trip duration TRIP DURATION
12 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Andes
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
4 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
Sustained
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Dec
type of trip 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

Description

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!

Next departures:

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
31/01/2019 to 12/02/2019
US$2900

Price per person

1 Person2900USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Porters

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.

PERSONNEL 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.

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