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DURATION:
22Days
Spirit:
High Mountain, expedition, landscape, cultural encounters, food
Level:
5
Accomodation:
Hotel, camping, tent
Ways to travel:
Terra Ultima Canadian Guide and local mountain guide
Group:
5 to 12 people
TYPE:
High-Mountain Expeditions
  • FROM:$5,750
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THE VOYAGE

Climbing Aconcagua is a unique experience, in which you can behold the nearly 7,000 m wondrous horizon, overtop the Americas. This incomparable experience takes place beyond the Andes and at the heart of the Argentinian people’s warm and distinctive culture. This trek will bring us to the foot of the mountain through the Los Horcones Valley, via the huge south face to then climb the summit using the normal route. This high level physical and mental challenge which not only calls on you to take on this rock sentinel, but also to take on yourself ! No matter the achieved personal summit, this will be an unforgettable trip. Accept the challenge !

HIGHLIGHTS

• Climb the highest summit in the Americas (close to 7, 000 m in altitude) with the help of Terra Ultima’s experienced team, who have many climbs under their belt.
• Experience a complete mountain expedition and conquer the mountain by spending several days preparing in high-altitude camps.
• A more efficient itinerary on the mountain to better the rate of success for the summit.
• Be soothed by the warm Argentinian culture and enjoy good food and good Mendoza wine under the southern summer sun.
• Visit the bodegas (vineyards) in the Mendoza region, situated at the foot of the majestic Andes.

THE TERRA ULTIMA DIFFERENCE

• Trip guided by qualified guides who have extensive high summit mountain climbing experience.
• Baggage carriers to transport quality meals and part of your equipment (40 kg per group)
• Quality expedition cuisine, thanks to our cooking guide !
• Enological and gastronomical experience in the city.
• Beautiful hotels (4 stars) in the heart of Mendoza.

EFFORT LEVEL

• Approximately 16-day trek or acclimation to altitude, with nights spent in tents.
• 3-8 hours of walking (4 hours on average), except for the tentative summit, which will take 9-12 hours.
• High altitude expedition. We do recommend to have a previous experience in altitude.

DATES & PRICES
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BUILD YOUR OWN PRIVATE GROUP FROM 4 PEOPLE !
GROUP DEPARTURE DATE - TO BE ANNOUNCED

DATES & PRICES

HOW TO BOOK?

Choose an option from the table above, click Reserve Now and complete the registration form. A $500 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your final invoice. A first payment of 50% is required 90 days before the departure date. Full payment must be received 45 days before the departure date.

PRICE INCLUDES

• The land portion
• Terra Ultima’s experienced guide (s) (1: 4 ratio)
• 4* hotel accommodation for 4 nights in Mendoza
• All meals, in town and in expedition (for the duration of the initial stay)
• Technological support for communications (satellite phone, Wifi access at base camp).
• Mess tent, kitchen tent, access tent shower (fee), tents camps altitude
• Carry baggage by mules to base camp
• 2 to 4 x 20 kg of group equipment mounted by carriers (depending on group size)
• A meeting for physical and mental preparation
• A preparatory and technical winter camping trip with your guide (about a month before departure)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

• International flights (approximately $ 1400)
• The climbing permit (approximately US $ 900 in 2018)
• Drinks (alcoholic or not)
• Tips for Terra Ultima guide (s) and local team
• « High mountain » insurance – Contact us
• Vaccines
• Personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, clothes …)
• Anything not listed in « Price includes »

VALIDITY OF OFFER

Pricing is valid for all bookings before September 15, 2019.

Conditions of participation
PRACTICAL INFO

PRACTICAL INFOS

SUPERVISION

• Small group of 5-12 travellers. 4:1 ratio of mountain climbers to guides (from the base camp).
• Trip supervised by a Terra Ultima guide(s) who will ensure the successful completion of the tour, manage the technical aspects of the hikes, provide excellent quality of service, and impart their knowledge of the country to travellers.
• Participation of locals as guides, loads carriers, chauffeurs, mule drivers etc. They proudly represent Argentina !
• Information meeting with your group before departure.

LUGGAGE AND EQUIPMENT TRANSPORTATION

• We enlist the services of Gauchos mule drivers for the transportation of our luggage, food, and common materials.
• You only need to carry necessary personal belongings needed for the trip to the base camp at Plaza Argentina (a daily bag around 5 kg). You then need to carry the load and your personal equipment towards the high-altitude camps. These can weigh anywhere for 15-20 kg !
• It may be possible to enlist baggage porters for the high-altitude camps at Plaza Argentina (not included). Please inform yourself about the rates.

TRANSPORTATION

Walking is the highlight of the expedition at Aconcagua. All other movement related to the trek, airport transfers, and bodega visit will be reached by private minibus. Travellers’ personal and group baggage will be transported by mules to the base camp.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will be staying at a 4-star hotel in the centre of the city while in Mendoza. Each room will be double occupancy (twin or double). When camping, nights will be spent in expedition tents, with two people per tent. When staying in hotels, we are in double occupancy. It is possible to book a single occupancy room. Please research the cost for yourself.

EATING & DRINKING

All meals in the city, at restaurants, during treks, or on long bus rides will be provided by Terra Ultima. We are very mindful of the food’s quality, as we understand that eating is one of the most important and enjoyable parts of a good trip! You will be offered a variety of filling meals, prepared with mountain climbing in mind. We will enjoy fresh meals until we reach the base camp, where we will then leave space for lighter expedition foods that are easier to prepare but are still delicious physical and mental sustenance. Our expedition menu is one of the keys of success that will bring us to the summit.

