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 advantages of this route is that offers a medical service in Confluencia, which provides wider medical support. Also, the approaching camp is set permanently and the distance between high camps is very regular and short in comparison with other routes.

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! 

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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
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
  • Personal porters
  • Mules and horses as needed with driver
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Camping equipment: Tents
 These items are not included in the price: - Aconcagua Park climbing fee (tax charged by Mendoza government, according to dates. Last season, the permit fee costed USD800 on high season per person). - Personal equipment. - Rescue or all other costs due to the abandoning of the expedition. - Extra nights in the hotel in Mendoza. - Meals in Mendoza. - Any other item not listed as included. - Out of the total amount, USD400 are a non-refundable deposit. Porters can carry up to 30kg per person from Penitentes to Plaza de Mulas and back.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Mendoza

    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 2Penitentes

    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’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 4Trek 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 5Confluencia / 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 7Carry 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 8Rest 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 9Ascent 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 10Move 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 11Carry 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 12Ascent 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 13Summit 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 15Spare 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 16Return 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 17Base 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 18Mendoza

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

 
 

Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
 
Next datesInfo
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 29/02/2020
USD 4270 per person
19/02/2020 to 07/03/2020
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.

 

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.

 
 
 

 

What People are Saying about Sebastián Tetilla

  • 10 reviews

 

It was a true life experience. I enjoy every moment of it. Our guides were excellent and inka facilities for this journey were up to par with what I expected.
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Luc Morin
I’m writing this short review as I’m often asked by climbing friends who shall I climb with on Aconcagua? Let me tell you !hand on my heart INKA is the best on the mountain.! I have climbed across the globe Alaska, Andes, Himalaya and in the Karakoram in Pakistan. I have have utilised INKA on two occasions and I believe they have the best knowledge and logistics on the mountain. Their staff care about YOU.. as you are their number one priority. They will ensure your time on the mountain is safe and you return safe even if you don’t reach the summit. So many times I have watched operators in other countries guiding clients to the summit when they should have been turned around, this has been with drastic results. That is why I always use professional companies and word of mouth . Trust me INKA are the best. Aconcagua is a tough challenge high altitudes coupled by sometimes extreme cold , require you to be fit mentally and physically. I have in the past fell to AMS and had to turn around near a summit, that is the smart thing to do.! Better to go home and re plan , the mountain will always be there. I’ve lost friends on mountains and speak from experience. INKA guides are registered and highly experienced, they will watch you carefully and monitor your oxygen levels and general well being throughout your climb. There is an excellent set up at Plaza de Mulas where if you need a rest day you will be cared for. Many of my friends have used INKA and I will continue to recommend them for their expertise I’m writing this short review as I’m often asked by climbing friends who shall I climb with on Aconcagua? Let me tell you !hand on my heart INKA is the best on the mountain.! I have climbed across the globe Alaska, Andes, Himalaya and in the Karakoram in Pakistan. I have have utilised INKA on two occasions and I believe they have the best knowledge and logistics on the mountain. Their staff care about YOU.. as you are their number one priority. They will ensure your time on the mountain is safe and you return safe even if you don’t reach the summit. So many times I have watched operators in other countries guiding clients to the summit when they should have been turned around, this has been with drastic results. That is why I always use professional companies and word of mouth . Trust me INKA are the best. Aconcagua is a tough challenge high altitudes coupled by sometimes extreme cold , require you to be fit mentally and physically. I have in the past fell to AMS and had to turn around near a summit, that is the smart thing to do.! Better to go home and re plan , the mountain will always be there. I’ve lost friends on mountains and speak from experience. INKA guides are registered and highly experienced, they will watch you carefully and monitor your oxygen levels and general well being throughout your climb. There is an excellent set up at Plaza de Mulas where if you need a rest day you will be cared for. Many of my friends have used INKA and I will continue to recommend them for their expertise
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Ken
the infrastructure supporting the expedition is perfect and the team very professional. Really Aconcagua Specialists!!
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Ricardo Santucci
The guide was not Sebastian Tetilla but Javier Guiterez and Matias Hidalgo Nicosia
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Jens Hauge Andersen
 

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