Aconcagua ascent via the normal route (join a group)

Join Grajales Expeditions on this extraordinary 17-day Mount Aconcagua ascent via the normal route. Reach the highest peak in America!




Trip Duration

17 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Feb, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip




    Are you ready to summit the highest mountain in the Western world? then join a group and get ready for this Aconcagua ascent via the normal route

    Mount Aconcagua (6962 m) lies in the Cordillera de los Andes, in the Argentinean province of Mendoza.  It’s the highest peak in America, in fact it’s the highest summit outside the Himalayas. So in addition of being one of the Seven Summits, it’s a demanding test for mountaineering around the world.

    And this 17-day program will take you to its summit through the most popular route. We’ll meet in Mendoza and from there on I will help you with everything: We’ll check your gear and rent something if you don’t have it, we’ll go in private transfers to the trailhead and I’ll guide you to the top in the safest possible way.

    One thing I’ve learned with my years guiding in this mountain is to take things slowly and pay a lot of attention to my clients acclimatization progress. That’s why I include porters and mules in the program, to help you carry the load.

    Please look at the detailed itinerary below and remember that this program requires a high level of fitness and previous mountaineering experience.

    So check the dates below and send me a request to join one of the groups on this amazing Aconcagua ascent via the normal route adventure! All the departure dates are 100% confirmed. 

    And if you don’t have enough time for this ascent, but you want to see this impressive mountain from a close angle, you can also check my 6-day Plaza Argentina Trek in Mendoza and my 7-day Aconcagua trek with Cerro Bonete.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    4270 USD

    Group of 2
    4270 USD

    Group of 3
    4270 USD

    Group of 4
    4270 USD

    Group of 5
    4270 USD

    Group of 6
    4270 USD

    Group of 7
    4270 USD

    Group of 8
    4270 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Luggage transfer during the trip
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Mules and horses as needed with driver
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Camping equipment: Tents, Cooking utensils
     Also included: All shared gear for the expedition (sleeping tents, stoves and cooking gear, radio, etc). Load transportat by mules, to and from base camp. Free internet at BC (limitations apply) Permanent VHF radio communication. We provide our guides with professional first aid kits and pulse oximeters to monitor acclimatization progress. Assistance with the required climbing permit procedure. Satellite coverage and tracking during the trip. One porter every four climbers, to carry 20 kg of common gear. NOT INCLUDED: Mt. Aconcagua State Park climbing permit (U$S 800-1000), Personal porters, any cost incurred by the climber if she or he leaves the trip early (such as mules, transfers, guide, etc), meals in Mendoza, drinks in Mendoza and Penitentes, personal gear, medications, ground or air evacuations, room services, laundry, beverages, phone communications and items of personal nature, insurance liability, hospitalization or medication of any kind, any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet. We strongly recommend all participants to buy a trip cancelation insurance.


    • Day 1Mendoza

      Arrival to Mendoza (760 m). Transfer from airport to hotel. Relax day.

    • Day 2Transfer to Penitentes

      We’ll travel to Los Penitentes in private cars. Accommodation in the mountain Hotel (2580 m). Near the Hotel, we’ll prepare the load transfer.

    • Day 3Penitentes - Confluencia

      We’ll have breakfast and drive from Los Penitentes to the Aconcagua Provincial Park (Horcones 2950 m). We’ll start the trek and, after 3 to 4 hours, we’ll reach the Confluencia camp.

    • Day 4Confluencia - Mirador de la Pared Sur

      We’ll take a 7-hour walk and you’ll discover the South Face of the mountain (4050 meters). We’ll start the acclimatization process. Night in the Confluencia Camp.

    • Day 5Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas.

      You’ll explore Playa Ancha and he Cuesta Brava in a 7-hour trek. Then we’ll reach the base camp in Plaza de Mulas (4350 m).

    • Day 6Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

      Day off to rest in Plaza de Mulas.

    • Day 7Cerro Bonete acclimatization hike

      A 6-hour acclimatization ascent to the Cerro Bonete (5004 m). You’ll admire the wonderful West Face of the Aconcagua from up there.

    • Day 8Plaza de Mulas - Plaza Canadá - Plaza de Mulas

      Ascent to the first camp, Plaza Canadá (5050 m), to prepare the equipment and back to Plaza de Mulas, where we’ll spend the night.

    • Day 9Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

      Day to relax in Plaza de Mulas.

    • Day 10Plaza de Mulas - Plaza Canadá

      We’ll transfer to Plaza Canadá, our first step to the summit. The ascent will take us around 3 hours.

    • Day 11Plaza Canadá - Nido de Cóndores

      We’ll continue the ascent to the second camp, Nido de Cóndores (5560 m) for 3 to 4 hours.

    • Day 12Nido de Cóndores - Cólera Camp

      Ascent to the last camp, Cólera (5970 m).

    • Day 13Summit Day

      We’ll conquer the summit of this incredible mountain! Then, we’ll return to the Cólera Camp to spend the night.

    • Day 14 to 15Extra days

      The trip includes two extra days in case of bad weather.

    • Day 16Cólera Camp - Plaza de Mulas

      Descent to Plaza de Mulas.

    • Day 17Back to Mendoza

      Descent to Horcones (6 to 7 hours). Transfer to the Hotel in Mendoza (3 to 4 hours) and goodbye.


    Next departures

    For private groups contact the guide
    Next datesInfo
    26/01/2020 to 11/02/2020
    02/02/2020 to 18/02/2020
    16/02/2020 to 03/03/2020

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Mendoza airport.


    Hotel accommodation in Mendoza, based on double occupancy, in Diplomatic Hotel.

    1 night’s lodging in Penitentes (dinner and breakfast included).

    Complete base camp service (dining tents, bathrooms, meals, storage).


    About the Guide


    Back in 1976, Fernando Grajales Expeditions was granted the first license to operate mountaineering services at Aconcagua. Its founder, the legendary mountaineer Fernando Grajales, applied the same concepts of safety and ethics to his company that he applied to his own climbing expeditions. In a few seasons, the company became a trademark and a synonym of Aconcagua.

    Four decades later, we are proud to continue breaking trails under the same clear Andean skies, ruled by the same transparent principles.

    Today, Fernando Grajales Expeditions continues to be a family owned local company, committed to our team and to our community. At the same time, we work to keep a global perspective regarding innovation and service standards.

    To us, “fair trade” means simply to do things fairly, as we always have. Our goal is to create safe and successful mountain experiences for our clients, whether they are mountaineers that utilize our fully guided expeditions or international agencies that trust us with their logistics.



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