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Aconcagua

Climb Aconcagua, the highest peak in the South American Andes, and the highest peak outside of Asia at 6962m. Tick off one of the seven summits in the stunning Mendoza range of Argentina. Go get that summit!

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    Duration

    20 Days

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    Start Location

    Mendoza, Argentina 

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    Date(s)

    December - February

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    Price

    €5984

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CLIMB THE HIGHEST PEAK IN SOUTH AMERICA

Aconcagua is the second highest of the seven summits and at 6962m tall you're going to see it all on this one. Our 20 day expedition provides you with everything the high mountains has to offer. Stunning views, challenging terrain, dizzying heights and a heavy dusting of challenge. You'll need a steely determination and a love for mountain adventures to help get you to the top but when you do, that struggle will so be worth it.

We've built this trip to make sure we provide enough rest days between some of the big pushes to each camp. We also leave a two day summiting window to give us every possible chance to get us to the top of Aconcagua. While not a technical climb the altitude alone is enough to harden your mountain spirits and adventure bones. Don't worry though, our guides are handpicked not only for their knowledge but also their personalities. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face even in the most remote locations.

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Anyone with a good level of endurance fitness and a sense of adventure can qualify for this trip providing you have previous experience climbing Mont Blanc, Elbrus or Kilimanjaro or trekking / climbing to altitude heights at 4000 – 5000m. Some previous mountaineering experience is essential even though this climb is not technical. You must have previous experience dealing with altitude, Elbrus and Kilimanjaro are particularly good for preparation in dealing with altitude.

Aconcagua is the highest peak outside of Asia and determination is needed to keep going to the top. Making sure you have a good base fitness level before you arrive will make the climb feel less strenuous and maximise your chances of success.

Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us an email and we'll be happy to talk it through with you. 

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    20 Days

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    Start Location

    Mendoza, Argentina 

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    Date(s)

    December - February

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    Guide Ratio

    3:1

  • Ability

    Level B

    Level B

    You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing. You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more 'aggressive' environments. Let's dial it up!

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    Price

    €5984

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS CLIMB

Top-Tip:​ It is a dusty trek in to Aconcagua. You’ll be amazed what the famed ​viento blanco​ winds kick up trekking into base camp. Some consider this trail day the second hardest apart from the summit. Top-tip, pack a Camelback water bladder to minimize stops and stay hydrated. Pack your buffs, your goggles, and ideally even a sun hat with ear and neck protection.

Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE 

On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow climbers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.

What's Included?

  • Created with Sketch. All accommodation and catering throughout itinerary
  • Created with Sketch. Handpicked Adventure Base group leader
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  • Created with Sketch. Aconcagua climbing permit worth 900USD (Any increase in cost not included)
  • Created with Sketch. Mules to carry your personal gear to Confluencia intermediate camp and base camp (20 kg per person)
  • Created with Sketch. 3 nights’ hotel accommodation: 2 nights in Mendoza (bed and breakfast), one night in Los Penitentes (full-board)
  • Created with Sketch. 17 nights’ sleeping in tents (full-board) – 2 x refuge nights, 10 x high mountain nights, 3 x base camp nights
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  • Created with Sketch. Heated and double-skinned dining tent at base camp
  • Created with Sketch. Mix of fresh and imported food, cooked by guides on the mountain
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  • Created with Sketch. Quality high mountain tents
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What's not Included?

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  • Created with Sketch. Visa – not required by UK Citizens. Please check with your own Argentine Embassy if not traveling from the UK
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  • Created with Sketch. The cost of your walk-out from base camp and transport to Mendoza plus the porterage of your equipment by mule, if not trekking and travelling with the main expedition group (for example, should you leave early or be evacuated for medical reasons)
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This trip is running on the following dates

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR ACCOMMODATION

We know the importance of having a comfortable base on this trip. That's why we've chosen comfortable set ups in the camps and a nice hotel in Mendoza to rest up in-between your time on the mountains.

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Mendoza hotels

Two nights in nice comfortable Mendoza hotels on a twin room shared basis with others on the same trip. One night in a mountain ski lodge. Five days in tents at base camp and eleven days in double occupancy tents on the mountain.

