Expedition to Mount Aconcagua, 6962 m

Join Gastón, certified guide from Chile and one of the most experienced in the region, on this 12-day trip to Aconcagua, the highest summit in America!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

12 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Benefit from the company of an extremely experienced guide

  • Consider this shorter-than-average program

  • Stand on the summit of the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere

 
Join me on this mountaineering expedition to climb Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas!

Aconcagua is part of the Andes mountain range and is located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. The summit is located just 15 kilometres away from the international border with Chile. It is one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains in each of the seven continents).

With good climate, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible 360° view from the summit that you’ll never forget: infinite mountains, white fields and glaciers, including the stunning peaks of Cerro Mercedario and Cerro Tolosa.

Itinerary

The following itinerary is a general plan. I know the area very well and will be able to show you some of my favorite special spots, weather permitting.

Day 1: From Mendoza to Penitentes (2700 m).
Day 2: At Penitentes, mules loading. Trek from Penitentes to Confluencia (3400 m). Camp at around 3PM.
Day 3: From Confluencia, acclimatization trek to the South Wall (4200 m, 6-7 hours). Then return to Confluencia.
Day 4: From Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas (4300 m). The trek lasts around 7 hours.
Day 5: Plaza de Mulas (rest day).
Day 6: From Plaza de Mulas to Nido de Cóndores (5500 m, 6-7 hours). Then back to Plaza de Mulas.
Day 7: Plaza de Mulas. Today will be a rest day.
Day 8: From Plaza de Mulas to Nido de Cóndores (5500 m).
Day 9: From Nido de Cóndores to summit (6960 m). Back to camp. The trek lasts around 14-16 hours.
Day 10: Backup Day.
Day 11: From camp to Plaza de Mulas
Day 12: From Plaza de Mulas to Mendoza or Santiago. End of Expedition.

I also consider two extra days to be able to deal with bad weather conditions.

You can read the experience of a climber I guided in 2016 in this blog article.

I’ve been +36 times to Aconcagua, but each time is as fascinating as the first one. I recommend this trip for experienced mountaineers who can organize themselves independently and who don’t expect too much of an infrastructure. So contact me if you are interested in joining this expedition to the top of America!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
3320 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
 
Next datesInfo
31/01/2020 to 12/02/2020
US$ 3320
 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Accommodation

Camping and in a hotel (included).

More info

I will provide: communication and VHF radio, first aid kit and pulse oximeter.

I recommend a backpack of about 65 L.

PERSONAL GEAR.

MOUNTAIN BOOTS, PLASTIC OR LEATHER

TREKKING BOOTS

3 PAIRS OF SOCKS

UNDERWEAR LONG, PREFERENCE CAPILENE OR POLIPROPILENE

PANTS OF POLAR OR SIMILAR

WINTHER SHIRT

POLAR JACKET

PARKA AND DOWN JACKET

WIND PROOF PANTS

GLOVES AND OVER MITS

EXPEDITION BALACLAVA

SUN HUT

SUN GLASSES

SLEEPING BAG AND SLEEPING PAD

PACK OVER 75 LTS.

WATER BOTTLE AND THERMO

HEAD LAMP AND SPARES

KNIFE POCKET

SKI OR TREK POLES

CRAMPONS

DUFFLE BAG FOR LOAD THE MULES

SUN FILTERS, DIAMOX.

DOCUMENTS, BOOCK, MUSIC…

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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

 
 

Come and let me show you amazing views in the Andes mountain range. Get in touch with me, I can offer you unique experiences!

I'm an instructor, Mountain Guide and professional photographer. I have more than 35 years of professional experience in expeditions such as the Himalayas, the Alps, the Antarctic and the Andes. I've reached more than 300 summits, such as the Aconcagua South Wall, Gasherbrum ll in Pakistan, Pilar of the Brenva Mont Blanc, Mount Everest, Mount Shisapagma in the Tibet and the Aconcagua, between many others.

I was a founding member of the National Mountain School, member of the expeditions commission of the UIAA (based in Switzerland), member of ANENA (France) and founding member of the Chilean Exploration Association. I've published 6 books related to mountaineering and produced several TV documentary films.

I currently work as an independent mountain guide and I organize expeditions and treks in Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Nepal, Chilean Patagonia and Chilean Andes. I'm also teacher at the San Sebastián University.

 
 
FROM 3320 USDper person
 

 

What People are Saying about Gastón Oyarzún

  • 4 reviews

 

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James Ryan
Gaston Oyarzun is obviously an excellent climber/mountaineer, but he lacks a great deal of organization/logistics. This applies to all aspects of the expedition, from food to itinerary.
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Nicholas Francoeur
The trip to Aconcagua with Gastón was really nice. Gaston was a great guide and we all learned a lot from him. In addition to his mountaineering skills he is an excellent story teller and we enjoyed his company a lot. It was unfortunate that we were not able to summit, but I was expecting that may be the case with weather so I was not disappointed. All in all, I was really pleased of the service, food, wine, company, mountain. I can not think of anything bad to say.
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Kimmo Savolainen
Gaston is the most experienced guide and trustworthy person that I\'ve ever met in my life. We summited Aconcagua in 9 days and it was the best adventure in my life. Definitely recommend!
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Oleksii
 

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