Expedition to Mount Aconcagua, 6962 m

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

 
  • Climb Aconcagua with the help of a truly experienced local guide.

  • Join an intensive 12-day program to the top of South America's highest mountain.

  • Catch awe-inspiring sights of the Andes range from its very highest point.

 

Join me on this mountaineering expedition to climb Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America!

Aconcagua is part of the Andes mountain range and is located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. It is one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains in each of the seven continents) and a unique mountaineering feat.

Climbing Aconcagua is a memory that you will forever treasure.  I’ve been +36 times to Aconcagua, and each time is as fascinating as the first one. On this program, we will tackle Aconcagua straight on. It will take us between 12 to 14 days to get to the summit and back, so you will need adequate training. However, keep in mind that although dealing with altitude and having a good fitness level is key, Aconcagua is a non-technical climb. You can find a detailed itinerary below and keep in mind that it can change depending on group and weather conditions.

With good weather, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible 360° view from the summit that you’ll never forget: infinite mountains, glaciers, and snow-capped peaks, including views of the stunning Cerro Mercedario and Cerro Tolosa. You can read the experience of a climber I guided in 2016 in this blog article

So, are you ready to climb to the highest mountain in the Americas?  Then contact me now and let’s start planning an amazing adventure. I look forward to being your guide!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
3320 USD

Group of 2
3320 USD

Group of 3
3320 USD

Group of 4
3320 USD

Group of 5
3320 USD

Group of 6
3320 USD

Group of 7
3320 USD

Group of 8
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
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Penitentes

    From Mendoza to Penitentes (2700 m).

  • Day 2Confluencia

    At Penitentes, mules loading. Trek from Penitentes to Confluencia (3400 m). Camp at around 3PM.

  • Day 3South Wall-Confluencia

    From Confluencia, acclimatization trek to the South Wall (4200 m, 6-7 hours). Then return to Confluencia.

  • Day 4Plaza de Mulas

    From Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas (4300 m). The trek lasts around 7 hours.

  • Day 5Rest day

    Plaza de Mulas (rest day).

  • Day 6Nido de Cóndores and back

    From Plaza de Mulas to Nido de Cóndores (5500 m, 6-7 hours). Then back to Plaza de Mulas.

  • Day 7Rest day

    Plaza de Mulas. Today will be a rest day.

  • Day 8Nido de Cóndores

    From Plaza de Mulas to Nido de Cóndores (5500 m).

  • Day 9Summit day

    From Nido de Cóndores to summit (6960 m). Back to camp. The trek lasts around 14-16 hours.

  • Day 10Backup day

    Backup Day.

  • Day 11Plaza de Mulas

    From camp to Plaza de Mulas.

  • Day 12Santiago

    From Plaza de Mulas to Mendoza or Santiago. End of Expedition.

  • Day 13 to 14Extra days

    Extra days in case of bad weather.

 
 

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.

 
 

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What People are Saying

  • 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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