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20-day expedition via normal route to Aconcagua

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Follow Andy, an EPGAMT certified mountain guide, on this 20-day program to Aconcagua and reach the summit of the highest peak in America.

Andes

20 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec

High

Intermediate


Description

Ascending the Aconcagua is a must for anyone looking for a true mountaineering challenge!

At 6,962 meters , the astonishing Aconcagua is the highest summit in the American continent. It is located in the Argentinean province of Mendoza, the starting point of our trip.

In order to set off on our way to the summit,  we’ll first have to go through the Horcones Valley to Confluencia camp. Then, we’ll reach Plaza de Mulas, which will be our base camp for several days. On this expedition, we’ll take the normal route that goes from the southern to the northeastern side of the mountain. This is the most popular route taken by mountaineers to reach Aconcagua’s summit. For a detailed description of the itinerary, please take a look at the bottom of the page.

Take into account that this ascent is not technically difficult, but it is very demanding physically. Therefore, it is mandatory to have a good fitness level as well as background mountaineering experience. Of course, I will do my best to help and assist you at all times. 

So, if you find this expedition to Aconcagua exciting, all you have to do is send your request now. Get ready to experience the wonders of this incredible peak!

I also offer an expedition to Ojos del Salado volcano, in Chile. Check it out!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

Price details

Not included: flights, personal equipment, personal insurance, meals not included, porters for personal equipment, permits, drinks in Penitentes dinner, tips.


Itinerary

Day 1: Mendoza

Transfer to Mendoza. Night in hotel.

Day 2: Penitentes

First, we’ll go to Los Penitentes ski center. Then, we’ll have dinner and spend the night in a hotel there.

Day 3: Horcones - Confluencia

We’ll transfer to Horcones. Then, from there we will begin the trek to Confluencia (3,400 meters). Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 4: Plaza Francia

We will go on an acclimatization trek to Plaza Francia, the balcony of the southern side of the mountain. Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 5: Plaza de Mulas

Challenging ascent to Plaza de Mulas camp (4,280 meters). Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 6: Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 7: Cerro Bonete

Acclimatization ascent to Cerro Bonete (5,000 meters). Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 8: Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 9: Plaza Canadá - Plaza de Mulas

First, we’ll go to Plaza Canadá camp (5,000 meters). Then, we will return to Plaza de Mulas. Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 10: Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 11: Plaza Canadá

Ascent to Plaza Canadá. Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 12: Nido de Cóndores

Ascent to Nido de Cóndores camp (5,400 meters). Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 13: Rest day in Nido de Cóndores

Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 14: Plaza Cólera

Ascent to Plaza Cólera camp (5,930). Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 15: Summit day

Finally, on day 10 we will begin the long and challenging ascent to the summit. Then, we’ll return to Plaza Cólera. Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 16 to 17: Extra days in case of bad wheather

Day 18: Return to Plaza de Mulas

Night in tents. All meals included.

Day 19: Mendoza

First we’ll descend to Horcones and then transfer you to the city of Mendoza. Night in hotel.

Day 20: Departure

After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport and say goodbye.

 

About the guide

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Andy

Mountain Guide

I´m Andy Jones, I was born in Rosario, Argentina's capital of the pampas (flatlands). During my early career I worked as a physical educator (a job I’m still very proud to keep), but I eventually moved to Mendoza and live there for the last 27 years.
I have been feeling a deep attraction to the environment for years, specially for the high altitude, as much as a sport option or an spiritual refuge. I have climbed every sort of Andean mountain since I started climbing in the 80s. I also climbed several high peaks including the highest in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

For the last 23 years I’ve been working as a High Altitude Mountain Guide. During the Southern Hemisphere summer my job has been focused on Aconcagua, leading expedition teams to the summit, where I’ve been 48
times.

I am a relaxed and easy going person, who really loves to introduce people in the high altitude experience, being able to help them enjoy this magic challenge, providing specific logistic, accurate security criteria and dedicated commitment.

Languages

English


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