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ACONCAGUA POLISH GLACIER DIRECT EXPEDITION

CLIMB ACONCAGUA POLISH GLACIER DIRECT

The Aconcagua Polish Glacier Direct expedition is offered as a private or custom trip up the Polish Glacier route on Aconcagua; a minimum ratio of 2 members to one guide. Due to the nature and composition of this expedition, Ganesh Adventures is only offering the Polish Glacier Direct climb to teams of 4 or smaller requiring guiding and logistics services of the highest quality. This is a custom expedition and Ganesh Adventures will develop a plan based on your needs. We provide all levels of support for the Polish Glacier Direct route on Aconcagua.

 

WHATS INCLUDED IN YOUR ACONCAGUA POLISH GLACIER DIRECT EXPEDITION PACKAGE

  • Ganesh Adventures T-Shirt & Patch
  • Personal blog website hosted & designed by us for your personal use
  • 2 nights in Mendoza The Hyatt five star hotel with breakfast included (optional)
  • 3 nights in modest ski lodge in Penitenties, Meals included
  • Mendoza wine bikes & wine tour
  • day of rock climbing near Penitenties
  • Airport Transfers before and after the expedition
  • Private transport in Argentina to and from the mountain
  • All inclusive service Mendoza to Mendoza
  • Experienced western mountain guide with many Aconcagua summits
  • Private tent on the trek and at base camp
  • tents, fuel & meals at base camp
  • tents, stoves, pots & fuel on the mountain
  • all food & drinks above base camp prepared by your guide
  • technical hardware for the Polish Glacier

WHATS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR ACONCAGUA EXPEDITION PACKAGE

  • International flights
  • Aconcagua Climbing & Park permits
  • lunch, dinner & drinks while in Mendoza
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides if justified
  • Personal climbing equipment (rentals available)
  • High Altitude Porters if required

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR THE POLISH GLACIER DIRECT EXPEDITION

This is a private/custom Aconcagua Polish Glacier Direct expedition that is offered to anyone who feels they would like to climb Aconcagua via a more technical line than that of the standard trade routes. During the course of the expedition, extensive training and skills sessions will be undertaken to help hone the skill sets of the team.

Ideally, members will have the following experience:

  • Mountaineering & technical climbing experience on snow and ice
  • Previous high altitude experience at or above 5000M
  • Proficiency with running belays and roped climbing
  • Mental fortitude and strong motivation
  • Extensive expedition and outdoor experience

If you do not feel that you are currently qualified for the Aconcagua Polish Glacier Direct expedition perhaps the False Polish Traverse on Aconcagua is right for you.Ganesh Adventures offers a very comprehensive training and preparation program. Get the skills and use them rather than just throwing your hard earned money away to constantly attempt one mountain. Aconcagua is a great place to test ones self up to nearly 7000M.

ACONCAGUA POLISH GLACIER DIRECT EXPEDITION PAYMENT AND BOOKINGS

Ganesh Adventures asks for a 25% deposit to reserve your place on the climbing team. The remainder of the balance is due 90 days prior to the commencement of the expedition. Payments can be made via electronic bank transfer to our Canadian US dollar account. Upon receipt of your initial deposit we will email you a detailed trip file that will help you prepare and train for your upcoming adventure. In addition to the online bookings form we will also request that you complete a medical history form and detailed questionnaire for our records. At this time, we will launch a personal website for you stored on our servers under a sub-domain name of your choosing.

INCENTIVES AND SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Any expedition to Mt Aconcagua is bound to attract attention from a variety of media and charitable sources. If you feel that your climb is unique in some way of wish to raise money for a charity, Ganesh Adventures is prepared to offer you a discounted price on the Aconcagua expedition. Choosing a guiding company that offers the level of support that we do will definitely make your sponsors sleep easy knowing you are in good hands and your chances of making the summit Aconcagua safely are high.

