Trekking along the Rio Vacas to base camp

Trekking along the Rio Vacas to base camp


As we set off from the trail head at Punta de Vaca (8,000′), we are happy to report that the weather is very nice.  We are excited to finally get the expedition underway as the last few days we have been preparing our food and equipment.  Our trek will take us three days as we hike up the Vacas and Relinchos valleys to the Plaza Argentina (14,000′) base camp.  Along the way we will camp beside the river, and likely encounter wildlife such as Guanacos and Condors.  Our group is supported by a team of Arrieros (cowboys) who care for the mules that transport our kit along with us as we go.  This allows us to take a lot of food and equipment to the base camp, after that we must carry everything on our own to the high camps and the summit (22,834′).

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