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).
Mountain Guide Working on Aconcagua for 16 years, Diego has been a Base Camp manager, porter, chief of porters, and for 13 years he has been a mountain guide. He has been National Climbing Champion in Argentina, and has a profound love of rock climbing — a passion that has taken him world-wide. Diego is known for completing very difficult routes in Spain, France, Bolivia, and Peru. During the winter of Argentina, he works as a snowboard instructor at the end of the American continent in Ushuaia. Besides being one of our best guides, his spirit and humor always add a special touch to the expeditions. His undeniable spirit in facing and overcoming challenging situations has made him one of the most beloved team members.
Mountain Guide Mariano Vazquez is an extraordinary mountain guide with 15 plus years guiding on Aconcagua, compiling 36 summits on a variety of routes. He is a highly skilled rock climber and has spent his last 17 years climbing the most difficult routes in Patagonia, Bolivia, Peru, Spain, the Alps, North America, Thailand, and India. He has a number of technical first ascents world-wide, and has instructed courses in mountaineering, ice and rock-climbing. Mariano has also participated actively in numerous rescues, and is one of the most renowned professionals in the mountain, not only for his technical ability and professionalism, but also for his charisma and teaching ability. He also competes in adventure races and marathons, and is a tireless traveler with his bicycle, with which he has traveled 25 countries of America, Europe and Asia.
Mountain Guide Juan has spent the last 20 years working as a professional mountain guide. Today, he is one of the most respected guides leading Aconcagua climbs, with more than 40 summits! He is well-known in the local climbing community for his undeniable professional skills and outstanding climbing resume. Additionally, he is a highly regarded teacher (lecturing at the famed Provincial Mountain School) with a unique capacity to pass on his broad knowledge, and has helped develop some of the best guides in Argentina over the last 25 years. Outside his mountain activities, he also works in tourism, organizing outdoor activities all around the province for companies and local leaders. In his limited free time, he is fully dedicated to educating his children in all things mountains and mountaineering.
Mountain Guide Bettiana was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of the Andes where she graduated from the prestigious Provincial Mountain School in Mendoza. She has spent nine years working in Aconcagua Provincial Park and in the Argentinean trekking capital: El Chaltén. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to climbing with notable ascents in the Andes Mountains, Alps, and the Caucasus. She is happy to share challenging and magnificent outdoor experiences with climbers from around the world, and is a passionate believer that mountaineering is a wonderful lifestyle. Bettiana is a practicing Spanish teacher in schools in Mendoza.
Mountain Guide Emilia is known among her mountain companions for her determination and will. She has successfully achieved every goal she has set in her life. Her passion has always been sports and outdoors. Before receiving her “guide” title (with the best qualifications and recommendations from the most demanding teachers and professionals) she had already worked as a porter in the mountains of Cordon del Plata, in a job that has always been mostly performed by men. In this very difficult context, she managed to work and climb in the main peaks of Mendoza, enjoying the wonderful Andes mountain range. Her constant passion has led her to be one of our newest and most promising guides on AMG’s staff today. To her love for soccer, tennis, and mountains, lately she has added the practice of Krav Maga. Another reason for her older brothers to respect her a little more.
Mountain Guide Santiago was born in the province of Córdoba, known in Argentina for the excellent level of native climbing. From an early age, he fell in love with the mountains, traveling with his parents all along the Cordoba mountains and other mountains of the country. After an intense amateur sport’s life, he decided to transform his passion into a profession and entered the School for Guides in the Province of Mendoza, birthplace of some of the best high-mountain guides in Argentina. He also worked as a porter, crossing the two sides of the Aconcagua hill carrying his back and strengthening his spirit and his body, and when he received his guiding certificate, he began to work guiding expeditions. With 12 seasons in Aconcagua Park and more than 50 expeditions, he is a veteran in the new generations of local mountaineers, with a privileged mountain resume. In addition to all the above, in his spare time at the Base Camps, he defies anyone who wants to play chess, as he was a national champion in his adolescence.
Mountain Guide Hernan was born in the province of Buenos Aires, and from an early age he began to travel with his parents. In those journeys was born his taste for traveling, exploring and climbing. Not only has he climbed throughout the Argentine Republic while traveling, but that love for wandering in the mountains brought him to Mendoza in 2005, where he began his career as a porter while he was being certified as a mountain guide by the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides, porting and guiding in the Cordon del Plata and Aconcagua Provincial Park. Hernan also works as a ski instructor and climber on ice and rock, and also keeps alive his passion for climbing all year round in Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, and France. Among his achievements in the mountains, he made or repeated some of the most difficult routes in the Andes mountain range. Undoubtedly, Hernan is one of the best guides that Mount Aconcagua has today. Not only for his professionalism, but also for his passion to bring the mountain to all those who seek adventure.
