Climbing Mount Aconcagua, 18 days

18-day climbing trip to Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in Argentina and America, at 6961 m, together with a certified mountain guide.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

18 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Hard

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip

Group


Highlights

 
  • Join the expedition of one of Aconcagua's most experienced guides

  • Live a truly unforgettable experience in the Andes mountains

  • Climb one of the world's Seven Summits!


 

Mount Aconcagua (6961 m) is the highest summit in Argentina and also in America. It’s in the Andes Mountains, 112 kilometres away from the city of Mendoza.

This is an 18-day expedition via the Normal Route. It’s an ideal option for climbers with previous acclimatization and also for those looking for a shorter-than-average program.

During the first days, we’ll do acclimatization trekkings to Plaza Francia. Then, we’ll trek 40 kilometres in three days and reach Plaza de Mulas. After all this, we’ll be ready to start climbing Mount Aconcagua.

One of the most common obstacles one faces during the ascent is the presence of white wind. The extra days will be used to wait for good weather, therefore increasing our chances of reaching the summit.

For further details about this trip, you can find the itinerary and the next departure dates below.

Please contact me if you want to be a part of this expedition to Mount Aconcagua. I will be happy to be your guide to the summit of this iconic peak! 


Price per person

 
1 Person
4270 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Porters
 These items are not included in the price: - Aconcagua Park climbing fee (tax charged by Mendoza government, according to dates). - Personal equipment. - Rescue or all other costs due to the abandoning of the expedition. - Out of the total amount, USD400 are a non-refundable deposit.
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Mendoza

    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 the team members.

    Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room.

  • Day 2: Penitentes

    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’ll drive you to Horcones Park, 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: 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: Confluencia / 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: Carry equipment to camp 1

    This is a challenging day where we’ll gain 1.000 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 8: Rest day at Plaza de Mulas

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

    Accommodation: Tents.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

     

  • Day 9: Ascent to Camp 1 (4900 m)

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

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

    Accommodation: Tents.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 10: Move to Camp 2 (5400 m)

    Camp 2, called €œNido de Condores (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5.400 m. and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.

    Accommodation: Tents.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 11: Carry equipment to Camp 3

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

    Accommodation: Tents.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 12: Ascent to Camp 3 (6000 m)

    We’ll start a 4 hours 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 13: Summit day (6961 m)

    It is the most demanding day of the expedition.

    We’ll climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6.500 m. We’ll ascend through the Portezuelo del Viento , climb €œLa Canaleta€, and the Filo 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’ll descend to Camp 3.

    Accommodation: Tents.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

  • Day 14 to 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: Mendoza

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

 
 

Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
 
Next dates Info
20/11/2019 to 07/12/2019
USD 4270 per person
27/11/2019 to 14/12/2019
USD 4270 per person
04/12/2019 to 21/12/2019
USD 4270 per person
11/12/2019 to 28/12/2019
USD 4270 per person
18/12/2019 to 04/01/2020
USD 4700 per person
25/12/2019 to 11/01/2020
USD 4270 per person
01/01/2020 to 18/01/2020
USD 4270 per person
08/01/2020 to 25/01/2020
USD 4270 per person
15/01/2020 to 01/02/2020
USD 4700 per person
22/01/2020 to 08/02/2020
USD 4270 per person
29/01/2020 to 15/02/2020
USD 4270 per person
05/02/2020 to 22/02/2020
USD 4270 per person
12/02/2020 to 01/03/2020
USD 4270 per person
19/02/2020 to 08/03/2020
USD 4270 per person
 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required
Intermediate
Fitness level required
Extremely Fit
Meeting point
Mendoza.
Accommodation

- 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 Penitentes, breakfast and dinner included.
- Tents.

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 (you can rent it on site)

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 (around 1000USD). If you do that, you'll carry a backpack of around 35-60 liters.

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.

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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.

Disclaimer
Please note that while you will pay the total amout at the time of booking, USD400 are considered a non-refundable deposit and will not be refunded in case of cancellation regardless of how much notice you give.
 

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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