WEATHER

Our departure coincides with one of the best periods for mountain climbing in the Argentinian Andes. With the exception of high altitudes, (where nights can get very cold) the weather is hot and dry. On Aconcagua, the difference in temperature is drastic. The nights are cold and the days are overwhelming. It is not rare for one to be boiling at 2:00pm, while in a tent in undergarments ! Short walking days will help us avoid this overwhelming heat and the progress will be continuous. Nights are between -20° and 0°C, while days are between -5°and 30°C.

CURRENCY AND CASH

In Argentina, the currency is the argentinian Peso. To know the exchange rate ahead of your trip please contact our office or visit: https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/. Credit cards (especially Visa) are accepted in souvenir shops and restaurants in Mendoza. Traveller’s cheques in Canadian currency are accepted in Mendoza but are difficult to exchange there. Cheques in American dollars are accepted everywhere. It would be wise to bring a good amount of American cash with you (it’s always good for troubleshooting).

TIPPING

You need to have approximately $5 per day per person set aside for the Terra Ultima guide. Tips are otherwise at your discretion but you should consider this information as indicative of the norm in the travel industry. That said, tips can be increased according to your level of satisfaction! A tip between $20 and $30 USD will also be asked of you for the base camp’s local team and for our mule drivers.

CLIMBING ROUTE, ALTITUDE, AND ACCLIMATION

Aconcagua’s regular route is the most efficient in terms of summiting and acclimation. The numerous altitude camps and the short distance between them makes its progressive steps more accessible than on other routes. Even if it is busier (approximately 25% more than 360 Route or Polish Glacier), we feel that having a greater chance to summit gives it priority. Furthermore, this route is more secure in terms of emergency aid access time, without considering plan B’s options which are more varied in case of changes. It is also possible to take acclimation treks from the base camp by diversifying the types of hikes and also by discovering new horizons. The Cerro Bonete (at 5,000 m) is one of these options. Considering all this, we have opted to take the normal route once again in 2009.

This trip will largely take place in high altitude and slow and progressive acclimation is necessary to avoid risks. As such, our Terra Ultima guides establish two or three altitude camps. This allows for better acclimation and short but consistent walking days. The maximum altitude of the route is 6,962 m.

PERSONAL ENGAGEMENT

These trip has two distinct components of physical engagement, the first being a trek with a light backpack in tow, the second being a type of expedition, where travellers must carry their part of personal and common materials. We ask that travellers only carry necessities when climbing, whether it is a sleeping bag, a half tent, and a small amount of common materials. We will split up the baggage, food, and group materials for the altitude camps once we reach base camp. Terra Ultima insists upon the voluntary engagement of travellers regarding additional tasks for the expedition. It is permissible if someone wants to do more or wants to have more responsibilities. However, those who do not seek extra responsibilities are validated as well.

IN CASE OF ABANDONMENT

This tour will take place in the mountains and the execution of events will be difficult to predict. We have different procedures in case of abandonment and all participants can safely return to the city in case of an evacuation following an incident. However, in case of voluntary abandonment for psychological reasons, supplementary fees will be required to cover accompaniment into the city. Furthermore, it should be known the Terra Ultima will keep its initial deposit should you return home early. If the summit is reached a day early (due to good physical and meteorological conditions), it may be necessary to ask for a modification to your return ticket (approximately $350) if you do not want to spend more than 2 days ‘’waiting’’ in Mendoza when ae are back form the expedition.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We would like to remind you how important it is to have medical insurance to avoid ending up with a large bill for hospitalization abroad or for repatriation and to have cancellation insurance to cover the non-refundable part of the cost of your trip. We offer complete travel coverage with or without cancellation insurance.

Contact us if you would like a bid. If you get cancellation insurance through us, you can do so when you make your final payment, but if you go elsewhere for that insurance, we remind you that you might have to have it when you make your initial deposit. Furthermore, if you have insurance through your credit card service, it is imperative that you make your initial deposit using that card.

Furthermore, you must have coverage that includes mountaineering because we will be trekking with crampons on our feet and carrying ice axes. Contact us if you would like to know more about the specialized insurer.

Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) classes (the one for this trip is in bold) :

Currently, the system divides all hikes and climbs into five classes :

  • Class 1 : hiking (Attention: +5,000 metres)
  • Class 2 : possible use of hands required for balance
  • Class 3 : requires use of hands for climbing; rope may be used.
  • Class 4 : simple climbing, with exposure; a rope is often used.
  • Class 5 : technical free climbing

VISAS/FORMALITIES

You will have to get a visa for Nepal. It costs $40 US for 30 days. It is easy to get once you arrive by filling out a form right in the airport. Plan to pay in cash and have a passport size photo in your possession. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months following your planned departure date from Nepal.

HEALTH/VACCINATIONS/SAFETY

We advise you to consult the travel clinic or community health department nearest you to find out which vaccinations may be required for the various regions to be visited.

ELECTRICITY AND INTERNET

Consult the following website (https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/) to see different types of plugs used in Argentina. Internet access is generally accessible in Argentina. Wi-Fi is also available in the majority of hotels and in certain restaurants, though prices vary.

EQUIPMENT AND LUGGAGE

You will need a bag big enough to carry what you need for a day (day bag). This is the bag you will have with you and that you could use as a carry-on. Your main baggage can be a backpack or a duffel bag, some of which have handles and/or even wheels. A rigid bag, especially a large one, is not recommended because it is not flexible and takes up a lot of space on smaller means of transportation like minibuses. Don’t forget to identify your bags with your name and address.

You will receive a complete list of equipment when you register for the trip (see attachment).

VOYAGE DOCUMENTS
Here are a few complimentary documents to download: