MOUNT ACONCAGUA

      Located entirely in Argentina , the Aconcagua rises its majestic 6969 meters in the Andes Mountain Range. Its name has several possible origins but, without doubt the most accepted one is Akon-Kahuak that derives from the Quechua language and it means "The Stone Sentinel".

       On January 14th 1897, the Swiss guide Mathias Zurbriggen, member of the expedition directed by the English mountaineer Edward Fizt Gerald, reached alone and for the first time the main summit of the Aconcagua . He ascended along the north or normal route which goes through the Horcones’s Valley. Today, one century later, there are thousands of men and women, that guided by their steps are determined to repeat stories of fights and passions, of heights and conquests, of men and mountains. Mount Aconcagua has two summits, the north one is slightly higher  than the south summit, and they are united by the Guanaco's ridge. It is posible to reach the summit through three different routes: the northwest, which is the normal route, leaves from Plaza de Mulas; the Polish Glacier Route that ascends through the east face and it has its starting point in Plaza Argentina and finally the famous South Face that has Plaza Francia at its feet.

The Aconcagua is a landmark all over the world and lives in the dreams of men who really love the mountain and surrender to the challenge of conquering this mystic beauty.

PROTECTED NATURAL AREA

       Decreed a Protected Natural area in 1983, the purpose of the Aconcagua Provincial Park ’s existence is diminishing the impact produced by thousands of people that year to year visit it. Its 71.000 hectares of surface also protect, the flora, the fauna, and important archaeological sites.

       The entrances to the main camps of Aconcagua are made through the Horcones's valley that leads to Plaza Francia and Plaza de Mulas; and through the Vacas's valley that takes us to Plaza Argentina , to the feet of the Glacier of the Polish.

       The Renewable Natural Resource's Office of Mendoza coordinates the tasks of the Rangers. The rangers are responsible for the handling of the park and in charge of tasks of prevention, rescue and evacuation.

PERMITS

       Permits for admission to Aconcagua Provincial Park can be requested personally at the Renewable Natural Resource's Office (San Martin Park-Mendoza) from Monday to Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM and Sundays from 8 AM at 12 AM hours. The price of the permits varies according to how long the activity lasts (short trek: 3 days, long trek: 7 days, ascent 21 days) and the entrance date:

FOREIGN VISITORS

High Season
(from 15th of December till 31st of January)
Ascent $ 3000
Long Trekking $ 800
Short Trekking $ 410

Middle Season
(from 1st till 14th of December & from 1st till 20th of February)
Ascent $ 2200
Long Trekking $ 660
Short Trekking $
380

Low Season
(from 15th till 30th of November & 21st of February till 15th of March)
Ascent $ 1200
Long Trekking $ 800
Short Trekking $ 380

NOTE: No permits will be sold on December 25 and January 1st.
Minors are not allowed to enter the Park during the restricted season.
Prices in Argentinian pesos

Validity of the permits:  
Ascent:               20 days
Short Trekking:    3 days
Long Trekking:     7 days

Rates in argentinean pesos. Your permit’s validity starts on the date you enter the Park, which will be written on your permit at the checkpoint in Horcones or Pampa de Leñas.

Trekking Permit
This permit only authorizes the visitor to reach the base camps, i.e., to ascend to a maximum altitude of 4300m above sea level.
Visitors who wish to ascend beyond this altitude or to walk around the Aconcagua need to purchase an ascent permit.

Minors under 14 years are not allowed to enter the Park. Minors between 14 and 21 years must present special documents to obtain permission to enter the Park.

Ruta de la Vieja Alta, Fondo del Valle and Plaza Guanacos: Only ascent activities are allowed on this route due to its difficulty and isolation. Trekking activities are not permitted on this route.

Entrance permits for ascent and trekking need to be acquired personally and they are not transferable.

This permit contributes to the maintainance of Aconcagua Provincial Park & provides for us medical attention & rescue services when needed.

 

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ACONCAGUA SPIRIT Expeditions
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Aconcagua Provincial Park, Mendoza, Argentina