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Aconcagua, 17-day Expedition along the Normal Route

Aconcagua ascent
Aconcagua Base Camp
Aconcagua climb

Stand at the top of the highest mountain in America: the Aconcagua. Join Carlos, an IFMGA certified guide, on this 17 days expedition to its summit.



17 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec




  • Discover a marvellous landscape in Argentina
  • Reach the summit of the highest peak in America: the Aconcagua
  • Get breathtaking views of the Andes from its top


Aconcagua is one of the most majestic mountains on Earth! So don’t miss out this opportunity to reach its summit on this 17 days ascent via the Normal Route.

Cerro Aconcagua is a magnificent peak in the province of Mendoza, in Argentina. It rises above 6,962 meters over the Central Andes and it is the highest mountain in America

The journey to get to Aconcagua will be an unforgettable adventure as we pass by different spots that are wonderful on their own, such as the Penitentes ski resort, Plaza de Mulas, and Plaza Canada. Moreover, there are several glaciers across its terrain, making this a truly exciting trip.

Then, the normal route we’ll take to Aconcagua’s summit is amazing. It is one of the most famous ones. And it will allow us to enjoy the mesmerizing sceneries and get acclimatized as we ascend.

Also, I have set some days for the sole purpose of resting and acclimatization. Being such a high peak, ascending Aconcagua will require all our effort. But don’t worry. I will follow you all the way to the top, to make sure you are safe while having a fantastic time.

So if you want to join this expedition, just send me a request. It would be my absolute pleasure to be your guide on this marvelous adventure.

Are you looking for a completely different adventure? Then check this Mont Blanc Gouter Route 2-day ascent, on the other side of the world!


Day 1: Mendoza or Santiago de Chile

Day 2: Transfer to Penitentes

Day 3: Penitentes - Confluencia

Day 4: Confluencia - South wall viewpoint

Day 5: Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas

Day 6: Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

Day 7: Cerro Bonete acclimatization hike

Day 8: Plaza de Mulas - Plaza Canada - Plaza de Mulas

Day 9: Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

Day 10: Plaza de Mulas - Plaza Canada

Day 11: Plaza Canada - Nido de Cóndores

Day 12: Nido de Cóndores - Cólera Camp

Day 13: Summit Day - Return to the Cólera Camp to spend the night

Day 14 to 15: Extra days

Day 16: Cólera Camp - Plaza de Mulas

Day 17: Back to Mendoza o Santiago





More info

You can extend this trip adding 5 days for acclimatization at the Cajon del Maipo in Chile, ascending the San Jose (5,800 m) volcano. If you want to add this option, just mention it in your message.

Meeting point

Mendoza or Santiago de Chile

About the guide

IFGMA/UIAGM Guide from Chile

I have extensive experience guiding in the Andes and Europe. I am a resident in Chile, Spain and Chamonix. I am very sociable and motivated. I am always available for projects in the mountains.


French | English



What people are saying about Carlos Vasquez Barriga

Konrad Domanski


July, 2022

Carlos was guiding us very well in the mountains and he knew perfectly, what he was doing on rock or on ice. However, the communication was not the easiest and we also did not learn as much as we wanted on our two "training days" - it was mostly teaching through doing rather than showing us new techniques.

Rudolfs Kregers


July, 2022

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Jason McDonald


July, 2022

Carlos was a fantastic guide.

Mihai Simoniac


June, 2022

Had a Wonderful Time in the french alps. However, the down side of it, is that I did not make it to the summit because of the weather, and had to make a U-turn from 4,400m altitude, just 1-2h away from the summit. Now after the first try, I think this can be organised differently so the chance for the summit is twofold or even three fold. How can it be done differently? Acclimatisation can start at Tete Rouse refuge with overnight stay plus two nights at Goutter refuge. If done this way the chance of making it to the Mont Blanc summit increases. You have a bad weather one morning, but you try it from 12noon & have plenty of time as you'll slip at Goutter. If all day has bad weather you try again next morning...

Christian Carrillo


June, 2022

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Susie Jones


December, 2021

Carlos is a very accomplished rock climber, speaks great English, and is fun to be around. We felt very safe while climbing with him on the Sharks Fin, and learned a lot too.

kobi itah


September, 2021

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Gregory Lines


September, 2021

The whole trip was excellent. Explore share did a great job coordinating. Carlos is an experienced guide and effective teacher. I felt safe with him the whole time we were on the mountain. The weather was terrific and we summited just as expected. I highly recommend Carlos Vasquez for Mont Blanc.

Florian Plaza


August, 2021

Carlos was a professional and committed guide! We had three great days. He was friendly and guided us savely up to mt blanc. i dont understand the one bad rating carlos got. In my opinion it think it was an bloody amateur which shouldnt have been on mt blanc in the first place. Let me say one thing. If you have no experience on higher mountains and in climbing in general, there is no place for you on mt blanc. train hard, prepare and come with the right expectation!

