Base Camp Confluence
If you want to go a little deeper into the Provincial Park, you can continue the trail to the first base camp of Aconcagua. It is called Confluence and it is the first of the stages on the way up to the top of this majestic mountain.
This camp is located at about 3,500 meters above sea level and it takes about 4 hours to complete the entire route if I remember correctly. The way out is uphill, so you may notice the altitude and Aconcagua 360 Route will cost you a bit. Of course, the good news is that the return is down. Along the entire path there are incredible views and you will not lose sight of the colossus, always vigilant from the bottom of the valley.
If you are in good physical shape and have mountaineering experience, you can join an expedition to climb to the top as well. In this case I don’t have much information, but I’m sure there are agencies that organize it from Mendoza. The ascent lasts several days (I think at least two weeks) and involves a high level of demand due to the extreme conditions of the high Andean mountains. Please note that this is NOT an activity suitable for everyone. How much does the entrance to the Aconcagua Guided Climb cost?
The Aconcagua Provincial Park is a protected space and to help in its conservation, visitors must pay an entrance fee. The price of this depends on the nationality and the activity to be carried out. Here I leave the amounts, but you can also check the park page for more details:
Entrance to the Laguna de Horcones (small path to the viewpoint):
Argentines: free entry
Latin Americans: 550 pesos
Rest of foreigners: 820 pesos
Day Trekking Ticket (walk to Confluencia):
Argentines: free entry
Latin Americans: 2720 pesos
Rest of foreigners: 3400 pesos
If you visit Aconcagua with a tour, it is possible that the entrance is included in the price and you will not have to register, but if you go on your own you must register online and buy your ticket beforehand. I explain how to do it:
You must go to the reservation website of the natural areas of Mendoza and select the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
Indicate the number of people and click on the activity you want to do. You will see the option to choose the dates of your visit and the number of seats available per hour.
Select the day and time and click the “Book Now” button below.
Indicate your personal data and proceed to pay the indicated amount.