Now everyone is back home after a very successful trip with fantastic weather. Three of the four managed to reach the summit of Aconcagua, which may be seen as very successful and no one had any problems with the altitude. Now it’s back to everyday life and as soon as everyone has caught up with work, the after work is starting with the upload of pictures and then it should also be a travel journal in two parts that will be posted on the website.
When we booked the trip we got a few more days than we originally planned for. Because of that we had to remake our time planning for the trip. We decided that we wanted to have our acclimatization on another mountain because that would be a lot more fun and allow us to see more. We decided to climb a few peaks at the mountain range of Cordon del Plata that’s very close to Mendoza. We will start low and finish with Cerro Plata with 5966m. After that we will travel back to Mendoza and get our permits and then go to Aconcagua for the main event of the trip. We will have a few days less here than originally planned because we have a good acclimatization trip before. We have spared 5 days as extra days in case the weather gets bad.
We have also changed the countdown timer to point at the exact time that our flight leaves for Argentina.
Aconcagua (6962m) is located in western Argentina, and not only is South America’s highest mountain, but also the highest mountain outside Asia. Nevertheless, it is a technically very simple mountain and needs no technical knowledge. However, even though it’s an “easy” mountain does not make the climb easy. On the summit is only 45% oxygen comparatively against what is at sea level. This means that many people underestimate the mountain and has to be evacuated because of acute mountain sickness. The deaths on the mountain, however, are few and only a few die each year.
The days before Christmas, we journey from Gothenburg by air to a town in Argentina called Mendoza. Here we are going to get gas to the kitchens and if it is something else we have missed. Here, we will also fix the permits required to climb Aconcagua. From here we travel by bus to a little town called Puente del Inca, and it is from here we start the trek. Two days does it take to get to base camp Plaza de Mulas at 4370m, which also is the world’s highest hotel. From here it’s off to Camp Canada at 4900m. Then, the next camp at Camp Berlin is at 5900m which is the last stop before the top. Top attack here is estimated to take somewhere between 8-12 hours depending on weather and how well acclimatized we have managed to become. We also have three extra days for summit attack if the weather is bad.
Then, what’s left is just to pack our gear and hike down to base camp again and then walk out to Puente del Inca. From here, we take the bus back to Mendoza and then flight back to Sweden. More detailed day-to-day planning is to the right under “Planning”.
|15/12||Flight from Oslo to Mendoza.|
|16/12||Land in Mendoza. Shop stuff we need.|
|17/12||Mendoza / Vallecitos /Camp Piedra grande (3400m)|
|18/12||Summitday, Adolfo Calle (4220m)/Stepanek (4080m)|
|19/12||To Camp El Salto (4500m).|
|20/12||Summitday, Rincon (5318m)|
|21/12||To Camp Hoyada (4650m)|
|22/12||Summitday, Plata (5966m)|
|23/12||Back to Camp Piedra grande|
|24/12||Back to Mendoza|
|25/12||Mendoza to Punta de Vacas.|
|26/12||Punta de Vacas to Pampa Lena. (3000m)|
|27/12||Pampa Lena to Casa Piedra. (3600m)|
|28/12||Casa Piedra to Plaza Argentina. (4000m)|
|29/12||Plaza Argentina to Camp 1. (4950m)|
|30/12||Camp 1 to Camp 2. (5500m)|
|1/1||Camp 2 to Camp Colera. (6000m)|
|2/1||Summit day. (6962m)|
|3/1||Extra summit day.|
|4/1||Extra summit day.|
|5/1||Extra summit day.|
|6/1||Extra summit day.|
|7/1||Pack up camp and hike down to base camp (Plaza de Mulas).|
|8/1||Walk to Puente del Inca or Confluencia.|
|9/1||Walk last bit if stop at Confluencia and transportation to Mendoza.|
|11/1||Land in Oslo.|
We have had alot to do in the last year, so we dont have alot of time to adventure, but we still got plans.
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We are finally home again, and despite our failure to reach the summit, we are very happy and we returned with allot of new experience.