Polish Glacier Route to Aconcagua

Join Rodrigo, certified IFMGA guide, in a 18-day ascent through the Polish Glacier Route to Aconcagua. Experience a technical route for skilled climbers!




Trip Duration

17 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


The Polish Glacier Route to Aconcagua is a more technical way to summit this great mountain!

This Polish Glacier Route allows you to enjoy a more wild and remote area. Because less than 15% of the climbers come this way, it will be a more solitary ascent. Also, this way up is appreciated for its beauty and technical difficulty. Therefore if you want to try this route you need prior high altitude experience. In addition you have to know how to use an ice axe, crampons and be familiar with belaying techniques.

With more than 30 years guiding in the area I know this route like the back of my hand. And I have successfully guided it many times. I’ll take you to the Polish Glacier through the Ameghino – Upper Guanacos Valley. Then we’ll traverse the mountain to use this fascinating glacier ending right below the summit.

In the way up you’ll find yourself in unbelievable places. Like our Camp I -Plaza Canada- (4928 m) which has an impressive view of the north face of Aconcagua and alpine Cerro Cuerno. Or the unusual rock formations that surround Camp III -Piedras Blancas- (5852 m).

Due to the different conditions on the mountain I will choose a line once we get there. Hence, if we encounter lots of penitentes (snow pinnacles) in the lower part of the glacier, I will take us through the right hand side. Also I will choose between a steeper direct route -safer due to fewer ice traverses- or the old route, not so steep but more exposed.

So contact me and I take you safely through this amazing Polish Glacier Route to Aconcagua! And if you are looking to summit some other great mountains check out some of my other trips: 12-day Nevado Juncal and 20-day Tupungato Volcano.

Price per person

1 Person
4700 USD

Group of 2
4700 USD

Group of 3
4700 USD

Group of 4
4700 USD

Group of 5
4700 USD

Group of 6
4700 USD

Group of 7
4700 USD

Group of 8
4700 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Group equipment


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • Day 1: Arrival

    Arrival at the Mendoza Park – Hyatt Hotel. Team meeting and individual equipment check. Exquisite Argentinean cuisine and wine for dinner.

  • Day 2: Transfer to Penitentes

    Permits at the Aconcagua Park Service office. Drive to Penitentes. Lunch stop in Uspallata on the way. Optional afternoon hike (recommended).

  • Day 3: Hike to Confluencia

    Hike through Horcones Valley. Camp in Confluencia (3322 m). Mules carry your gear.

  • Day 4: Acclimatization climb

    Hike to the base of the majestic South Face of Aconcagua (3962 m). Return to Confluencia.

  • Day 5: Ascent to Plaza de Mulas

    Hike to our Base Camp in Plaza de Mulas (4200 m).

  • Day 6: Acclimatization Day

    Rest and acclimatization day at Base Camp (4200 m). Practice of snow and ice techniques.

  • Day 7: First ascent to Camp I

    Hike to Camp I, Plaza Canada (4928 m) carrying some gear. Return to Base Camp (4200 m).

  • Day 8: Move to Camp I

    Ascent to Camp I (4928 m).

  • Day 9: First ascent to Camp II

    Hike to Camp II, Nido de Cóndores (5431 m) carrying some gear. Return to Camp I (4928 m).

  • Day 10: Move to Camp II

    Ascent to Camp II (5431 m).

  • Day 11: First ascent to Camp III

    Hike to Camp III, Piedras Blancas -High Camp- (5852 m) carrying some gear. Return to Camp II (5431 m).

  • Day 12: Move to Camp III

    Ascent to Camp III (5852 m).

  • Day 13 to 15: Summit Day!

    Summit (6962 m). We leave several days for our summit day in case of poor weather.

  • Day 16: Descent to Base Camp

    Descent from High Camp to Base Camp in Plaza de Mulas (4200 m).

  • Day 17: Hike down to Penitentes

    Hike through the Horcones Valley. Mules carry the gear. Afternoon arrival to Penitentes. Quick shower and transfer to Mendoza. Night at the Park Hyatt.

  • Day 18: Departure

    Leisure day in Mendoza.


Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
Next dates Info
01/12/2019 to 20/12/2019
USD 4700
09/12/2019 to 28/12/2019
USD 4700
17/12/2019 to 05/01/2020
USD 4700
21/12/2019 to 09/01/2020
USD 4700
28/12/2019 to 16/01/2020
USD 4700
04/01/2020 to 23/01/2020
USD 4700
11/01/2020 to 30/01/2020
USD 4700
18/01/2020 to 06/02/2020
USD 4700
25/01/2020 to 13/02/2020
USD 4700
01/02/2020 to 20/02/2020
USD 4700
08/02/2020 to 27/02/2020
USD 4700
15/02/2020 to 05/03/2020
USD 4700

Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Extremely Fit
Meeting point
Mendoza Park Hyatt Hotel.

- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Mendoza at the Mendoza Park Hyatt Hotel with breakfast buffet (1 night at the beginning of the expedition and 1 night at the end of the expedition).
- 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Penitentes, on the way to the mountain.
- High altitude tents for the Camps.

More info

- Not included: Aconcagua climbing permit fee ($700 to $900 depending on season) which you will pay in Mendoza, accompanied by your guide. South Americans pay about half of this amount and Argentinean Citizens about 1/4 of that amount.

- Level: You need to have previous high altitude experience, and be very familiar with the use of ice axe, crampons, and belaying techniques.


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


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.

If the participant cancels less than 75 days of the starting date, there will be absolutely no reimbursement of fees.

About the Guide


An Internationally Certified UIAGM / IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rodrigo has been a guide for 30 years. He has led 24 expeditions to Denali and 28 expeditions to Aconcagua — the highest peaks in North and South America, respectively. He has been a member of expeditions to Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in the Himalaya, and his climbs in Patagonia include the North and Central Towers of Paine, Agujas Guillaumet and Poincenot, as well as Cerro Torre attempts. He’s made Patagonian Ice Cap explorations including the first east-west traverse of the northern Ice Cap. He holds first ascents in Antarctica, the Andes and Alaska; speed ascents of Denali, Aconcagua, and Juncal. He’s guided the Ellsworth Mountains and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and has extensive climbing and guiding experience in Yosemite and the Alps, including Frendo Spur and the Grand Jorasses. He’s a former Technical Committee member for the American Mountain Guides Association and a Senior Guide at Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rodrigo speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.

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