Ascent to Mount Aconcagua, Extended Route

20-day Aconcagua program including a previous ascent to Mt. Bonete (5000 m). Ideal for climbers that need extra acclimatization.




Trip Duration

20 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip



  • Take advantage of extra acclimatization days, including a Mt Bonete ascent

  • Join a highly skilled guide with extensive experience in Aconcagua

  • Reach the top of the highest mountain in the world outside Himalaya


This is a 20-day program to the summit of Mount Aconcagua via the Normal Route and including a previous ascent to Mount Bonete (5000 m).

This program’s main goal is to increase the chances of summit success and it’s the ideal choice for climbers who want to obtain some extra acclimatization.

The “Normal Route” does not present technical difficulties. However, altitude is usually an important obstacle and good acclimatization is therefore key.

The trek to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp is 40-km long. We will arrive to Plaza de Mulas in three days. Once there, we’ll trek to Mount Bonete (5000 m) and enjoy magnificent views of Mount Aconcagua. After that, we’ll start climbing towards our main objective: the summit. The last part of the expedition consists of going a little higher each day, spending the night in different high camps.

This program includes two days just to transport equipment to the following camp and also extra security days. A sort of white wind is very common in Aconcagua and can make the ascent more difficult. If this happens, we’ll use our extra days to increase our chances of reaching the summit.

For further information, you can find the complete itinerary and the next departure dates for this trip below this description.

Please contact me if you want to be a part of this amazing 20-day expedition to the summit of South America!

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Price per person

Group of 1
4270 USD

Group of 2
4270 USD

Group of 3
4270 USD

Group of 4
4270 USD

Group of 5
4270 USD

Group of 6
4270 USD

Group of 7
4270 USD

Group of 8
4270 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
  • Mules and horses as needed with driver
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Camping equipment: Tents, Cooking utensils
 - Out of the total amount, USD400 are a non-refundable deposit. The following items are not included in the price: - Lunch and dinner in Mendoza. - Aconcagua Park climbing fee (tax charged by Mendoza government, according to dates). - Rescue or all other costs due to the abandonment of the expedition. - Personal equipment. - Rescue or all other costs due to the abandoning of the expedition. - Extra nights in the hotel. - Any other item not listed as included. Porters can carry up to 30kg per person.


  • Day 1Mendoza (760 m)

    Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina. A representative of INKA Expediciones will be waiting for you at the airport.

    We will stay at the hotel in the city. A group meeting will follow and you will meet me and the team members.

    -Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room.

  • Day 2Mendoza - Penitentes (2700 m)

    We will obtain individual entrance and ascent permits. You will be personally assisted in this procedure.

    After this, we’ll travel to Villa de Penitentes, where we’ll stay at a hotel in the mountain.

    There, we’ll get the equipment ready for transportation to the base camp, by mule.

    -Accommodation: Hotel €“

    -Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

  • Day 3Penitentes - Confluencia (3368 m)

    We drive you to Horcones Park Entrance, where we’ll get our first view of the mountain.

    We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station. Then, we’ll head off to Confluencia by walking 4 or 5 hours.

    -Accommodation: tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 4Acclimatization trek to Plaza Francia (4200 m)

    We’™ve included this day in order to acclimatize better, and give you more chances to summit.

    We’€™ll trek for about 5 hours until we arrive to Plaza Francia, base camp of the impressive Aconcagua South Wall. This is one of the nicest points of the expedition.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 5Trekking from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas (4250 m)

    After 8-9 hours hiking across €œPlaya Ancha€ and climbing up through a very steep path, we’ll reach Plaza de Mulas, the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park.

    By the end of the day, most of us will feel the altitude.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 6Rest day at Plaza de Mulas

    The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day and a good occasion to take a bath and explore the local terrain.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 7Ascent to Mt Bonete at 5000 m

    We’€™ve included this climbing in order to acclimatize better, and give you more chances to summit. Also you’€™ll enjoy a spectacular view of the west face of Aconcagua.

    -Accommodation: Tents

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 8Rest day at Plaza de Mulas

    We’€™ll stay in Plaza de Mulas to rest from the climbing of Bonete.

    Then, we will divide expedition loads to carry to the high camps (community gear, fuel and food).

    We double carry to keep pack weight down and help ensure good acclimatization.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 9Carry equipment to Camp 1: Plaza Canada (5050 m) and return to Base Camp.

    This is a challenging day where we’ll gain almost 700 m with a heavy load on easy terrain. Then we’€™ll return to Base Camp. It’€™s important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp.

    -Accommodation: Tents .

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 10Rest day at Plaza de Mulas

    This is a day we’ll mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals.

    -Accommodation: Tents. -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 11Base Camp to Camp 1: Plaza Canada (5050 m)

    The following morning we’ll finally start the ascent to Aconcagua.

    We’ll move to Camp 1, called Plaza Canada€. Until now, we were working on getting an optimal acclimatization. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to summit.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 12Move to Camp 2: Nido de Condores (5560 m)

    Camp 2, called €œNido de Condores€ (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5560 m and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.

