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Aconcagua 21-day Ascent via the Polish Direct Route


Join AAGM certified mountain guide Juan for this once in a lifetime opportunity to climb the highest peak in the America's, the imperious and beautiful Aconcagua in Mendoza!



21 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec

Very high



* Join a local and highly experienced AAMG certified mountain guide

* Attempt a challenging technical climb with the support of a 1:1 guide ratio.

* The best acclimatisation training available and tailored to this climb

* Top basecamp facilities with free showers, free wi-fi, lovely domes, no crowds

* Enjoy a personalised service that makes AMG the best Aconcagua ascent provider


The spectacular Mount Aconcagua is the highest peak in the Americas and also the southern hemisphere. Located in the Andes mountain range near Mendoza, this epic geological formation provides a once in a lifetime expedition opportunity.

This magnificaent trip will see us spending time acclimatising at 10,800ft. We will take hikes to higher camps to lay supplies before descending again.

Our first summit will be Rincon at 17,500ft which will be about a 9-12 hour round trip. We will have rest days after summits to revitalise ourselves.

Our next ascent will be the marvellous Cerro Cuerno at 18,000ft, higher than Rincon and providing breathtaking vistas.

Finally we will turn our focus to Aconcagua, starting by hiking to the base camp of Nido de Condores at 17,500 ft.

Next we will ascend to Colera Camp at 19,200 ft to leave supplies before returning to Nido. The next day we will move to camp Colera and spend another day there resting and preparing.

Now it’s time for Aconcagua Polish Direct, after assessing the conditions we will begin our 10-14 hike to 6962 mts (22,837ft) and back.

This ascension will blow your mind, the views are beyond words and the sense of achievement will leave you buzzing.

This is truly an amazing and once in a lifetime experience but it is also tough and technical. You will need serious endurance and experience climbing and high altitudes.

We are offering a 1:1 guide to climber ratio so you will be closely attended to. We know this route inside out and we are internationally qualified to the highest standard.

If this immense trip excites you, then sign up now and let’s start arranging your personalised expedition, it’s an amazing trip you will never forget!

If you don’t have 21 days to spare but love the idea to summit mountains in the stunning Argentinian Andes, then consider this 11-day expedition climbing Cerro Solo and Gorra Blanca in the beautiful Los Glaciares National Park. Or perhaps you’d enjoy 15 days in this pristine natural environment, then join me on this 15-day expedition climbing 3 peaks in Los Glaciares National Park.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Group porters


Day 1: Flight to Mendoza

Mendoza (2,428 ft).

We will meet you at the airport and then head to the hotel.

In the night we will enjoy a meal and check our gear

Day 2: Vallecitos

After an early rise we will drive to the village of Vallecitos (9,000ft)

We will spend the night here in a mountain hut

Day 3: Piedra Grande

We will arrange our camp at 10,800 ft and take an acclimatisation hike of 4-5 hours

Day 4: El Salto

We will hike up to a camp at 13,800 ft, setting a store of supplies and gear before coming down to our camp at Piedra Grande. 4 to 6 hours

Day 5: El Salto

Today we will move to the high camp where we will spend the next few days. 3 to 4 hours.

Day 6: Rest Day

Today we can relax and take in the surroundings.

We may also review some progression techniques. 3 to 4 hours.

Day 7: Cerro Rincon

Depending on the weather conditions we will climb the “Reloj de Arena” or “SuperCouloir” route to the summit of Rincon. 8 to 12 hours roundtrip (17,500 ft.)

Day 8: Uspallata

We will descend to Vallecitos and then drive to our hotel in Uspallata. 3 to 5 hours (6500 ft).

Day 9: Confluencia

After registering at the Park we will hike to our first camp at Confluencia (10, 500 ft). 3 hours.

Day 10: Plaza de Mulas

We will hike about 6-8 hours to reach Plaza de Mulas base camp
(14,300 ft).

Once at camp we can relax and rest.

Day 11: Rest Day

Today we can just rest and recover. Plaza de Mulas is an interesting place to stay, with its international scene and little town feeling.

Day 12: Cerro Cuerno

Today we will attempt the challenging summit of Cerro Cuerno at 18,000 ft. 8 to 12 hours round trip.

Day 13: Rest Day

We will have a full rest day and get ready to move to the higher camps

Day 14: Nido de Condores

We will hike for 5-6 hours to reach camp, which is at 17,500 ft.

Day 15: Colera

This day we will hike to the next camp at 19, 200 ft to leave some supplies. Then we will return to Nido to recover. 4 to 5 hours.

Day 16: Colera Camp

Today we will move camp to Colera, 3 to 4 hours.

Day 17: Rest Day

We will use this day to assess conditions, prepare gear and focus on the summit.

Day 18: Aconcagua Polish Direct

We will have an early start to reach the base of the Glacier and then climb the steep snow and ice ramp of the Polish Direct.

After the summit (6962 mts) we will descend to our Colera Camp. 10 to 14 hours.

Day 19: Plaza de Mulas

Today we will rise late and hike down to base camp.

We will have lunch here and prepare the mules to descend the rest in the evening

Day 20: Mendoza

We will don our hiking boots one last time and descend to the Park entrance and then to our hotel in Mendoza.

In the night, we will have our last dinner together and celebrate our climb.

Day 21: Flight Back Home

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight. End of the program.



More info

FLIGHT TO MENDOZA. You should arrange your flight in order to arrive in Santiago (Chile) in the morning and connect to Mendoza the same day. It is much easier to fly through Santiago then Buenos Aires, but BA is still a viable option.

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I´m based in Bariloche, Patagonia, where I guide full time, mostly technical custom trips with small groups.

I started guiding in 1998, and my job took me all around the globe. In Montana, USA, where I lived for many years I worked extensively in the Rockies, guiding in the Tetons, Wind Rivers, and the Beartooths. Back to Argentina, I spend most of my time ski guiding volcanoes, rock climbing at Frey and mountaineering in Chalten and Tronador.

The rest of time I work as a Technical director at the AAGM, forming new guides, and trying to be an exciting dad for my two kids, taking advantage of the great backyard we have at home!





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Juan is just a special person other than a super guide! Everything as been awesome and planned perfectly.

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