  • Aconcagua Polish Glacier gear, Equipment & Packing List
  • Wikipedia Aconcagua Page
  • Aconcagua on Summitpost
  • Aconcagua on Peakware
  • Argentina Country Information
  • wikiTravel in Argentina

ACONCAGUA EXPEDITION INSURANCE

We require all members to have comprehensive travel medical coverage for the duration of the Aconcagua Polish Glacier Direct expedition. This coverage must include coverage for high altitude climbing involving the use of ropes. Policies and plans vary greatly from country to country so please contact us for a list of recommended and trusted providers in your area. Additionally, we strongly recommend and in some cases require all members to have trip cancellation and lost equipment coverage for the duration of the Aconcagua expedition.

YOUR ACONCAGUA EXPEDITION BLOG WEBSITE

As a service to all of our Aconcagua Polish Glacier Direct expedition members, Ganesh Adventures will build and host a personal blog website for your use before, during and after the expedition. This blog style website will present your personal profile, something about your project, photos, supporters and sponsors and of course a blog section to keep family, friends and sponsors up to date on your personal quest for the top of Aconcagua. You will be free to add, remove and modify all of the content on your personal Aconcagua expedition climbing blog.

THE ACONCAGUA POLISH GLACIER DIRECT EXPEDITION

It is really great to climb Aconcagua instead of just walking up it. We will follow the normal route up from Plaza Argentina and depart from Camp 2 for the summit. The route is quite straightforward despite its reputation. In my opinion the most important thing is speed.  The climb is about 40 degrees up to 70 degrees in the bottle neck area and above. Its a great steep snow climb with amazing views but beware, once you are at the top of the face it is still at least 2-4 hours to the summit, depending on conditions and fatigue.

Once you arrive at the top of the face, the technical portion of the Aconcagua Polish Glacier is over and now the thin air at nearly 6900M is a lot for some to deal with. To reach the summit of Aconcagua, climbers must endure nearly 3 hours of walking above 6850M to top out and start the descent back to camp 2. The amazing views and thin air make for a day never to be forgotten. Just look at the photos. How much fun were we having on our Aconcagua Polish Glacier Direct Expedition?

ACONCAGUA POLISH GLACIER DIRECT EXPEDITION ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrive in Mendoza and Transfer to Park Hyatt 5 star hotel. Team meetings and initial preparation & welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Final Prep and shopping in the morning along with picking up climbing permits. Private transport to Penitentes Resort for the start of the acclimatization period.

Day 3 –  Acclimatization hike near Penitentes. We will explore the amazing scenery while acclimatizing and preparing for the trek in. Rock climbing day if weather permits. (Equipment provided)

Day 4 – Transfer to Horcones Valley trail head. Hike to Leñas camp site. BBQ supper prepared by the famous mulateers of Argentina! Camping.

Day 5 – Hike to Casa De Piedras campsite and have your first views of the climbing objective, Aconcagua. Another amazing Asado (BBQ). Camping

Day 6 – Early morning river crossing and hike to Plaza Argentina base camp.

Day 7 – Rest and Acclimatization day. Walk up 200-300m to excellent views of the route to camp 1.

Day 8 – Load carry to camp 1 and return to Plaza Argentina base camp

Day 9 – Move to camp 1 and spend our first night above base camp.

Day 10 – Rest and acclimatization day in camp 1.

Day 11 – Carry to camp 2 and return to camp 1. We will do a small load carry, mostly food and fuel, up to our next camp. We have a couple of options for our second high camp and we will make the decision as a team as to which is our best option.

Day 12 – Move to our chosen camp 2.

Day 13 – Rest day or initial Summit attempt. This is our summit attack camp.

Day 14 – Summit Day!

Days 15-17 – Spare Summit days. If the Polish Glacier route is out of condition we will climb the False Polish route as a plan B.

Day 18 – Descend to Mulas Base Camp.

Day 19 – Trek out to Penitentes and drive to Mendoza, party time!

Day 20 – Bikes & Wines vineyard tour.Shopping and sightseeing day in Mendoza. Also a final team dinner and farewells. Speeches are always welcome.

Day 21 – International flights home.

Note: this itinerary is approximate and due to weather, route and member conditions may be altered at the discretion of your guide to make the safest trip possible. We recommend you book your flight to arrive one day before the expedition begins and departs one day after the expedition finishes. If you would like to see more of amazing Argentina feel free to stay as long as you like. There is so much to do in this fabulous country.