PRICE

$4,500

Reserve by September 1st and receive a $150.00 early sign-up discount.

SCHEDULE

November 19, 2019 – December 8, 2019
November 24, 2019 – December 13, 2019
December 1, 2019 – December 20, 2019
December 8, 2019 – December 27, 2019
December 15, 2019 – January 3, 2020
December 22, 2019 – January 10, 2020
December 28, 2018 – January 16, 2020
January 5, 2020 – January 24, 2020
January 9, 2020 – January 28, 2020
January 12, 2020 – January 31, 2020
January 19, 2020 – February 7, 2020
January 25, 2020 – February 13, 2020
February 9, 2020 – February 28, 2020
February 15, 2020 – March 5, 2020

DETAILS

20 days in Argentina
Grade: Intermediate

 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Known to locals as the “Stone Sentinel,” Aconcagua is a majestic, glacially sculpted peak that towers over the heart of the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile. It is the highest mountain outside of Asia, the highest peak in the Southern and Western hemispheres, and the highest peak in South America, making it one of the world’s famed Seven Summits. The Normal Route offers a truly exciting high altitude climb of moderate difficulty, requiring minimal technical skill but excellent physical conditioning. Solid backpacking skills and proficiency on steep and icy terrain are requisites for this expedition. Prior high altitude experience is beneficial.

Aconcagua • Normal Route • 20 Days

Although the Normal Route is non-technical, it is physically demanding. On our expedition, porters will assist clients in moving most of the shared gear up the mountain, including tents, kitchen equipment and other items. Team members must be able to carry 25-40 lbs. backpacks of their own gear and some group gear or hire personal porters for support. We highly recommend that most expedition members hire personal porters to improve their overall experience on the mountain.

The Normal Route follows the Northwest Ridge to the summit of Aconcagua. Our expedition begins in Mendoza, Argentina, and travels by van to Puente del Inca, the trailhead to the Horcones Valley. The approach trek follows the Horcones River to Confluencia. The 20-day itinerary allows us to spend two nights at Confluencia for acclimatization with a day hike to Plaza Francia, which sits beneath the massive 9,000-foot south face of Aconcagua. The next day we arrive in basecamp, also known as Plaza de Mulas, at 13,976 feet. From Plaza de Mulas our itinerary includes an important acclimatization ascent to the spectacular summit of Mt. Bonete (16,732 feet). Over the next week our expedition establishes a series of three high camps on the upper mountain. We move to Camp Canada (Camp 1), Nido de Condores (Camp 2) and then Camp Colera (Camp 3). From there we make our summit push via the Great Traverse and the Canaleta to the North Summit at 22,840ft.

Aconcagua is an ideal choice for those with a combination of mountaineering skills and high-altitude experience such as Northwest climbing, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, and or the Ecuador Volcanoes.

Shorter Climbs • Normal Route • 15 Days

There are many opportunities for well-acclimated individuals able to climb more quickly to shorten climbing times. Contact us at info@mountaingurus.com to get started.

How can I improve my chances of summiting Aconcagua?

Two key factors will influence whether you reach the summit of Argentina’s “Stone Sentinel”. The first is physical preparation and the second is your choice of Mount Aconcagua guide companies. Mountain Gurus offers a trips via the Normal Route, which has basecamp and porter support. This route is non-technical, allowing climbers to focus on movement and climbing at altitude without the need of ropes or technical experience. The route is physically demanding, but the Normal Route offers a higher chance of summiting for those who are not expert or advanced climbers.

The climb will provide a spectacular trekking experience as we approach following the Horcones Valley, with stunning views of the mountain. This requires excellent physical conditioning, strong backpacking skills, ability to negotiate steep ground, and experience navigating icy terrain. Our 20-day expedition is designed to acclimate you gradually to the high altitude conditions. Altitude sickness is one of the primary obstacles to summiting, but Mountain Gurus recommends a more gradual ascent that minimizes the risk of altitude sickness and increases your chances of success.

What does an Aconcagua expedition offer?

Aconcagua was formed by the confluence of tectonic plates and then carved into a stunning profile by glaciers. The view from the highest point in the Andes – and all South America – is majestic. On your way to the summit, we will experience a glimpse into the rich culture of Argentina as you explore the longest mountain range in the world (over 4,300 miles from tip to tip).

We begin our journey in Mendoza – the heart of the Argentine wine industry – known for its open air cafes, asados, and Malbec. From there, we reach the trailhead at Puente del Inca, one of the few mountain passes that the ancient Incan Empire used to access this region. Our 16-mile approach up the Horcones Valley will allow us to stretch the legs and acclimatize before arriving at Plaza de Mulas basecamp. From here we utilize three high camps as we slowly make our way to the summit.

