• Trip duration
    22 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    4 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Description

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.

Itinerary

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.
D+/-1200m

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.
D+650m

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.
D+/-800m

Day 6

La Hollanda

Acclimatization hiking up to La Hollanda camp (4600m), and return.
D+/-1100

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.
D+936m

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.
D+/-588m

Day 12

Camp 1

We hike up to Camp 1 carrying the rest of our equipment. This is where we will spend the night.
D+588m

Day 13

Move to Plaza Don Benegas

We hike up to Plaza Don Benegas (5609m). We set camp and rest.
D+670m

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!
D+366m

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.
D+/-988m

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.
D-1674m

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.

Price per person

Group of 27350USD
Group of 36800USD
Group of 45800USD
Group of 55800USD
Group of 65800USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
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.

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

At Mendoza.

Accommodation

Hotel, mountain hut, camping.

More info

The guide ratio is 4, I can take up to 6 people with another guide.

Disclaimer

The itinerary is intended to be a guideline only, weather days and necessary extra rest days are always a possibility whilst on a climbing expedition.