Our Argentina Tours

Trekking over the paso de Oveja

Sheep pass trekking. Our tour leads through the dense planted Valle Andorra and over the view full paso de la oveja to the camping ground at Laguna Caminate. From here we climb up the next day the imposing Cerro Falso Tonello, one of the most beautiful mountains in the area. This mountain reaches the 1200 meter easily and gives us fantastic views. The way back leads over guanaco paths and again the paso de la oveja. But this time we choose the valle de la oveja to get back to Ushuaia.

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Lakes and Mountains at the end of the World

During this hiking week full of experiences we climb up various easy mountains around Ushuaia like Cerro Roy, Cerro Esfinge or the Cañadon Negro in the Martial area. The most famous destinations are the Cerro Guanako in the Fuegian Andes National Park and the famous and nice colored Laguna Esmeraldas. We also offer an easy ascend with Crampons on the Martial Glacier and easy rock climbing in Monte Olivia. For both you don`t need any experience but good physical condition All these hikes offer fantastic views and impressive experiences in the unbelievable diversity of the Ushuaia Mountains.

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Ascent of Aconcagua in Argentina

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The Aconcagua is with his 6962 meters the highest mountain in the Andes and also the highest mountain outside Asia. Although the mountain is technical not difficult to climb, the great height and the storms make him to a very challenging mountain. It is located in the Argentine Andes in the Mendoza province near the Chilean border. He has five slopes glacier and glaciers up to ten kilometers long. The meaning of the name is unclear. It is presumed that he derives from Arauca Aconca-Hue or Ackon Cahuak (Quechua language), which means "stone guard".

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So climb on a 19-day expedition to the highest mountain in the Andes. Explore the Provincial Park Aconcagua in different levels of acclimation.

The actual starting point of the tour is the Argentine Mendoza; from here we make our start to Penitentes. From here the trek starts through different altitudes and with different acclimatization. Our base camp is called Plaza de Mulas, where we spend 2-3 days.

Two cold and wind exposed camps follows in an altitude of 5560 and 5950 meters. From the last we approach then, if everything goes well, the highest mountain in America. The reward for the effort is a sublime feeling of happiness, which can probably only give these big mountains.

 

 

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Acclimatization: Cerro Plomo

The local mountain Santiago sits - unmistakable with its dome-shaped glacier-back - like a cathedral, high above the city and allures mountaineers who after three and four thousander like to try a "light" five thousander. They would like to enjoy the fantastic overview above the Andes. In fact, the "lead paint" is technically easy to handle. However, the amount can't be underestimated: The Plomo is famous for the frequent occurrence of altitude sickness. But there are Cracks who rush up and down the mountain in three days. However we recommend taking time for acclimatization and climbing on day 3 the 4954 m high Leonera. Even the Incas knew the fascination of these mountains and used the Plomo as a place of worship: in 1954 were found a well-preserved mummy of a child in the summit area, apparently a ritual sacrifice. Now she is in a museum in Santiago.

The Tour

The Aconcagua is a dream destination for climbers and is climbed about the storage Confluencia, Plaza de las Mulas, Nido de los Condores (Condor nest) and Campamento Berlin. From the highest camp Berlin there are still 1000 meters left to the summit of Aconcagua. The summit of Aconcagua is with his 6958m the highest point of the Andes and the American continent.

Near Santiago the capital of Chile, we can find the ski resort of La Parva above Farellones. Here starts the acclimatization tour to the Cerro Plomo. But before the Cerro Plomo, we will climb the Leonera, a nearly 5000m high mountain above the camp La Olla. After the ascent of Cerro Plomo we return to Santiago and from there to Mendoza where we will provide us for the permit for Aconcagua.

Highlights

 

  • Santiago
  • Farellones
  • Leonera
  • Cerro Plomo
  • Mendoza
  • Confluencia
  • Plaza de las Mulas
  • Nido de los Condores
  • Campamento Berlin
  • Aconcagua

Dates and Prices

  • Duration: 20 days
  • Price on request
  • Dates: Between November and February.
  • Exact dates to>> request ...

Our Services

 

  • Getting around by buses and taxis
  • Nights in simple hotels or tents
  • Mountain Organization tours, guides and rental equipment
  • Entrance fees for the National Parks
  • Local tour guide
  • Guided mountain hikes
  • Meals during the guided tours

 

Not included

 

  • Travel Accident and Health Insurance
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Not advertised meals and drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

 

Participants

 

  • At least 2
  • Max: 10

 

 

Details:

1st Day: Arrival

The first day is dedicated for the arrival in Santiago. Even the landing above the snow-covered mountains with an overlooking of the sprawling city is in good visibility more than breathtaking. After the transfer to the hotel you can rest. The end of the day you can enjoy the first typical dinner at a simple restaurant in Santiago.

2nd Day: Cerro Cristobal, Santiago

Santiago de Chile is with over five million habitants and an annual growth of 100,000, the absolute center of the country. Reason enough to take the city closer under the microscope. Although the size of the city it’s simple to have orientation and the center is manageable. Here we start our tour at the Plaza de Armas, than we will go to the pedestrian zone Paseo Ahumada and the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolumbino. There are presented art works from all parts of South America, some over 5000 years old. Then we will climb the Cerro San Cristobal, 500 meters above the city. It offers a fantastic view. So a first form test before the big mountains will come.

