Tango withMt. Aconcagua in Argentina.

Aconcagua, or “Stone Sentinel,” comes from words indigenous to the Quechua language spoken by the Incas. Located in the Central Andes, the Aconcagua Provincial Park is a protected area created to preserve its cultural treasures—flora, fauna and important archeological sites. The Park is home to several glaciers, and peaks higher than 16,000 feet. The highest elevation, Mt. Aconcagua, is the highest in the Western Hemisphere at 22,841 feet (6,962 meters).

Your spectacular 23-day Argentinian adventure starts with a flight into Mendoza, Argentina. You’ll do a day of community service there and then journey to your hotel in the mountains to prepare your equipment and gear for base camp. For the next several days, you’ll hike four to nine hours each day to a variety of camps on Mt. Aconcagua—Pampa de Leñas, Quebrada de Vacas, Plaza Argentina, and Camp 3 “Colera” among others, experiencing elevations ranging from 8,858 feet (2,699 meters) to 22,841 feet (6,962 meters).

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Wine and Olives:An Adventure in the Andes

Sip into adventure with our K2 Adventure Travel three-day wine and olive plantation tour, featuring four days of hiking the stunning Vallecitos Valley.

Located at the base of the Andes Mountains and nearby Mt. Aconcagua, you’ll explore the award-winning vineyards of Mendoza, enjoying guided tours to traditional wineries where you’ll tango with the rich Malbec’s and Cabernet’s of the area. Mendoza is heralded for its year-round sunshine, gourmet dining and delicious wines.

Our four days of hiking will be based out of the Mausy Refugio (lodge) located at 10,000 feet in the Vallecitos Valley. Enjoy day-long hikes led by a local Argentinian guide—returning each afternoon to the comforts of home-cooked meals, Wi-Fi access, bunkbed-style sleeping and plenty of R&R.