You will be able to test your strength and endurance at high altitudes without dealing with the technical aspects of glacier travel or fixed lines. If you are working your way through the Seven Summits, climbing Aconcagua is an excellent training stage before Everest.

What are the costs of climbing Aconcagua?

Aconcagua is a relatively low cost expedition for a twenty day climbing trip, this is affordable, particularly for the cultural and high altitude expedition experience. Mountain Gurus will cover land transportation to the mountain in Argentina, hotel stays, tented accommodations on the mountain, meals, guides, and mule transport of equipment to and from basecamp.

Group gear such as tents, stoves, and climbing equipment are also included. You will need to arrange your air travel, climbing permit (varies by departure date), porter service (if desired), medical services (if required), and gratuities to service personnel.

What are the risks of an Aconcagua expedition?

As with any high altitude adventure, there are risks involved. Some can be mitigated by proper preparation and many will be mitigated by our professional guide staff.

Any issues, physical or altitude related, are best dealt with early to ensure a safe and successful trip. All of Mountain Gurus staff are well versed in wilderness first aid and have extensive experience working at altitude. Our staff is trained to keep you safe and enjoy your experience.

Why Mountain Gurus is the best choice for climbing Aconcagua?

Mountain Gurus strives for a challenging, enjoyable, and safe climbing adventure. We pride ourselves not only on our high summit success rate, but more importantly to our safety record. Our in depth knowledge of the mountain and culture bring our climbers a rich and rewarding experience.

Mountain Gurus plans our expeditions to optimize your climbing experience while respecting the culture and people of our host country. We adhere to Leave No Trace Principles to minimize the environmental impact of our adventure and ensure it will be pristine for future generations.

Climb Highlights

  • 20 day expedition in Argentina
  • Orientation in Mendoza
  • 3 nights hotels in Mendoza and Penitentes
  • Mule service to Basecamp
  • Basecamp and tented camps on Aconcagua
  • Porter carries of tents and group equipment to mountain high camps
  • Ascent of Cerro Aconcagua (6960m)
  • Ascent of Cerro Bonete (5100m)
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Land transportation
  • Support from Mountain Gurus office staff

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Arrive in Mendoza
Day 2 • Penitentes • 8,940 ft
Day 3 • Confluencia • 10,826 ft
Day 4 • Confluencia • Plaza Francia • 13,100 ft
Day 5 • Plaza de Mulas • 13,976 ft
Day 6 • Rest Day • Plaza de Mulas
Day 7 • Cerro Bonete • 16,732 ft
Day 8 • Carry • Camp Canadá • 16,500 ft
Day 9 • Rest Day • Plaza de Mulas
Day 10 • Move • Camp Canadá
Day 11 • Move • Nido de Condores • 18,330 ft
Day 12 • Rest Day • Nido De Condores
Day 13 • Carry •  Camp Colera • 19,685 ft
Day 14 • Move • Camp Colera
Day 15 • Summit Day • 22,841 ft
Day 16 • Descend to Plaza de Mulas
Day 17 • Penitentes • Mendoza
Day 18 • Depart Mendoza
Day 19 • Contingency Day
Day 20 • Contingency Day

“The climb of Aconcagua was an unforgettable experience made even better by our fantastic guides and porters. We were overwhelmed by the service, food and support we received. I highly recommend this adventure. In our opinion Mountain Gurus is the only way to experience Argentina’s highest mountain!” Brad 2016

ITINERARY

Aconcagua • Normal Route

Expedition begins and ends in Mendoza, Argentina

Day 1 • Arrive Mendoza • 2,500 ft

Arrive Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport in Mendoza, Argentina (MDZ). The expedition begins in the vibrant city of Mendoza, known for its rich Argentine culture and open-air street cafes. During the afternoon we have an expedition orientation and equipment check. In the evening, you will be free to tour the streets of Mendoza (self-guided) and enjoy the many great restaurants in the area. Transportation from airport to hotel is not included unless requested. (meals not included)

Accommodations: Hotel in Mendoza
Meals Included: None

Day 2 • Penitentes • 8,940 ft

After registering with Aconcagua Provincial Park and obtaining permits, we drive in private vehicles from Mendoza to the small resort town of Penitentes, with a stop en route in Uspallata for lunch. In Penitentes we organize the gear that will be carried to basecamp by mules and then enjoy a traditional Argentine meal before starting to walk to the mountain tomorrow.

