This is the shortest Aconcagua ascent program which is suitable only for those who have ascended above 5,500 the day before. Usually, this program is used as a supplement to Ojos del Salado ascent
or volcanoes of Ecuador ascent
. Sometimes this program is combined with Kilimanjaro ascent
, which is especially successful if the program included an overnight stay in the crater of Kilimanjaro. According our experience "Aconcagua in 7 days" program can be made even shorter by using a helicopter. Thus, it is possible to keep within 3-4 days instead of the usual seven.
Day 1. Arrival in Mendoza (working day before noon or Saturday morning before 9.00). Obtaining the permit for Aconcagua. Transfer to the entrance of the National Park (Laguna Horcones) and walk to the confluence (3300m, 2-3 hours). Camping.
Day 2. Long jump (8-9 hours) from the main base camp Plaza de Mulas (4350m). The trail follows the wide valley of Playa Ancha. Camp.
Day 3. Crossing from Plaza de Mulas to Nido de Condores camp (5600m).
Day 4. Ascent from Nido de Condores (5600m) to camp 3 (Cholera, 6000m).
Day 5. Climb to the summit of Aconcagua (6957m), descent to camp 3 (6000m).
Day 6. Reserve day in case of bad weather.
Day 7. Descent to the Plaza de Mulas base camp. Trek from the base camp to the Laguna de Horcones. Transfer to Mendoza. Relaxation and farewell dinner.
The cost of Aconcagua ascent includes: