ACONCAGUA SOUTH FACE

TREK – ACONCAGUA SOUTH FACE – 13,123’ | 4,000m

OVERVIEW

It’s a three-day trek taking hikers to Plaza Francia, the reward being a close up look at the amazing Aconcagua´s South Face, 3,000mt vertical wall whit glaciers.

This hike is one of the most scenic in the Andes. In a few days, you will get a lot of fantastic views.
Our guides and full camping facilities will make this a lifetime adventure.

If you are traveling to Mendoza, Argentina and want to see some spectacular scenery in the Andes Mountains, save some days and book now this hike!

TREK – ACONCAGUA SOUTH FACE – 13,123’ | 4,000m

DATE & PRICES

As this trek can be done only in a private way, you can choose the departure date that suits your group best along the climbing season.

ARE YOU READY?

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Prices are per person, given in US Dollars

TREK – ACONCAGUA SOUTH FACE – 13,123’ | 4,000m

TRIP ITINERARY

Our itinerary presents an ascent that offers an excellent opportunity for a safe and successful visit to Aconcagua South Face.

We work bearing in mind the Wilderness Medical Society guidelines, and our itineraries have been tried and tested by more than six thousand climbers over the course of the past 20 years!

PREVIOUS DAY - MENDOZA • 2,494’ | 760m

Our company will inform you our meeting time in your lodging place. We´ll meet our guide team. They will provide you with a complete orientation of the entire climb and a question and answer period.

Guides will check your gear and will assist you with any gear rentals or purchases if required.

Meals not included

DAY 1 - PENITENTES / CONFLUENCIA • 10,827’ | 3,300m

You will meet our guide in Penitentes. From here, we take a short drive to the entrance of the Park.

After completing the permit checks at Horcones Station, you’ll be faced with a short (3 to 4 hours) walk to the campsite Confluencia.

The path is straightforward and well defined; following the big valley flanked by impressive scree slopes and folded strata. It is a perfect way start to the trek.

You will spend two nights here with full board and hot drinks provided throughout the day.

3-4 hrs. trek

Meals: PL, D

DAY 2 - CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA FRANCIA • 13,123’ | 4,000m / CONFLUENCIA

Today we hike to Plaza Francia and back to Confluencia.

We hike into the Inferior Horcones Valley, which leads to a view of Aconcagua’s immense South Face, raising a sheer 3,000m from the head of the valley. This hike to 4,000m, at Plaza Francia, has all the ingredients for a perfect “acclimatization day.”

Over a box lunch, we see the routes of ascent taken by the original French climbers and by Messner.

6-7 hrs. trek

Meals: B, PL, D

DAY 3 - CONFLUENCIA / PENITENTES • 8,940’ | 2,725m

After packing our gear, we descend to Horcones, the entrance to the Park, on the last trekking day of the trekking. Transport will meet us to drive us until Penitentes. End of services.

1,5 hrs. trek

Meals: B, PL (Dinner not included)

NOTE: THE ABOVE ITINERARY IS INTENDED AS A GUIDELINE ONLY. ALTHOUGH EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ADHERE TO IT, CHANGES MAY BE CAUSED FOR NUMEROUS REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL. PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE IF NECESSARY.

TREK – ACONCAGUA SOUTH FACE – 13,123’ | 4,000m

WHAT´S INCLUDED

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION FROM PENITENTES TO ACONCAGUA TRAILHEAD

You will be driven in our vehicles, from Penitentes to the Ranger Station where your permit is reviewed, and you are informed about the Park rules before we start trekking.

LODGINGS

LODGING AT CONFLUENCIA CAMP

You spend two nights in CONFLUENCIA CAMP for proper acclimatization. It is a well-established camp with dining tents, lights, chairs and clean toilet facilities for your use.

We have dining tents where you not only eat but also can relax as they are warm from the sun and keep you out of the weather.

We provide two-man sleeping tents.

Hot showers, and bunk beds (dormitory style) are available for an extra cost.

MEALS

MEALS AT ACONCAGUA PARK

From the moment you enter Aconcagua Park, all meals are included, so you should not worry about it. During the expedition, we will provide all meals (B: Breakfast / L: lunch / PL: Packed-Lunch if you are on the move / D: Dinner).

At the basecamp, meals are carefully planned by our professional chefs for you to have a balanced diet and plenty of food during your climb. They will prepare all your meals and provide hot drinks as desired.

If you need a special diet, please let us know. It will be a pleasure for us to prepare a special menu for you. This service has an extra cost.

OUR GUIDES

We’re proud of the fact that our guide’s team is among the most talented and experienced in the country. They can lead a group on the highest mountain as few can.

All our guides hold full certification with the AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides) and EPGAMT (School of High Mountain and Trekking Guides), the highest level of guide training available in Argentina.

whitefox Adventures success was due in massive part to having exceptional guides team.   

They have become our friends and whitefox Adventures has become a vehicle for all of us.

Our view is that if we don’t enjoy the people we work with, that our clients won’t either.

Teamwork works, together we develop our climbing itineraries to be safer and flexible.

Every whitefox Adventures guide is experienced, and familiar with our ethics, standards, and operations, from the technical skills of our guides to our risk management.

As you reach higher elevations and test your limits, the value of an experienced guide cannot be understated. Our professional guides provide individual attention for a safe and enjoyable adventure.

MUCH MORE SERVICES

GEAR CHECK AND ORIENTATION

A thorough orientation will take place on the previous day of your program.

We will discuss all details of the trek with ample time for questions and answers.

After that, will be followed by a complete gear check. If the rental or retail gear is needed, our guides will assist you.

ASSISTANCE WITH TREKKING PERMIT

We will assist you with the paperwork to acquire a trekking permit.

On the day of our departure to the mountain, our group will go to Park Headquarters where each climber must pay and sign for their permit.

TREKKING TO PLAZA FRANCIA

On the 2nd day of the expedition, you will visit the base of the mythical South Face of the Aconcagua. It’s the most vertical face of the mountain, with glaciers and walls almost 3,000 meters tall.

During this trek, you will ascend 700 meters giving your body further acclimatization.

COMMUNICATIONS

All our base and approach camps are equipped with a system of communication via radio frequency, BLU, VHF, and satellite phone. These keep us permanently connected with our headquarters in Mendoza city and Penitentes as well as with all our expeditions on the mountain.

So, we can facilitate those coming off the mountain whether scheduled or unscheduled on time. Should an emergency occur, we are in close contact with Rangers and the helicopter service to move climbers efficiently to additional services off the mountain.

TREKKING CERTIFICATE

Once your trekking is over you will receive an Aconcagua trekking certificate.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

The following items are not included in this program:

  • Wire Transfer Fees for deposit or balance (If Applicable)
  • Trekking Permit Fee ($200 – $240, depending on season)
  • Hotel Accommodations (Mendoza & Penitentes)
  • Airport transfers. (Due to multiple arrival schedules). Taxis are an easy way to get back and forth from the Airport to your hotel. You can also request personal pickups at the airport for an additional cost
  • Transportation Mendoza / Penitentes / Mendoza
  • Guide Tips
  • Some supplemental snacks such as candy bars and drinks which are not mentioned in provided services
  • Personal gear
  • Gear transportation during the trek
  • Other hotels and meals if the trekking finishes early and returns to Mendoza
  • All fees incurred for an early departure from the scheduled itinerary (whether private or medical), including additional hotels, meals & transportation (mules, auto or helicopter) a full schedule of departure evacuation fees will be sent in confirmation materials for early departures
  • Helicopter evacuation

TREK – ACONCAGUA SOUTH FACE – 13,123’ | 4,000m

GEAR LIST

We know how important it is to have the right equipment for the job. That is our specific gear list, and it has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip.

GEAR TIPS:

  • Bring only the equipment what is necessary, as this will help you during the entire trip.
  • The key to staying comfortable during this trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.
  • This list is for guidance; it does not have to be followed to the letter.
  • We know how difficult it is of having to purchase expensive specialist equipment, like boots, sleeping bag, etc. To help you with these costs, we offer 20% discount on our equipment hire service. We have deals with best mountain shops in Mendoza, which stocks everything you will need.
  • This equipment and prices are only available to hire exclusively to those booked onto our trips and booked the gear before 15th November.

REQUIRED

BOWL

One two-cup capacity packable bowl.

Models with a lid (like a Tupperware) work well, as do lidless bowls and flatter “deep plate” models.

Collapsible models can suffice but must be handled very carefully to avoid unintended collapsing.

SLEEPING FOAM PAD

This pad should be either 3/4 or body length.

Cut pieces of closed cell foam or industrially-crafted pads are both acceptable.

-20F DOWN SLEEPING BAG

This sleeping bag should be rated to -20 degrees Fahrenheit and must be down-filled rather than synthetic filled for the sake of weight and bulk.

Be sure to include a correctly sized compression stuff sack.

CRAMPONS

General mountaineering crampons.

We recommend modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates.

GLACIER GLASSES

High-quality glacier glasses; offering full coverage around both eyes and across the nose.

WOOL / SYNTHETIC SKI HAT

Non-Cotton wool or synthetic hat that covers the head and ears comfortably.

BANDANA or BUFF (2 at least)

Essential. For sun protection, for protecting your throat against the dry, dusty air and, higher up, for snow proofing the neck. Consider bringing two, as you will use these every day of the expedition.

LIGHTWEIGHT LINER GLOVES (2 Pairs)

Very lightweight wool or synthetic liner gloves that offer a snug, comfortable fit.

HARDSHELL JACKET

A non-insulated, fully waterproof shell jacket with a hood.

This layer must fit comfortably over your base layer, mid layer, softshell, and potentially a lightweight insulated layer. Helmet-compatible hoods are required.

EXPEDITION DOWN PARKA

An 8000-meter rated, expedition parka.

This parka must be in excellent condition.

FLEECE JACKET OR SWEATER

A Long sleeves jacket will keep you warm and cozy without restricting movement, and layers easily to adapt to any outfit.

INSULATED SYNTHETIC PANTS

A synthetic insulated pant with full-length separating side zips.

Ski pants are typically not appropriate for this layer.

SOFTSHELL PANTS

Stretchy, comfortable, non-insulated softshell pants which should fit comfortably with or without your base layer bottoms.

SOCKS

Three pairs for use with trekking boots or sports shoes on the hike to Base Camp and acclimatization treks.

Four sets of hot socks to use with double mountaineering boots on the altitude camps. These must fit over your lightweight liner socks if you plan to wear liner socks.

GAITERS

Alpine gaiters. It must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots.

Not needed if your boots have integrated gaiters.

MIDWEIGHT BASE LAYER BOTTOM (1 or 2)

Synthetic base layer bottoms.

Must fit over your heavyweight base layer bottom.

INSULATED SHELL GLOVES

One pair of warm shell gloves with insulated removable liners.

Excellent for use when conditions are too cold for softshell gloves, but too warm for expedition mittens.

HEAVYWEIGHT BASE LAYER TOP (2 or 3)

Long-sleeved synthetic base layer tops (such as merino wool or polyester). Note that many guides prefer light-colored, hooded base layers for sun protection.

CLIMBING HELMET

A lightweight climbing-specific helmet. We´ll use when conditions or activities dictate – on the advice of the leader. Your headlamp must be able to strap securely to the outside of the helmet.

SHORT UNDERWEAR (2 or 3)

Two to three pairs based on personal preference.

Synthetic or wool fabrics only; bring a comfortable athletic style for any top and bottom underwear.

WATER BOTTLES (2 to 3)

Two to three Nalgene bottles of one-liter capacity. The wide mouth is essential. Consider bringing one water bottle parka insulated with zip opening.

Camel bags are not recommended due to issues with hygiene, re-filling, and freezing.

THERMOS

A fully vacuum-insulated thermos is recommended for hydration, comfort, and safety on cold days on the mountain. 1-liter sizes are strongly preferred.

EXPEDITION DUFFEL BAG

An approximately 150-liter expedition-ready duffel bag used to transport all gear.

HEADLAMP

A modern outdoor LED headlight is offering 90-200 lumens of output.

