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Climb Aconcagua via the Normal Route

Join us on a captivating expedition to Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas! This is a challenging experience that will take you through diverse landscapes including the Andes mountain range and the glaciers descending from the top of the summits.



18 Days

Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb




* Climb the highest summit of South America

* Enjoy base camp life at its highest standard

* Live an unforgettable experience under professional guidance


Mount Aconcagua - the highest summit of America, is without a doubt a unique challenge for every mountain lover. This titanic formation is considered as one of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each continent with a summit elevation of 6,961 meters (22,838 feet).

Explore the heart of the Central Andes in Argentina accompanied by a professional guide and enjoying the highest quality of base camp service and logistics.

The adventure will start once you arrive at Mendoza Airport, where we will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Later that day we'll discuss the itinerary, clear any doubts, and check your equipment with the help of our expert guide.

This challenging multi-day adventure will take us from 16 to 18 days to complete. The route will begin at the Horcones Valley, located at an altitude of 2,800 meters (9,200 feet). From there, we will ascend to Base Camp at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,800 feet).

The journey up Aconcagua is a remarkable journey that traverses diverse landscapes, tests physical and mental limits as it uncovers some of the most mesmerizing sights that Argentina has to offer.

Aconcagua is a popular challenge for mountaineers of all experience levels. However, it is important to be aware of the risks of climbing at high altitude. We must be mentally prepared for the challenges ahead. Good physical condition and mental strength will be essential tools as we face the obstacles of the climb. With our trusted guide by our side and the proper safety measures in place, we can be confident of a safe and memorable experience.

Join us and live an exciting experience in the colossus of America and marvel at the amazing views of the Andes mountain range and the glaciers descending from the top of the summits!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Group porters

- Mountain guide expenses

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

Accommodation in 3-star hotel in Mendoza at arrival and before departure.

Porters included in the price are considered only for carrying group equipment (camp and cooking equipment, food).

Price does not include dinner in Mendoza on the first and last days of the trip.

Price does not include costs in the case of evacuation or personal decision to abandon the trip.

It does not include personal traveling and rescue insurances, but we strongly recommend getting them.

Does not include entrance permit, but we can do the paperwork for you.

Does not include personal porter service.


Day 1: Arrival at Mendoza Airport

We’ll meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel, where you’ll have a talk with our guide in order to clear any doubts and check your equipment. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the guides in a local restaurant.
Max altitude: 750 m / 2460 ft
Lodging: Hotel in Mendoza
Meals: Dinner at restaurant (not included in price)

Day 2: Drive to Las Cuevas

Driving from Mendoza to Las Cuevas, once installed in the cabins, the equipment of each participant will be delivered to the pack mules.
Max altitude: 3557 m / 11669 ft
Lodging: Cabins

Day 3: Hiking to Confluencia

This day we will start early in the morning with a hike from Horcones to Confluencia (3,390 m). Rest and spend the night at Confluencia. You can expect approximately 4 hours of activity.
Max altitude: 3390 m / 11122 ft
Lodging: Tent

Day 4: Sightseeing in Plaza Francia

Acclimatization hike to Plaza Francia to admire the imposing south wall of Aconcagua, return and spend the night at Confluencia.
Max altitude: 4200 m / 13779 ft. and back to 3390 m
Lodging: Tent

Day 5: Arrival at Base Camp, Plaza de Mulas

We continue the ascent towards the Base Camp at Plaza de Mulas (4,300 m) where we will spend the night. 6 hours. of activity approx.
Max altitude: 4300 m / 14100 ft
Lodging: Base camp tent

Day 6: Rest Day

A rest day to recover energy before our first acclimatization summit on the following day.
Max altitude: 4300 m / 14100 ft
Lodging: Base camp tent

Day 7: Ascend Cerro Bonete

Acclimatization ascent to Cerro Bonete (5004 m), return and spend the night at Plaza de Mulas.
Max altitude: 5004 m / 16417 ft
Lodging: Base camp tent

