At AMG, mountaineering is our way of life. We love what we do and we enjoy sharing it with others. Climbing Aconcagua is a big undertaking, full of adventure, hard work, and great rewards. Our goal is to provide you the best opportunity to experience this high-mountain environment and reach the tallest summit in the Americas in a safe and enjoyable manner. Through our many years of guiding and climbing Aconcagua, we have developed an excellent program that achieves this goal better than any other company. We look forward to experiencing Aconcagua with you.
AMG has been setting standards for guiding and logistical services for climbing Aconcagua for over three decades. Each year we improve our services using the latest technology and innovations in the outdoor industry. AMG is known for its excellence in providing logistical services and climbing expeditions for some of the most renowned companies around the world. We have acquired much of our knowledge through working with these companies and sharing our knowledge with each other.
As a provider of guided expeditions on Aconcagua for the last 28 years, we are confident in saying, “Aconcagua Mountain Guides offers excellent guided expeditions as well as the highest quality and most comprehensive logistical services on the mountain”.
President Alpine Ascents International
AMG PHILOSOPHY AND BUSINESS PRACTICES
Our goal is to offer the highest standard of service to each of our clients. We maintain a high standard of business ethics with all companies and clients that we work with. We provide clear and accurate descriptions of our services, refund policies, and inclusions. We want our climb to be everything clients expect and more.
At AMG, safety is of paramount concern. Climbing mountains has inherent risks, but through careful planning we greatly reduce these risks and lead people into extraordinary environments and life changing experiences. Mountaineering is all we do and we pride ourselves on our excellent safety record. When making decisions or organizing expeditions, safety is our primary focus. We have established a prevention program to ensure each expedition and trek is as safe as possible.
AMG is a strong advocate for the environment and protection of the natural resources of Provincial Park. One services we provide for all companies and individuals on the mountain removing human waste and trash from the mountain. We transport All waste either by mules or helicopter out of the park for disposal.
We take great pride how we care for our animals (we own over 140 mules), giving them quality feed, regular veterinarian check-ups, and plenty of rest between carries to Base Camps.
GIVING BACK (SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH)
AMG is committed to scientific research and working with a variety of social institutions to build a better world. The government of Argentina has acknowledged AMG with distinctions for our social contributions. Our efforts include some of the following:
- Assisting kindergarten teachers and directors from low-income schools. At the start of the school year for the last three years we have made an important donations of food, supplies, and clothing for classroom activities, and provided resources to compensate some of the children’s basic necessities.
- We have joined with Las Heras Municipality in a commitment to establish a dining room for children and teenagers from Uspallata, the closest town to Aconcagua.
- We donate medicine to the nursing section of the Argentinian Army Detachment in Puente del Inca. It is the only functioning medical facility in the zone.
- We actively collaborate alongside Aconcagua’s Rescue Patrol with donations of technical material for rescue operations and participate in search and rescue when needed.
- We have given our support to the SIGMA project for over five years, whose goal is to investigate the continental drift through the installation of censors in Mount Aconcagua, from the base to the summit, which are monitored via satellite. This project is endorsed by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, and works with other international educational institutions such as Ohio State University.
Climbing Aconcagua is a large undertaking requiring a strong commitment to training, time away from work, and financial expense. We understand your commitment and are dedicated to providing you and all of our clients the best opportunity to reach the summit. There may be many personal reasons to choose a particular guide service, but the four main areas of concern to consider include: Safety record, guides, logistics in-country, and pre-trip planning with the climber. AMG is the leader in all these areas.
ACONCAGUA CLIMBING GUIDES
Our guides for climbing Aconcagua, known to be the finest on the mountain, lead not only AMG climbs, but also trips for other renowned guide services in our industry. Several of our lead guides have ascended Aconcagua over 30 times, and all are certified by AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides), and the EPGAMT (School of High Mountain and Trekking Guides) — the two highest certifications in Argentina. All of our guides are well-vetted, as we believe guides play a vital role in our clients’ experience, and we understand our reputation truly lies in their hands.
We guarantee our guides have an thorough knowledge of the mountain, are well-trained, and understand the personal nuances of guiding others (great climbers do not always make great guides).
Diego Molina was born in the city of Córdoba. In Argentina, the province of Córdoba is known as one of the most important climbing spots in Argentina. That explains his early approach to the rock and his passion to climb the most important walls of South America, with more than 15 years of experience and summits in mythical mountains such as Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and the main mountains of the Andes in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru both as a mountain guide and climber.