Accommodations: Hotel in Penitentes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 3 • Confluencia • 10,826 ft

After a short drive in a private van to the entrance of the park, we will check in with park officials and then embark on our three-hour hike to Confluencia. Along the way we will travel a picturesque trail wearing light backpacks and enjoy views of Aconcagua. Upon arrival we will be given a tour of camp, and then have a chance to explore the area before relaxing with a full meal and hot drinks. Staff will set up our tents. We will stay here two nights.

Distance: 4.6 miles
Altitude Ascent: 1,886 feet
Trekking Time: 3 to 4 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Confluencia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: Pack animals

Day 4 • Confluencia • Plaza Francia • 13,100 ft

Today we make a day trip to the impressive Cara Sur, the South Face of Aconcagua. Rising nearly 9,000 vertical feet from the valley below, the South Face has been a proving ground for difficult ascents by some of the world’s most talented climbers. Our goal today is to acclimatize with light packs and return to camp for a good night’s rest.

Distance: 9.5 miles roundtrip
Altitude Ascent: 2,300 feet / -2,300 feet
Trekking Time: 6 to 7 hours roundtrip

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Confluencia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: None

Day 5 • Plaza de Mulas • 13,976 ft

We will trek through the upper reaches of the Horcones River Valley, and then be rewarded with views of Aconcagua and the surrounding peaks as we walk into our basecamp at Plaza de Mulas, set on a rocky moraine near the Horcones Glacier. We can relax here in our full-service camp with warm drinks and meals, Wi-Fi, and hot showers by request.

Distance: 10.5 miles
Altitude Ascent: +3,150 feet
Trekking Time: 7 to 9 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Plaza de Mulas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: Pack animals

Day 6 • Rest Day • Plaza de Mulas • 13,976 ft

After a healthy breakfast, we will be free to settle into basecamp and take in the surrounding scenery. In the afternoon we will have an orientation and prepare our gear to climb Cerro Bonete the next day. The park service requires a brief medical check-up with the basecamp physician.

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Accommodations: Tented Camp at Plaza de Mulas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)
Team Porter Assistance: None

Day 7 • Cerro Bonete • 16,732 ft

Today we undertake an exciting climb up Cerro Bonete, where we will enjoy stunning vistas of Aconcagua and surrounding peaks and give ourselves a potentially vital opportunity to acclimatize before returning to basecamp for another night of rest. For many of our climbers, Cerro Bonete will be their first summit over 5,000 meters.

Distance: 4 miles roundtrip
Altitude Ascent: +2,750 feet / -2750 feet
Trekking Time: 6 to 7 hours roundtrip

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Plaza de Mulas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: None

Day 8 • Carry • Camp Canada • 16,500 ft

The ascent of Aconcagua follows a logical acclimatization schedule of equipment carries and alternate rest days as our group establishes a series of three camps on the upper flanks of the mountain. Today we carry group gear to Camp Canada, eat lunch, and return to Plaza de Mulas. Our route takes us through a field of 2- to 5-foot-tall ice pinnacles called “penitentes.” Team members carry group gear unless assisted by personal porters.

Distance: 3.4 miles roundtrip
Altitude Ascent: 2,524 feet / -2,524 feet
Trekking Time: 3 to 4 hours roundtrip

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Plaza de Mulas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: None. Team members carry food, fuel and other group expedition supplies

Day 9 • Rest Day • Plaza de Mulas • 13,976 ft

Today we rest and organize our gear in preparation for our move up the mountain to Camp 1 the next day.

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Altitude Ascent: 0 feet
Trekking Time: 0 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Plaza de Mulas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)
Team Porter Assistance: None

Day 10 • Move • Camp 1 • Canada • 16,500 ft

This morning we move to Camp Canada. Team members will carry personal gear and a share of group supplies unless assisted by personal porters. Team porters will carry sleeping tents. Once at Camp 1, the team will eat lunch and establish camp on a rocky bench protected from the wind.

Distance: 1.7 miles
Altitude Ascent: +2,200 feet
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Camp Canada
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: Team porters carry sleeping tents, team members carry some group gear

Day 11 • Move • Camp 2 • Nido de Condores • 18,330 ft

An early morning climb takes us up to our Camp 2, Nido de Condores, where we will spend three nights resting and acclimatizing. Today, each climber will be responsible for carrying only their personal equipment. Team porters will carry group food, tents and other expedition equipment. Once at Nido de Condores we will set up our tents and settle in for the night. Guides will serve you dinner in your tents.

