trip duration TRIP DURATION
20 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
4 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period BEST PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Dec
type of trip 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!


Day 1

Mendoza (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 2

Mendoza - 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 3

Penitentes - 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 4

Acclimatization 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 5

Trekking 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 6

Rest 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 7

Ascent 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 8

Rest 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 9

Carry 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 10

Rest 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 11

Base 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 12

Move 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 13

Carry 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 14

Camp 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 15

Summit 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 17

Spare 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 18

Return 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 19

Base 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 20

Mendoza - End of services

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

Next departures:

For private groups contact the guide
Next dates Info
21/11/2018 to 10/12/2018
01/12/2018 to 20/12/2018
10/12/2018 to 29/12/2018
17/12/2018 to 05/01/2019
26/12/2018 to 14/01/2019
30/12/2018 to 20/01/2019
07/01/2019 to 26/01/2019
15/01/2019 to 03/02/2019
21/01/2019 to 09/02/2019
28/01/2019 to 16/02/2019
04/02/2019 to 23/02/2019
11/02/2019 to 02/03/2019
18/02/2019 to 09/03/2019

Price per person

1 Person 4900USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Porters
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.

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.


The proposed itinerary is subject to changes due to climatic or force majeure contingencies that endanger the safety of the group.