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!
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Arrival in Mendoza
Transfer from Mendoza airport to your hotel. Free evening to allow for some rest after your trip.
Mendoza to Vallecitos
We meet at 9AM at the hotel. We check the equipment and get the necessary permits.
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!
Refuge to High Camp
Ascent to the camp at Piedra Grande (3500m). From here the views over the valley are beautiful. Overnight camping.
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.
Acclimatization hiking up to La Hollanda camp (4600m), and return.
Transfer to Penitentes - Rest
2 hour transfer to Penitentes. Overnight at a hotel (2590m).
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).
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.
Rest day at base camp
Rest and acclimatization day. It is normal to feel the altitude at this point.
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.
We hike up to Camp 1 carrying the rest of our equipment. This is where we will spend the night.
Move to Plaza Don Benegas
We hike up to Plaza Don Benegas (5609m). We set camp and rest.
We take this day to rest and acclimatize.
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!
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.
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!
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).
Travel to Mendoza
My services end with the transfer back to Mendoza, to your hotel.
Flight back home.
Price per person
|Group of 2||7350USD|
|Group of 3||6800USD|
|Group of 4||5800USD|
|Group of 5||5800USD|
|Group of 6||5800USD|
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Hotel, mountain hut, camping.
The guide ratio is 4, I can take up to 6 people with another guide.
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.