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Argentina Standard Packages

    • Mt. Aconcagua

      $6950

      PER PERSON

      17 Dayshiking

      6 DaysTravel/Leisure

    • Winery and Olive Plantation Tour

      $4550

      PER PERSON

      4 Dayshiking

      8 DaysTRAVEL/TOURING/LEISURE

Argentina – Mt. Aconcagua Itinerary

  • Trip Dates for 2018

    • February 3-25

17 Days of Hiking and 6 Days of Travel/Leisure

Trip Itinerary

  1. Day 1 and Day 2 Fly out of US or connecting cities with a final destination of Mendoza, Argentina. Upon arrival in the afternoon, our local guide will meet us at the airport in a private vehicle that will take us to our hotel. We will all meet for a team dinner. Everyone will sleep two to a room unless you have signed up for single accommodations at an extra cost.
  2. Day 3 Following a good night sleep and breakfast, we will leave the hotel to get our permits and shop for our mountain food at the local market. In the evening we will have a team meeting and team dinner.
  3. Day 4 This will begin our journey into the mountains. Following breakfast, we will drive from Mendoza to Penitentes (8,858ft/2700m). We will travel to Villa de Penitentes, where we stay at a lodge in the mountains. We will prepare all gear and equipment for transport by mule to the base camp. In the evening we will have a team meeting and dinner.
  4. Day 5 This is our first day in the mountains. We will wake for an early breakfast and drive from Penitentes to Punta de Vacas, which is the Aconcagua Park Entrance. We will check in at the ranger station with our permits. This begins our 3 day approach to base camp and we will spend the night at Pampa de Leñas (9,678ft/2950m) where we will have BBQ dinner, prepared by our horsemen. Breakfast is included at the lodge and lunch will be provided along the trail. Approximately 5-6 hours of hiking.
  5. Day 6 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we trek through the Quebrade de Vacas where we will be able to see the first sight of the Western Face of Aconcagua as we advance towards our intermediate camp, Casa de Piedra (10,629ft/3240m). We will have dinner and rest for the night. Approximately 5-6 hours of hiking.
  6. Day 7 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea, followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we begin our trek ascending the Relicho steep slope, which takes us to Inferior Plaza Argentina or Base Camp (13,779ft/4200m). This is where we will be able to see the last native vegetation before climbing towards the glaciers and where we will have dinner and rest for the night. Approximately 5-6 hours of hiking.
  7. Day 8 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea, followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we will enjoy a complete day of rest at Plaza Argentina for acclimatization. This is a good opportunity to take a shower and explore the area. We will have a team meeting with our guides to go over logistics, reorganize the equipment and prepare the loads for carry the next day.
  8. Day 9 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we will carry an equipment and food cache to Camp 1 (16,404ft/5000m). We will carry light loads in order to adapt to the altitude much better. Following our load carry to Camp 1, we will return to Plaza Argentina where we will have dinner and rest for the night. Approximately 5-6 hours of hiking.
  9. Day 10 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea, followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we will have a complete day of rest at base camp. This is essential to helping your body acclimatize.
  10. Day 11 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we will start our ascent back to Camp 1. We will meet the load we brought up the two days earlier, assemble camp and divide loads for carry the next morning. Afterwards, we will have dinner and rest for the night. Approximately 5-6 hours of hiking.
  11. Day 12 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we continue with our gradual acclimatization on easy terrain to Camp 2 (18,044ft/5500m) and drop off supplies. After a short rest, we will descend back to Camp 1 where we will have dinner and rest for the night. Approximately 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking.
  12. Day 13 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, you will have a complete rest day at Camp 1 to help with acclimatization.
  13. Day 14 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we will begin our ascent to Camp 2 using the Ameghino Traverse Route. We will assemble camp upon our arrival. Approximately 5-6 hours of strenuous hiking.
  14. Day 15 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, you will enjoy a complete rest day at Camp 2 to help with acclimatization. This is a good opportunity to relax and prepare the loads for carry the next day.
  15. Day 16 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we begin our trek up the last part of the Upper Guanaco’s Valley Route to Camp 3 “Colera” (19,685ft/6000m). After arrival, we will prepare for our first summit push, have an early dinner and rest for an early morning summit departure. Approximately 4-5 hours of strenuous hiking.
  16. Day 17 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After an early morning breakfast, we will begin our first attempt at the Summit (22,841ft/6962m). This is the most demanding day of the expedition. We use the last part of the Normal Route, climbing the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 21,325ft/6500m. We will ascend through the “Portezuelo del Viento”, climb “La Canaleta”, and pass through the “Filo del Guanaco,” that leads us to the summit. At the end of our summit experience, we will descend to Camp 3 where will eat and rest for the night. Approximately 8-9 hours of strenuous hiking.
  17. Days 18 and 19 These are built in additional summit attempt days in the event of bad weather conditions. We have three days in our itinerary to attempt the summit. These extra days are built in to provide the best possible opportunity for each individual to summit.
  18. Day 20 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we will descend to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp where we will enjoy a great dinner and celebrate the experience. Approximately 4-5 hours of hiking.
  19. Day 21 You will awaken to morning coffee and tea followed by a complete breakfast. After breakfast, we will start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes. There will be a private transport waiting at the end of the trail to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City. We will have a special dinner and celebration. Approximately 7-8 hours of hiking.
  20. Day 22 Following breakfast at the hotel, we will take a private vehicle to the airport for our flights home.
  21. Day 23 Arrive back home.

* Any deviation from this itinerary is at your own expense *

* Plan for approximately $300 per person in tips for hotel staff, bus drivers, porters, cooks and guides *

  • Cost Per Person Covers:

    • Transportation to and from the Mendoza Airport
    • 3 nights of lodging in Mendoza (double occupancy)
    • 1 night of lodging in Penitentes (meals included)
    • All the meals during the expedition
    • Bilingual professional guides
    • All shared equipment for the expedition (tents, stoves, etc.)
    • Complete base camp services (meals, accommodation, etc.)
    • All the transfers in private vans
    • Mule transportation of the equipment
    • Permanent VHF radio communication
    • Guides will carry first aid kits and pulse-oximeter
    • High altitude porters for common gear carries
    • Assistance with climbing permit procedure
    • Mountain permit fees
  • Cost Per Person Does NOT Cover:

    • International flight (approximately $2,000)
    • Any cost if a climber abandons the trip
    • Single accommodations for hotels and tents ($1,000 additional)
    • Helicopter out of base camp (approximately $1,500)
    • Personal porters for gear carries on the mountain (approximately $250 - $1,000)
    • Approximately $300 per person in tips for hotel staff, bus drivers, porters, cooks and guides
    • Travelers, Medical and Evacuation Insurance
    • Drinks, alcoholic or non-alcoholic
    • Personal gear, medications, ground or air evacuations, room services, laundry, phone communications and items of personal nature
    • Ground or air evacuations, hospitalization and medication of any kind
    • If you are a single registering for one of our trips, we will try to accommodate you as a double with the same gender. However, if we are unable to make these arrangements, you will be responsible for the additional fees as a single.

