Located entirely in
rises its majestic
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
. 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
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
Argentina and finally the famous South Face that has Plaza Francia at its feet.
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.
Decreed a Protected Natural
area in 1983, the purpose of the
Park ’s existence is diminishing the impact produced by thousands of
people that year to year visit it. Its
of surface also protect, the flora, the fauna, and important
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
, 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
Permits for admission to
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:
of December till 31st of January)
Ascent $ 3000
Trekking $ 800
Trekking $ 410
(from 1st till 14th of December
& from 1st till 20th of February)
Trekking $ 660
(from 15th till 30th
of November & 21st of February till 15th of March)
Trekking $ 800
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
permits for ascent and trekking need to be acquired personally and
they are not transferable.
This permit contributes to the maintainance
Provincial Park & provides for us medical attention
& rescue services when needed.