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Aconcagua guided climb in only 12 days

Aconcagua guided climb in only 12 days
Aconcagua guided climb in only 12 days
Aconcagua guided climb in only 12 days
Aconcagua guided climb in only 12 days

Rodrigo, an IFMGA guide, offers a unique acclimatization option to avoid spending extra days in the mountain. Reach the summit of Aconcagua in only 12 days!

Group

Andes

12 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec

Very high

Intermediate


Highlights

* Take advantage of an innovative system and acclimatize from home

* Consider flying to Base Camp by helicopter!

* Reach the summit of Aconcagua in record time!

Description

As a pioneer in climbing Mount Aconcagua, I bring a new alternative way to reach the summit. I invite you to join me on a 12-day ascent (the usual trip takes around 20 days).

I would like to introduce you to a great and unique system that makes spending 10 days in the mountain for acclimatization unnecessary. It is basically an Altitude Training System that uses a Hypoxic tent. By using it at home, you will be well acclimatized even before you get to the mountain.

And how does this Altitude Training System work? Simple! You will sleep for 4 to 6 weeks inside these Hypoxic tents in the comfort of your home. While you are watching a movie or resting in the tent, you’re already pre-acclimatizing your body for Aconcagua. All you have to do is adjust your altitude level week after week.

This acclimatization method is only available for rental in the US and Canada. Its price starts at USD 175 a week. However, I am offering a special rental program in which you can try it during 8 weeks. It is a good way to test the equipment and make sure it really works. I think it is the great invention for mountaineers who love heights but do not have time for the acclimatization process.

Returning to the Aconcagua expedition itself, there is another option I would like to propose to you. I can also offer a helicopter flight from the trailhead to the Aconcagua base camp. That way you’ll save two ascent days . Remember that, due to weather conditions, I can’t guarantee this option till the day of the expedition. The total cost of this service is USD1800 for 3 people.

As for the itinerary of this climbing trip, you’ll arrive at Mendoza from your country and spend the first night in a hotel in the city (Mendoza Park Hyatt). The next day we will drive from Mendoza to the foot of Aconcagua and hike to Confluencia or fly directly to Base Camp by helicopter.

Depending on your choice, the third day we will rest or walk to the Base Camp. The following day we will continue the ascent towards Canada Camp with the help of mules. From Canada we will move to Nido and then, to the High Camp, the last campsite before the summit.

Once we conquer the 6962-meter summit of Aconcagua, we will hike down to the Base Camp to finally return to Mendoza by transfer.

So, are you ready to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain outside Himalaya in record time? Contact me now and make your reservation! I am sure you won’t regret it.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Mules and horses

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

The price does not include:

- Round-trip flights to and from Mendoza, Argentina

- Aconcagua climbing permit fee ($700 to $900 depending on season) which you will pay in Mendoza, accompanied by your guide. South Americans pay about half of this amount and Argentinean Citizens about 1/4 of that amount.

- Flight out of Base Camp to trailhead (cost is about USD 1,800 for 3 people ($600 each))

- Meals in Mendoza

- Personal equipment

- Passport

- Personal items and services (laundry, snacks, drinks, tips, etc.)

- Expenses incurred in the case of a rescue or early departure from the expedition

- SAT phone charges

- Porters (although mules are included)


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Mendoza

Pick up at airport and transfer to the Mendoza Park Hyatt.

Day 2: Transfer and start of the hike

Transfer from Mendoza to the trailhead and hike to Confluencia or Fly Into Base Camp.

Day 3: Hike to Base Camp

We’ll go to the Base Camp or enjoy a Rest Day if you flew there.

Day 4: Carry to Canada – Stay in Mulas

We’ll carry the gear to Canada camp and go down to Plaza de Mulas to spend the night.

Day 5: Move to Canada

Hike to Canada camp and night there.

Day 6: Move to Nido

Hike to Nido del Condor and night there.

Day 7: Move to High Camp

Hike to High Camp and night there.

