22-day Guided climb on Aconcagua via the Normal route

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Join Luciano, an EPGAMT certified guide, for a 22-day journey along the normal route to the summit of the highest mountain in the Americas: Aconcagua, in the Andes of Argentina.

Andes

22 Days

Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Spend 22-days climbing to the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina.
  • Visit other great places, including Penitentes and the Puente de Inca.
  • Spend your nights in different camps, full of amazing views.

Description

When it comes to great mountains in the world, you cannot make the list without mentioning Aconcagua (6,962m). And, on this 22-day adventure, you will get to reach the summit of this great peak that is also the highest mountain in the Americas.

Located in the Andes of Argentina, near the Chilean border, Aconcagua will take your breath away. Sitting in silent power, the peak grows more and more impressive the closer you get to it, and as you climb the mountain,  its magnitude, and beauty shine.

Along with climbing to the summit of the great Aconcagua Mountain, you will also get to see a tremendous amount of amazing highlights both before and after you’ve reached the summit.

Some of the highlights include the Penitentes rock formation, the Plaza de Mulas, the city of Mendoza, the Puente de Inca, and more. Furthermore, each camp up Aconcagua is also full of great viewpoints.

Needless to say, climbing to the top of the highest peak in the Americas is no easy feat. Due to the high altitude and demanding climb, participants on this trip should be in good physical condition.

I also offer 2 alternative itineraries for Aconcagua. One doing acclimatization in the Plata range before attempting Aconcagua normal route, and another one combining two memorable high altitude ascents: Aconcagua and Ojos del Salado.

Have you ever dreamed of climbing one of the world’s great peaks? If so, then this 22-day expedition to the top of Aconcagua is for you. To join me, please send a request. I look forward to guiding you.

I also offer a 22-day trip that will take you to the summits of three 6,000 meter + peaks in Bolivia: Ancohuma, Illampu, and the Pico Schulze.

Itinerary

Day 1: Mendoza (760m / 2,493ft)

Day 2: Day off

Day 3: Mendoza / Penitentes (2,575m / 8,465ft)

Day 4: Penitentes / Confluence (3,300m / 11,300ft)

Day 5: Confluence / Plaza Francia (4,000 / 13,287ft) / Confluence

Day 6: Confluence

Day 7: The Confluence / Plaza de Mulas (4,260m / 14,500ft)

Day 8: Plaza de Mulas. Rest day.

Day 9: Plaza de Mulas / Cerro Bonete (5,010m / 16,417ft) / Plaza de Mulas.

Day 10: Mulas Square / Field 1: Canada Square / Mulas Square.

Day 11: Plaza de Mulas

Day 12: Plaza de Mulas/ Field 1: Canada Square

Day 13: Camp 1: Canada Square

Day 14: Camp 2: Condor's Nest

Day 16: The 3rd Camp: Colera, summit of Aconcagua

Day 18: Extra Days

Day 20: Camp 3: Colera

Day 21: Plaza de Mulas / Puente del Inca / Mendoza

Day 22: Mendoza

 

Details

Accommodation

Various hotels, refuges and camping spots.