Breakfast only included on hotel nights and all meals included on trek. Wine, beer, and bottled drinks available at additional expense. Mountain food will be a mixture of cooked dishes and prepared dry bag mixes.

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    Duration

    19 nights

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Single and double available

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    Food

    Breakfast included in Mendoza, all meals included on the climb

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required. Please note: We intend to keep the itinerary but this can be adjusted due to conditions and weather, in order to facilitate the best summit chance for you.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day

    Meet your fellow team members and guides on arrival day in Mendoza. Briefing followed by overnight in hotel in Mendoza.

  • Day 2:
    Drive to Los Penitentes and the Horcones Valley

    Visit the Aconcagua Provincial Park office in Mendoza to collect permits. You drive to Penitentes, a small ski resort near the entrance of the Horcones Valley.

  • Day 3:
    Move to Las Cuevas (3200m) Valley

    After a casual start, we drive to the Las Cuevas valley for a four day stay of acclimatisation hikes and 4000m summits in order to gain plenty of high altitude adaptation before entering the park.

  • Day 4:
    Acclimatisation Hike of Cerro Toloso (4081m)

    Today we ascend Cerro Toloso from where we get incredible panoramic views all across the Andes range. Descend for the night.

  • Day 5:
    High Camp Penas Colorado (3800m)

    Today we will add to our packs carrying a load to high camp and preparing to sleep at 3800m before our summit climb the following morning.

  • Day 6:
    Ascent of Penas Colorado (4200m)

    Another enjoyable acclimatisation climb to the summit of Penas Colorado at 4200m then returning to Las Cuevas for a last refuge night before entering the national park.

  • Day 7:
    Confluencia (3400m)

    Today we leave Las Cuevas area and transfer to the Aconcagua National Park. It is a 3hr hike to Confluencia camp where we stay for the night.

  • Day 8:
    Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4300m)

    A steady walk for 22km up the famous Horcones Valley and into Aconcagua base camp.

  • Day 9:
    Rest day at Base Camp (4,365m)

    Rest and acclimatise. You will get packed and prepared for the summit move up the mountain today – preparing loads, packing, and readying for the following day.

  • Day 10:
    Climb to Camp 1 (c5000m)

    Today we climb to Canada – Camp 1. The team leaves soon after breakfast. IT will be a day of caching loads and supplies and tagging camp one and then returning to base camp.

  • Day 11:
    Move to Camp 1 (c5000m)

    Today we move up to start of our summit push proper. We pack all the rest of our mountain supplies, food, and tents and move up to Camp 1 to sleep.

  • Day 12:
    Hike to Camp 2 (c5500m)

    Time to carry up our belongings to camp 2 – Nido de Condores. The angle relents after a couple of hours as we change slope up to the higher stretches of the mountain. The great traverse of summit days opens up above us and we drop loads at 5500m before returning to Camp 1 for the night.

  • Day 13:
    Move to Camp 2 (5500m)

    Today we move to Camp 2 where we settle in for two nights and get our last acclimatization days in before the summit push.

  • Day 14:
    Acclimatise Camp 2

    Today you climb new ground to move loads to high camp. It is a 3hr day with some of the best views of the trip across the glacial south faces of the Andean peaks now below us and up Aconcaguas’s ‘Hillary Step’ before dropping loads and returning to Camp 2.

  • Day 15:
    Camp 3 – Colera (5,990m)

    Today we finally move up and sleep at the famous high camp of Aconcagua. Just under 6000m and now with sweeping views west across to Chile and northeast across the great stretch of Argentine Andes. Some of the best views can be seen across the glacial south faces of the Andean peaks now below us. We settle in for an early night and an alpine start in the morning.

  • Day 16 - 17:
    Summit Bid 2 day Window (6962m)

    We have two days for the summit bid. When we go it will be 8-10 hours to the top first by headlamp in the predawn start and then first light as we approach Independencia at 6300m. Today our trail is a mix through rock, scree, and snow in zig zagging trails, a giant climbing traverse, and then for a bit of rest at the cave before the famed Canaleta. We celebrate at the summit with views out to the South Face and then descend back to high camp for a well earned sleep.