Day 8: Second Rest Day

A rest day to recover energy before starting the approximation of higher camps.
Max altitude: 4300 m / 14100 ft
Lodging: Base camp tent

Day 9: Hike to Nido de Condores

Ascent to camp Nido de Condores carrying personal equipment, 4-5 hours of activity approx. Set camp and rest.
Max altitude: 5450 m / 17880 ft
Lodging: Tent

Day 10: Third Rest Day

A rest day to recover energies before reaching 6000 m and push for the summit.
Max altitude: 5450 m / 17880 ft
Lodging: Tent

Day 11: Reach camp Colera

Ascent to high altitude camp Colera. We will move our tents and equipment and prepare for the summit push on the following day at dawn.
Max altitude: 6,000 m / 19685 ft
Lodging: Tent

Day 12: Summit Aconcagua

We’ll start early morning (3 AM approx.) to push for our final goal - the Aconcagua summit (6,962 m)! For sure, this is the hardest day in our expedition. On this day we will see how the previous acclimatization process pays off in order to endure this challenging ascent. We’ll be ascending 1,000 meters to reach the summit and descend back to the Colera camp.
Max altitude: 6.962 m / 22841 ft
Lodging: Tent
Meals: Breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.

Day 13: Return to Plaza de Mulas

After a reach breakfast, we will take down camp and descend to celebrate at Plaza de Mulas (4,300 m). 4 hours. of activity approx
Altitude: Descent to 4300 m / 14100 ft
Lodging: Base camp tent

Day 14: Drive to Las Cuevas

Descent from Plaza de Mulas towards Horcones, where we will pick up our vehicle and return to Las Cuevas to wait for the luggage brought by the pack mules. 6 hours. of activity approx.
Altitude: Descent to 3557 m / 11669 ft
Lodging: Cabins

Day 15: Travel back to Mendoza

We will leave the mountains behind and drive to Mendoza.
Altitude: Descent to 750 m / 2460 ft
Lodging: Hotel in Mendoza

Day 16: End of Trip

Day 16:
After breakfast we will transfer the group to the airport (if needed).
Altitude: 750 m / 2460 ft
Lodging: No

Day 17 to 18: Contingency days

We plan these 2 extra days for the summit push in the case of possible modifications due to e.g. weather conditions.



More info

The listed price applies to groups with a minimum of three participants. An additional fee is required for a private 1 on 1 expedition.

Meeting point

Mendoza Airport

Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: **Please contact us for a complete equipment list **


How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

The most significant challenge of climbing Aconcagua is its high altitude. At 6,960 meters (22,837 feet), altitude-related health problems can occur. Therefore, it is crucial to have good cardiovascular fitness, endurance, strength, and overall health. Cardiovascular exercises such as running, hiking, cycling, and stair climbing can help prepare your body for the altitude and physical demands of the climb.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

Accommodation will be provided in a 3-star hotel in Mendoza, cabins in Las Cuevas, and tents in Base Camp and higher camps. A dormitory booking at Base Camp is also available for an additional fee.

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain?

Although Aconcagua is not as technically challenging as some other high peaks, it is still a high-altitude expedition that requires a certain level of mountaineering experience. Prior experience with multi-day trekking, high-altitude exposure, and basic climbing skills is beneficial, but not essential.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

My name is Carlos Fouilloux and my passion for the mountains has been driving me for more than 20 years, the same passion that led me to choose the profession of mountain guide, to help others to fulfill their dreams. I am a certified professional mountain guide EPGAMT (Argentina) and ANGM (Chile). My vocation to know and discover new places has led me to travel across the Andes, both in a sportive and professional way, reaching summits such as Aconcagua, Ojos del Salado, Nevado Tres Cruces, Sajama, Parinacota, Tocllarraju, Alpamayo, among more than 200 other summits, as well as organizing and leading scientific expeditions to Northern and Southern Ice Fields with renowned international scientific groups.


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