Distance: 1.61 miles
Altitude Ascent: +1,830 feet
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Nido de Condores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: Team porters carry group gear

Day 12 • Rest Day • Nido de Condores • 18,330 ft

Today our itinerary allows us an excellent chance to further acclimatize and thus maximize our potential for a successful summit bid. We will take a rest day here at Camp 2, eating, hydrating and relaxing in beautiful high alpine terrain.

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Accommodations: Tented Camp at Nido de Condores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)
Team Porter Assistance: None

Day 13 • Carry • Camp Colera • 19,685 ft

We transport gear to our high camp, Camp Colera. Unless assisted by a personal porter, all climbers will carry expedition food, fuel and some camp equipment crucial for our summit attempt. This will be a short hike, but we will move slowly to acclimatize. We will eat lunch at Colera and then return to Nido de Condores to sleep.

Distance: 2 miles roundtrip
Altitude Ascent: +1,355 / -1,355 feet
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours roundtrip

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Nido de Condores
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: None, team members carry group gear

Day 14 • Move • Camp 3 • Colera • 19,685 ft

Today we move up to Camp 3. Team members carry their personal equipment and any remaining group gear needed for our summit bid. Team porters will carry sleeping tents. After strategically situating our camp for protection from potential high winds, guides will give an orientation and check each team member’s summit gear for the next day. We will go to bed early to prepare for an alpine start early the next morning.

Distance: 1 mile
Altitude Ascent: +1355 ft
Trekking times: 3 – 4 hour hike

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Camp Colera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Pack Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)
Team Porter Assistance: Team porters carry sleeping tents, team members carry some group gear

Day 15 • Summit Day • Cerro Aconcagua • 22,841 ft

We begin our summit day in the early hours of the morning, climbing the Northwest Ridge until we arrive at what remains of the Independencia Hut (21,476 feet), once considered the highest refuge in the world. The climb continues past Windy Col (Portezuelo del Viento) and traverses the West Face (Gran Acarreo) to the base of the Canaleta. The Canaleta, renowned as the most challenging part of the route, is a narrow ravine rising nearly 900 vertical feet to the summit. Steadily we ascend, traversing the narrow Guanaco Ridge before taking our final exhilarating steps onto the towering North Summit at 22,841 feet above sea level. A large metal cross marks the highest mountain in South America. As we congratulate each other and take summit photos, the vast mountains of the Andes spread out below us. The lower South Summit rises in the foreground and directly beyond it plunges the famous 9,000-ft South Face of Aconcagua. We descend to Camp Three and spend the night.

Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip
Altitude Ascent: +3155 ft / -3155 ft
Trekking Time: 8 – 12 hours climb roundtrip

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Camp Colera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Pack Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)
Team Porter Assistance: None

Day 16 • Plaza de Mulas • 13,976 ft

We pack our camp and descend slowly back to basecamp with team porters carrying sleeping tents and human waste. Once back in basecamp we will celebrate our climbing experience and enjoy a hot meal.

Distance: 3.4 miles
Altitude Ascent: -5,700 feet
Trekking Time: 4 hours

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Plaza de mulas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner (B, PL, D)
Team Porter Assistance: Team porters carry tents and human waste. team members carry some group gear

Day 17 • Mendoza • 2,500 ft

After a full day’s trek via the Horcones Valley we finally reach the park entrance known as Puente del Inca. Transport to Mendoza.

Distance: 14.6 miles
Altitude Ascent: -11,480 feet
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Accommodations: Hotel in Mendoza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch (B, PL) (Mendoza dinner not included)
Team Porter Assistance: Pack animals

Day 18 • Depart Mendoza

Enjoy Mendoza before an evening flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 19 – 20 • Contingency Days

Two additional days are scheduled for weather or acclimatization as needed. Mountain meals are included for these days.

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

DETAILS

Price

$4,500

Deposit and Payments

$700.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to departure

The balance can be paid by check, wire transfer, or by credit card with a surcharge of 4%

Price Includes

  • Scheduled land transportation in Argentina
  • Hotels in Mendoza (2 nights) and Penitentes (1 night)
  • Tented accommodations
  • Scheduled meals during the expedition (meals in Mendoza not included)
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Group porter assistance
  • Scheduled mule service based on the itinerary
  • Luggage transport (limited to 30 kg. – 66 lbs.)
  • All group equipment for the expedition
  • In-country gear check and rentals (if needed)
  • Assistance obtaining a climbing permit

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Climbing permit ($580 – $1100 depending on season)
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Non-scheduled meals / supplemental snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Personal gear
  • Personal porter fees
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single room supplement (hotels only) $300
  • Single tent supplement $500
  • Additional hotels or meals if trip arrives in Mendoza early
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Early departure fees
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Wire transfer fees for deposit or balance (if applicable)
  • Tips and gratuities

GEAR LIST

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.