Day 8: Summit Day

Early start to go for the Summit.

Day 9 to 10: Extra days

Extra days in case of bad weather.

Day 11: Hike Down to Base Camp

Hike all the way down to the Bascamp

Day 12: Return to Mendoza

Hike out to the trailhead. Transfer to Mendoza Park Hyatt. End of trip.

 

Details

More info

  1. NON-STOP FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM LONDON TO MENDOZA (*)

From London to Buenos Aires:

  • Airline: Norwegian Air UK LGW-EZE (13 h 40 m) US$774 round trip
  • Airline: British Airways LHR-EZE (13 h 50 m) US$1,216 round trip

From Buenos Aires to Mendoza:

  • Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas AEP–MDZ (1 h 55 m) US$115 round trip
  • Airline: LATAM Operated by Latam Airlines Argentina AEP–MDZ (1 h 52 m) US$117 round trip
  1. NON-STOP FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM NEW YORK TO MENDOZA (*)

From New York to Buenos Aires:

-Airline: United EWR–EZE (11 h 5 m) US$1,005 round trip

  • Airline: American - LATAM Operated by American Airlines for Latam Airlines Argentina JFK–EZE (10 h 44 m) US$1,083 round trip
  • Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas - Delta JFK–EZE (10 h 55 m) US$1,270 round trip

From Buenos Aires to Mendoza:

  • Airline: Aerolineas Argentinas AEP–MDZ (1 h 55 m) US$115 round trip
  • Airline: LATAM Operated by Latam Airlines Argentina AEP–MDZ (1 h 52 m) US$117 round trip

(*) Total price includes taxes + fees for 1 adult. Additional bag fees and other fees may apply.

Dates: Dec 27, 2023 – Jan 7, 2024 Jan 6 – 17, 2024 Jan 12 – Jan 23, 2024 Jan 20 – 31, 2024 Jan 27 – Feb 7, 2024 Feb 3 – 14, 2024

Meeting point

Mendoza

FAQs

When are the departures for the 2023-24 season?

The departures for the 2023-24 season are the following ones:

  • Dec 2 – 13, 2023
  • Dec 9 – 20, 2023
  • Dec 17 – 28, 2023
  • Dec 27, 2023 – Jan 7, 2024
  • Jan 6 – 17, 2024
  • Jan 12 – Jan 23, 2024
  • Jan 20 – 31, 2024
  • Jan 27 – Feb 7, 2024
  • Feb 3 – 14, 2024

Can we hire porters for the ascent?

Yes, we can hire porters for you at the Base Camp (keep in mind this is not inculded in the price). Porter fees range between $160 and $300 for each load, varying according to the altitude they transport goods to. Should you opt for a porter for every load and movement during the ascent and descent of the mountain, a total of 5 to 6 load carries will be required between Base Camp and High Camp, incurring costs of approximately $1,200 USD for the entire round trip.

When should I arrive to Mendoza?

Make sure you get to Mendoza around 3 pm on the first day of your adventure, at the latest. If you want, you can show up in Mendoza a day or two before the actual expedition kicks off. It's a chance to recover from your flight, soak in the Mendoza summer vibes, and maybe grab some last-minute gear. Just a heads up, any extra days or nights you spend in Mendoza aren't included in the price.

What's included in the price for this expedition?

The following items and services are included in the price:

  • Professional Mountain Guides
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Mendoza at the Mendoza Park Hyatt Hotel with breakfast buffet (1 night at the beginning of the expedition and 1 night at the end of the expedition)
  • All land transportation
  • Mules for group equipment from the trailhead to the Base Camp (Plaza de Mulas)
  • All expedition food
  • All group gear such as: tents, stoves, state of the art Base Camp, cooking gear, medical kits, satellite phones, radios, gamow bag, pulse-oximeters, etc.

What's NOT included in the price?

