ACONCAGUA – 6.962 M
The False Polish Route
Central Andes, Argentina
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Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America! Nobody gets so high out of Asia. Numerous stories and legends surround this mountain, and make it a mystic destination for mountaineers all around the world. It is among the 7 summits, what makes it a referent for those who intend to complete the ascent to the highest summits in each continent. Our love for Aconcagua and the long years of experience that we have concerning this mountain should guarantee a safe and successful expedition. This program plans to do the ascent by using the legendary “False Polish Route”, and to descent using the “Normal Route”. This variant to cross the mountain does not have great climbing difficulties, and it is considered the most attractive route in many ways. It includes a circuit around the entire massif that allows an incomparable and unique mountain experience. We will enter the wild Vacas Valley to get to the Base Camp on the Eastern side of Aconcagua, Plaza Argentina. We will climb the route to the highest top in the Andes along the Northern flank of the mountain before descending to the Base Camp on the Eastern side, Plaza de Mulas. From here we will go back to the South following the long Horcones Valley, and we will end this beautiful circuit in Puente de Inca. SPONDYLUS invites you to join this impressive expedition to the “Stone Sentinel” off the beaten track.
- Good South American life style in the wine growing city of Mendoza.
- Observation of local fauna at the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
- Approach along the Vacas Valley passing by the Pampa de Leñas and Casa de Piedra Camps.
- Several nights at the legendary Plaza Argentina Base Camp. Expedition groups from all over the world meet here.
- The best acclimatization possible by doing wonderful trekkings before the ascent, and due to a good number of security and resting days.
- Circuit around the entire massif Aconcagua descending to the Plaza de Mulas Base Camp along the “Normal Route”
Level of difficulty
We offer this expedition on FIXED DATES, but also as PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS.
Fixed dates - Season 2021/2022
The participants can make reservations freely for fixed date expeditions. SPONDYLUS will define the starting /ending dates of each expedition.
Minimum number of participants: 5 persons
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
If there are less than 5 participants in the group, there will be a small group extra charge.
The dates for private expeditions are requested by the participants. In general it is not possible to add external persons to the group. If required, the itinerary can be adapted to the group´s needs and priorities.
Prices - still not available
The price depends on the number of participants, and they are based on a double room/tent.
Single Room / Tent Supplement: * ... USD
* The extra charge for single room & tent will be done at the moment of making a reservation for the single room. If there is no other person found for sharing a room at the moment of making the reservation of a double room, we will charge half of the extra charge.
Small Group Surcharge:If the size of the group is smaller than the minimum number of participants (4 persons), a small group fee will be charged. All this depends on the final number of participants.
Climbing Permit: The prices of the climbing permits vary depending on the season, and are only published by the administration of the Park just a short time before the climbing season starts. The cost of the permit is NOT included in the Price of the expedition. The following prices are referential (permit costs for the season 2019/2020):
- High season: 15th Dec – 31st Jan: USD 950
- Low season: 1st Nov – 14th Dec & 1st Feb – 15th March: USD 730
The climbing permit has to be personally withdrawn in Mendoza, and has to be paid cash in USD.
Expedition down jacket, Breathable windbreaker (Goretex, Windstopper or similar), Polartec or fleece jacket, Medium weight fleece pullover, Thermal underware (it is very important it is breathable, no cotton, or similar), Breathable windbreaker mountain trousers (Goretex or similar), Trekking trousers, Thermal expedition socks
Head & Hands
Sun hat, Warm hat with ear protection, Ski mask (balaclava) or mask, First layer thin gloves, Trekking gloves (Goretex, Windstopper or similar), Goose down or synthetic expedition mittens
Goose down or synthetic expedition sleeping bag (comfort zone -20ºC) with compression bag, Expedition mattress (Therm-a-Rest type or similar)
Trekking boots, High mountain expedition boots with inner boot and adequate for using with crampons, Light trainers and sandals or similar to wear at camp, Water proof hiking gaiters
Crampons, Telescopic trekking poles, Light ice axe
Sun glasses with 100% UV protection, Skiing goggles, Wide mouth water bottle, Thermos, Sun block factor 30+, Lip sun protector factor 30+, Pocket knife, Watch with alarm, Personal first aid kit, Expedition Duffel Bag, Head lamp with batteries & extra batteries, Back pack 30L +, Back pack 70L +, Towel
To guarantee maximum security, all along the expedition we always take with us oxygen, satellite phone, VHF radios and medicine for emergencies.
Besides this, we strongly recommend every participant to hire a Foreign Health insurance and an Accident insurance for South America.
We know that reaching the top of a mountain is the dream of every mountaineer. This is the reason why we make our best effort to make a successful ascent possible. Due to our wide experience on climbing high mountains, we normally succeed. However, it is not possible for us to guarantee reaching the summit of any mountain, and we will never put our health at risk trying to achieve the goal. The security of our clients, our mountain guides and the whole expedition team is our highest priority!