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Aconcagua ascent via the northwest route

Aconcagua ascent
Aconcagua ascent
Aconcagua ascent
Aconcagua ascent

If you are a true mountaineer the Aconcagua ascent must be an adventure in your list. Guillermo, AMGA guide, will take you up via the northwest route in 22 days.


22 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec




Culminating at 6963 meters, Aconcagua, in the Central Andes, is the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. It is without a doubt a very popular destination for mountaineers. I invite you on this Aconcagua ascent adventure in 22 days. 

I planned an ascent through the Normal Route. It is ideal if you are looking for a major adventure but you don’t necessarily have much experience in high-altitude mountaineering. In general it includes trekking on trails, but we will use crampons and an ice axe on summit day.

We will ascend through the Normal Route, along the Northwest ridge. This climb is not technical, but it is physically demanding and you need to have basic mountaineering skills. The main challenges are the high altitude as well as the weather conditions. But the reward is priceless! Join me and let’s reach the highest point in the West Hemisphere.

For the detailed program, check the daily itinerary below. There, you will find information about how much we ascend each day and how I will make sure you get proper acclimatization. Besides, you will of course get to see what our objective is for each day!

Bear in mind that proper acclimatization is a key factor for an ascent as intense as this. Being in an excellent physical shape will increase your acclimatization ability. In addition, I designed a program to allow you to acclimatize progressively. You also need to be careful with nutrition, hydration and warmth during the expedition.

Dare to embark on this exciting Aconcagua ascent? Then wait no further, book this trip and we will start planning!

And if you also want to join me in Nepal, check out this 19-day trek to Everest base camp.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Mule supported trek to Plaza de Mulas base Camp (maximum 30kg per person) is included.

The hotel upon return to Mendoza and the meals in Mendoza are not included. Additional hotels, meals & transportation should the climb end early are not included.


Day 1: Arrival in Mendoza

Transfer from Mendoza airport to your hotel. Free evening to allow for some rest after your trip.
Altitude: 740m

Day 2: Mendoza to Vallecitos

We meet at 9AM at the hotel. We check the equipment and get the necessary permits.
In the afternoon, drive to Vallecitos valley (2hs). We will spend the next 2 nights at a typical mountain hut (2850m).
Short acclimatization hike to Las Veguitas (3200m), with views over El Plata valley.
D+/-350m (hiking)

Day 3: Acclimatization: ascent of 3-4 summits

Today we will attempt to ascend 3 or 4 of the peaks of La Cadenita: Lomas Blancas (3850m), El Estudiante (3900m), Caucaso (4050m). The views are amazing!
Typical BBQ (“asado”) for dinner back at the hut.

Day 4: Refuge to High Camp

Ascent to the camp at Piedra Grande (3500m). From here the views over the valley are beautiful. Overnight camping.

Day 5: Ascent to Adolfo Calle Peak (4300m)

We leave early in the morning to enjoy a full day and acclimatize. We ascend to the summit of Adolfo Calle through rocks and snow, and return.

Day 6: La Hollanda

Acclimatization hiking up to La Hollanda camp (4600m), and return.

Day 7: Transfer to Penitentes - Rest

2 hour transfer to Penitentes. Overnight at a hotel (2590m).
D+260m (driving)
D+650m (hiking)

Day 8: Penitentes to Confluencia, Aconcagua National Park

Today we enter the Aconcagua National Park. Mules will take our equipment, and we will transfer with a pick-up as far as possible along the Horcones jeep road. We will hike up the Horcones valley until the camp at Confluencia (3414m).
D+365m (driving)
D+450m (hiking)

Day 9: Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas base camp

We continue trekking, from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas base camp (4350m), on top of a glacial moraine. We will be beneath Aconcagua west face. It is a very comfortable base camp.

Day 10: Rest day at base camp

Rest and acclimatization day. It is normal to feel the altitude at this point.

Day 11: Carry the load to Camp 1

We hike up to Camp 1 (4938m, Plaza Don Fernando), carrying belongings. We return to base camp to spend the night.

