17-day Aconcagua ascent via the normal route (with optional porters)

Join Rodrigo, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for a 17-day expedition to the summit of Aconcagua via the iconic normal route! Porter assistance optional.




Trip Duration

17 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip



  • Conquer an iconic mountaineering goal - the tallest mountain outside of Asia

  • As much - or as little - porter assistance as you'd like

  • Enjoy a lively basecamp atmosphere and make friends with climbers from all over


Join me for a summit of South America’s highest peak – the iconic Aconcagua!  During this 17-day porter assisted journey, you will enjoy incredible panoramic vistas from the highest points in the continent as we we summit this impressive mountain via the normal route.

Aconcagua is a peak that needs no introduction: at 6,959 m (22,834 ft), it the highest mountain in the western and southern hemispheres, and also the tallest mountain anywhere outside of Asia.  The normal route was first pioneered in 1897 by the great Swiss mountain guide Matthias Zurbriggen.  While mountaineers today  may choose from a few different known routes, the normal route is still considered the most popular.  Experienced mountaineers from all over the world journey to the mountain to test themselves with a tough high altitude ascent in extreme and unpredictable weather conditions.

During this 17-day expedition style trip, we will journey up the normal route with the optional assistance of porters.  While this route is typically more crowded than others on Aconcagua, it is perfect for those who love social basecamps with lively atmospheres and who may not be able to carry a load of 45-50 lbs up the mountain.  During this program, you will have the flexibility to choose when you want the aid of a porter, whether it’s every day, alternating days, or on an as needed basis.  Note that porter fees are extra and not included in the cost of this trip.

While the exact itinerary is subject to the weather conditions on the mountain and a summit is never guaranteed, I’ve included a day-bay-day outline of the route below, so you can get a sense of the journey we must endure before we take in the view from the top of two hemispheres.

Book now to achieve your goal and complete an iconic high altitude ascent of one of the most famous mountains on earth!

Check out my other mountaineering trips in South America, including ascents of Aconcagua via different routes: 20-day Aconcagua Summit through Ameghino Valley, Polish Glacier Route to Aconcagua, or Tupungato Volcano Climb Expedition!


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Price per person

Group of 1
4400 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
 Price for an individual to join a group departure. Price includes: 2 nights accommodation w/ breakfast in Mendoza; 1 night accommodation w/ breakfast and dinner in Penitentes; land transportation; mules for trek to/from base camp; food on the mountain; group equipment (cooking gear, tents, stoves, base camp equipment, medical kits, satellite phones, radios, pulse-oximeters). Not included: Porter fees, flights to/from Mendoza, Aconcagua climbing permit; meals in Mendoza; personal gear and equipment; personal items and services; rescue/early departure expenses; Satellite phone charges.


  • Day 1Mendoza

    Group meets at the hotel in Mendoza for gear check and briefing.  Then, we enjoy a delicious dinner in the city of Mendoza.

  • Day 2Penitentes

    We drive to the area around Penitentes (8,500 ft), which is a ski area during the winter months.  Optional afternoon hike to help you acclimatize.

  • Day 3Confluencia

    We begin the approach to base camp (total 25 mile trek) with the assistance of mules.

    Today we trek through the Horcones Valley until we stop to camp at Confluencia (10,900 ft).


  • Day 4Acclimatization Day around Confluencia

    We hike in the area around Confluencia to acclimatize.  Our high point will be 13,000 ft.  We spend another night at the campsite in Confluencia.

  • Day 5Basecamp - Plaza de Mulas

    We hike to our basecamp, Plaza de Mulas, at 13,800 ft.

  • Day 6Rest day at basecamp

    Today is a rest and acclimatization day at base camp.  We have the opportunity to practice snow/ice mountaineering techniques on Nieve Penitentes.

  • Day 7Establish Camp 1 - Plaza Canada

    We take a load to Camp 1, called Plaza Canada at 16,170 ft.  After we admire the views of Aconcagua and Cerro Cuerno, we return to basecamp for the night.

