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Climbing Mount Aconcagua, 18 days

Aconcagua ridge
Aconcagua
Aconcagua
Aconcagua

Join one of the Andes mountains' top certified guides on an 18-day mountain climbing trip to the summit of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in South America!

Group

Andes

18 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec

Extremely Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

* Join one of the most experienced guides of the Andes to the top of Aconcagua.

* Live a truly unforgettable experience in the Andes mountains.

* Climb one of the world's Seven Summits!

Description

Climbing Aconcagua is a mountaineering feat you will never forget! Join me on this 18-day program and discover the most iconic mountain of the Andes! 

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

This is an 18-day expedition via the Normal Route. During the first days, we’ll do acclimatization trekkings to Plaza Francia. Then, we’ll trek 40 kilometers in three days and reach Plaza de Mulas while enjoying the beautiful Andean landscapes. After that, we’ll be ready to start climbing Aconcagua. For further details about this trip, you can find the itinerary and the next departure dates below.

Keep in mind that one of the advantages of this route is that it 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. Therefore, acclimatization will be easier.  Furthermore, white wind is one of the most common obstacles during the climb. We have taken this into account and scheduled in extra days to increase the chances of reaching the summit.

So, are you ready for the rush of climbing to the top of the highest mountain in all of the Americas? Then contact me now and let’s start planning an adventure of a lifetime! I will be happy to be your guide to the top of this iconic peak!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Clean drinkable water

- Mountain guide expenses

- Hot shower

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

SERVICES INCLUDED, in detail:

Professional mountain guide. Experienced and qualified to operate in Aconcagua.

Assistance with the procedures to obtain the permit to enter Park Aconcagua.

Ground transportation in private vehicles. Transport IN Airport – Hotel in Mendoza /Transport IN-OUT Mendoza – Penitentes – Park Entrance

Two (2) nights of accommodation in a 3* hotel in Mendoza City (Sharing room, Double/Triple occupancy), Breakfast included.

One (1) night of accommodation in Penitentes (Sharing room, Double/Triple occupancy). Breakfast & dinner included.

Transportation by freight mules of your personal equipment without limits in kg IN-OUT Penitentes-Base Camp

Lodging at base camps in mountain tents or dormitory tents for 4 or 8 persons and high camps in mountain tents.

All meals included on the mountain.

Drinking water (hot and cold) in all our camps (base camps and high camps)

Fully equipped dining dome at base camps. Exclusive restrooms for our clients.

Internet and charge of your device for free at base camps.

Hot shower for free at base camps.

Facility for the storage and care of equipment.

Full porter service to carry double tents, garbage and human waste and part of common equipment

Communications between high camps, base camp, Penitentes and Mendoza.

Medical equipment available at base camps and high camps.

Dining domes at high camps equipped with benches and tables. Restroom tents exclusive for our clients.

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, USD 400 are a non-refundable deposit.


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.

 

Details

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.


  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
  1. 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.

Meeting point

Mendoza.

FAQs

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?

You will need to bring your trekking gear to the ascent to Aconcagua. We'll send a list of the equipment needed once you confirm your booking. You are responsible to bring the appropriate equipment and clothes.

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

Personal porters can be hired and the price for a 20kg load from the Aconcagua Base Camp to Base Camp is about USD 1000-1300.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

  • Accommodation on the mountain in tents or dormitory tents for 4 or 8 people in camps and tents at altitude.
  • All meals included during the expedition
  • Drinking water (hot and cold) in all our Base Camps
  • Fully equipped dining tents at Base Camp
  • Exclusive restrooms for our clients
  • Internet and device charging free of charge at base camps
  • Free hot showers in base camps
  • Personal equipment deposit and storage

What happens in the event of bad weather?

We try to reach Aconcagua's summit anyway as we have two extra days included in the itinerary.

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

Every 6 climbers there will be 1 guide and 1 guide's assistant.

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

Late November to early March.

How will accommodation be handled in Mendoza City?

  • 2 nights of lodging in a 3-star hotel in the city of Mendoza
  • Breakfast included
  • Beverages not included
  • 1 night at Mountain Hotel in Penitentes
  • Beverages not included
  • The welcome dinner, breakfast, and taxes included

What kind of logistics services do you offer for moving equipment?

To ensure safe and timely delivery of loads, we deploy transport mules, with each animal capable of carrying up to 60 kg. Loads must be balanced by 30 kg on each side. At Confluencia, Plaza de Mulas, and Plaza Argentina, camp supervisors arrange equipment and radio communication for returning mules. It is important for us to add that we were recognized by the Cullunche Foundation (animal welfare program) for the care of the mules in Aconcagua Park.

I am vegan (not eating meat, fish, milk, eggs, or honey). Is there a solution for my diet?

For the moment, we have a vegetarian menu during the expedition, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You will get enough protein from:

Grains: chickpeas, lentils, beans , peas , quinoa, and soy

Seeds: sunflower, mustard, sesame, couscous, rye, fennel, almonds, nuts, and peanuts.

Vegetables: broccoli, tomatoes, green pepper, spinach, cucumber, parsley, cauliflower, fungus.

Please note that in our country, there are no manufactured products for sale in markets such as vegan cheeses, vegetal milk, vegan creams, vegan yogurts, vegan candies, vegan "meats", etc. In our menus, You will eat animal ingredients indirectly. You will find eggs, honey, cow milk, jelly, dyes, or fake strawberry flavor as well.

In case you prefer bringing some extra food, remember to bring it always well labeled, and all the packages must be vacuum sealed, otherwise, the sanitary authorities will take it from you at the airport.

Do I need some kind of pass to enter Aconcagua Park? How much does it cost? How is it processed?

A permit is required for entering Aconcagua Park, which is personal, non-transferable, and non-refundable. The cost depends on the visitor's nationality and chosen route. An authorized agency can save on the permit cost. Permit fees are set by the government and published in November.

The cost of the permit is not included in the expeditions, but we'll assist you in obtaining it. Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to enter the park unless they have a special permit issued by a lawyer or notary.

How do I get the pass to access Aconcagua Park?

To process the Aconcagua Park permit, you must first contract the services (either scheduled/private expedition or logistical support), then you'll have to send some documents online in advance (copy of passport, complete a form with personal data) and once you arrive in the city and visit the service provider company you can pay for the permit and pick it up.

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
Termas Valle de Colina San José de Maipo Chile
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Cabañas Cascada de las Animas San José de Maipo Chile
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Hostal de Antiguo San José de Maipo Chile
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About the guide

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4.68

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Guide Agency

Mendoza based company specialized in expeditions and trekkings to Mt. Aconcagua. All the trips are run by the best certified and professional guides, with unrivalled logistics and infrastructure.

Languages

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What people are saying about this trip

Koji

3.00

今回のツアーでは、結果としてはアコンカグアに登頂できずに残念な結果になりましたが、チームメンバーと仲良くなれて楽しいとざんとなりました。ただ、下山後に残りの日数のホテル代が別料金だったのが残念です。

Jessica

5.00

Extremely happy with the whole experience. These guys will go an extra mile to help your dreams come true. You can book it with full confidence!

Emily

5.00

They totally rock! They made everything to be perfect. Best in town if you are thinking about Aconcagua. Professionals, they are passionate about what they do. Long story short: contact them and let the game begin!

Olivia

5.00

Great and lovely people !! Everything was very professional. We had a great time in our treeking. We hope see you soon. Special tks to Fer Palacio and Ariel. Abraços do Brasil!!

Megan

5.00

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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