Aconcagua Climb - Polish Traverse

Technical skills

Low

Fitness level

High

Trip length
21 days
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Price starting from
$5,775
per person, excluding flights

Overview

Aconcagua, standing at 22,841 ft, it is the second highest mountain of the Seven Summits after Everest and the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere. A significant challenge, the mountain sits in an arid, hot climate which makes for favorable climbing but still offers some snow and cramponing near the the peak. The altitude, elevation gains and heavy loads make it a unique and amazing accomplishment for even the experienced climber. ...
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Aconcagua, standing at 22,841 ft, it is the second highest mountain of the Seven Summits after Everest and the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere. A significant challenge, the mountain sits in an arid, hot climate which makes for favorable climbing but still offers some snow and cramponing near the the peak. The altitude, elevation gains and heavy loads make it a unique and amazing accomplishment for even the experienced climber.
The Polish Traverse route climbs the east side of the mountain through the Vacas and Relinchos valleys using Plaza Argentina. Historically this has been a less crowded way to ascend the mountain. After a summit bid we descend the west side of the mountain via the “Normal Route” through Plaza de Mulas camp. We chose this route as it offers a more direct descent from high camp and a shorter trek off the mountain.
With the opportunity to see all aspects of the mountain and reach the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, this surely ranks among our most rewarding expeditions. This trip offers participants the chance to test their endurance at high altitude without the complexities of glacier travel, but still in a full-blown expedition context. And, for those desiring to climb on Himalayan expeditions to the 8000-meter giants, this climb provides excellent training and experience at higher altitudes.
Expedition Highlights:
Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Mendoza .
Join our Arrieros (mule drivers) while they cook the traditional meal “Asado” (BBQ meats, veggies, bread, and of course Argentinian wine) over an open fire and under the stars on the trek in to base camp.
Watch the shadow of Aconcagua grow larger, cast by the rising sun over the Andean range, on summit morning.
Look down from the summit ridge on the mighty South Face, climbed by Reinhold Messner, as well as by other infamous climbers.
Celebrate your success with a relaxing wine tour of the famous Mendoza wine region after the climb.
Included:
Guides: Professional Mountain Guides
Mule Service: Reliable, professional mule support from the best local outfitters.
Hotels: One night lodging in Mendoza, one night lodging at Penitentes, our jumping off point for Aconcagua, and one night lodging in Mendoza upon our return.
Transportation: All group transportation while on the expedition. If you depart early then the added expenses for transport, lodging, rescue, and evacuation is your own responsibility.
Food: All expedition (on Mountain) food is covered including breakfast, dinner, snacks and hot drinks, and breakfast at the Penitentes Hotel. Lunch and in town/Penitentes restaurant meals are your own expense.
All Group Gear: Four season tents, cooking gear, group duffels, stoves, etc.
First Aid Equipment
Satellite Phone: To update the blog and available to clientele at $3/min

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Itinerary

Depart from home. 
Arrive in Mendoza. A Mountain Madness guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Exploring the charming city of Mendoza is always a highlight of this trip. Here, we take a day and evening to enjoy the many parks, sidewalk cafes, red wine and the delicious steaks. We will meet at the hotel in the evening for a group dinner and orientation.
We leave Mendoza early and arrive at Puente del Inca in the mid afternoon after about a four hour drive. We spend the night in dormitory style rooms near Puente del Inca. The name Puente del Inca comes from the impressive natural bridge which crosses the Rio de las Cuevas.
After a short drive we reach Puenta de Vacas (7,628 feet) where we begin our approach to the mountain. We hike 5 miles up the west side of the Rio de las Vacas to the Las Lenas shelter. We set up our camp at about 8,900 feet.
We continue hiking up the Rio de Las Vacas, 11 miles to the Casa de Piedra shelter at 10,560'. Here, you may receive your first view of Aconcagua perched at the head of the Relinchos Valley. We make our camp here at Casa de Piedra.
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Questions & Answers

Climbing Aconcagua requires serious fitness, an ability to perform well at altitude, the mindset to be away from home for three weeks, and a desire for rugged adventure travel.
Aconcaguais not difficult technically but does require basic ice ax, cramponing and rope team skills.
The climber to guide ratio is 4:1
Although we offer several expedition choices on Aconcagua, our main guided route is the Upper Vacas Valley and traverse. It is our choice route because it offers us a wilderness experience while offering the easiest and safest climbing and the best chance of success. It is a breathtaking route with less traffic then the normal route, and great wild life (especially guanacos) viewing opportunities. The route one climbs in large part determines the experience and this route will give you by far the best climbing experience available on Aconcagua.
Despite being more pristine and less crowded then the normal route, it’s a relatively straight forward climb with few technical difficulties. There is some moderately steep, loose scree scrambling on our route as with all other routes but no technical climbing. We hike along well beaten mule paths all the way to Base Camp. From Base Camp to the summit our route varies between smooth hiking trails, loose scree, walking on snow and through “Penitentes”, and crossing small streams. This variety keeps our ascent interesting while never posing a real impediment to progress. Overall, this route is casual and enjoyable. Anyone with limited climbing experience should have little difficulty with the terrain.
Yes, both at base camp and one the mountain, tents will be shared accommodations due to limited tent space on the mountain and the weight of carrying extra tents. Please plan to share a tent with one of your fellow climbers.
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Trip length
21 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
$5,775
per person, excluding flights

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