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Climb to the Summit of Aconcagua in Argentina

Climb to the Summit of Aconcagua in Argentina
Climb to the Summit of Aconcagua in Argentina
Climb to the Summit of Aconcagua in Argentina
Climb to the Summit of Aconcagua in Argentina

Conquer the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina and prepare to discover the wonders of this remarkable peak nestled in the majestic Andes range. With the guidance of a certified and experienced guide, we will navigate the challenges and embrace the adventure, ensuring both safety and enjoyment throughout our journey through Mendoza.

Group

Andes

16 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Witness Aconcagua as it proudly stands as the supreme monarch of the Western realm

* Brace yourself for the visual feast of the incredible Andean landscapes

* Enjoy a program that prioritizes proper acclimatization, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

Description

Join me on a 16-day odyssey to reach the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina. Together, we will follow a program that prioritizes proper acclimatization, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

Aconcagua, located in the Andes mountain range, is the highest peak in the Americas; its grandeur and prominence of this iconic peak makes it a renowned destination for mountaineers and adventurers from around the world. Reaching its summit is an impressive feat as it towers at 6,960.8 meters (22,837 feet). It is undoubtably a true test of physical and mental strength. However, with proper guidance and thorough preparation, you too will be able to conquer this remarkable summit

The first few days of our program will focus on acclimatization and the logistical aspects of our team. We will venture off the beaten path to witness the South Wall of Aconcagua, providing a taste of the adventure to come.

Starting from day 4, our journey will transition into the ascent along the normal route of Aconcagua. We will progress slowly, prioritizing proper acclimatization to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Our team will consist of experienced guides and porters, ensuring that we have the necessary support to safely reach the summit.

The early hours of day 11 will mark the highly anticipated day we have been waiting for, as we fully prepare to embark on the epic journey to the summit of Aconcagua! We will start by ascending to the cave and then commence the final stretch through the renowned Canaleta, leading us to the northern and main summit of the highest mountain in the Americas.

Standing at the summit of Aconcagua offers an unparalleled panoramic view that stretches across the vast Andean landscape. From this lofty perch, the world appears entirely transformed, with awe-inspiring sights that leave a lasting impression. We will capture breathtaking photos to commemorate this momentous achievement before beginning the long descent to the Cholera or Nido camp.

Contact me and start preparing for this amazing climbing experience with the help of a certified mountain guide! Push your limits and reach new heights as we embark on this adventure together!

If you're interested in a similar climbing journey, consider look into my other trips such as: Climb to the Summit of Ojos del Salado

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Luggage transfer

- Mountain guide expenses

- Group porters

- Clean drinkable water

- Camping equipment tents

Price details

• 1 professional guide for every two people.

• Personalized service

• All meals on the mountain

• One mule for every two people going up (Horcones - up to the mule square)

• One mule for every two people going down (from the mule square - horcones)

• Service contracted from base camp in confluence

• Hired base camp service in Plaza de Mulas

• Portage of 10 kg expedition from Plaza de Mulas to Canada

• Portage of 20 kg expedition from Plaza de Mulas to Nido de Cóndores

• Shipping portering of 20 kg from Plaza de Mulas to Colera NOT services included: Hotel in Mendoza before / after the expedition

• Extras and alcoholic beverages in Mendoza

• Extras and alcoholic beverages in Aconcagua

• Personal Equipment

• Carrying of personal equipment

• Transportation of group / expedition equipment from Plaza de mulas to the high altitude camps

• Transportation of group / expedition equipment from Cólera to Plaza de mulas

• Permit to enter the Aconcagua Provincial Park

• Permit to climb to the summit

• Tips

• Showers in the base camps and Internet in the base camps

• Expenses caused by abandoning the planned itinerary

• Expenses for evacuation and eventual transfer to different places in the provincial park or outside it, whether a guide should assist in the evacuation, and/or mule/s and/or helicopter.

• Insurance – we recommend taking out global rescue insurance (agreement with Helicopters in case of evacuation).

• Everything that is NOT detailed in services included


Itinerary

Day 1: Starting our ascent from Horcones (2990 mts) to Confluencia (3390 mts)

We will arrange private transportation from Mendoza to Horcones, which will take approximately 3.5 hours. Upon arrival, we will unload our equipment, complete necessary procedures with park rangers, and then we will begin our adventure!

Day 2: Confluence – Plaza Francia (4050 mts)

After enjoying breakfast, we will embark on a detour to witness the South Wall of Aconcagua.

Day 3: Confluence – Plaza de Mulas (4350)

The estimated duration of this excursion is between 7 and 10 hours, with an elevation gain of 910 meters. Starting from Confluencia, we will follow the trail that leads to the bridge spanning the lower Horcones River.

Day 4: Rest in Plaza de Mulas (4350 mts)

On this designated day of rest and recovery, we will focus on organizing portages and the logistical aspects of our team. It is crucial to stay hydrated during this time.

Day 5: Mulas / Cerro Bonete Summit (5000 mts)

We will make the ascent to Cerro Bonete and spend the night at base camp.

Day 6: Rest in Plaza de Mulas

This is a designated day of rest and recovery following the previous days' activities. We will utilize this day to reorganize portages and the logistics of our team. It is essential to prioritize proper hydration during this time.

Day 7: Mule Square to Canada (5050)

We will depart from the base camp and proceeds to Canada, where we will spend the night.

