Treks

Plaza de Mulas Trek

+ 7 days itinerary
+ Plaza Francia & Plaza de Mulas & Confluencia
+ Meals, tents and mules included*

Itinerary

This is a scheduled itinerary but could be modified by weather or unexpected events.

Day 1: Mendoza City (2508 f / 760 m)
Balance payment, equipment checking and assistance for renting equipment.

Day 2: Mendoza City (2508 f / 760 m) – Penitentes (8992 f / 2900)
Obtaining of entrance permits, private transportation to Penitentes, lodging, and preparing of loads for the mules.

Day 3: Horcones (8992 f / 2900 m) – Confluencia (10890 f / 3400 m)
Trek to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. Lodging in the base camp. (B, PL, D)

Day 4: Confluencia / Plaza Francia (13200 f – 4000 m) / Confluencia
Trek to Plaza Francia, base of the south face of the Mount Aconcagua, lunch and return to Confluencia. (B, PL, D)

Day 5: Confluencia / Plaza de Mulas base camp (14058f-4260m)
Trek to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. Lodging in the base camp. (B, PL, D)

Day 6: Plaza de Mulas base camp (14058 f – 4260 m)
Resting day. Short trek in the area and visiting the Refugio Plaza de Mulas Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Plaza de Mulas base camp/ Puente del Inca / Mendoza
Descent to Puente del Inca. Drive to Mendoza. (B, PL)

(Height in feets – meters as sea level)
B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / PL: Packed Lunch / D: Dinner included.

Included services

Meals

Assistance for lost luggage recoveryOn the trekking you will enjoy all the meals (B: breakfast / L: lunch / P.L: packed-lunch if you are on the move / D: dinner), which are carefully planned by professionals to have a balanced diet during those days on the mountain. The cooks always prepare every meal, with fixed menu. You will enjoy tasty and large portions of very good meals. If you are vegetarian, celiac, lactose intolerant or you need any other special menu, please let us know in the reservation form.

Transfer Mendoza / Puente del Inca / Mendoza

Assistance for lost luggage recovery

A private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Puente Del Inca. We will drive over 180 kilometers, which separate Mendoza City from Puente Del Inca. The scenery on the journey is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the central Andes. The return to Mendoza city may be in a line bus depending on the final number of people in the group.

Load mules

Assistance for lost luggage recoveryThese strong animals were the ones that helped the armies that fought for the freedom of South America, to transport their belongings over the mountains. Mules move over mountain with great caution, having the possibility to carry big loads. The negative aspect of these animals is their untamed character. That is why we have selected a professional team of muleteers, called “arrieros”, who have dedicated their lives to the country animals. They know how to deal with these animals, because of their experience. From Puente Del Inca to Confluencia, from this camp to Plaza de Mulas, and in the return your belongings will be carried by mules. Each mule can carry up to a limit of 60 kg, and every client may transport on the mules a maximum of 30 kg on each stage of the approach. We strongly recommend you to bring a strong duffel bag.

Confluencia Camp

Assistance for lost luggage recovery

While you are gaining height, your body needs some time to start with the process of acclimatization. Therefore, it is extremely important to stop for two nights at an intermediate level, to help your body to start with this process. During that time, you will camp in the Confluencia campsite, which has the enough comfort to spend a good deal of time, being fully equipped.

Trekking to Plaza Francia

Assistance for lost luggage recoveryOn the 2nd day of the trekking, you will visit the base of the mythical South Face of the Aconcagua mountain. This is the most vertical face of the mountain, with glaciers and walls almost 3000 meters tall. During that trekking, you will gain 700 meter that will give your body a sign that the acclimatization process is starting.

Plaza de Mulas Base Camp

Assistance for lost luggage recoveryOnce you have arrived at Plaza de Mulas, you will spend nights in the campsite. It´s fully prepared to make the trip around the magnificent South American mountain as comfortable as possible. There are tents for eating, kitchen, equipment storage. Toilets are available too. An excellent team of people will attend you, preparing delicious meals and providing you an excellent service. The advantages of the campsite are not only its commodities, but also the direct contact with nature.

Our Guides

Assistance for lost luggage recoveryThe guides in charge of the expedition are professionals who have obtained their degree from the AAGM or the EPGAMT (2 and 3 year carreers). We believe that one of the keys for having a successful expedition is to count on people who have the best qualifications and at least 5 years of experience in Aconcagua to provide safety and trek across the paths of nature with conviction and professionalism. Our expeditions are leadered by professional mountain guides all throughout the journey, ensuring better communication, safety and walking pace according to the group. The guide’s equipments include a VHF radio, first aid kit with specific medications for altitude sicknesses, ropes, altimeter, digital oxymeter and proffessional clothing and equipments. Medicines will be provided after the aproval of the doctors of Park Aconcagua. All of this is necessary for your safety and well being.

Trekking in the area

Assistance for lost luggage recoveryYou will make a short trek at the area to know the Plaza de Mulas base camp, the Hotel Refugio Plaza Mulas, Park Rangers and the glaciers around.

Participation Certificate

Assistance for lost luggage recoveryWe will extend you a certificate signed by the Guide of the expedition certifying that you have participated in the Plaza de Mulas base camp expedition (or reached the Mt. Bonete´s summit if that happened).

Bedroom tents

Assistance for lost luggage recoveryAll resting nights take place in comfortable bedroom tents dome with truckle beds or in bedroom tents for two people, which are already settled on the camp. This is a good way to save strengths without pitching and taking down tents from one camp to another.

Non included services

Please, pay attention to these non included services.

  • Trekking Permit
  • Expenses for giving up the expedition
  • Personal equipment and Sleeping bag

Extra expenses as food or drinks separate from those described in the itinerary, satellite phonecalls, transference fees, and other services not specified as included.

This activity can also be taken in private way.

This means that you choose the departure date and you share it only with your fellow partners. The cost is higher than the scheduled treks. If you are interested, please ask us about our private treks.