Day 12: Camp 1

We hike up to Camp 1 carrying the rest of our equipment. This is where we will spend the night.

Day 13: Move to Plaza Don Benegas

We hike up to Plaza Don Benegas (5609m). We set camp and rest.

Day 14: Rest

We take this day to rest and acclimatize.

Day 15: Move to Camp Plaza Caluba

We hike up (3,5 hours) to Camp Plaza Caluba (5974m). We are less than 1000m in altitude from the summit!

Day 16: Summit day

This will be a very long but immensely satisfying day. We leave at 6 or 8AM, depending on the weather. We will reach the summit through Central Canaleta. The views along the way are outstanding. We will finally reach the metal cross which marks the summit of Aconcagua. I can’t even start to describe the views! Let’s hope for a clear day to enjoy them fully. Return to Camp Plaza Caluba.

Day 17: Descent to Base Camp

Returning to Base Camp, we will go through Camp 1 where we will pick up the equipment that we left there.

Day 18 to 19: Stand by days

To allow for flexibility (due to weather and route conditions, as well as your acclimatization, strength and health) I planned extra days. In this way, we will have plenty of time!

Day 20: Trek out from Base Camp

Walk from Base camp to the trailhead at Punte del Inca (6-7 hours). We arrive to the hotel in Penitentes: hot shower, fresh clothes, celebratory meal).
D-365m (driving)
D-650m (hiking)

Day 21: Travel to Mendoza

My services end with the transfer back to Mendoza, to your hotel.

Day 22: Departure

Flight back home.



More info

  • You can hire a porter for an extra cost.
  • The guide ratio is 4, I can take up to 6 people with another guide.

Meeting point

At Mendoza.

About the guide

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Benegas Brothers



Mountain Guide

Twin brothers Damian and Willie Benegas are two of the most respected climbers and mountaineers that Patagonia has produced. They boast an impressive 20 years' experience climbing and guiding expeditions in the Seven Continents, including tailor-made trips and group tours.

Benegas Brothers Expeditions' track record is proven by its outstanding safety and summit rates and the fact that clients keep coming back year after year.

It was their father's love for mountaineering and the outdoors that inspired Damian and WIllie as children to pursue their own adventures. Aconcagua and the mountains in northern Patagonia became their training ground and the place where they established themselves as world-class alpinists.

BBE was founded in 1992 and over the course of 20 seasons has guided clients from all over the world around the 4 corners of the world. The Benegas Brothers offer personalized adventures by prioritizing small groups in which family values and environmentally-friendly policies are of essence.

Join their expeditions in Patagonia, the Andes, the US and all over the world!





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What people are saying about Benegas Brothers



We had an excellent experience with Willie Benegas, he was knowledgeable and inclusive and would by all means join him again.



Willie was hugely experienced and adapted the day according to our inexperience, late middle age and heavy snow fall. It was an exhausting climb and when the weather became even more inclement we bailed out and skied down the way we had come. Willie had already displayed great flexibility with the date, trying hard to negotiate a series of storms coming across the region. In the end we made the best of a bad situation. Be prepared for additional expense. Touring skis, skins, boots and poles plus the backpacks, shovels, search poles and beacons all adds up. With tip that will add another $150 per person. The day was a real adventure and certainly a memorable one. Don't underestimate the level of fitness required. We are pretty fit but it didn't feel like it was enough!



We all had a great day out with Willi. He found us some great snow to ski. And even with a few technical issues, he worked round it with ease. He shared alot of knowledge with us all, so we all had a great powder day. We would highly recommend this trip. Tom



My guide Joseph was exceptional. His combination of local knowledge, avalanche expertise, trip/route planning, photography, and his fun, positive attitude made for an unforgettable experience. I’ll be back 100% !



Willie Benegas was a superb guide for our first BC ski adventure in the Wasatch. Friendly and highly competent, he accurately assessed the conditions and our ability, and planned a trip that was both challenging and fun. Highly recommended!

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