  • Day 18:
    Descend to Base Camp

    We pack early and make a steady descent down to base camp by mid-afternoon for celebrations, hot showers, and some Malbec and barbecue feast.

  • Day 19:
    Return to Mendoza – Celebration Dinner

    Today we trek all the way back to the road at the park entrance, where we meet our transfer back to Mendoza. A celebration dinner on the route down and a late night arrival back to civilisation.

  • Day 20:
    Departure Day

    We bid farewell as you catch your flights home.

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Frequently asked questions about this adventure

Do I need a permit to climb?

All climbers regardless of route or guides must buy a permit in Mendoza at the Aconcagua National Park office. There Read more

All climbers regardless of route or guides must buy a permit in Mendoza at the Aconcagua National Park office. There is a matrix of permits fees depending on route then low, and high season finally guided or unguided. Adventure Base pays 900 USD towards your permit, which usually covers the entire costs. Sometimes there can be fluctuation and the difference will need to be made up by you (can be up to 100 USD)

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How fit do I need to be?

Although technically easy, Aconcagua is physically very demanding. The extreme altitude, heavy packs and harsh environment means you will have Read more

Although technically easy, Aconcagua is physically very demanding. The extreme altitude, heavy packs and harsh environment means you will have to do a fair amount of training prior to the expedition. Long days in the hills with a 15kg rucksack is the best training supplemented by aerobic training (running or cycling) and some lower body strength training.

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What kind of footwear do I need?

You’ll need some sturdy trail shoes to get you up the first few days, followed by your double mountaineering Read more

You’ll need some sturdy trail shoes to get you up the first few days, followed by your double mountaineering boots such as La Sportiva G2 SM. Crocs are also recommended to wear around camp.

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When is it usually climbed?

Being in the southern hemisphere, the climbing season is best from December through March. However, the weather can be extremely Read more

Being in the southern hemisphere, the climbing season is best from December through March. However, the weather can be extremely cold and windy anytime.

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Will the guides be European or Local?

We will use some brilliant local Argentinian guides to work together with our Adventure Base expedition leader. Each trip has Read more

We will use some brilliant local Argentinian guides to work together with our Adventure Base expedition leader. Each trip has a leader that is well known to us and is super experienced. They will be your point of contact throughout the trip.

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Pablo

Lead IFMGA

Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.

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Fabio

Lead IFMGA

Fabio has guided with us for close to ten years now and has summited Mont Blanc more times than we can remember. He's even helped Sir Richard Brans get to the top of Western Europe. When asked what his favourite mountain was his response was 'It's the mountain not known to many, in a remote country that provides opportunity for adventure. That said, I do love Cordillera Blanca (Peru) to guide in, Montserrat (Barcelona) because it's where it all started for me and Main De Fatima (Mali) because it's special to me!"

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Lars

Lead IFMGA

Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.

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Miha

Lead IFMGA

Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.

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Faust

Lead IFMGA

Born in the Aran Valley, from parents who were ski teachers and mountain guides, the motivation inherited by nature has led him to practice all facets of mountain sports such as climbing, skiing and mountaineering. He has spent his alpine career as part of the FEDME team (Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports) and his passion and profession have led him to travel to other continents to carry out his activity.

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Fede

Lead IFMGA

"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"

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Ben

Mountain Leader

Ben is a UIMLA International Mountain Leader/Guide and works as our lead Trekking Guide. He has worked as an Expedition Leader in challenging environments around the world in countries such as Borneo, Mongolia, Morocco and Costa Rica and at home in the European Alps, responsible for the safety and success of expeditions for many years. His passion for the mountains is infectious and he loves sharing a summit photo or long-distance Trek with our clients.

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Jon

Lead IFMGA

"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".

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Roger

IFMGA

"I love what I do and love to transmit my passion while guiding. After touring the world following the call of the mountains and human cultures and fulfilling my dreams, I have put together all the knowledge gained and a strong background as a mountain guide to become one of the most versatile, dedicated and professional guides back home, in the Pyrenees."

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