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Aconcagua basecamp 8-day guided trek

Aconcagua from 3700m
Aconcagua ascent
Sunrise Aconcagua
Playa Ancha Aconcagua
Hospital at 4300m

Come and discover the beautiful and famous Aconcagua trail in Mendoza on this exciting 8-day adventure with Eduardo, a certified mountain guide.

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8 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec




Aconcagua is the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere and the most seeked-for by mountaineers. On this exciting 8-day trip, we’ll set off on a wonderful adventure to its summit.

We’ll meet at the Mendoza airport and drive the next day to Penitentes. Some of the places we will visit during our hike include Confluencia, Plaza Francia, Plaza de Mulas, Ibañez, Horcones and Uspallata. Our expedition will end at the start of the summit push. You can check the itinerary below for more details. Nonetheless, the itinerary may change depending on weather conditions, performance of the group, or any other hindrances that could come up.

Keep in mind, that you will need a good fitness level and some mountaineering experience to tackle this challenge. However, it won’t all be hard work. This mountaineering trip is full of stunning and breathtaking views, especially Aconcagua’s south wall. We may even get to see ice avalanches!

So, are you ready for an exhilarating adventure in the Andes Mountains? Then book your trip now and join me for this beautiful trek to the Aconcagua summit. 

I offer other ascents in the area if you are looking for more options. For example, a 17-day trek through Aconcagua’s normal route.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Luggage transfer

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Price includes 2 days of full pension at Plaza de Mulas, 2 days of full pension at Confluencia, 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with breakfast included in Mendoza, 1 night in a 3 star hotel at Penitentes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, packed lunch, treated water in the whole Aconcagua.

Price does not include trekking permit, flights from/to Mendoza, personal equipment, money return in case you abandon the trip, international travel insurance, lunch and dinner in Mendoza or reimbursement for loss or damage of your personal equipment.


Day 1: Arrival to Mendoza – 900m

Transport from the airport to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, I can help you go buy or rent equipment.

Day 2: Permissions and drive to Penitentes – 2300m

I’ll check your equipment.

Day 3: Penitentes – Confluencia – 3300m

Our luggage will be transported by mules up to Confluencia, where we’ll camp at night.

Day 4: Confluencia – Plaza Francia – Confluencia – 4150m

Acclimatisation day with slow hikes.

Day 5: Hike to Plaza de Mulas – 4300m

This will be our longest day: 18 km in 5-8 hours.

Day 6: Rest at Plaza de Mulas – 4300m

Day 7: Plaza de Mulas – Mendoza – 900m

We’ll hike to Confluencia and then to Horcones. Drive to Mendoza.

Day 8: Flight out – 900m

Transport to the airport.



More info

Make sure to bring a bandana, a hat, ski goggles, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm, a headtorch, light down jacket, snowproof jacket, 2 long-sleeve shirts, a fleece jacket, trekking pants, gaiters, base layer pants, snowproof pants, waterprrof gloves, sandals, trekking boots and socks, a sleeping bag, a 45-liter backpack, altitude medicine, personal hygiene kit and a water bottle.

The guide ratio is 2:3. You will need international insurance.

Meeting point

Mendoza airport.

About the guide

I'm originally from São Paulo and lived in Brazil until 2010 when I decided to drop everything and live off the mountain.

I used to work in advertising, until I studied and graduated in 2013 from the EPGAMT school in Mendoza. Today I'm one of the few professional mountain guides from Brazil.

I've been a climber for 12 years and have great experience in climbing rock, ice and high mountain. I'm specialized in the Central Andes and climbed dozens of mountains in the region.

I've done crossings in the Central Andes from Argentina to Chile, and ice climbing as well, participating for 5 years in Vallecitos Ice Climbing Festival. In addition I climbed great mountains like: Aconcagua (6962m), Ojos del Salado (6898m), Tres Cruces Sur (6738m), Tres Cruces Central (6640m), Mercedario (6770m), Tupungato Volcano (6556m), Aconcagua and Cerro Plata (5943m), Vicuñas (6087m), among others.

I've been working in Aconcagua for the last 4 years in a row and started as a porter in 2012. I worked my way up and now lead several expeditions at Central and dry Andes.


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What people are saying about Eduardo Tonetti

Jerry Bierbower


February, 2019

You People there at Explore have really put a great trip together. I don,t know how you could improve on this. Thanks forgiving me the chance to experience Chile!

Simon Hebdon


January, 2019

We absolutely loved the Licancabur ascent, it was a real adventure despite the fact we didnt make it to the top.  The overnight stay in the very rustic Bolivian refuge was  a real experience that we will remember forever (very basic but comfortable). Its a credit to our guide Brian that we made it as far as we did but a combination of tiredness, altitude and overconfirdence meant we didnt make it to the top. This didnt however detract from this being an incredible experience for my wife and i. Watching the sunrise at 5300m was breathtaking, another memory that will last a long time. Would absolutely recommend this as long as you are fit, & used to very long hikes (12+ hours). The local team prepped us well as they could including some additional clothing and thicker gloves for the very cold start to the day (it warms considerably after sunrise). Brian provided expert guidance on the volcano along with snacks, great stories and helpful input when making the tough decision to call it a day at around 5400m. Highy recommended !

Anne-Laure Tinardon


October, 2018

These 2-days in Cerro Penitentes were amazing in the environnement of Aconcagua and the Andes in general. Eduardo has been very professional, very reactive to my questions before and during the trek, very aware or my wellness. We had a very good time and I should recommend it for sure.



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