Like Aconcagua – Plaza de Mulas Trek, this is a low difficulty and risk program where you will know Aconcagua Base Camp and be at the foot of the highest point of the Western Hemisphere. And the most important: you’re going to climb to the summit of Mount Bonete, one of the most beautiful mountains in the area .
You would check your performance at more of 16000 feet. What’s the next step? Climb Aconcagua via Normal Route or Vacas Valley 360° Route. Achieving the Mount Bonete summit is an excellent training for those who want to try in the future the Aconcagua summit.
Mendoza City 2508feet
> Confluencia 10890feet
> Plaza Francia 13200feet
> Plaza de Mulas 14058feet
Plaza de Mulas
Plaza de Mulas
> Mt. Bonete Summit 16732feet
Plaza de Mulas
Plaza de Mulas
> Puente del Inca
Includes: B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / PL: Packed Lunch / D: Dinner included.
This is a scheduled itinerary but could be modified by weather or unexpected events.
On 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.
The 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.
These 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.
Transfer Mendoza / Puente del Inca / Mendoza
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.
Lodging in Penitentes/Puente del Inca
During the Inca Empire this spot was a strategic point for the crossing of the Andes mountain. Over the last years it has become the point of departure of every expedition, whose aim is to get the summit of Mount Aconcagua. The Hotel was built here, it is located in this strategic zone, five kilometers far from the Mount Aconcagua Park trailhead. You will spend one night in this beautiful place at the beginning of your expedition in shared rooms with a private toilet. Complete breakfasts and dinners in the restaurant of the hotel are also included. Our private transfer will take you to the Aconcagua Park entrance.
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.
Trek to Plaza Francia Camp
On 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.
Trek to Plaza de Mulas Camp
Once 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.
Trekking to Mt. Bonete´s Summit
We will do a trek to the top of one of the most beautiful mounts of the Central Andes. This activity allows to crown with a summit your visit to Cerro Aconcagua Base Camp, which we believe is a great value for you. This trekking will take about 6 hours and you will reach 16732 feet of altitude. This activity requires Ascent Permit Entrance.
Trekking in the area
You 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.
Assistance to buy the climbing permits
Mount Aconcagua is located in a provincial Park, managed by the Government of Mendoza. To get into the Park you should get a permit, in accordance to the activity that you are going to participate in (climbing, long trek, short trek). This working paper must be done personally, as a government rule. That is why each passenger should go to the Park’s office with their own passport.
We take advantage of the VHF and BLU radio lines that help us to stay in contact between the high-altitude campsites, Plaza de Mulas, Confluencia, Puente del Inca and Mendoza. Therefore, we can respond almost instantaneously to whatever issue that may arise.
All 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.
We 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).
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.