His genuine interest for seeing his clients realize their goals and his everlasting patience and charisma has made him one the most popular and beloved guides in our staff among colleagues and clients, but also with his students of the Andean Mountaineering Club in his native city, where he works as a climbing instructor.
He is also an Industrial Alpinism technician, and when not guiding in Aconcagua or anywhere else he spends his time with his wonderful family or traveling around the country looking for new climbs.
Sebastián was born in the Valle de Uco, Mendoza, in the heart of the wine region of Mendoza, surrounded by a magnificent landscape of wide fields, vineyards and mountains at the foot of the Andes, which led him to make nature a lifestyle, starting in rock climbing at very early age, in both traditional and sports style.
This passion led him to study to become a physical education teacher and mountain guide later, to then work in Aconcagua and extensively travel Latin America climbing. Today he works as an instructor of climbing at the climbing club in his native San Carlos, where he also guides groups for the institution and teaches mountain and climbing courses.
In addition to teaching physical education, when he is not climbing ice or rock, Sebastian divides his passion between photography and writing.
AMG OFFICE STAFF
He is a frank and dedicated man with more than 15 years of accounting for mountain companies, a task that truly requires an exhaustive knowledge of all the variables in a very particular field of work. Because of his experience and pragmatism, he has become a source of consultation for different entrepreneurs of the mountain and considered a leading resource for Aconcagua logistics.
Aconcagua Mountain Guides
Beltrán 352 | Godoy Cruz | Mendoza | Argentina | 5501
+54 9 261 302 2436
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I join a scheduled expedition group?
While most climbers join scheduled climbs, private expeditions can have more personal attention. This program’s flexibility makes it suitable for any type of situation during the ascent and allows for the possibility to make changes in the plans before the flight. Private clients are also able to select the starting date during the summer season.
When is the best time of year to go?
The High Season in the Park starts in mid-December and lasts until the end of January. During this period of time, the affluence of mountaineers increases as a result of more stable weather conditions, increasing the possibilities of success on reaching the summit. AMG will assist in obtaining the necessary permits to enter the Park.
How many days do I need?
Can I pre-acclimatize to perform better at altitude?
Our trekking programs generally schedule at least two to three days over 4,000 m. Within this time, you will have exposed your body to altitude and will have started the acclimatization period. Do not hesitate to consult us with any questions.
Who answers my questions before, during and after my booking?
Our team guides are passionate, experienced, and committed to providing all climbers the best experience possible.
What are the requirements for a reservation? How much do I need to pay?
What is the maximum number of people in a group?
How are climbers paired in hotels and tents?
What if I have dietary restrictions?
What does AMG need to know about my health status?
If you are 65 or older, you will be required to show a medical certificate that you are in well enough physical and psychological health for the expedition.
How difficult is this expedition?
Physical Difficulty: This is a highly demanding climb and climbers who are successful are usually in a 4-5 month mountaineering-based training regimen prior to the climb.
Other Difficulties: The biggest problem climbers face on expeditions is the effect of altitude on your body. Overcoming this is directly related to correct acclimatization (an aspect we cover widely in our programs) and fitness level. Low temperatures on the mountain and multiple days in the field are additional obstacles that climbers face.
How can I know if I am trained enough?
What is the skill level of this climb?
How do I book my flights? When do I arrive/depart?
What gear do I need for the expedition?
Can I reserve extra nights before and after the expedition?
Please contact our Customer Service Staff for help in arranging additional nights in hotels included in our programs. You may also book additional night after the expedition finishes.
What if I have to cancel my expedition?
Should I buy travel insurance?
Are tips included? How much do I tip?
Do I need a climbing permit to climb Aconcagua?
How are communications handled in the mountains?
All our guides carry a VHF radio and they are in permanent communication with our Base Camps, the rescue patrol and the park rangers from every place in the park. In case of emergency, assistance can respond almost instantaneously. We also have a satellite phone in each base camp.
How does AMG manage human waste?
What happens if we have bad weather?
What happens if I have to leave early?
Who carries our gear to high camp?
Each climber will carry part of the food and equipment (10 kg at most) to High Camp. This is very important to part of learning how you will respond physiologically to the higher altitude.
Likewise, on days the group moves toward the high camps, team members will carry personal equipment and, without exception, food and equipment (5 kg tops). Porters will carry tents and other mountain equipment.
