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Aconcagua Expedition from Mendoza, Argentina

Aconcagua Expedition from Mendoza, Argentina
Aconcagua Expedition from Mendoza, Argentina
Aconcagua Expedition from Mendoza, Argentina
Aconcagua Expedition from Mendoza, Argentina

Challenge yourself on an epic expedition to Aconcagua, the towering king of the Andes and the highest peak in the Americas. Our carefully crafted itinerary prioritizes acclimatization, ensuring your safety and success.



12 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec


All levels


Ascend Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere.

Hike along experienced guides that prioritize your safety and adhere to the highest standards.

Embrace the unique beauty of the Andes as you push your limits.


Come along on this epic expedition to ascend Aconcagua, the mighty king of the Americas.

Our journey begins with an acclimatization trek from Plaza Francia, the south face base camp. Over three days, we'll gradually gain altitude on the 40km approach to Plaza de Mulas, the main base camp. This progressive ascent helps your body adjust to the thin air.

Before your summit push, you'll acclimatize further through three strategically placed high camps. This step-by-step approach ensures your body is well-prepared for the final climb.

We've built in two extra days for equipment carry, acclimatization, and unforeseen circumstances. This flexibility allows us to adjust the schedule based on the group's progress and weather conditions.

As you ascend towards the summit, we'll closely monitor the weather, particularly the white wind known to create challenges on Aconcagua. If necessary, we'll utilize the extra days to wait for optimal conditions, maximizing your chances of reaching the peak safely.

Though the Normal Route, tracing the Northwest Ridge, doesn't demand specialized climbing feats, it's altitude that packs the fiercest punch. Even without technical demands, the thin air becomes the ultimate adversary, testing limits and demanding respect.

Conquering Aconcagua demands a skilled guiding team. These seasoned veterans, with extensive high-mountain experience, are the guardians of your safety and success. They ensure the expedition adheres to the highest standards, meticulously balancing progress with your well-being.

Face the challenges of altitude, embrace the beauty of the Andes, and stand triumphant on the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. Contact us today to secure your Aconcagua adventure!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Porters

- Personal porters

- Cooking utensils

- Hot shower

Price details

Price includes:

- Transfer from the terminal or airport to the destination.

- 2 nights' accommodation in a double or matrimonial room at a hotel in Mendoza.

- 1 night's accommodation in Penitentes with breakfast and dinner included.

- Assistance with permit procedures in Mendoza.

- Certified mountain guide by UIAGM - IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations).

- Assistant guide provided for groups of 4 or more passengers.

- Full food provided during the ascent, along with kitchenware for the base camp.

- Mule transport for carrying 10 kg per person from Penitentes to Confluencia, 20 kg per person from Penitentes to Plaza de Mulas, and 30 kg per person from Plaza de Mulas to Horcones.

- Mule approach from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas.

- Camping area and bathroom facilities at approach and descent camps.

- Safety equipment including a full pharmacy, radios, satellite phone, rope, and digital oximeter.

- Helicopter evacuation in case of emergency, with approval from the guide and on-duty doctor. It is important to have evacuation insurance.

Not included:

- Park entry permit (Government of Mendoza tax, varying with the date).

- Personal gear.

- Costs for rescue and other expenses resulting from abandoning the expedition.

- Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, phone calls, drinks, and items not specified.

- Personal equipment porters for carrying gear, waste, and human waste.

- Personal porters, which can be arranged if requested by the client for the expedition.

- Anticipated descent costs (accommodation, food, and transportation) due to altitude sickness, weather, social disturbances, physical, mental, or technical mountaineering conditions.

- Travel accident and health insurance.

- Additional hotel nights in the event of an early return to the city.

- Meals in Mendoza.

- Other services not explicitly listed as included.

- Medical review at the approach camp and base camp.

- Support with weather reports for the summit day.

- 2 hot showers during the expedition.

- 2 days of full board with accommodation in Confluencia (shared domes or personal tents).

- 5 days of full board with accommodation in Plaza de Mulas (shared domes or personal tents).

- Expedition porters to transport group mountain equipment (20 kilos) to the upper camps. Each participant is responsible for carrying their personal belongings and 7 kilos of equipment such as food, gas, and household items to the higher camps. Personal porters are available upon request.


Day 1: Arrive to Mendoza

Our journey starts in Mendoza at an altitude of 760m in Argentina. We will organize the equipment to be transported by mules to Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas, as well as arrange for permits in the Aconcagua Provincial Park.

Day 2: Journey towards Penitentes

After a satisfying lunch (not included), we will head towards the town of Penitentes at 2800m. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to admire Cerro Cordòn and other mountains, as well as pass by the stunning turquoise waters of Dique Potrillos.

Upon arriving in Penitentes in the afternoon, we will prepare the equipment for mule transportation to the base camp and then stay at a hotel in Penitentes. This journey will take approximately 3 hours by transport.

