Aconcagua: Conquer the Highest Peak in the Americas on an Unforgettable Adventure

  • 19 Days
  • South America
  • Strenuous
  • Expedition
  • Aconcagua is the highest peak outside the Asia continent. It is South America’s highest peak located in western Argentina, the heart of the central Andes. It is one of the listed peaks in seven summit peaks of seven continents. The height of this mountain is 6962 meters above sea level. Aconcagua is bounded by the Valle de las Vacas to the north and east and the Valle de los Horcones Inferior to the west and south. The mountain and its surroundings are part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. The mountain has a number of glaciers.

    The first attempts to reach this peak were made by a European team led by Paul Gussfeldt, but due to occur of a hurricane on their way they had to cancel the trip the first person to climb the mountain successfully was Edward FitzGerald.

    The peak is a bit technical challenging peak to summit its top. It is believed that it has the highest death rate of any mountain in South America. So we need to have enough training, guidelines, and technical knowledge before climbing the peak. And here our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as our trips are led by qualified professional Expedition guides and Sherpa who are well-trained by our government.

    Embarking on a Mount Aconcagua expedition is a thrilling endeavor that promises the challenge of climbing the highest peak in the Americas. Located in the magnificent Andes mountain range, Mount Aconcagua stands tall as a symbol of endurance and adventure. This formidable summit, nestled in Argentina, offers climbers an unforgettable experience filled with breathtaking landscapes, rigorous climbing routes, and the allure of conquering extreme altitudes.

    As climbers prepare for the Aconcagua expedition, they must face the reality of extreme weather conditions and the need for meticulous acclimatization. The Andes, known for their awe-inspiring beauty, also present mountaineers with unpredictable and harsh environments. With its towering elevation of 6,960.8 meters (22,837 feet) above sea level, Mount Aconcagua demands a deep respect for the forces of nature.

    A key aspect of the Aconcagua expedition is selecting the most suitable route. The Horcones Valley Route, also known as the Normal Route, serves as the primary choice for climbers. This path approaches the mountain from the northwest and features various well-established base camps, providing essential resting points during the ascent. Alternatively, adventurers can explore the Polish Glacier Traverse or the Vacas Valley Route, each offering distinct challenges and captivating landscapes.

    High-altitude climbing is a test of physical and mental strength. Mountaineers must prepare themselves with rigorous training, stamina-building exercises, and a keen understanding of the risks associated with altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization is crucial to mitigate the effects of reduced oxygen levels at higher elevations. This involves gradually ascending, allowing the body to adapt and minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

    Aconcagua Provincial Park, encompassing Mount Aconcagua and its surroundings, is a protected area aimed at preserving the natural beauty and unique wildlife of the region. As climbers venture into this pristine environment, they must obtain the necessary permits and adhere to park regulations to ensure responsible exploration. This commitment to conservation contributes to the sustainability and preservation of the mountain for future generations of adventurers.

    The Aconcagua climbing season typically spans from November to March, aligning with the Southern Hemisphere's summer months. During this period, the weather is relatively more favorable, although climbers must still be prepared for extreme cold and strong winds. Proper mountaineering equipment, including suitable clothing, sturdy footwear, and essential gear such as ice axes and crampons, is vital for a safe and successful ascent.

    Mendoza, Argentina, serves as the gateway to the Aconcagua expedition, offering a vibrant and culturally rich starting point. Exploring this region, renowned for its exceptional wines and breathtaking landscapes, can be a rewarding prelude or post-climb experience. Taking time to immerse oneself in the local culture, savor the delicious cuisine, and appreciate the warm hospitality of the people adds a distinct flavor to the overall Aconcagua adventure.

    Standing triumphantly on the Aconcagua summit is the ultimate goal for climbers. Reaching this remarkable milestone represents not only a personal achievement but also a profound connection with the indomitable spirit of exploration. The panoramic views from the summit encompass a vast expanse of the Andean range, rewarding climbers with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and an unparalleled perspective of the world below.