3rd Day: Portezuelo Franciscano

From the top station of the highest tower in La Parva (3400 m) first introduces an easily recognizable way to enter the Portezuelo Franciscano (3570 m). Just behind shines a lagoon with the same name. The path leads past her further to the northeast. After several up and downs of a total of about 400 meters, we reach after three to four hours the area Piedra Numerada. There are excellent camping facilities available on the wide spaced pasture along the Estero Molina, also known as Cepo, at 3350 m.

4th Day: La Olla

Today's stage is again quite short (about 4 hours). The trail is relatively steep and leads north near to the Iver Glacier at about 4300 m. The camp is called La Olla (the pot) by the Andinists and is in all cases preferable the bivouac "Brotherhood" and "Agostini" above. Small Excursion to the glacier, on here often numerous penitentes or a day trip to the Leonera entertaining for acclimatization.

5th Day: Leonera

We place an acclimatization day to climb the 4954 m high Leonera, which rises next to the camp in a northwesterly direction. The trip (4-5 hours) is worth: After about two to three hours scramble the top offers a fantastic panorama of the Cerro Plomo with its imposing glaciers, and we can see tomorrow's route.

Back in La Olla, we'll grab our luggage and get up to 4,600 meters on the Plomo route (1,5h). Here, at the dilapidated Agostini Bothy, we can find good places for camping.

Alternatively, the less well-acclimatized person can spend another night at La Olla. Better still an extra day to lodge accommodation! With it not only increases the chances of the summit, but also the fun of ascent.

6th Day: Cerro Plomo

To the summit are about 850 meters left, 300 m more for those who comes up from La Olla. The trail is easy to recognize and leads right past the glacier on a loose scree cliffy up, where the glacier have to be crossed with crampons and ice axes. At 5140m, we pass a place of sacrifice of the Incas; more above, approximately at 5400 m, a plaque commemorates the discovery of a mummy in 1954 (see Panel).

On the last meters the legs become to lead - perhaps this is because the mountain is called El Plomo? But we are compensated for the torture: from the 5424 m high summit the eye wanders around in a wide variety of forms in the Andes, a mountain range on the other, to the Aconcagua, with 7021 meters the highest mountain in the Americas. For the ascension should be 5-7 hours calculated, for the descent up to four hours (a total of 9-11 hours).

7th Day: Return to Santiago

The return of La Olla leads the same way about Piedra Numerada to the upper part of the ski resort of La Parva (5 hours). Here is our transportation to Santiago already waiting for us.

8th Day: Mendoza

From Santiago we start our crossing to Mendoza. We drive through beautiful Andean landscapes and get you a taste of what awaits us in the climb. Overnight in Mendoza.

9th Day: Penitentes-Confluencia

With the car we go first to the point of Penitentes, followed by the trek for the first camp Confluencia to 3200 meters. Up to here about five hours are estimated to climb, with pack animals and guides to accompany us.

10th Day: Confluencia

From Confluencia we start our acclimatization tour today.

11th Day: Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas

Today we want to go higher. 8-10 hours we're on the way to the base camp on Aconcagua, Plaza de Mula. We spend the night at 4300 meters above sea level.

12th Day: Plaza de Mulas

Today we take another acclimatization tour from the camp. The rest of the day is dedicated for preparation for the tasks in the next days.

13th Day: Plaza de Mulas

Another day for acclimatization. We are climbing now clearly above our stay level and have already come to an insight into the wider Route.

14th Day: Camp 1

Today we want to go really high, our destination Camp 1 is already on airy 5560 meters. The name Condor nest (Nido de Condores) is not surprising, fantastic is the view from here. Before we’ll have this great view we have to climb 5-7 hours, an ascent of 1250 meters. Good we still have our pack animals and need not also haul up the luggage.

15th Day: Camp 2

Now it’s getting serious. Although there are only 400 meters further to rise, our destination, Camp Berlin is already at 5930 meters height, so only very slightly below the 6000 mark. Because we stay here, it’s not so far to the summit tomorrow. The 3 to 4 hours ascent today shouldn’t tire us so much.

16th Day: Summit

If all goes well we are reaching the summit today, the roof of America. The view is of course difficult to surpass (on clear days), we can see almost the whole Chilean and Argentine Andes among us. For the up an down to Camp 2 we’ll need about 9 to 11 hours. Who is early can descend to the (a little bit) warmer Camp 1.

17th Day: Descend to Plaza de Mulas

No matter where we stayed, today we go down the full path to the Plaza de Mulas, then we can rest. Maybe this day is also needed as a second possibility to ascend the summit, if it wasn’t possible yesterday.

18th Day: Penitentes

Descent to Penitentes, to the street. Overnight in a Hosteria at the pass .

19th Day: Santiago

Return to Santiago and, depending on departure options, today or tomorrow, return to Europe.

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