The following items and services are NOT included:

  • Round-trip flights to and from Mendoza, Argentina
  • Aconcagua climbing permit fee ($700 to $900 depending on season) which you will pay in Mendoza, accompanied by your guide. South Americans pay about half of this amount and Argentinean Citizens about 1/4 of that amount.
  • Flight out of Base Camp to trailhead (cost is about USD$1,800 for 3 people ($600 each))
  • Meals in Mendoza
  • Personal equipment
  • Passport
  • Personal items and services (laundry, snacks, drinks, tips, etc.)
  • Expenses incurred in the case of a rescue or early departure from the expedition
  • SAT phone charges
  • *Porter fee (If used)

What experience and skill level do I need to have to join this Aconcagua expedition?

Although it is ideal to have some previous experience, if you are well trained you can successfully climb Aconcagua as well.

If you have climb Kilimanjaro before and you did well on it Aconcagua can be your next step.

Crampons and ice axe experience is not needed, although this equipment is required you do not need previous experience in using them.

What is the Guide:Client ratio for Aconcagua?

Our Aconcagua expedtions have a 1:3 Guide to client ratio. Groups are of usually 3 guides and 9 clients. Aside from the guides, we have staff at base camp like cooks, mule drivers for the base camp approach and porters available to hire on the higher sections.

How much weight will I have to carry on my backpack?

For the approach to base camp, mules carry the heavier weight, so you'll only carry around 12 pounds/ 6 kilos.

Above Base Camp, about 40 pounds/20 kilos. If you decide to hire a porter, you will carry less than 20 pounds/10 kilos

What equipment do I need to bring for the Aconcagua expedition?

Check the following equipment list for Aconcagua expedition:

FEET

__ Socks – 3 pair thick outer socks, synthetic or wool, 3 pair thin inner liner socks, silk, synthetic, or wool (combo of 1 pr

thick & 1 pr thin or 2 pair thick & 1 pr thin), AND 2 pair lightweight silk, synthetic, or wool socks (for approach hike)

__ Plastic or synthetic-leather double mountaineering boots for above Base Camp, NOT SINGLE BOOTS

__ Lightweight hiking boots or sturdy approach shoes for hike to Base Camp

__ Gaitors (for scree, goretex type work well - NOT overboots)

__ One pair velcro-strapped rubber sole sandals (such as tevas or chacos) OR tennis/running shoes for river crossings

__ Lightweight running shoes for hike out last day (can also be used for river crossings on approach hike)

__ Booties, optional but highly recommended – lightweight down or synthetic with cordura soles

UPPER BODY – wear in layers

__ Lightweight synthetic or wool long underwear tops – 2

__ Expedition heavy weight synthetic or wool long underwear top – 1 (or 2 midweight long underwear tops)

__ Heavy fleece jacket (or similar weight synthetic or down micro-puff jacket)

__ Breathable windproof and water-resistant outer jacket, such as goretex, with hood

__ Heavyweight down or synthetic expedition parka with insulated hood (-20 F)

__ Synthetic t-shirts for approach – 2

__ Lightweight, breathable, long sleeved shirt for sun-protection on approach hike

LOWER BODY – wear in layers

__ Synthetic or nylon briefs or underwear - 3 pair

__ Lightweight synthetic or wool long underwear bottoms - 1 pair

__ Expedition heavy weight synthetic or wool long underwear bottoms - 1 pair

__ Soft shell synthetic pants for mid mountain – 1 pair (optional)

__ Fleece pants (full length side zippers recommended) for camp & summit day – medium or heavy weight

__ Breathable windproof and water resistant pants such as Goretex (full length side zippers recommended)

__ Shorts - 1 pair for approach hike

__ Lightweight synthetic breathable pants for sun protection on approach hike

HANDS

__ 1 pair thin wool or synthetic gloves - for lower mountain (windstopper, capilene, fleece, polypro)

__ 1 pair insulated, windproof, and water resistant fingered gloves, such as ski gloves, with longer cuff – for upper

mountain

__ 1 pair heavy insulated mitts for summit day

__ OR substitute for insulated mitts above: a combination of 2 pair mitts (fleece, or wool Dachstein) to fit one inside the

