Follow an IFMGA certified mountain guide in the Andean Raju Expedition team and conquer the roof of the Andes on this 11-day expedition to Aconcagua from Mendoza.
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
With its 6,962 meters of altitude, Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Andean Range and the American Continent. That is why it is one of the main goals for climbers from all over the world.
Situated in the Argentinean province of Mendoza, very near the border with Chile, this impressive peak belongs to the Aconcagua Provincial Park, in the Arid Andes.
The big massif presents two main summits, north and south. At the base of the mountain, there are various valleys, such as Quebrada de los Horcones and Quebrada de las Vacas.
On this 11-day expedition, we will take the normal route to the top. Although this route is not very difficult technically, keep in mind that the climb is demanding and requires and excellent physical condition. Below, you can take a look at our itinerary.
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- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Mules and horses
- Clean drinkable water
- Mountain guide expenses
- Camping equipment tents
- Camping equipment cooking utensils
A minimum of 6 participants is required. Also included: baths in base camp, communication devices, wifi in Plaza de Mulas, help with permits, first aid kit, hot water, last day dinner, taxes. Not included: flights, permits (about USD 800-900), personal equipment, personal porters, personal insurance, cancellation insurance, last lunch, personal expenses, sleeping bag, extra accommodation, meals and drinks not listed, extra transfers.
OPTIONAL: 3-Day acclimatization plan, USD 300 + 5% service fee:
We will meet 3 days before the tour starts in Mendoza, then we will travel to Penitentes. In the next 2 days, we are going to acclimatize in 2 peaks of 4 thousand that are in the area of Penitentes (Cruz de Caña and Cerro Leñas). On the next day the tour itself begins.
Our expedition will begin at the Mendoza Airport, from where we will transfer you to your hotel. Here, we will have a brief and check the equipment. Accommodation in a 3 stars hotel.
Transfer from Mendoza to Penitentes.
In Penitentes, we will register to enter the park. From the entrance, we will hike to the Confluencia Camp (3,400 meters). The mules will carry our equipment and we will only have a light backpack. Night in domes.
Hiking time: 2-3 hours.
Driving time: 4 hours.
Elevation gain: 2,640 meters.
Distance: 7 kilometers.
Trekking to Plaza Francia (4,126 meters) to acclimatize and see the Aconcagua south wall. Head back to Confluencia to rest and have dinner (B, L, D).
Hiking time: 5-6 hours.
Elevation gain: 726 meters.
Distance: 8 kilometers.
Long ascent to the Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4,300 meters), at the foot of Aconcagua. We will go across beautiful spots such as Playa Ancha and Cuesta Brava, and contemplate great views. At the camp, we will set up our tents and relax (B, L, D).
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
Elevation gain: 900 meters.
Distance: 18-20 kilometers.
To improve our acclimatization, we will reach the summit of Cerro Bonete (5,100 meters). From the top, we will get to see stunning views of the big mountain (B, L, D).
Hiking time: 5 hours.
Elevation gain: 800 meters.
Distance: 5 kilometers.
After breakfast, we will depart to our Camp 2, Nido de Cóndores (5,570 meters), and set up our tents (B, L, D).
Hiking time: 5 hours.
Elevation gain: 1,270 meters.
Distance: 6 kilometers.
On this day, we will head to our last camp, Campo Cólera (5,900 meters) and prepare for the big day (B, L, D).
Hiking time: 4 hours.
Elevation gain: 330 meters.
Distance: 2,5 kilometers.
The big day has come. We will start early in the morning with a light backpack. The ascent will be very demanding mentally and physically and we will face cold and strong winds. It will be a slow climb with many stops to rest. Finally, our effort will be rewarded with the unique sights of the Andes that we can contemplate from the summit. Descent back to Cólera Camp (L, D).
Hiking time: 8-10 hours.
Elevation gain: 1,062 meters.
Distance: 3 kilometers.
After breakfast, we will descend to Plaza de Mulas (B, L, D).
Hiking time: 4-5 hours.
Descent to Penitentes (B, L, D).
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
Transfer to the city o Mendoza. End of the program (B). Accommodation in hotel.
Driving time: 4 hours.
Other gear: Boots, trekking pants and shoes, socks, hat, sleeping bag, jacket, warming and waterproof clothes, flashlight, personal first aid kit, towel.
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We are a team of young IFMGA and UIMLA-certified mountain guides and leaders, with extensive experience. We offer hiking and mountain expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Perú, our main adventure destinations. We also offer ascent expeditions to the most emblematic mountains of Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia.
In Andean Raju Expeditions we are proud of our work. Our priority is always the satisfaction and safety of our customers, always taking care of the conservation and protection of the environment. Our mission goes beyond adventure, we offer our clients a personalized experience and our friendship, sharing our culture, knowledge and love for nature and mountains to ensure every visitor an unforgettable experience.
The guide did the absolute minimum he could possibly do. The food provided was definitely not enough for what we were doing. This was already a fast itinerary and he cut it short by two more days. It made it extremely dangerous for us as clients. 2 of the 5 of us had to get flown off the mountain by helicopter due to edema because we didn’t acclimate properly. The guide then lied on social media and claimed 100% success to the summit. He really is a snake. He only cared about cutting everything and doing it as cheap as possible, most likely just to make a few more bucks. If this was a service offered in the U.S., there would’ve been a lawsuit. He should never guide this trip ever again for the pure safety of the clients.
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Everything was very organised ! I’ve enjoyed it a lot and might do some other excursion again.
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