Fresh, installed batteries plus spare batteries. Weather-resistant models are strongly preferred.

INFLATABLE SLEEPING PAD

We recommend a full-length, modern inflatable sleeping pad.

Ultralight full-length pads have superseded Older-style three-quarter length pads.

We recommend bringing a valve repair/body patch kit.

SMALL DUFFEL

This item can double as carry-on luggage for your flight and is used to store any things you do not plan to take into the mountains. Think light and simple, with 40-50 liters of total capacity

EXPEDITION CLIMBING PACK

A 70 – 100-liter climbing pack designed with climber-specific features and an internal frame.

The volume you choose depends on experience level packing and gear quality.

If opting for a pack smaller than 100 liters, practice packing to be sure you can efficiently use a smaller sized pack.

TREKKING POLES

Telescopic flick-lock (not twist-lock) poles. Essential.

A large variety of poles can work well. 3-section models are preferred.

T-SHIRTS

Bring a small selection of t-shirts as well, for use around town and the trek into basecamp.

SOFTSHELL JACKET

This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket is a crucial part of a mountaineering layering system. We recommend a hooded model.

This layer must fit well over your mid layer top and base layer top.

LIGHTWEIGHT INSULATED JACKET

We recommend a lightweight down or synthetic insulated jacket to serve either as a layering piece or as stand-alone insulation when appropriate.

MIDWEIGHT BASE LAYER TOP

Two midweight, form-fitting, lightweight fleece layer for use over base layers or as a base layer in cold conditions. Hoods are optional but recommended.

HIKING PANTS

Lightweight, breathable & quick-dry hiking pants are recommended for the approach to base camp. Many choose to use zip-off versions for versatility.

HARDSHELL PANTS

Non-insulated, fully waterproof shell pants that must fit comfortably over your base layer bottoms and softshell pants. Full-length separating side zippers are preferred.

HIKING BOOTS OR TREKKING SHOES

Comfortable, lightweight walking boots for the walk-in. 2 or 3 seasons. More heavy walking boots will be too hot for the walk to base camp.

HIGH-ALTITUDE DOUBLE BOOT

Aconcagua is an icy mountain that requires having proper footwear to increases your tolerance of cold temperatures and your chances of getting to the top.

Each year, climbers who ignore this advice find themselves unnecessarily prone to frostbite and have to give up on their chance of reaching the summit.

Three types of the boot can work well:

– 8,000-meter all-in-one boots (La Sportiva Olympus Mons, Scarpa Phantom 8,000, Millet Everest)

– 7,000-meter double boots (La Sportiva Spantik, La Sportiva G2 SM, Scarpa Phantom 6000)

– Plastic double boots with high-altitude liners (Koflach Arctis Expe, Asolo AFS 8000, Scarpa Inverno)

We encourage contacting us if you have any question about which boots to take. It could make the difference between getting to the top or not.

SPORTS SANDALS / WATER SHOES

For river crossings.

Crocs, Teva-style sandals or similar footwear will work well.

SOFTSHELL GLOVES

Midweight, lightly insulated gloves for use when mittens are too warm, and liner gloves are not warm enough.

Leather-palm construction is always ideal for the sake of durability.

SUN HAT

Any style of lightweight hat for shading the head will work well.

Baseball caps and sombrero-style sun hats are the most common.

EXPEDITION MITTENS

Expedition-rated mittens with an insulated removable liner.

Please be sure this mitten is the warmest model available by any manufacturer.

SKI GOGGLES

High-quality goggles for sun and wind protection at altitude.

The lens should offer visible light transmission (VLT) of no more than 30%.

Those with light-sensitive eyes may wish to use a darker lens.

Photochromatic models are ideal for use in changing conditions.

BALACLAVA SYSTEM (2 at least)

One full balaclava heavyweight and another one lightweight that will comfortably layer together.

A Buff does not replace these items.

MUG

One insulated outdoor-style cup with a removable lid.

Your mug should retain heat well and be spill resistant. 12-20 ounce models are acceptable.

SUNSCREEN & LIPSCREEN

Several 1-2 ounce tubes of SPF 30+ sunscreen & lipscreen.