More info

Participants should bring the following items: 1 pair of comfortable trekking boots 4 pairs of outer socks (thick wool or polypropylene) 3 pairs of indoor socks (fine silk or polypropylene) 2 pairs of cotton socks (for approach to base camp) Sandals to cross the rivers Leggings 2 synthetic thin pants (polypropylene or nylon) 1 polar pants (recommended long zippers) 1 Waterproof pants, such as Gore-Tex, with recommended side closures 1 comfortable trekking pants Shorts (optional) Upper part of the body 2 shirts Thermal Base Layer (polypropylene or capilene) 1 polar jersey (polaretec 100 or 200, or similar) 1 fleece jacket or similar 1 coat jacket for -30 ° C / -22 ° F (below recommended) 1 Windbreaker jacket with hood (as Gore-Tex) 3 Cotton T-shirts or T-shirts 2 Neck protection made of synthetic material (Buff or similar) 1 hat or sun hat 1 Cap (wool or fleece) 1 balaclava gaterneck 1 pair of glasses with factor 4 protection (with UV filter and nose and side protection) 1 Ski goggles 2 pairs of thermal indoor gloves (polypropylene or capilene) 1 pair of insulated gloves large fingers type ski that enter the interiors below 1 pair of insulating gloves (wool, down or Polarguard) 1 more pair of gloves (like Gore-Tex, only if your mittens are not made of windproof material) 1 pair of warm coats very warm Person Team 1 Comfortable expedition backpack (70 liters / 4,250 cubic centimeters minimum) 1 backpack of 35 or 45 liters (for the approach to the base camp) 1 large extra strong canvas duffel bag (to be transported by mules to the base camp, at least 6,000 cubic centimeters. Large enough to fit all your equipment) 1 Sleeping bag for -30 ° C / -22 ° F (below or Polarguard) 1 inflatable mat (Thermarest or similar) 1 Mat (only if you bring a Thermarest, to avoid a burst) Climbing apparatus 1 pair of plastic boots. NOTE: Cimbing or double plastic boots are the best option for high altitude. In Aconcagua there are very cold temperatures (-30 ° C / -22 ° F). Koflach Arctic expedition, Vega Scarpa or Asolo AFS 8000 are good examples of plastic boots. There are excellent alternatives to a plastic boot, in which the outer boot is made of modern synthetic materials. Ask us about these new models such as La Sportiva Nuptse, the 2000 Basque ice or the Salomon Pro thermal. We must be sure that the boots are prepared for very low temperatures. 1 pair of crampons (12 points, not rigid recommended) 1 Pair of trekking poles (adjustable preferred) 1 climbing helmet 2 technical ice axes 1 backpack of 45 l is enough. Safety equipment and collective equipment provided High -rise tents, tents for trekking, high-rise kitchens, kitchen equipment. Mountain equipment: ropes, ice pins. 1 head lamp, with spare batteries and bulb Lip blocker and sunscreen (not less than 50 sun protection factor) Personal crockery (plate, cup, fork and spoon) 2 bottles of water (32 ml / 1 liter Nalgene recommended. Insulator Water bottle is required) 1 One-liter or half-liter stainless steel thermos (useful for high altitude camps and Summit Day) 2 hand warmers (summit day) 2 foot warmers (summit day) 1 Hydration system (such as CamelBak, for trekking approach to the base camp only, because at the height they freeze) OPTIONAL Personal care items (small towel and soap, baby wipes recommended) Optional items 2 hand warmers (summit day) Books, IPod, games or anything that helps distract 1 Camera, memory cards and spare batteries Earplugs (for windy nights) Pee bottle with wide mouth (32 ml / 1 liter Nalgene recommended. Very useful in height fields). Swimsuit (for the hotel pool) Swiss type knife. Your favorite energy bars money storage belt. Contact lenses and replacement accessories.

Meeting point

Mendoza

Photos


About the guide

EPGAMT Mountain Guide from Mendoza, Argentina.

I always enjoyed the mountains, and started with mountaineering activities since a young age, so it was natural for me to become a mountain guide. I’ve been working for more than 15 seasons in Aconcagua, first as porter, then as Mountain Guide assistant, and now as Mountain Guide.

I climbed a lot of peaks all along the Andes mountain range, in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, including Aconcagua (6.962 mt – 27 ascents, through different routes like the North and the Polish glacier-), Co Plata (6.000 mt), Ojos del Salado (6.780 mt), Mount Pissis (6.850 m), C° LLullaillaco (6.723 m), C° Incahuasi (6.450 m), Vn Sajama (6.550 m), Vn Bonete Chico (6 750 m), Co Junción (5000 m), Toclaraju ( 6036m), Pisco (5750m), and the three summits of Tres Cruces 6.780m. I recently did my first expedition in the Himalayas, where I reached the summit of Mt Lhotse (8.516 mt).

I usually enjoy organizing expeditions to wild, off-the-beaten-track destinations, that need a complex logistic that you won’t find easily elsewhere.

I am fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.


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Prices per person

Group of 2

USD 4366 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Breakfast

- Camping equipment tents

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

Price details

I offer 2 alternative options for Aconcagua:

Acclimatization in Vallecitos + Aconcagua Normal Route -> 3765 USD per person (group of 2)

Aconcagua + Ojos del Salado ascent -> 4940 USD per person (group of 2)

Contact me if you want further information!


For booking assistance

Our experienced outdoor adventure team is ready to help you boost your experience and will assist you throughout the whole process, from the moment you choose a program until you return from your trip.



 

 

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