ITINERARY FOR ANDES SURVIVORS TRIP
January 15-20, 2018
We highly recommend that all international participants arrive in Mendoza, Argentina at least one day before the itinerary starts. Having this extra day will be crucial in the event of delayed or canceled flights, to ensure that everyone will be present when we depart Mendoza on the first day of the expedition.
Eduardo Strauch, Ricardo Peña and all participants will rendezvous at the Aconcagua Hotel in Mendoza, Argentina at 2pm. At 2:30 we will board our van and depart for San Rafael. In the evening we will have dinner with Eduardo and then check our equipment for our early departure the next morning.
Breakfast at the Tower hotel in San Rafael. We will load the vans and begin the drive into the mountains to the abandoned hotel and hot springs at the base of the 18,000 ft volcano, El Sosneado. A bit farther down the valley we arrive at our horse post (7500’) where we meet with our horses and handlers. Lunch. Saddle up and begin our horse ride over rugged terrain to our camp at El Barroso river (8800’). Spectacular views all day! Our cooks will prepare a wonderful dinner for us. We spend our first night sleeping in tents.
Today we ride horses to the Valle de las Lagrimas where the memorial is found, and where the survivor's incredible story of survival took place. This is an incredible valley surrounded by 15,000’ high snowcapped peaks and very impressive glaciers. Depending on snow conditions, weather and participants preference, we may be able to offer some of our team members the choice of spending a night at a high camp (12,000’) on this valley. Eduardo and the rest of the members will return to our lower camp to spend the night. If you are interested in spending the night at this high camp it is important that you have extra warm gear and that you tell us well in advance. We will try to accommodate your preference but we are limited by conditions on the glacier and weather factors, so we cannot guarantee a night at the glacier.
Participants staying at the high camp will go explore the surroundings. Those with mountaineering experience have the option of doing an alpine ascent with Ricardo of some of the nearby glaciers for even more spectacular views (ask ahead of time about the Mountaineering option as this requires technical gear). Those staying with Eduardo at the lower camp will have the options of doing a scenic horse ride to a beautiful lake on a glacial basin, going for a hike or resting in camp. This gives participants the chance to spend more time with Eduardo and ask questions. In the evening we will all meet at the lower camp and have dinner together. If the weather is good (and it often is this time of year) we may build a bonfire and enjoy the stars, a good Argentinean wine and perhaps some music as Ricardo often brings a guitar or ukelele to the expedition. One last night in tents.
Horseback riding back to the horse camp where we will meet with our 4x4 vehicles. Lunch at the horse post and then we head out of the mountains and down to San Rafael to the Tower hotel. We will have a great celebration with a wonderful dinner and excellent wines and enjoy our luxurious hotel.
We drive back to Mendoza. End of trip. Arrange for a flight that departs Mendoza, Argentina after 4pm. Many participants stay an extra day to enjoy Mendoza. If you would like to stay an extra night in Mendoza we can help you arrange for a hotel and transportation (cost not included in itinerary).