    In conclusion, a Mount Aconcagua expedition is an extraordinary undertaking that combines physical endurance, mental fortitude, and a deep appreciation for nature's grandeur. As climbers ascend this magnificent peak, they face the challenges of high altitude, extreme weather, and the need for meticulous preparation. The journey through Aconcagua Provincial Park, with its diverse climbing routes and awe-inspiring landscapes, is an unforgettable adventure

    Trip Highlights

     Destination:         Mount Aconcagua
    Group Size:           Min 2 and above.
    Maximum alt:       6,962 meters.
    Grade:                    Technical climbing
    Season:                 Spring 
    Accommodation: Hotel and Camping 
    Duration:               19 Days



    Mount Aconcagua is the highest mountain in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres, located in the Andes mountain range in Argentina. Here are some key facts about Mount Aconcagua:

    • Elevation: Mount Aconcagua stands at an impressive height of 6,960.8 meters (22,837 feet) above sea level, making it the highest peak outside of the Himalayas.

    • Location: It is situated in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, near the border with Chile.

    • Climbing Difficulty: Aconcagua is known for its challenging climbing routes, and it attracts mountaineers from around the world. While it is not a technical climb, it requires proper acclimatization and presents challenges due to high altitude and extreme weather conditions.

    • Popular Routes: The most popular route for climbing Aconcagua is the Normal Route, also known as the Horcones Valley Route. It approaches the mountain from the northwest and involves multiple camps along the way. Other routes include the Polish Glacier Traverse, the False Polish Glacier, and the Vacas Valley Route.

    • Climbing Season: The climbing season for Aconcagua typically runs from November to March, which is summer in the Southern Hemisphere. This period offers the best weather conditions for climbing, although it can still be extremely cold and windy.

    • Conservation: Aconcagua is located within Aconcagua Provincial Park, which is protected to preserve its natural beauty and wildlife. Proper permits and fees are required for climbing the mountain.

    Outline Itinerary

    • Day 01:Arrive into Mendoza.
    • Day 02:Complete permitting process and drive to Penitentes (2,720 m)
    • Day 03:Trek to Pampa de Leñas (2,950 m)
    • Day 04:Trek to Casa de Piedra (3,250 m).
    • Day 05:Trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp (4,200 m).
    • Day 06: Trek to Cerro Colorado (4,724 m)
    • Day 07:Carry loads to Camp 1 (4,950m/16,250ft)
    • Day 08:Rest day
    • Day 09:Climb to Camp 1
    • Day 10:Carry loads to Camp 2 (5,500m/18,000ft)
    • Day 11:Climb to Camp 2
    • Day 12:Carry loads to Camp 3 'Colera Camp' (6,000m/19,700ft)
    • Day 13:Climb to Camp 3 'Colera Camp'
    • Day 14:Summit day (6,962m/22,841ft)
    • Day 15:Reserve day
    • Day 16:Descend to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4,300 m)
    • Day 17:Trek to Puenta del Inca (2,740 m) and overnight in Penitentes
    • Day 18:Drive to Mendoza
    • Day 19:Departure for home