    -Accommodation: Tents

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 13Carry equipment to Camp 3: Camp Colera (6000 m) - Return to Camp 2

    This day, we carry equipment to Camp 3 called €œCamp Colera€. After carrying the equipment up, we return to Camp 2 to sleep, to give our bodies more chances to acclimatize.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 14Camp 2 to Camp 3: Camp Colera (6000 m)

    We’ll start a 4 hour walk to Camp 3, located on the North Ridge. We will prepare our tents and eat and rest, to be ready to get the summit.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 15Summit day! (6961 m)

    It is the most demanding day of the expedition.

    We’ll climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6500 m. We’ll ascend through the €œPortezuelo del Viento, climb œLa Canaleta€, and the €œFilo del Guanaco€, that leads us to the summit. The prize is waiting for us, a 360° view and the experience of overcoming, that you only finally understand once you reach it.

    At the end of this experience, we descend to Camp 3.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 16 to 17Spare days

    We have three extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit.

    These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 18Return to Base Camp

    Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp. We’€™ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience.

    -Accommodation: Tents.

    -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 19Base camp-Penitentes-Mendoza

    We’ll have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes.

    There is a private transport waiting for us to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City.

    -Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room

    -€“Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Day 20Mendoza - End of services

    We have breakfast at the hotel. Check out and end of services.


Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
17/02/2020 to 07/03/2020

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

Meeting point

Mendoza. On day 1 of the expedition one of our representatives will wait for you at the airport and drive you to the hotel. You'll have the meeting with the guide and the rest of the group that same day at 5PM.

Once you have booked your flight let us know so we can arrange your reception at the airport.


-Two (2) nights accommodation at a three-star hotel in Mendoza City (prices based on double or triple occupancy), breakfast included.

-One (1) night accommodation at in Penitentes breakfast and dinner included.

-Mountain camps: during the expedition, we'll sleep in double tents or in bedroom doms for 4 or 8 people in camps, and in double tents in high camps.

More info

About the client-guide ratio:

Up to 3 clients: 1 Guide for the whole expedition

4 clients: 1 Guide for the whole expedition + 1 assistant for Base Camp-Summit-Base Camp

From 5 to 8 clients: 2 Guides for the whole expedition

9 clients: 2 Guides for the whole expedition + 1 assistant for Base Camp-Summit-Base Camp

From 10 to 12 clients: 3 Guides for the whole expedition

Basic equipment required:

a) Clothing:

Light Weight Long Underwear. Expedition Weight Long Underwear. Fleece Jacket. Fleece Trousers. Parka. Jacket. Waterproof/breathable. Wind Pants. Waterproof/breathable.

b) Headgear:

Sun hat. Balaclava. Wool or pile ski hat. Head lamp. Glacier glasses.

c) Hands:

Synthetic gloves. Mittens. Gore-Tex over mitts.

d) Footwear:

Light hiking boots or trekking shoes. Climbing double (or triple) plastic or synthetic boots. Gaiters. Wool socks. Liner socks.

e) Climbing Equipment:

Ice axe. Crampons. Ski poles.

f) Camping:

Backpack. -20°C Sleeping bag. Ridge Rest sleeping pad. Therma rest pad. Dish, glass, knife, spoon and fork. Pocketknife. Water bottles. Pee bottle. Pee Funnel (for women). Sunscreen. Lip screen. Personal first aid kit.

g) Traveling:

Large duffel bag with lock. Smaller duffel with lock. Plastic bags. Travel clothes. Toiletry bag. Camera gear.

Should you hire the help of a porter?

If you have never carried a backpack of 20kgs over 5000 or 6000 meters, you have to know that it's a very demanding physical activity. You need to be very well trained. Otherwise, we recommend you hire the services of a personal porter to have a better chance of reaching the top. It is very common to hire a porter.

Trash and personal waste

It is mandatory to remove everything from the mountain. You can't leave food behind just because you are exhausted from carrying it. So please think about this carefully when organizing your backpack. The same happens with trash and personal waste: nothing can stay on High Camps.



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


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


Sebastian is a professional licensed guide and Head guide and general director of INKA Expediciones, the leading company provider of expeditions and treks in Mt. Aconcagua, with the best logistics infrastructure and the highest success rates.
His first ascent of Aconcagua was at age 16, and since then he has summit 25 times. He has also summited Mount Blanc in France, Mount McKinley in Alaska, Mount Elbrus in Russia, Kilimanjaro in Africa and several mountains in Europe and America.



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My friend Marc and I hired Inka for their logistics, know how, and reputation (we were self guided). Our initial email communication with Inka was very encouraging - extremely responsive, knowledgeable and helpful! They helped us plan our itinerary, execute it, and were always available for help. The Inka staff at Hotel Ayelyn, Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas were none other than amazing! We had an absolutely great experience, and I would highly recommend them to others - whether you are looking for a guided service or just logistical help along the way, give them a chance! A special shout out to Hilda (coordinator), who was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. Thanks! Aaron
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