Tomcik Christopher


February, 2021

Hey, So I had a great time on this journey in the Atacama desert and up the the Ojos del Salado. Looking forward for other adventures of this kind :)

Rui Tuna


August, 2020

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Gerardo Lamperti


August, 2020

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Carlos Escolano Guiote


August, 2020

My congrats for such an amazing guide like Carlos. Talented, experienced, all full of easy explanation that made it possible. The most safety way to guarantee you getting yo the top. Thanks!

Scott Horrocks


February, 2020

Carlos is superbien guide! Thanks for a great trip!

Prarabdh Awasthi


October, 2019

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Daniel Shannon


September, 2019

Had a amazing experience with Carlos! He fit lots into a 4 day trip, including multi-pitch rock climbing, mixed climbing, glacier traverse and a 4000m peak. Carlos is well connected in Chamonix and made the trip very easy by taking care of the logistics. He kept me motivated and had a fantastic personality the whole time! Can't wait to climb with him again!

Mizushima /


August, 2019

I have strained back on the way to mountain So we have changed the course The guide assisted me very well and well done

Kyong woodward


July, 2019

Thanks to Carlos and explore- share staff:) My experience with booking through explore-share and climbing to Mount Blanc with Carlos were fantastic! He is very easy going and flexible.



July, 2019

The guide is friendly and attention to safety. But the arrangement of such time and place is not suitable for us. The first day took the cable car at 1:30 PM and then take the train, stay in Tête Rousse refuge, only spend 5 hours total. And midnight at 2:00 Am started to climb to the summit and straightly back to the train station to catch the train at 5 Pm. It would take 15 hours. The physical strength of the two days was too unbalanced. In fact, I would not have these problems If we stayed in the Gouter refuge on the first day. My husband and I knew that will be a big test for us, but it doesn't mean we want to give up the climb to the summit. The uncomfortable thing is, The guide asked to go back even we didn't see the Mont Blanc. I am very upset, but the guide insists that I don't have a way to resist. My husband and I just slowly walk with disappointment. At 9 Am we arrived at Tête Rousse refuge, and slowly took a meal, slowly descended the mountain, and arrived at the train station at 1 o'clock, not 5 pm. We spent time and money to climb our dream Mountain, but this is the result, very dissatisfied of.

Scott Murdoch


July, 2019

Everything was as agreed.

Daniel Hall


July, 2019

Carlos is an unbelievable guide and I would recommend him to anyone considering any trip with him. He is very knowledgeable but relaxed with how he treats his clients. Would absolutely hire him again

Andrejs Dovganuks


June, 2019

Bit more trouble with booking, it blocked amount from credit card two times. Guide was professional and made climb very enjoyable

Joe Rumer


June, 2019

Carlos is a fantastic guide - he has over 20 years experience in the mountains and the right attitude: safety first, then enjoyment. His excellent local knowledge of the routes meant we could adapt to the weather and conditions. He also has the mix of being an excellent alpinist but also loving the scenery and wildlife. We had an incredible experience that we will never forget! This 3 day trip is a great option as you have a 'training day' to help acclimatise, refresh skills and come together as a group before your ascent! explore-share is a great platform to connect adventurers with guides and experiences - the chat service allowed us to ask questions first and work out the best dates for us

Edward Hoyle


June, 2019

Carlos is a great guy and knowledgable guide! Although we were unable to attempt to summit Mont Blanc due to weather, Carlos still ensured that we had a really fun and interesting trip! I would definitely recommend!

Prarabdh Awasthi


August, 2018

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Ian Summers


August, 2018

This was an incredible experience. Carlos did an amazing job. He was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the climb and was great at getting our shelter and transportation secured all while making sure I was safe and having fun the entire time we were climbing. I couldn’t be more confident to recommend. If you want the adventure of a lifetime, high in the French Alps then climb Mont Blanc with Carlos.



July, 2018

Carlos was amazing! Great person, beautiful trip. Get in good shape!

Peter Vuchev


August, 2016

Our trip to Mont Blanc with Carlos can be summarised with only 1 word - disappointment. I definitely DO NOT recommend for anyone to use Carlos's services based on my experience. He is not serious ,changing our appointments at the last minute ,then yelling and not supporting at all in the mountain,not being prepared with the weather forecast and in general seeming bored and not interested. I did not feel any support from his side and on top of everything he lost us in a snowstorm on our way down. Huge disappointment!

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 7217 Each

Group of 2

EUR 4124 Each

Group of 3

EUR 3609 Each

Group of 4

EUR 3093 Each

Group of 5

EUR 2887 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

The price includes: guide fee, transportation, half board meals, a cook, group gear.



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