    Detail Itinerary

    • Day 1Arrive into Mendoza.Upon our arrival at airport in Mendoza, Argentina we will transfer to hotels and have some rest. We will overnight at Mendoza Airport.
    • Day 2Complete permitting process and drive to Penitentes (2,720 m)Early in the morning, we will complete the necessary paper works of permitting process and drive to Penitents. We will overnight there at Hotels.
    • Day 3Trek to Pampa de Leñas (2,950 m)After having our breakfast, we will start trek to Pampa de Lenas and explore the place around us. Overnight there at Camp.
    • Day 4Trek to Casa de Piedra (3,250 m).After having the breakfast, trek to Casa de Piedra.
    • Day 5Trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp (4,200 m).Early in the morning, we will trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp. We will spend some time exploring around the base camp and will overnight there at Camp.
    • Day 6 Trek to Cerro Colorado (4,724 m)After having our breakfast, We will trek up to Cerro Colorodo. We will overnight there at tented Camp.
    • Day 7Carry loads to Camp 1 (4,950m/16,250ft)We will hike up to Camp 1 from Base Camp loading the loads which also helps us the best acclimatize towards Camp 1. We will return back to Base camp and overnight there.
    • Day 8Rest dayThe day will be the rest day. We can either hike up to the higher altitude for better acclimatize. Overnight there at Camp.
    • Day 9Climb to Camp 1After having our breakfast, We will start trek to Camp 1. Upon our arrival at Base Camp, we will quickly set up the camp and overnight there at tented Camp.
    • Day 10Carry loads to Camp 2 (5,500m/18,000ft)Early in the morning, We will hike up to the Camp 2 with carrying the loads and return back to Camp 1. Overnight there at Camp 1.
    • Day 11Climb to Camp 2After having our breakfast, We will climb to Camp 2 and quickly set up the camp. We will enjoy some time exploring the views around us.
    • Day 12Carry loads to Camp 3 'Colera Camp' (6,000m/19,700ft)Early in the morning, We will hike up to the Camp 3 with carrying the loads and return back to Camp 2. Overnight there at Camp 2.
    • Day 13Climb to Camp 3 'Colera Camp'After having our breakfast, we will climb up to Camp 3. We will now set the camp and either have some rest or exploring the views.
    • Day 14Summit day (6,962m/22,841ft)The day is finally here that we were eagerly waiting for, The summit of the peak. At the mid night we will start climb to the peak so that we could reach at the peak before the mid-afternoon. We can get the astonishing view of different South American mountains. Once we reach at the peak, we will spend some time enjoying the views and trek back to Camp 3 and overnight there at Camp.
    • Day 15Reserve dayAfter having a blissful climb of Mount Aconcagua, this will be the reserve day in case the weather of the previous day was bad. We will enjoy the day with beautiful nature and overnight there at Camp.
    • Day 16Descend to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4,300 m)After having our breakfast, we will descend to Plaza de Mulas Camp. We will overnight there at tented Camp.
    • Day 17Trek to Puenta del Inca (2,740 m) and overnight in PenitentesEarly in the morning, we will trek back to Puenta Del Inca. We will overnight in Penitents.
    • Day 18Drive to MendozaAfter having our breakfast, we will drive to Mendoza from Penitentes. Overnight in hotels.
    • Day 19Departure for homeAs per our flight schedule, we will take our flight to our home country.

    What's Includes:

    • Full board accommodation en-route to/from Base camp.
    • Airport services and hotels transfers.
    • Kilimanjaro permit fees.
    • One head Climbing guide/Sardar.
    • Cook & kitchen boys at BC.
    • Experienced & skillful High Altitude Climbing Sherpa (One Sherpa for two Client)
    • Mask & regulator mask set (must be returned after the Expedition).
    • Highly preferable meals at BC with complete hot drink & normal beverages.
    • Best quality Tents at BC single or twin sharing as per the client desire.
    • All necessary kitchen equipment.
    • Comfortable & portable wooden toilet at the base camp.
    • High-quality high altitude tents for above BC use.
    • Necessary climbing hardware gears with fixed ropes.
    • Oxygen with the regulator set for medical purpose.
    • Radio walkie-talkie set to each client with base station & permits cost.
    • Satellite phone for an emergency purpose ($ 4 chargeable for a personal call).
    • Generator/solar panel with accessories for recharging & power supply purpose.
    • Gammon bag for medical purpose.
    • Insurance of all local team members.
    • All airport/hotel transfers..
    • Last but most important COMPLETE SETUP INTERM/MIDDLE CAMP with Sleeping bags,
    • Expedition cargo charge

    What's Excludes:

    • Personal insurance (Suggested to have evacuation policy as well)
    • South America  visa.
    • Personal climbing gears.
    • Personal nature’s expenses.
    • Cost of emergency evacuation

    Trip Note

    Mount Aconcagua Expedition is a bit challenging mountain. So the climbers should be physically fit and have enough knowledge about peak climbing. The well being of our groups are of paramount importance to us. All of our trips are led by qualified professional Expedition guides and Sherpas who are well trained by our Government. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go because your holiday is ours. In this regards, we work honestly and effectively to provide you the Himalayan experience that suits your interest. We encourage you to question us freely and contribute in the planning stages of your adventure in the climbing period.

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    Trip Facts

    • Transportation:6
    • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • Accommodation:Lodge + Camping
    • Altitude:6962 meters