  • Day 8Camp 1

    We return to Camp 1 for the night.

  • Day 9Establish Camp 2, Nido de Condores

    Take a load to Camp 2, called Nido de Condores at 17,820 ft, returning to Camp 1 at the end of the day.

  • Day 10Camp 2

    Ascend to Camp 2 to spend the night there.

  • Day 11Establish Camp 3, Piedras Blancas

    Carry a load to Camp 3, Piedras Blancas at 19,200 ft.  Return to Camp 2.

  • Day 12Camp 3

    Ascend to Camp 3, our high camp.

  • Day 13Summit Window

    Our opportunity for a summit push will occur during these days, weather permitting.  If necessary, this would also give us additional time to acclimatize.

  • Day 16Basecamp

    Descend from Camp 3 back to basecamp.

  • Day 17Return to Mendoza

    We hike back down through the Horcones Valley with the assistance of mules.  We reach Penitentes in the afternoon, where a vehicle takes us back to the Park Hyatt in Mendoza for our farewell dinner.

  • Day 18Departure

    Following breakfast, program ends.  You may return home or continue your travels in Argentina.


Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
01/12/2019 to 18/12/2019
USD 4400
09/12/2019 to 26/12/2019
USD 4400
17/12/2019 to 03/01/2020
USD 4400
21/12/2019 to 07/01/2020
USD 4400
28/12/2019 to 14/01/2020
USD 4400
04/01/2020 to 21/01/2020
USD 4400
11/01/2020 to 28/01/2020
USD 4400
18/01/2020 to 04/02/2020
USD 4400
25/01/2020 to 11/02/2020
USD 4400
01/02/2020 to 18/02/2020
USD 4400
08/02/2020 to 25/02/2020
USD 4400
15/02/2020 to 03/03/2020
USD 4400

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

Meeting point

We will meet in Mendoza at the Park Hyatt


We will stay at hotels in Mendoza and Penitentes and at our campsites on the mountain.

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From London to Buenos Aires:

- Airline: Norwegian Air UK

LGW-EZE (13 h 40 m) US$774 round trip

- Airline: British Airways

LHR-EZE (13 h 50 m) US$1,216 round trip

From Buenos Aires to Mendoza:

- Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas

AEP–MDZ (1 h 55 m) US$115 round trip

- Airline: LATAM Operated by Latam Airlines Argentina

AEP–MDZ (1 h 52 m) US$117 round trip


From New York to Buenos Aires:

-Airline: United

EWR–EZE (11 h 5 m) US$1,005 round trip

- Airline: American - LATAM Operated by American Airlines for Latam Airlines Argentina

JFK–EZE (10 h 44 m) US$1,083 round trip

- Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas - Delta

JFK–EZE (10 h 55 m) US$1,270 round trip

From Buenos Aires to Mendoza:

- Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas

AEP–MDZ (1 h 55 m) US$115 round trip

- Airline: LATAM Operated by Latam Airlines Argentina

AEP–MDZ (1 h 52 m) US$117 round trip

(*) Total price includes taxes + fees for 1 adult. Additional bag fees and other fees may apply.


About the Guide


An Internationally Certified UIAGM / IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rodrigo has been a guide for 30 years. He has led 24 expeditions to Denali and 28 expeditions to Aconcagua — the highest peaks in North and South America, respectively. He has been a member of expeditions to Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in the Himalaya, and his climbs in Patagonia include the North and Central Towers of Paine, Agujas Guillaumet and Poincenot, as well as Cerro Torre attempts. He’s made Patagonian Ice Cap explorations including the first east-west traverse of the northern Ice Cap. He holds first ascents in Antarctica, the Andes and Alaska; speed ascents of Denali, Aconcagua, and Juncal. He’s guided the Ellsworth Mountains and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and has extensive climbing and guiding experience in Yosemite and the Alps, including Frendo Spur and the Grand Jorasses. He’s a former Technical Committee member for the American Mountain Guides Association and a Senior Guide at Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rodrigo speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.

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