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Aconcagua 18-day expedition via the Normal Route

Join a certified mountain guide on an incredible 18-day expedition to reach the peak of Aconcagua, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration18 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelExtremely Fit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Climb the incredible Aconcagua, the rooftop of the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Benefit from a fully-qualified and experienced mountain guide.

  • The Normal Route is known as the easier option to conquer the summit.

Description

Conquer the roof of the Southern Hemisphere by climbing the incredible Andean mountain of Aconcagua, the second highest summit in the world after Mount Everest.

Measuring 6,960 meters (22,837ft) it earns its place among the Seven Summits, the highest mountains in each of the seven continents.

Our 18-day expedition takes us along the Plaza de Mulas route, which is the normal route, and considered the easiest, to the summit. This also gives us the appropriate time to acclimatise as we ascend.

We will pass through the long, dry valley of Horcones, as we steadily ascend across high mountain passes. We will meet incredible views of the Andes mountain range from all angles.

Close to the summit, we’ll climb the north ridge towards Independencia Refuge. We will ascend Portezuelo del Viento, climb La Canaleta and then Filo del Guanaco. This path leads us to the spectacular summit of Aconcagua.

When we reach the peak of the Argentina, South America, and the Southern Hemisphere, we are rewarded with incredible panoramic views and overwhelming sense of success.

Despite this route being easier compared with others, as well as being a non-technical approach, it still requires an excellent level of fitness as well as some mountaineering experience. Also, the weight of our packs ranges from 40-60 pounds some days to 15-20 pounds on summit day. So experience in carrying these levels of weight is recommended. 

Get in touch now to reserve your place on an incredible 18-day expedition to the rooftop of the Southern Hemisphere, and relish among the stunning Andean scenery that accompanies us along the way.

Accommodation

2 nights in hotels in Mendoza, 1 night in hotel in Penitentes, and other nights in tents.

Meeting point

Mendoza.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Mendoza

Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina. We meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel in the city. We will go over the itinerary once more and get more acquainted with the group and the area.

Day 2: Penitentes

We obtain individual entrance and ascent permits. and travel to Villa de Penitentes, where we stay at a Hotel in the mountains. We ready ourselves and our gear for transportation to the base camp, by mule.

Day 3: Confluencia Camp

Today we are driven to Horcones Park, where we can enjoy our first view of Aconcagua. After getting our permits checked at the Ranger station, we begin trekking to Confluencia, a 4-5 hours walk.

Day 4: Plaza Francia

We use this day to acclimatize and increase our chances of summiting. We take a 5 hour trek to Plaza Francia, base camp of the looming Aconcagua South Wall. We return to Confluencia camp.

Day 5: Plaza de Mulas Base Camp

Today is a tough 8-9 hour hike across “Playa Ancha.” We climb up through a very steep path to reach Plaza de Mulas, the largest base camp in Aconcagua Park. By the end of the day, most of us will feel the altitude.

Day 6: Rest day - Preparing the ascent at Plaza de Mulas

To get accustomed to the altitude, we take an easy first day in Base Camp with plenty of time to rest, bathe, and explore the local terrain.

Day 7: Carry to Canada

On this challenging day we gain 650 m with a heavy load, gratefully trekking on easy terrain. After dropping off our equipment we’ll return to Base Camp to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude.

Day 8: Rest day - Preparing the ascent at Plaza de Mulas

We take our final rest day at Base Camp to regain our strength, recover, and make final preparations for the ascent to Aconcagua.

Day 9: Plaza Canada Camp

The following morning we rise early to begin our ascent. We hike to Camp 1, called “Plaza Canada”. By now the party should feel acclimated, but we will be conscious of the altitude and keep an appropriate pace.

Day 10: Nido de Condores Camp

Camp 2, called “Nido de Condores” (Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5400 m. and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.

Day 11: Carry to Colera

Today we carry equipment to Camp 3, called “Camp Colera”. After dropping off the equipment, we return to Camp 2 to sleep and give our bodies more time to adjust to the altitude.

Day 12: Colera Camp

We trek 4 hours to Camp 3 on the North Ridge. We spend the afternoon preparing our tents, eating and resting. We assess our status and make preparations for the summit.

Day 13: Aconcagua's Summit

This is the most demanding day of the expedition. We climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6500 m. We ascend through the “Portezuelo del Viento”, climb “La Canaleta”, and the “Filo del Guanaco”, that leads us to the summit. This arduous effort rewards us a 360° view and the overwhelming feeling of success against all odds.Wwe descend to Camp 3 for the night.

Day 14: Buffer Day

Spare days in case of bad weather conditions. We set aside three extra days to increase our chance of summiting, which is at risk of delay from weather, altitude, and unforeseen circumstances.

Day 15: Buffer Day

Spare days in case of bad weather conditions. We set aside three extra days to increase our chance of summiting, which is at risk of delay from weather, altitude, and unforeseen circumstances.

Day 16: Return to Plaza de Mulas

We descend from Camp 3 to Base Camp. We’ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate our climb.

Day 17: Return to Mendoza

Return from base camp to Penitentes and back to Mendoza.
After breakfast we begin the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes. From here we take a private transport to the hotel in Mendoza City, where we will have our last dinner together.

Day 18: Fly Home

We have breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport, and say goodbye to Argentina.


About the guide

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At Miyar Adventures, we know that every trip is as much about discovering yourself as it is about discovering the world. Miyar was founded because of our passion for climbing - a passion we will strive to share with you whether you join us for a trip close to home or in a remote corner of the Himalayas.

We strive to be your trusted companion as you chase your life-long dreams. We believe it is our duty to ensure that you are safe and that you have fun every time you climb with us.

We want to make climbing accessible to all adventure-seekers, regardless of their age and climbing background. And when we go climbing with seasoned climbers, we make sure they have enough of a challenge.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 5150 each

Group of 2

USD 5150 each

Group of 3

USD 5150 each

Group of 4

USD 5150 each

Group of 5

USD 5150 each

Group of 6

USD 5150 each

Group of 7

USD 5150 each

Group of 8

USD 5150 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Flight to the start of the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

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