Day 3: Trek to Confluencia

Following a night in Penitentes, we will be taken to the entrance of the Horcones lagoon park, where we will catch our first glimpse of the Aconcagua Mountain. After presenting the permits at the park ranger post, we will embark on a 2-3 hour trek to reach Confluencia, where we will set up camp.

Day 4: Trek to Plaza Francia

We have allocated this day to enhance acclimatization and increase the expedition members' chances of reaching the summit. We will trek for approximately 5 hours to reach Plaza Francia, the base camp of the awe-inspiring south face of Aconcagua. This is among the most stunning locations that we will have the opportunity to behold during the expedition.

Day 5: Base camp Plaza de Mulas

Following an 8-9 hour traverse of "Playa Ancha" and ascent of the steep "Cuesta Brava," we will have the opportunity to admire the Cerro Cuerno and the Cerro Bonete as we make our way to the Plaza de Mulas camp, the largest camp in the Aconcagua provincial park. Towards the end of the day, many of us will begin to feel the effects of the altitude.

Day 6: Ascend Cerro Bonete

At 6 am, we'll have breakfast before commencing the climb to Cerro Bonete, which will take approximately 4-5 hours. Once at the summit, we'll be rewarded with a stunning view of the west face of Aconcagua. Following this, we will make our way back to the Plaza de Mulas camp later in the afternoon.

Day 7: Trek to Nido de Cóndores

We start the day with an early breakfast and set off on our ascent to Aconcagua, trekking to our initial high camp known as Nido de Cóndores. The journey offers an impressive view of the Cordillera and will take approximately 5 hours. Upon arrival, we will set up camp and have dinner.

Day 8: Camp III "Berlin"

We will go on a 4-hour trek to Camp III, situated on the north ridge. Once there, we will set up our tents, have a meal, and rest in preparation for our approximately 3-4 hour ascent to the summit.

Day 9: Additional day in case of bad weather

This day is designated as an additional day to account for any unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather or other potential issues, in our itinerary.

Day 10: Summit Aconcagua

This marks the most challenging day of our expedition. Our journey will take us from the North Ridge to the Independencia Refuge, situated at approximately 6500m.

From there, we will continue our ascent through the "Portezuelo del Viento," proceed through "La Canaleta," and then navigate the "Filo del Guanaco," eventually reaching the summit. The reward is the awe-inspiring 360° view and the sense of achievement, only truly grasped upon reaching this milestone. Following this remarkable experience, we will descend to Camp III.

Day 11: Descent back to Base camp

We will descend from Camp III back to Base Camp, savoring a wonderful dinner to commemorate the expedition.

Day 12: Return to Mendoza

After packing our gear into the mule-transported suitcase, we'll enjoy a hearty breakfast to commence our descent. The 7-8 hour trek will lead us back to the Horcones lagoon and our rendezvous point, where our private transport will be ready to return us to Mendoza.




We will have accommodation with full board for 2 days at Confluencia (shared domes or personal tents) and for 5 days at Plaza de Mulas (shared domes or personal tents).

Meeting point

Our journey begins in Mendoza, Argentina.

Equipment you will need to bring

- Shirts with long sleeves - Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts - Fleece or wool sweater and/or trousers - Lightweight pants - Regular and long underwear (at altitudes over 13,000 ft./4,000 masl) - Medium weight parka with fiber fill or down - Lightweight cap and wool hat - Rain poncho (or rain gear) - Water bottle - Lightweight gloves - Medium weight socks - Hiking boots - Sleeping bag (-20) - Small daypack - Sturdy waterproof duffel bag - Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm - Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb - Towel Approximate price for rental of equipment: Sleeping bag - 7.00 USD Sleeping pad or Matress - 3.00 USD Boots - 10.00 USD Crampons - 5.00 USD Harness - 4.00 USD Traverse ice axe - 4.00 USD 2 Technical ice axes - 10.00 USD Helmet - 5.00 USD Gloves - 3.00 USD Gore-Tex Pants - 4.00 USD Gore-Tex Jackets - 4.00 USD Flashlight or Headlamp - 4.00 USD Lock Carabineers - 2.00 USD The gear is rented directly at the guide's agency after booking the trip, and the price is subject to change.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Founder, manager and IFMGA Mountain Guide of Andean Peaks. I work together with my brother Eloy and a team of IFMGA mountain guides, and UIMLA Mountain Leaders. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my qualified colleagues will be your guide.

I was born and raised in the hamlet of Yarush in 1987, at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca. From very young age i was born my passion for the mountains. In 2003 I started as enthusiast to climbing in rock next to my brother Eloy. In 2009 i obtained the title as ''official guide of high mountain''. I enjoy doing sports climbing and opening new routes in the cordillera Blanca, and in other countries. My wide experience has taken me to climb most of the mountains in cordillera blanca.


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