Mountain Guide One of the most renowned guides in South America, Capi is the heart of our Aconcagua guide staff and his knowledge of Aconcagua puts him in a class of his own. Capi worked his way up after eight years of working as an Aconcagua porter from the age of 19 to reaching the summit 27 times and counting. Over the last 15 years, Capi has completed multiple ascents throughout South America, including peaks in Bolivia, Peru, Patagonia, as well as other areas of Argentina. Guiding skills, a gentle manner, and solid work ethic are reflected in the numerous letters and evaluations we have received regarding Capi’s strong abilities on Aconcagua. It is simply an honor to have him as one of our lead guides. When not in the mountains, Capi can be found trail-running and consulting for mountain and difficult terrain related projects.
Mountain Guide My life: My name is Natalia Iglesias, I am from Mendoza, I am 32 years old and I started to walk through the mountains at 7. I am a Trekking Guide and Personal Trainer. I decided to combine my passion with my profession when I found out that there was a career as a guide. I have achieved four summits in Aconcagua and 10 in the Cerro Plata, the latter, my favorite hill for the view it offers us and its wild trails. Five years ago, I started training people to climb mountains because of the number of people from Mendoza who had never set foot on one. I am a nature lover and I love being a medium so that people can achieve their dream of climbing a peak, feeling safe, and taken care of. I also like to communicate and achieve with the expedition members empathy and a cordial relationship during their stay, that is why I speak English and French. I try to perfect myself year after year in languages, mountain medicine and sports-oriented coaching.
Mountain Guide I have worked for more than 10 seasons in Aconcagua, most of them for one of the largest and most important companies in the park. Occupying positions as Chief of Porters; Head of Base Camp, in charge of logistics (Puente de Inca); etc. I am a native of Mendoza, an athlete in all things. In addition to mountaineering, I practice other disciplines off-season, such as: adventure races, marathons, swimming, road cycling, and MTB. Triathlons are also one of the sports that I have had the good fortune to practice. I have completed mountain medicine courses with Dr. Chiocconi, avalanche courses certified by “TIERRA EXPLORA,” first-aid courses. Throughout all this time I was able to conquer 12 summits in Aconcagua, by both streams and different routes with clients, alone, and in a sporting way. I also climbed many of the most important hills of the Cordón del Plata and others. I have very deep-rooted values and principles of the family, with a humble and simple, but persistent personality.
Mountain Guide Jonathan (“Chango” to everyone) started his activity on Aconcagua in the basecamp staff, later becoming a porter. Besides his enormous charisma, he has collected summits and routes of great difficulty all over the Argentinean Andes. He possesses extraordinary physical strength, which quickly made him one of the strongest porters that mount Aconcagua had for several years. When he finished his training as a guide, he began to work assisting and guiding on both routes, adding to his career an extensive and enviable mountain curriculum. In the months in which he is not working in the Aconcagua Park, he works in schools as a physical education teacher, specialized in high resistance training.
Mountain Guide He was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and since he was a child he walks through its mountains. His first job was in the rivers of the Andes mountains as a rafting guide, at the same time he entered the world of rock climbing and mountaineering, activity that he prioritized and chose as a profession. He works in the Aconcagua Provincial Park since 2007, as a basecamp staffer first and then porter. At the end of his preparation in the school of guides in 2009 he began to work as a mountain guide. With more than 32 expeditions in Cerro Aconcagua, climbs in Patagonia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, bicycle trips in South America and expeditions in the Amazon it can be said that he is a tireless adventurer who finds in nature a learning environment of irreplaceable introspection.
Mountain Guide David Crespo began exploring the mountain 12 years ago, in which he dedicated to climb in Arenales and Vallecitos, the most important high mountain school in the province of Mendoza, climbing both rock and ice in routes with peaks over 5,000 meters. In the last 6 years he started working for some of the largest companies on Aconcagua as a porter and and guide. In his free time he is adding flying hours to finish his certification as a glider pilot.
Mountain Guide Gustavo transformed Aconcagua into his second home many years ago with almost ten years of experience in the Park, divided between porting and guiding. As a porter, he was the chief of porters of Plaza Argentina, managing a staff accustomed to climbing the mountain under any circumstance, participating in numerous rescue operations. As a guide, he is always attentive to the client’s needs, with an inexhaustible patience: “Being a guide for me is a dream come true. My job is to be an instrument, so that all of those that I have to guide reach their goals or their dreams. It’s something I do with a lot of joy, because it gives me the opportunity to show incredible places and experiences to my clients.”
