.

In the Plaza Argentina we will have everything we need to recuperate our energy and our equipment will be waiting for us here.
 

DAy 6: PORTage to CAMPsite 1


As part of the acclimatization process, we will bring our equipment to campsite 1 (5,100 meters above sea level). This will allow us to acclimatize better and also to lighten our bags.

It is possible to find porter services between the campsites.

The campsite enjoys a gorgeous view of the valleys Río Vacas and Mendoza. After taking pictures and resting, we will descend to the base camp.


DAy 7: rest iN PLAZA ARGENTINA


We will prepare for the next days at high altitude, taking advantage of this day to continue the acclimatization process, rest, drink a lot of liquids and check our equipment.

DAy 8: PLAZA ARGENTINA – CAMPsite 1


We will leave Plaza Argentina and continue our hike to the summit! We will ascend to campsite 1 to sleep, where we previously brought some of our equipment.

At this altitude, the nights are very cold and there is a lot of wind, so we will have to secure the tents with rocks.  
 

DAy 9: PORTage tO CAMPsite 2


We will continue our adventure after a hearty breakfast. We will ascend to campsite 2 (5,830 meters above sea level), bringing part of our equipment, just as we did to campsite 1. This will help us acclimatize successfully.

Campsite 2 is located at the base of the well-known Glaciar de los Polacos and has an impressive view of its walls of white ice. After taking some pictures, we will descent to campsite 1.
 

DAy 10: rest in CAMPsite 1


This will be our last day of rest, where we can enjoy an incredible view of Aconcagua. The summit is nearby!

Day 11: CAMPsite 1 – CAMPsite 2


We will continue the ascent. Windstorms are very common at this altitude and might make our hike more difficult. This is why acclimatization and resting beforehand is so important!

We will spend the night at campsite 2 at the base of Glaciar de los Polacos.

 

DAy 12: CAMPsite 2 – CAMPsite 3


We will ascend to what will be our last high altitude campsite before attacking the summit. Our hike today begins at the Glaciar de los Polacos and continues along a zigzag path that will bring us to campsite 3 (6,250 meters above sea level) where we will spend the night.>

DAy 13: CAMPsite 3 – summit 


Our day will begin early when it is still night and very cold. It is important to bundle up! We will get dressed inside our tents, put on our crampons and mittens, and start to hike using our headlamps. It will be cold but we will soon see an unforgettable sunrise! The sunrise will give us energy to continue hiking.

We will take a break at the Refugio de Independencia at 6,300 meters above sea level after ascending to the legendary “Portezuelo del Viento” and go deep into the path that leads to the Gran Acarreo. We will arrive at La Cueva (“The Cave”), located at the base of “la canaleta” and take another break.

The summit is within our sight, we are almost there! We will ascend to “la canaleta” and when we arrive at the Filo de Guanaco (6,800 meters above sea level), Aconcagua will dazzle us with a magnificent view of its southern face. We are only steps away from the summit!

WE ARRIVE AT THE SUMMIT!! 6,962 meters above sea level. We did it! We reached the summit, another dream fulfilled. The view is stunning; it is hard to imagine. Mountains, hills and glaciers surround us.


After celebrating, we will begin the descent to campsite 3 where we will spend the night.

 


 

DAy 14: CAMPsite 3 – PLAZA DE MULAS


After resting all night at campsite 3 we will begin the descent to the base camp Plaza de Mulas (4,350 meters above sea level) where our descent equipment, carried by our mules, will be waiting for us. We will have a delicious meal here.

 

DAy 15: PLAZA DE MULAS – PENITENTES –MENDOZA


We will continue the descent, but this time passing through the Valle de Horcones (“Pitchfork Valley”) and campsite Confluencia.

 

 

We will arrive at the park entrance having completed the 360 crossing! A private transportation service will be waiting to bring us to Mendoza after the arrival of our mules and our equipment.

Once in the city of Mendoza, where we will spend the night, we will enjoy a refreshing bath and dinner.

Days 16 and 17


Extra days in case of bad weather.

INCLUDED SERVICES 


Transportation Airport- Penitentes – Punta de Vacas round trip

Two nights of accommodation

Professional guide and assistant during the entirety of the expedition

Altitude tents

Meals during the expedition

Permanent high-frequency radio communication
 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED


Porter service for transportation of equipment

Personal equipment

Personal medication for clients (although we do have a first-aid kit)

Extra nights of accommodation

Any other cost incurred by the passenger during the expedition

Drinks

Telephone and internet communication

Any other service not specified in this document

 

PERSONAL equipment

 

Neoprene mattress pads

Duvet sleeping bag

Gaiters

Double boots

Hiking boots

Thick thermal socks (2 pairs)

Regular socks (2 pairs)

Long underwear or leggings

Warm pants (polar tech)

Waterproof pants

Hiking pants

Shorts (optional)

Long-sleeve thermal shirt

Polar tech jacket

Synthetic or down jacket

Raincoat

Glove liner (thin)

Polar tech gloves

Down mittens

70 liter backpack

PVC bag (polyvinyl chloride)

Personal documents

Camera (optional)

Sun hat Polar

tech hat

Sun glasses

Ski poles

Liter thermos or water bottle

Headlamp with extra batteries

Lip protection

Sun protection

Toothbrush and paste

Feminine hygiene products

Toilet paper