Head and Face

  • Warm Hat: Wool/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
  • Buff or Balaclava
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Glacier Glasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Wrap around style or side shields. A category 4 lens is required.
  • Goggles: Dark lenses to help with snow and wind.
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30+
  • Lip Balm: SPF 30+
  • Climbing LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.

Upper Body

  • Baselayer Tops: Two synthetic long-sleeve shirts.
  • Mid-layer Top: This is a synthetic or fleece top.
  • Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Lightweight insulated jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket.
  • Down Parka: Heavyweight 700+ fill down.

Handwear

  • Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
  • Softshell Gloves: One pair. Leather palms offer durability and grip.
  • Heavyweight Gloves: Insulated glove or mitten with GORE-TEX© or waterproof outer.

Lower Body

  • Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Softshell Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
  • Hardshell Pants: One pair of GORE-TEX© pants full-length side zips are required; you may need to take off your Hardshell pants without removing your boots.
  • Insulated Pants: One pair of synthetic insulated pants with full side zips.
  • Gaiters: Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots.

Footwear

  • Mountaineering Boots: Full shank crampon compatible. Double plastic mountaineering boots or Heavy weight synthetic/ hybrid mountaineering boots are required.
  • Mediumweight Socks: Two pair of wool or synthetic socks.
  • Heavyweight Socks: Two pair of wool or synthetic socks for sleeping in and for summit day.

Note: Please read our Mountaineering Boot and Crampon guide for more information.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated to minus -20ᵒ fahrenheit).
  • Sleeping Pad: A full-length closed-cell foam pad and/ or an inflatable pad.

Packing and Backpack

  • Backpack: One 100L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal, and group gear. The pack should fit properly, have a good waist belt, and be able to carry gear between 45-60 lbs.
  • Duffle/zip Bag: One large size 120 to 150L, transporting gear to basecamp via mules.
  • Liner Bags: 2-3 Large plastic contractor bags.

Climbing Gear

  • Crampons: 12-point steel with anti-balling plates.
  • Climbing Helmet: Lightweight
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible with snow baskets.

Hydration

  • Water Bottle: Two, 1L wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
  • Water Bottle Parkas: Two, fully insulated water bottle covers.

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and spoon
  • Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
  • Earplugs

TRAVEL & FITNESS

Travel

Program Location:
Begins and ends in Mendoza, Argentina

Visa/Entry Information:
A valid passport is required for American citizens to enter Argentina. American citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism.

Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Argentina

Flight Travel Information:
Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ), Mendoza, Argentina

International Departures:
Itineraries reflect the date and time you will need to arrive in country for a program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It is easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you will need to arrive.

Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.

Gear:
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Aconcagua Fitness & Training

Climbing Grade: Intermediate   

The approach to basecamp requires a 16-mile hike carrying a 20 lbs. pack, utilizing mule support for climbing gear. Beyond basecamp all climbers are required to carry 25-40 lbs. packs as we establish a series of camps higher on the mountain. On summit day we will be breathing heavy, moving slowly, and carrying our 25 lbs. summit packs. Being in top physical and mental condition is key to succeeding on this climb.

Prior to the expedition we recommend taking a mountaineering course to master the skills essential to reaching the summit.

Here’s a suggested progression of climbs before attempting Aconcagua.

  • Northwest Climb (Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, Mount Shuksan)
  • Glacier Mountaineering Course
  • Mexico Volcanoes, Ecuador Volcanoes, Mount Elbrus

Note: Porter services are available for carry and move days on the mountain, however this cost is not included in the price of the trip. Please contact us for pricing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Aconcagua climbing permit cost?

The cost for the climbing permit varies depending on the time of year your climb takes place. Early and late season climbs are less expensive, with the December to January time-frame being slightly more expensive. As the price fluctuates year to year, our guide team will reach out closer to your trip start date to confirm. Please note, it is recommended to bring the permit fee amount in United States dollars.

What if I need to hire a porter?

Porter services are available at basecamp and can be used for select days or the entire trip. Cost is based on load weight and distance carried. Full load 20 kg., Half load 10 kg. Prices change each season. We recommend budgeting between $800 – $1200 if you plan on utilizing porter service throughout the climb which is payable by credit card.

Will I be able to contact friends and family while on the mountain?

Most cell phone providers will work in Argentina, check your provider for overseas rates before you leave. Beyond this there is wifi service at basecamp for a nominal fee. Cell phone and wifi service is not available above basecamp.