Day 8: Canada to Condors' Nest (5560)

Heavy day, we will continue the ascent to the second-high camp, Nido de Cóndores (5,560 m), carrying full backpacks of approximately 20 kg.

Day 9: Condors' Nest (5560)

This day will be dedicated to rest and recovery from the previous days' activities. It will be crucial to prioritize replenishing our strength, getting ample rest, and, most importantly, maintaining proper hydration.

Day 10: Condors' Nest – Cholera (6000)

The group will embark on the ascent to the final high altitude camp, Cholera, which stands at an elevation of 5,970 meters. We will have the unique opportunity to enjoy dinner at nearly 6,000 meters above sea level.

Day 11: Cholera - Summit Attempt (6962) – Cholera

In the early hours of the morning, we will be fully prepared to embark on the highly anticipated day we have been waiting for. We will ascend to Independencia, reaching an altitude of 6,300 meters.

From there, we will undertake the epic journey to the cave and commence the final stretch through the renowned Canaleta, leading us to the northern and main summit of the highest mountain in the Americas. We will capture breathtaking photos to commemorate this momentous achievement before beginning the long descent to the Cholera or Nido camp.

Rest will be of utmost importance during this period, with a full day allocated for recovery, spanning from 8 to 15 hours.

Day 12: Cholera - Mule Square (4350)

After breakfast, we will disarm camp and return to base camp.

Day 13: Plaza de Mulas – Horcones (2990)

The downhill trek will take approximately 6 to 7 hours. As most of the equipment will be transported on mules, we will be able to travel light. Our journey concludes at Horcones, marking the end of our services.

Day 14 to 15: Extra days for weather contingencies.

These days are set aside as contingency days in case of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

 

Equipment you will need to bring

You will need to bring the following: * Poles * Helmet * Sunglasses * Goggles * Crampons * Backpack * Water bottle * Climbing skins


FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

Climbing Aconcagua is a challenging endeavor that requires a certain level of experience and fitness. While prior mountaineering experience is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to have some familiarity with high-altitude trekking and camping. It is crucial to be in good physical condition before attempting the climb. Aconcagua reaches high altitudes, and the ascent involves long and demanding days of trekking, often on uneven terrain and in extreme weather conditions. Endurance, cardiovascular fitness, strength, and stamina are essential to tackle the physical demands of the expedition.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

From mid-November to mid-February is the time that the provincial park allows the ascent to the summit.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

One guide for every three passengers, in this case for the summit day I recommend hiring an assistant guide. From passenger 4 to passenger 6, an assistant guide will come with us throughout the trip.

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

To ensure you are well-prepared for the challenges of climbing Aconcagua, I strongly recommend maintaining a regular training regimen of at least three sessions per week. Focus on building your endurance and strength through a variety of exercises. Incorporate activities such as hiking, running, cycling, or stair climbing to improve your cardiovascular fitness and prepare your body for sustained physical exertion.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

Yes, there are porters, but for personal equipment they must be hired privately, a service not quoted in this program.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

if the permission to climb to the summit. They must also have a medical insurance service that works directly with the Helicopters company, both are paid outside the expedition.

Can I join a group?

Yes, I wait for you to join the proposed dates!

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

yes, you can rent all de equipment

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

During the entire expedition, we will be camping in tents in the mountains. However, before or after the expedition, you will have the opportunity to luxuriate in the comfort of a hotel in Mendoza capital. Are meals while in the mountain are included in this trip.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In case of bad weather, the extra days will be used. In the event that bad weather puts the health of someone in the group at risk, we will wait at the base camp. If it is not possible to continue for safety reasons, the trip will be suspended. I will always look for a way to reach the top and continue the journey within safety parameters.

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
Park Hyatt Mendoza Mendoza Argentina
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Sheraton Mendoza Hotel Mendoza Argentina
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Hotel Nutibara Mendoza Argentina
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About the guide

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Ezequiel

4.90

(21)

Trekking Guide

My name is Ezequiel David Di Fabio, I am a professional Mountain guide, National Physical Education teacher, lifeguard and ski instructor.

For nine years I have been carrying out different experiences in nature with groups of varied ages in order to promote activity.

Motivated by this goal is that I work with explore and share where I propose mountaineering, trekking and rock climbing outings in Argentina.

Throughout these years I have traveled from Salta to Tierra del Fuego, carrying out different group expeditions in our country, as well as developing myself professionally in other countries such as Peru.

Languages

English | Spanish

Certificates

EPGAMT

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What people are saying about this trip

Bert

5.00

Ezequiel is a real leader, verry experienced

Jan-Gerrit

4.00

Great Guy, very positive and relaxed. Clear in the communication and with good humor.

Hidde

5.00

Would highly recommend Ezequiel as a guide. He showed passion for his job, had a great sense of humor, made us feel safe and was a strong leader in the team. I liked his clear instructions and fun facts about the expedition.

Facundo

5.00

An excellent guide, very professional. Always attentive to detail to make it a unique experience. We reached the summit on the 13th of February, thanks to Ezequiel's good work during the whole trip. The next objective is the volcano ojos del salado, obviously with the same guide.

Carl

5.00

Extremely experienced, personable, generous, compassionate, professional, and fun. Always looked after our own safety first, as well as others on trail while keeping our ultimate objectives in mind. In the face of adversity they patiently gathered data, made safe decisions, and clearly communicated with the team. These are climbers that I would want on every team.


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