Aconcagua Mountain is a part of the Andes mountain range, located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. The summit is located just 15 kilometres away from the international border with Chile. Thus it is one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains in each of the seven continents).
Following then; with a good climate, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible 360° view from the summit that you’ll never forget. After all the work you put into the summit; you’ll view infinite mountain ranges, white fields and glaciers, including the stunning peaks of Cerro Mercedario and Cerro Tolosa.
Then it is important to note; mules will carry the expedition equipment & they are not loaded with more than 30-40kg. From Base Camp 1 to Base Camp 3 (Day 9 onwards), you will be required to carry your own equipment and around 7kg of group equipment also. For additional porters to carry your personal equipment, you can hire these from us. A porter will carry a maximum 15kg limit of your gear.
As a result; there is an option to extend the route for a couple of days to add more time for acclimatisation along the trail. A lot depends on your own personal fitness and your ability at altitude.
Mountain & Summit Stats
Route: Normal – North face
Difficulty: Non-technical & No risk of Avalanche.
Equipment: Expedition (Please refer to the videos below for equipment).
Requirements: Good physical condition and recommended prior experience at altitude.
Summit success: About 50-60%
Threats: Biggest threat is the cold (-20 to -30c) and altitude.
Summit Season: 01/01/22 – 15/02/22
Safety & Security: Your safety and security is our main priority.
Radio Equipment: On the expedition we will have radios & access to a rescue helicopter if required.
Medical: We will have oxygen available on the expedition, oximetro (to read oxygen levels in your blood), diamox (to combat any bad effects of altitude sickness), along with a complete medical box set for the expedition.
Health: Your health will be checked at regular intervals along the route (e.g. at every camp). All of our guides are fully trained in first aid and mountain rescue.
Pacing: It is important to go at a pace you are comfortable with and our guides will help support you in this.
Insurance: It is vital that you have adventure insurance for this trip.
Park Entrance Fees
Entrance fees for Aconcagua National Park for summit expeditions in 2020 are $800 USD per person.
National Park Website
Breakfast x 10, Lunch x 10, Dinner x 10
X2 nights in Mendoza (Hotel)
Private Transport – collection & drop-off to trek start point (Mendoza – Penitentes – Mendoza)
Professional bilingual high-mountain guide
x1 Mule – Can carry 60kg of equipment from Penitentes to the Plaza de Mulas (for personal equipment needed at the higher camps)
X1 Porter – Can carry up to 15kg of food & equipment to each high camp. For any additional support carrying your personal equipment you can hire an additional porter at the Plaza de Mulas (cost c.$200 usd per day max.)
All Camping & Dining equipment
Medical: We will have oxygen available on the expedition, oximeter (to read oxygen levels in your blood), along with a medical box set for the expedition. There are medical stations with a doctor at each checkpoint also.
Personal expedition equipment & sleeping bags (recommend to bring a good 4 season sleeping bag, necessary for the high camps)
International Airfare & Domestic Flights
Hotels before & after the agreed dates
Adventure Travel & Evacuation Insurance (you will require insurance for entry to the park, required at the time of processing permits)
Entrance permits to the Aconcagua National Park (We will help you secure these permits) – approximately $800 usd per person, for summit permits
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Conditions of Operation – Aconcagua 12 Days
– The route will be fixed as detailed in the itinerary there will be no changes to the planned route during the expedition; unless we encounter significant problems with climate conditions. Our remit is to ensure we take you safely to the summit of Aconcagua.
– We reserve the right to change the plan in the event it is necessary to do so, with your safety in mind. You will accept the decisions made along the route in the event there is a requirement to change plan.
– We ask that you take on this expedition ready for the challenge of being in the Andean mountains for 10 Days.
– Our guide is there to support you and provide encouragement when necessary, but you take ultimate responsibility for your own conditioning and your physical and mental aptitude along the route.
– The following terms & conditions also apply to your reservation – Booking Terms & Conditions – Unu Raymi Expeditions