Argentina – Winery and Olive Plantation Tour

  • Trip Dates for 2018

    • February 3-13

4 Days of Hiking and 3 Days of Winery and Olive Plantation Tours

Trip Itinerary

  1. Day 1 and Day 2 Fly out of US or connecting cities with a final destination of Mendoza, Argentina. Upon arrival in the afternoon, our local guide will meet us at the airport in a private vehicle that will take us to our hotel. We will all meet for a team dinner. Everyone will sleep two to a room unless you have signed up for single accommodations at an extra cost.
  2. Day 3 Following a good night sleep and breakfast at the hotel, we will go on a privately, guided tour of a local winery and olive plantation. In the evening we will have a team meeting and team dinner.
  3. Day 4 Following a good night sleep and breakfast at the hotel, the team will drive to Vallecitos to get settled in for the next four days of hiking from the Mausy Refugio. The Mausy Refugio is located at 10,000ft./3000m and is equipped with a full kitchen, bunk beds, bathrooms, wi-fi and bbq. In the evening we will have a team meeting and dinner.
  4. Day 5 This is our first day of hiking in the mountains. Following breakfast we will take a day hike of several hours in the Vallecitos Valley and return to the Mausy Refugio for a team meeting and dinner.
  5. Day 6 This is our second day of hiking in the mountains. Following breakfast we will take a day hike of several hours in the Vallecitos Valley and return to the Mausy Refugio for a team meeting and dinner.
  6. Day 7 This is our third day of hiking in the mountains. Following breakfast we will take a day hike of several hours in the Vallecitos Valley and return to the Mausy Refugio for a team meeting and dinner.
  7. Day 8 This is our fourth day of hiking in the mountains. Following breakfast we will take a day hike of several hours in the Vallecitos Valley and return to the Mausy Refugio. Following the day hike the team will go back to Mendoza, check into our hotel and have a team dinner.
  8. Day 9 Following a good night sleep and breakfast at the hotel, we will go on a privately, guided tour of a local winery and olive plantation. In the evening we will have a team meeting and team dinner.
  9. Day 10 Following a good night sleep and breakfast at the hotel, we will go on a privately, guided tour of a local winery and olive plantation. In the evening we will have a team meeting and team dinner.
  10. Day 11 Following breakfast at the hotel, we will take a private vehicle to the airport for our flights home.
  11. Day 12 Arrive back home.

* Any deviation from this itinerary is at your own expense *

* Plan for approximately $300 per person in tips for hotel staff, bus drivers, porters, cooks and guides *

  • Cost Per Person Covers:

    • Transportation to and from the Mendoza Airport
    • 4 nights of lodging in Mendoza (double occupancy)
    • 4 Dinners at local Mendoza Restaurant (drinks NOT included)
    • 4 nights at the Mausy Refugio in Vallecitos (all inclusive)
    • Private Local Guide and K2 guide at the Mausy Refugio
    • All transfers in private vans
    • Complete base camp services (meals, accommodation, etc.)
    • Guides will carry first aid kits and pulse-oximeter
    • 3 days of wine/olive plantation tours in Mendoza
  • Cost Per Person Does NOT Cover:

    • International flight (approximately $2,000)
    • Any cost if a climber abandons the trip
    • Single accommodations for hotels and tents ($500 additional)
    • Approximately $300 per person in tips for hotel staff, bus drivers, porters, cooks and guides
    • Travelers, Medical and Evacuation Insurance
    • Alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and room service
    • Personal gear, phone communications and items of personal nature
    • Ground or air evacuations, hospitalization and medication of any kind
    • If you are a single registering for one of our trips, we will try to accommodate you as a double with the same gender. However, if we are unable to make these arrangements, you will be responsible for the additional fees as a single.