TYPES OF TOURS:
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2006/2007 DESTINATIONS:
Africa
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GROUP DEPARTURES:
Galapagos Enchanted Isles: June 24 - July 4**
Best of Costa Rica: July 12 -24**
South Africa Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Vacation: September 25 - October 6 **
   
Other Programs:
Women's Expedition to Aconcaugua
Musician's Cultural Workshop in Ecuador
   
** These programs are available for credit through the Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program.
   
WOMEN'S EXPEDITION TO ACONCAUGUA

INTRODUCTION:
Join a team of exceptional women that share an adventurous spirit and seek a life changing experience. Aconcagua, located in the heart of the Argentine-Chilean Central Andes, at 22,834, is the highest mountain in the world outside Asia making it also the highest point in the Western Hemisphere . We will be climbing a non-technical route. Aconcagua is a phenomenal mountain of rock and ice and gigantic faces, fitting its native Inca name well; Ackon Cahuak, or Stone Sentinel. Our approach will involve 35 miles of colorful spectacular high desert scenery, where the muleteers, or arrieros, will transport our gear to our 13,000 Base Camp. Surrounded by 21,000 peaks, we will have a formidable view of the Central Andes . We have chosen Aventuras Patagonicas as our guide company. They have lead over 80 Aconcagua expeditions in the last 18 years. They have the most experience on the mountain having led more expeditions to Aconcagua than anyone in the world. The quality and expertise of their expeditions is unparalleled and they have the highest success rate. Please visit their website at www.patagonicas.com for more details about the climb and to read the many wonderful client testimonials. We will climb in traditional expedition style using multiple camps enroute, allowing adequate time to acclimatize to the low oxygen environment and assuring enough time to wait out stormy weather. Our goal is to get everybody safely to the Top! The Guanacos Valley Route is not technically difficult, although high altitude, cold temperatures and strong winds make these climbs very challenging. Participants must be in excellent physical condition, able to carry a heavy pack, and have basic mountaineering skills. Limited to 8 women. Join the adventure!

SAMPLE ITINERARY:
Day 1
Group will meet in Los Angeles . Flight to Santiago , Chile then on to Mendoza , Argentina . Flight departs at 12:25 pm (tentative)

Day 2
Arrive in Mendoza at 11:20 am. Rest Day. Overnight in Mendoza .

Day 3
Morning sight seeing. We will meet our guides this afternoon for an equipment check and afternoon briefing at the hotel. For dinner we will have a chance to taste fine Argentinean cuisine and wine. Overnight in Mendoza .

Day 4
Drive west from Mendoza to Penitentes ski area at 8,500'. Our drive winds along the Rio Mendoza deep into the heart of the rugged Andes Mountains where we begin our acclimatization in Penitentes. Afternoon hike is optional though recommended.

Day 5-6-7
Approach to Plaza Guanacos Base Camp. Mules carry our gear. This approximately 35-mile approach is essential to our acclimatization. Our first two days we follow the same route as Aventuras Patagonicas' Traverse and Polish Glacier Expeditions. The third day begin our new approach. WE continue up the Vacas Valley instead of ascending the Relinchos Valley . The chances of seeing other expeditions on this new exciting route is remote. The chance of seeing numerous wildlife is much more probable. Spectacular glaciers contrasting with a desert backdrop make this approach both surreal and unforgettable. We have an excellent chance of seeing herds of guanacos. When Rodrigo did an exploratory trip to the region he encountered several hundred, counting 80 in one sighting alone! These magnificent mammals are well camouflaged, extremely elusive and a rare sight in the Aconcagua region.

Day 8
Plaza Guanaco Base Camp at13, 000'. Rest and acclimatization day at base camp. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to make the summit. The most effective way to do this is to take the time to acclimatize to the low oxygen environment. We will incorporate rest days into our schedule and climb in traditional expedition style. We will be carrying loads up to the next camp and returning to sleep below at the previous camp. The next day we will move to the higher camp.

Day 9
Carry a load to Camp I at 15,200' approx. The route goes up the narrow valley between the North side of Cerro Ameghino and Cerro San Francisco. Here we will be able to see Nieve Penitentes, unique snow and ice formations created by the direct sun. Return to Base Camp.

Day 10
Leave Base Camp. Move to Camp I.

Day 11
Carry a load to Camp II at 16,500'. We finally reach the col between Cerro Ameghino and Aconcagua . We will put camp right at the col, a pleasant large flat area with tremendous views of Cerro Mercedario, Cerro Mano and other Andean giants. Return to Base Camp.

Day 12
Move to Camp II .

Day 13
Carry a load to Camp III , below the Polish Glacier at 17,800.

Day 14
Move to camp III . depending on how the group is doing.

Day 15
Carry to High Camp, Piedras Blancas (white Rocks) at 19,200.

Day 16
Move to High Camp.

Day 17-19
Summit ! Weather permitting. We leave several days for our summit day in case of poor weather.

Day 20
Descend down the Normal Route , all the way to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. This will be quite exciting since we will be descending a different side of the mountain. We will have dinner and spend the night at the hut at 13,800' on the Normal Route .

Day 21
Descend the Horcones Valley , with its impressive views of Aconcagua 's South Face. Spend the night in Penitentes.

Day 22
Drive to Santiago . Departure to Los Angeles 10:40 pm. (tentative)

Day 23
Arrive in Los Angeles at 7:10 am

NOTE
This itinerary is intended to be a guideline only, weather days and rest days are always a possibility while on a climbing expedition.

DETAILS:
Dates:
January 2007

Price: The tour price is from $3800 per person based on double occupancy and includes: professional mountain guides, 2 night hotel accommodation in Mendoza (four star hotel), 1 night hotel accommodation in Santiago (four star hotel), on the return, 2 nights hotel accommodation in Penitentes, 1 night in the hut at Base Camp, on the return, all land transportation, mules, all expedition food, all community gear such as: tents, stoves, state of the art Base Camp, cooking gear, medical kits, satellite phones, radios, gamowbag, pulse-oximeters, etc., and Aconcagua permit fee.

You are Responsible for:
International airfare to Mendoza , Meals in Mendoza, Santiango and Penitentes, personal equipment, passport, personal items and services (laundry, drinks, tips, etc.), and expenses incurred in the case of a rescue.

Call Pam at 720-746-0748 or email her at pam@kindredspiritstourandtravel.com

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