People per Guide
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.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Half-board meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer during the trip
- Group equipment
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Arrival to Mendoza (760 m). Transfer from airport to hotel. Relax day.
Transfer 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.
Penitentes - 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.
Confluencia - 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.
Confluencia - 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).
Rest day in Plaza de Mulas
Day off to rest in Plaza de Mulas.
Cerro 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.
Plaza 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.
Rest day in Plaza de Mulas
Day to relax in Plaza de Mulas.
Plaza de Mulas - Plaza Canadá
We’ll transfer to Plaza Canadá, our first step to the summit. The ascent will take us around 3 hours.
Plaza Canadá - Nido de Cóndores
We’ll continue the ascent to the second camp, Nido de Cóndores (5560 m) for 3 to 4 hours.
Nido de Cóndores - Cólera Camp
Ascent to the last camp, Cólera (5970 m).
We’ll conquer the summit of this incredible mountain! Then, we’ll return to the Cólera Camp to spend the night.
Day 14 to 15:
The trip includes two extra days in case of bad weather.
Cólera Camp - Plaza de Mulas
Descent to Plaza de Mulas.
Back to Mendoza
Descent to Horcones (6 to 7 hours). Transfer to the Hotel in Mendoza (3 to 4 hours) and goodbye.
About the Guide
EPGAMT Mountain Guide from Argentina
I'm 45 years old, and I've been a mountain guide for the past 25 years.
I work mainly in Aconcagua, where I have 52 summits. But I've also guided in Everest (Tibet), and I've guided clients to the 7 summits.
I've also worked several seasons in Peru and Bolivia.