other with room AND 1 pair Goretex wind shells to wear over mitts

HEAD

__ Ski hat, wool or fleece

__ Balaclava, wool, fleece or capilene

__ Baseball cap for sun

SLEEPING GEAR

__ Down or synthetic sleeping bag rated to -20 ºF with compression stuff sack

__ 1 closed cell foam pad and/or 1 inflatable thermarest pad (full length). BOTH recommended

PACK

__ Expedition Backpack, 5000 - 6000 cubic inch / 80-100 liter capacity

__ Day and a half pack for approach, approx 2000 - 3000 cubic inch / 30-50 liter capacity

__ Extra large strong duffel bag w/ LOCK (about 7000 cubic inches/140 liter). THIS IS FOR YOUR MULE

BAG. Must be able to fit all expedition gear & double boots in this bag for mule to carry on approach

__ 1 stuff sack w/ straps or lightweight daypack (15 liter) to use as daypack for hike out (If the top of expedition pack is

a removable fanny pack this can be used as well)

__ Combination lock for duffel left in BC (TSA approved so airport security can open it)

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT - NEEDED FOR ALL ROUTES ON SUMMIT DAY

__ Ice axe 70 cm. approx. Standing with arm relaxed at side, ice axe should reach from the palm of hand to the ground.

__ Crampons, 12 points non-rigid recommended. F

__ Ski poles or sturdy trekking poles - adjustable preferred

__ Crampon bag for plane flight and mule load

ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS

__ Non-breakable plastic bowl, LARGE insulated cup w/ lid, durable spoon & fork - NOT PROVIDED

__ 2 water bottles -1 liter capacity, wide-mouth (hard plastic)

__ 2 water bottle insulators (make sure they fit your water bottles)

__ Headlamp and extra batteries

__ Sunglasses - two pair (optional one as a spare)

__ Ski goggles for summit day & stormy weather

__ Sunscreen lotion SPF 30 or higher - 1 large or 2 small tubes (zinc oxide also recommended)

__ Sun screen lip protection - 1 stick / & 1 or 2 tubes chapstick for dry lips

__ Skin moisturizer - 3 oz.

__ Personal supply of mole skin, band aids, tape, second skin, throat lozenges

__ Pocketknife or Leatherman

__ Toothbrush and toothpaste

__ Toilet paper - 1 or 2 rolls, in a plastic bag (such as a ziplock bag)

__ Antibiotics - 1 cycle broad spectrum (for wound or respiratory infections)

__ Aspirin or Ibuprofen - 30

__ Disposable lighter (always useful on a mountaineering expedition!)

__ Stuff sacks 2-3, assorted sizes (also bring a compression sack to use as daypack on hike out)

__ Iodine or similar water purification tablets – 2 to 3 small new bottles

  • $300-$500 USD cash ($10 & $20 bills) for drinks, snacks, shower, internet in BC, tips, (more if hiring porters) / ($50 &

$100 USD bills for climbing permit)

__ Luggage name tags to label bags stored at Hyatt in Mendoza or in Penitentes

__ Small bag or duffel with shower essentials and clean clothes to be left in Penitentes for the return

OPTIONAL (some of these items may be left in Base Camp - will be taken back to Penitentes by mules)

__ 1 pair Vapor Barrier Liner (VBL) socks

__ Camera, batteries, small solar charger

__ Plug adaptor for hotels

__ Journal, pen/pencil, book, games, i-pod

__ Small towel and soap, baby wipes, foot powder (wet wipes are very handy)

__ Cotton bandana or buff for sun protection

__ Pee bottle -1 liter capacity, wide mouth, plastic nalgene-type bottle with lid (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for upper

mountain, label w/permanent marker)

__ 1 lightweight, metal, mini thermos, 1/2- 3/4 liter capacity, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for summit day

