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11-day Group Aconcagua expedition via the Normal route, from Mendoza

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.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration11 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelExtremely Fit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Climb the tallest mountain in the American Continent.

  • Spend 11 days exploring the Andes, in Mendoza.

  • Admire dazzling views of the range from the summit.

Description

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.

Are you ready to conquer the top of the Andes? Get in touch with us by sending your request now.

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Meeting point

Mendoza Airport.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Mendoza

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.

Day 2: Mendoza - Confluencia Camp

Early in the morning, we will drive to Penitentes and 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.

Day 3: Confluencia - Plaza Francia - Confluencia

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.

Day 4: Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas

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.

Day 5: Plaza de Mulas - Cerro Bonete

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.

Day 6: Plaza de Mulas - Nido de Cóndores

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.

Day 7: Nido de Cóndores - Campo Cólera

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.

Day 8: Aconcagua Summit

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.

Day 9: Campo Cólera - Plaza de Mulas

After breakfast, we will descend to Plaza de Mulas (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 4-5 hours.

Day 10: Plaza de Mulas - Penitentes

Descent to Penitentes (B, L, D).

Hiking time: 6-7 hours.

Day 11: End of the program

Transfer to the city o Mendoza. End of the program (B). Accommodation in hotel.

Driving time: 4 hours.

Day 12: Extra day in case of bad weather


Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Helmet

Sunglasses

Ice Axe

Harness

Backpack

Water bottle

Other gear: Boots, trekking pants and shoes, socks, hat, sleeping bag, jacket, warming and waterproof clothes, flashlight, personal first aid kit, towel.


About the guide

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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.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3202 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Mules and horses as needed with driver

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Camping equipment: Tents, Cooking utensils

Price details

• 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 (450-500 USD in low season), personal equipment, personal porters, personal insurance, cancellation insurance, last lunch, personal expenses, sleeping bag, extra accommodation, meals and drinks not listed, extra transfers.


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