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
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
Breakfast in accommodation. At 11:30 a.m. you’ll leave in the direction of Penitentes. At around 1:00pm stopping to have lunch in Uspallacta. The equipment that will be transported by the muleteers is sent in advance to the Plaza of Mulas and the equipment that also will be transported by the muleteers to Confluencia.
Afterwards, heading across the picturesque route of surrounding mountain ranges, you’ll head to the Gully of Pitchforks. Here you’ll check-in to the Park where the expedition & ascent will begin. Trek of 3 – 4 hours, you’ll arrive at the place known as Confluence. Dinner at Camp.
Breakfast. You’ll trek from 4 to 6 hours, up to the viewpoint of Plaza Francia and the south wall of Aconcagua, with elevation of 4,200m. The descent will take around 2 to 3 hours.
It’s an early start with breakfast. you’ll begin the trek very early at around 7:00 am., today takes a time estimated from 8 to 10 hrs. Installation of Camp.
Breakfast. Today is a day to rest, look around the basecamp and begin preparation for the ascent.
Breakfast. Ascent to the third high field “Rage” or “Berlin”. Time estimated from 2 to 4 hours. Acclimatisation trek to the High Field camp and return to camp at Nido de Condores
Return from the Camp 2 to the Base Camp ‘Plaza de Mulas‘, to enjoy dinner in the comfort of the Base Camp.
It’s never goodbye, only until the next time!
Domestic & International flights out. Until the next time!
These videos highlight the best personal equipment to bring for the expedition.
In the lead up, James was always quick to respond and took an interest in individual circumstances and concerns. He subsequently proved to be an excellent facilitator for my trip and couldn’t have provided a better guide and companion.