When descending to Base Camp, porters will move all previously mentioned equipment, including garbage.
Each member of the expedition must carry his or her personal gear in every section of the route, as well as food and the expedition equipment. If you would like to hire a porter to carry personal gear for an additional cost, please contact us and we can help arrange this.
Who prepares our food and water?
How can I charge my devices during the expedition?
On the Normal Route, we have generators in Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas Base Camp with equipment sockets to supply 220V and 12V power. In Confluencia, we are only able to use the generator for one hour per day, either in the morning or in the afternoon, to charge batteries for lighting up the camp at night. We can use the generator at Plaza de Mulas from 7: 00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for the same purpose.
On the Vacas Valley Route toward Plaza Argentina, the generator works like in Confluencia, one hour only.
At High Camps there is no electrical power supply, so we recommend you bring batteries or portable solar panels to change your devices.
Why is my feedback so important to AMG?
THE AMG ADVANTAGE
Setting us apart from other Aconcagua climbing and guiding services
AMG’s staff and guides have a 36-year history of organizing and leading successful climbing expeditions to the summit of Aconcagua. AMG employs outstanding guides, and provides excellent Base Camp services, well-appointed gear, and itineraries that allow for proper acclimatization so each climber has an excellent chance of reaching the summit. Our level of care, commitment to quality, and focus on each climber’s experience have always been the hallmarks of our operation.
We guarantee our guides have an thorough knowledge of the mountain, are well-trained, and understand the personal nuances of guiding others (great climbers do not always make great guides)
Learn more about our expert guides on our About Us pages.
Small teams and guide ratio
Itineraries with adequate acclimatization days
Base Camp Services
– Plaza de Mulas
– Plaza Argentina
All camps are fully equipped with dining tents, tables, chairs, light, storage tents, clean toilets, electrical charging stations, and platforms to set up sleeping tents, as well as dormitory tents with bunk beds. The camps are run by a very conscientious and experienced bilingual staff and include professional chefs to prepare your meals. Other amenities at both Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina include:
– Wi-Fi throughout the camp
Owning our own resources
At AMG, we own all of our logistical services, including Base Camps, climbing gear, and mules, which allows us to operate quality trips at competitive prices.
- AMG owns offices and depots in both Mendoza and at the entrance of the park. Climbers can utilize services at each of these depots. Our full-time, well-trained staff are ready to address your needs, whether in Mendoza or on the mountain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- We own over 140 mules, which allows us to easily transport all of your equipment and supplies to our base camps.
Environmental stewardship and ethics
AMG holds itself to the highest standards of environmental practices. We support the Provincial Park’s mission to preserve natural resources. Some of our commitments to this endeavor include:
- Employing porters to remove all human waste from the mountain and then having it helicoptered out of the park for disposal.
- Removing all trash from the mountain, with AMG mules carrying it out of the park for
- Using LNT (Leave No Trace) principles throughout the
- Caring for our mules with annual medical checkups and sufficient rest days between trips up the mountain.
Climbing Aconcagua is a large undertaking requiring a commitment to training, time away from work, and financial expense. We understand your commitment and are dedicated to providing you the best opportunity to reach the summit. There may be many personal reasons to choose a particular guide service, but the four main considerations of any guide service should include: 1. A company’s safety record, 2. Quality of guides, 3. Logistics in-country, and 4. The extent to which a company offers pre-trip planning assistance. AMG is a leader in all these areas.
Please feel free to contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com
More than 30 years of experience
Aconcagua Mountain Guides (AMG) is a full-service company offering a complete range of logistical services as well as guided climbs of both the Polish Traverse and the Normal Route of Aconcagua. AMG is an Argentine company based in Mendoza whose administrative staff has over 30 years of operational experience on Aconcagua. We provide logistical services and climbing expeditions for other renowned companies.
In the last 12 years alone, we have operated 500 commercial expeditions to climb Aconcagua with 3,500 climbers from around the world. In addition, we have supplied logistical support to over 800 climbers.
Our summit success rate and safety record are both the best in the industry. We continue to review programs for safety, customer satisfaction, and environmental practices.
AMG Philosophy and business practices
Our philosophy is to offer the highest standard of service to our clients and cater to each individual’s needs. We maintain a high standard of business ethics with all companies and people we do business with and provide good salaries to all our staff.