__ Your favorite energy bars (we provide full lunches), in original package for customs

__ Hydrating system, 2-quart capacity (i.e. camelback) Does not replace water bottles CAMELBACKS FREEZE - for

approach hike only

__ Portable water purification system (be prepared to share this item with your team) i.e. Katadyn, steripen

__ 2 large plastic garbage bags to use in sleeping bag stuff sack

__ Neoprene or windstopper facemask (for cold summit day), neck gaitor, buff

__ Warm vest or lightweight wind shell

__ Straps for outside of pack to carry crampons, sleeping pad, etc. (essential if pack is smaller)

__ Chemical hand warmers 2 pr - pack out with personal garbage

Can I rent gear from you or in Mendoza?

Yes, we offer for rent Sleeping Bags, Expedition Down Coats, Crampons, Ice Axe, etc.

There are also specialized rental shops in Mendoza that we can recommend.

Keep in mind that we do not rent double mountain boots. Double mountain boot rentals are available in Mendoza at local mountain shops for most sizes, although it may be difficult to find larger boot sizes. It is best to get your double boots before you arrive to Mendoza, if possible. Double boot rentals are approximately $160 USD. They need to fit properly & be inspected by you or your guide who will be happy to help you with that.

What type of food do you offer during the expedition?

Food during the approach and at base camp is quite gourmet, with a barbecue on approach, fresh salads at base camp, meat, pizza, eggs, pancakes, etc. We have a Chef at base Camp!

Up high from base camp up food becomes more Spartan (mountain food)

Cereals, Granola, oat meal, for breakfast

Snack food for Lunch (more like the entire work day) , Nuts, candy bars, enregy bars, cheese, salami, bread, crackers, dry fruit, etc

Dinners up high are prepared by the Guides, each guide has a different style but they try to be quite creative with ingredients and flavors some simple dishes like Pasta , Rice, Quinoa, Couscous or Polenta can be done tastefully with a touch of fresh paremessan, mushroom sauce, pesto sauce or curry rice with chicken or Tai food as well.

Vegetarian and vegan as well as any other specific diets we can accommodate.

Do you offer vegetarian or vegan options for meals?

Yes, if you let us know in advance, we can offer vegetarian and vegan options, as well as any other specific diets we can accommodate.

When and where will we meet?

We will meet on Day 1 at the airport. We will pick you up at airport and transfer to the Mendoza Park Hyatt.

In case you are already in Mendoza some days in advance, we will meet directly in the hotel Mendoza Park Hyatt.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Diego de Almagro Cauquenes Chile
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Hotel & Spa Hacienda Los Lingues Cauquenes Chile
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Termas de Cauquenes Hotel Cauquenes Chile
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About the guide

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-Rodrigo

5.00

(7)

Mountain Guide

An Internationally Certified UIAGM / IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rodrigo has been a guide for 30 years. He has led 24 expeditions to Denali and 28 expeditions to Aconcagua — the highest peaks in North and South America, respectively. He has been a member of expeditions to Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in the Himalaya, and his climbs in Patagonia include the North and Central Towers of Paine, Agujas Guillaumet and Poincenot, as well as Cerro Torre attempts. He’s made Patagonian Ice Cap explorations including the first east-west traverse of the northern Ice Cap. He holds first ascents in Antarctica, the Andes and Alaska; speed ascents of Denali, Aconcagua, and Juncal. He’s guided the Ellsworth Mountains and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and has extensive climbing and guiding experience in Yosemite and the Alps, including Frendo Spur and the Grand Jorasses. He’s a former Technical Committee member for the American Mountain Guides Association and a Senior Guide at Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rodrigo speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.

Certificates

ANGM | UIAGM

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What people are saying about this trip

Hannah

5.00

Great guides, great equipment, amazed about how good food was. All round a very experienced and top end operator who know what they are doing and will maximise your chances of getting to the summit. Reaching top Aconcagua was one of greatest highlights of my life thank you Aventuras Patagonicas.


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