One ounce is typically sufficient per week, but several tubes.

Sunscreen loses SPF rating over time; we strongly recommend brand-new sunscreen.

KNIFE, SPOON & FORK

Medium size knife. Keep it simple and light.

One fork and one spoon, designed for backcountry pursuits.

HEAVYWEIGHT BASE LAYER BOTTOM (1 or 2)

Synthetic base layer bottoms that should fit snugly without constriction.

RECOMENDED

TOILETRY BAG or PERSONAL BATHROOM KIT

Include toilet paper (one roll stored in a plastic bag), hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and some wet wipes if desired.

SMALL PERSONAL FIRST-AID KIT

Necessary medical supplies in a compact package- we recommend basic painkillers, Moleskin, first-aid tape, Band-Aids, and antiseptic wipes or gel.

HAND SANITIZER

Many alcohol-based hand cleaners will work well.

Bring a small amount appropriate to the trip duration.

EARPLUGS

Several pairs of disposable foam earplugs are highly recommended to aid sleep- this is especially important on windy nights when a flapping tent can easily keep you awake.

ENERGY SNACKS & DRINK MIXES

We don´t recommend our clients bringing food. We only suggest them to bring their favorite energy bars & drink mixes if you want.

TRAVEL TOWEL

A lightweight microfiber towel.

MEDICATIONS & PRESCRIPTIONS

Bring any personal prescriptions, plus Pepto Bismol, Cipro (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, Z-Paks (250mg tablets), Diamox (125mg tablets, approx. 2 per day at altitude), and a variety of standard painkillers like Excedrin Extra Strength, Ibuprofen, etc.

HAND AND TOE WARMERS (3 sets of each)

Please note that toe warmers are different than hand warmers.

They are formulated to work in a lower oxygen environment, like the inside of a boot, they also burn out more quickly.

CASUAL CLOTHING & SHOES

Recommend for use traveling and town wear.

We recommend bringing a rich variety of clothing for peace of mind, including some t-shirts, and swimwear.

OPTIONAL

BOOTIES

Synthetic or down camp booties for comfortable wear around camp.

TREKKING PACK

A small, simple pack of approximately 35-40 liters. Useful for the trek into basecamp.

PEE BOTTLE (1-1.5 Liter)

One wide-mouth marked collapsible container or wide-mouthed bottle for use overnight.

COMPACTOR BAGS (3 or 4)

Waterproof pack/stuff sack liners.

Compactor bags are made from heavy plastic and stand up well to prolonged mountain use.

TRAVEL POWER ADAPTER

Type C (two round prongs) and Type I (three flat prongs, two of which are angled) are most common.

Please research what adapters are necessary to plug in your devices.

ALARM CLOCK

WIND SHELL

Used to block wind without adding insulation, many turns to a wind shell or wind shirt for protection.

Wind shells typically weigh less than 8 ounces and are incredibly packable, which makes them an excellent addition to your layering system.

CAMERA

Optional. Small point-and-shoot cameras (including compact SLR’s) are ideal & work well at altitude.

Alternatively, many opt to use a smartphone camera.

Due to weight & care in the mountain environment, large DSLR cameras are discouraged.

PEE FUNNEL (For Women)

Practice is critical for the use of this item.

WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS

One set of chemical water treatment drops or tablets.

Be sure your system will be sufficient for the entire duration of your trip- some packages of tablets treat only a minimal amount of water!

As a general guideline, allow for 4-6 liters of water per day when treating water is necessary.

READING AND WRITING MATERIALS

TRAVEL PILLOW

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

VALID PASSPORT

Make sure it is valid for at least six months beyond the end of the trip.

VISA IF YOU NEED

Please check the relevant embassy or consulate of your country.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday.

Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.

TREK – ACONCAGUA SOUTH FACE – 13,123’ | 4,000m

DIFFICULTY

This trek requires no prior experience and doesn´t present technical difficulties.

A reasonable level of overall fitness is essential.

We reach Plaza Francia, the viewpoint of the Aconcagua´s South Face by walking easy and well-traveled paths from Confluencia basecamp. (8hrs. round trip)

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