AMG is a strong advocate for the environment and the protection of Provincial Park’s natural resources. We remove all human waste and trash from the mountain by mules and then have it helicoptered out of the park for disposal.
We take very good care of our animals (we own over 140 mules), giving them quality feed, regular veterinarian check-ups and plenty of rest between carries to Base Camps.
AMG has an excellent safety record. When making decisions or organizing expeditions, we focus on safety first. All staff members take part in our risk management and emergency response programs to ensure each expedition and trek is as safe and rewarding as it can be on the mountain. Our staff, both in the office and on the field, are ready to respond to emergencies if necessary. Within our own teams and the general climbing public, we are committed to safety on the mountain.
All AMG guides are medically trained and carry first-aid kits to handle emergency situations that may arise on the mountain (this is important not just for emergencies, but for making decisions that will help clients properly acclimatize and stay fit). All teams have emergency oxygen with them at all times, even while climbing between camps. All guides carry VHF radios to communicate with other guides and Base Camps, giving them the ability to get weather forecasts, or request additional porters or assistance in case of emergency.
All our base and approach camps are equipped with a system of communication via radio frequency, VHF, and phone. The aim is to be permanently connected with the headquarters in Mendoza city and with all our expeditions on the mountain. This allows us to facilitate those coming off the mountain whether scheduled or unscheduled in a timely manner. Should an emergency occur we are in close contact with Rangers and the helicopter service to move climbers efficiently to additional services off the mountain.
Mules & AMG's Los Puquios Depot
AMG owns a climbing depot/mule ranch at Los Puquios, which is near the entrance of the park, allowing us to provide safe gear storage and the ability to quickly send gear up or down the mountain. All 140 mules are based here, as are our “arrieros” (mule drivers) and a full-time staff to manage loads and assist groups. We can provide freezer space for food for those companies making multiple trips or who need fast resupplies.
Our depot at Los Puquios, near the entrance of Aconcagua Provincial Park
Rounding up mules in Los Puquios to carry gear
Highest quality gear on the mountain
We use the highest quality climbing gear and all our equipment is well-maintained and replaced regularly. We are fortunate to have good relations with many gear manufactures around the world, allowing us access to the best climbing gear in the industry. We are the only company whose entire fleet of tents are North Face VE 25.
We work directly with the only helicopter service on the mountain. We are able to call them anytime for a rescue, or to make arrangments for people who would rather fly down from Base Camps instead of hiking out. Many of our clients charter helicopter tours around the mountain. There are incredible views and excellent photo opportunities from the air.
AMG can arrange all transportation needs for climbers while in Argentina, including airport pickups, round-trip transportation from Mendoza to Aconcagua, or any other excursions, such as tours to beautiful Argentinian wineries.
24 Hour assistance
As we are a local outfitter with strategic points of communication and can solve any unexpected issue that might occur, and we offer 24/7 bilingual service. We have a staff of professionals and experts who are available to assist whenever necessary, before, during, or after your expedition.
Base Camp medical facilities
Both in Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina, the Provincial Park has medical facilities operated by doctors with experience in high-altitude and emergency medicine. AMG has additional medical equipment, which includes: portable oxygen, emergency first-aid kits, and digital oximeters. All teams have emergency oxygen at all times, including when climbing between camps. Our staff pay careful attention to every climber and will be ready to assist if they detect any mountain sickness problems or other health concerns.
AMG is committed to working with a variety of social institutions and scientific research to build a better world. The government of Argentina has acknowledged our social contributionss with distinctions. Some of our efforts include the following:
- For more than 3 years we have been assisting teachers and directors from a kindergarten that serves low-income children. Each year, when classes start, we make important donations of food, supplies, and clothing that they use both for activities in the classroom, and to help compensate for some of the children’s basic necessities.
- We have joined with Las Heras Municipality to establish a dining room for children and teenagers from Uspallata, the closest town to Aconcagua.
- We donate medicine to the nursing section of the Argentinian Army Detachment in Puente del Inca. It is the only functioning medical facility in the zone.
- We actively collaborate alongside Aconcagua’s Rescue Patrol with donations of technical material for rescue operations and participation in search and rescue services when needed.
- For more than five years we have supported the SIGMA project, a project to investigate continental drift. In order to do this, scientists have installed censors in Mount Aconcagua – from the base to the summit ‒ that are monitored via satellite. This project is endorsed by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, and supported by other international educational institutions, such as Ohio State University, as well.