- Design your trip schedule
- Book local support services - discounts are offered by some service companies for early bookings
- Arrange a flight early for the best deals
- Buy travel insurance
- Prepare a personal training plan
6 Months +
- Purchase, test and review gear
- Execute your personal training plan
- Learn some basic Spanish
- Apply for an Argentinean Entry Visa (if you require one)
- Reserve a VHF radio (if you would like to take one) and white gas (if you are not using butane gas cannisters) from a Mendoza supplier
- Plan the meals each day that are not supplied by your support company
- Order US Dollars or Euros - you need to take cash to purchase local services and your climbing permit
- Buy dehydrated food as per your daily meal plan
- Buy spare batteries, water purification tablets, sun cream, etc
1 Day +
- Pack gear to be moved by mules into 2 North Face style kits bags. If you are following the Horcones Valley route, one kit bag should contain the gear for Confluencia and the other should contain the gear you need for the high mountain (this will be transported directly to Plaza De Mulas base camp).
- Pack personal items that you do not need on the mountain into a lockable bag for storage by your service company. Carry this as hand luggage onto your flight.
Sun 21 Jan 2018, 11:44
We had so much gear that we decided to book a business class flight ticket, which gives you two check in bags of 23 kgs each. The ticket was roughly twice the price of an economy ticket but it was definitely worth it. The alternative is to hire much of the gear, boots, tents, sleeping bags, etc from shops in Mendoza. However I wanted to take my own gear.