20-day Aconcagua Summit through Ameghino Valley

Join Rodrigo, certified IFMGA guide, with 30 years of experience, in this 20-day Aconcagua Summit through Ameghino Valley. A unique way conquer it!

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

20 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Aconcagua Summit is the highest place on Earth outside the Himalayas Mountain Range. Let me take you there safely and through the best routes!

    This 20-day Aconcagua Summit through Ameghino Valley is nowadays the best way to Aconcagua. Because it’s less popular than the Normal Route, it is less crowded and allows you to enjoy this great mountain at its best!

    Also, this route has a higher success rate to Aconcagua Summit. Because of its long approach it allows more time for acclimatization. And at this height this is the key to success! Furthermore, this route is non-technical, and I offer a “porter available service” at the Plaza Argentina Base Camp if you need it for carries to the higher camps and back.

    Probably the best feature that I offer in this expedition is the comfort of a well established deluxe Base Camp. A group of experienced Chef, doctor and equipped tents are going to be available to you. You’ll acclimatize slowly and in a comfortable surrounding.

    I will take you around the Aconcagua, through several beautiful features. So we’ll cross the Vacas, Ameghino, Guanacos and Horcones valleys. While on the approach to the Base camp, we’ll go through the east side of the Aconcagua. We’ll descend through the north side, via the Normal Route, and hike back to Penitentes. This way you’ll experience the four faces of this amazing mountain. Plus mules will carry the gear up and down, for you to travel light.

    So if you want to reach the Aconcagua Summit in the right way, without leaving anything to chance, contact me and we’ll make it happen! And if you want to experience some other adventures in South America, check out these other trips: 17-day North Paine Tower and 20-day Tupungato Climb.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 2
    4500 USD

    Group of 3
    4500 USD

    Group of 4
    4500 USD

     

    Price includes

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

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Arrival

      Arrival at the Mendoza Park – Hyatt Hotel. Team meeting and individual equipment check. Exquisite Argentinean cuisine and wine for dinner.

    • Day 2Transfer to Penitentes

      Permits at the Aconcagua Park Service office. Drive to Penitentes. Lunch stop in Uspallata on the way. Optional afternoon hike (recommended).

    • Day 3Approach to Base Camp

      40 Km hike to Base Camp (4200 m). Up the Vacas and Ameghino Valleys. Gear carried by mules.

    • Day 6Acclimatization Day

      Rest and acclimatization day at Base Camp (4200 m).

    • Day 7First ascent to Camp I

      Ascent to Camp I (4968 m). We’ll carry some gear up. Return to Base Camp (4200 m).

    • Day 8Move to Camp I

      Ascent to Camp I (4968 m).

    • Day 9First ascent to Camp II

      Ascent to Camp II (5334 m) and establish the camp. Return to Camp I (4968 m).

    • Day 10Move to Camp II

      Ascent to Camp II (5334 m).

    • Day 11Move to Camp III

      Ascent to Camp III (5425 m).

    • Day 12First ascent to High Camp

      We’ll carry gear to Piedras Blancas High Camp (5852 m).

    • Day 13Move to High Camp

      Ascent to High Camp (5852 m).

    • Day 14Summit Day!

      Ascent to Summit (6962 m). We leave several days for our summit day in case of poor weather.

    • Day 18Descent to Base Camp

      Descend through the Normal Route to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4206 m).

    • Day 19Hike down to Penitentes

      Hike through the Horcones Valley. Mules carry the gear. Afternoon arrival to Penitentes. Quick shower and transfer to Mendoza. Night at the Park Hyatt.

    • Day 20Departure

      Leisure day in Mendoza.

     
     

    Next departures

    For private groups contact the guide
     
    Next datesInfo
    01/12/2019 to 20/12/2019
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    09/12/2019 to 28/12/2019
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    17/12/2019 to 05/01/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    21/12/2019 to 09/01/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    28/12/2019 to 16/01/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    04/01/2020 to 23/01/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    11/01/2020 to 30/01/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    18/01/2020 to 06/02/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    25/01/2020 to 13/02/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    01/02/2020 to 20/02/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    08/02/2020 to 27/02/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
    15/02/2020 to 05/03/2020
    US$ 4500 per person. Program to be confirmed with a minimum of participants
     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Mendoza Park Hyatt Hotel.

    Accommodation

    - 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).

    - 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Penitentes, on the way to the mountain.

    - High altitude tents for the Camps.

    More info

    - Not included: 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.

    - Porters are available, but not included. You need to let us know if you wish a Porter and We Will have it all arranged for you. Porters cost from $160 to $300 per load carry depending on Altitude they carry to. You will need a maximum of 5 to 6 load carries from Base Camp to High Camp and back down to Base Camp again (about $1,000 USD), if you choose to have a porter for each carry, and move, and for the descent of the mountain.

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    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

    2) 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.

     

    About the 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.

     
     
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