Mountain Guide Vladimir was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and at the age of 5 he moved to Argentina with his parents, where he grew up and studied. It was during his time as a law student that he joined the University Club of Mountaineering, and after a year in it he made his first summit in Aconcagua. To date, he has 24 summits in the highest peak of South America, where he worked as a porter first, and as a guide after graduating from the mountain guide school of Mendoza, applying its ancestral family principles of the Inca culture in its profession, providing his clients with the best possible service, attending their concerns and ensuring their safety, disengaging their anxieties and enjoying the day-to-day of each expedition. “Aconcagua season is a like vacation time for me, because it gives me the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world, helping them to fulfill their dreams. That for me is priceless. ”
AMG OFFICE STAFF
President and founding member of Aconcagua Mountain Guides, Federico has worked in absolutely all aspects of Aconcagua planning and leadership throughout his career. From Mountain Guide to Base Camp Manager, Freddy has touched every aspect of the expedition. His job as President is to make sure that our organization works towards excellence, attending our client’s needs in a support role, guaranteeing to everyone that chooses AMG the professionalism and quality they deserve. He is also responsible for overseeing the hiring, training and assembling the team (new guides, basecamp staff, porters, etc.) to later help them solve the problems they face in the hard and unpredictable environment in which they perform, When he is not with his feet and thoughts on Aconcagua, he is dedicated to teaching English and writing. Freddy has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, joining both combining mountaineering expeditions with trips through the jungle.
Carlos (Charly to everyone) is AMG’s Operation Manager with many tasks falling to his responsibilities. Our Ops Manager is in charge of buying and preparing all the material resources of the company, organizing our mules operation in Puquios, and coordinating the proper use and maintenance of those resources in the mountain, making sure that the staff has everything they need to operate. Charly is a mountain guide as well with great heart, optimism, spirituality and a wide career that ranges from the Base Camp Management to Human Resources. He has an extraordinary talent for problem solving in the field, and an unlimited capacity to work unit the job is done. But what best describes him is his huge enthusiasm, that has made him known by everybody on the mountain. Father of two daughters, he dedicates his remaining time to his family and participates in a great deal of community service.
Geronimo’s has the large task of overseeing administration and finances for AMG, equipping managers of AMG to constantly improve our logistics and operation.
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.
As Logistics Manager, Gabriel always puts his wide experience on Aconcagua on the frontline, working closely with staff to keep the season running smoothly. Gabriel oversees our Base Camps and logistic center in Puquios. He also coordinates and manages all departure information during the climbing season, so that our logistics run smoothly according to plan. He is a true believer in teamwork, and his serene character always provides confidence and calm in the heat of action. Gabriel speaks fluently in English and French, and has a vast experience in both teaching and sports training.
Our customer service and sales maven, Flavia has a bring a wealth of experience assisting climbers at all levels in getting set for Aconcagua. She works very closely with every client, insuring providing quick answers and accurate information, as she has a deep understanding as to the variety of interests and needs. Her goal is to exceed clients expectations, and this is a goal widely achieved. Flavia has a knack for creating strong, long-lasting customer relationships with mountain companies around the world, partnering with them tailoring programs to their needs She knows (and remembers!) every one of the hundreds of clients that visit us every year, and through her generosity and commitment, she shows how much she enjoys her work. Flavia and her family live in Mendoza, where she spends her weekends enjoying her three beautiful children.
Cristela is a native of Mendoza, joining us with more than 10 years in the tourism industry of Argentina. Before arriving to the world of the expeditions, she worked as guide and manager in the wine tourism industry, providing her an enormous experience and education in in customer service. Her primary tasks include is to advising climbers in their preparation for Aconcagua. She keeps our clients informed with useful tips and works with our registers clients to come properly prepared. Cristela displays warmth, kindness and undeniable professionalism when working with clients. During the climbing season, she maintains close contacts with our climbers, helping and ensuring rapid answers to their needs. She’s also a full time mother with a growing passion for football and the outdoors.
Pedro is a former officer of the National Gendarmerie and a great lover of the outdoors. As our logistics manager in Los Puquios, he is responsible for receiving and distributing all supplies and materials from our warehouse in Mendoza to Base Camp. This includes food, tents, dinning tents, and communications—although these are just a small fraction of Pedro’s responsibilities. Extremely skilled and highly organized, Pedro keeps keen track of gear and climbers traveling to and from Base Camp, and takes great pride in insuring not only the ongoing transport of gear, but also in keeping all gear in excellent condition in order to enhance every expedition.
Juan is a true heir of the ancient gaucho tradition, taking great pride in his work and animals. (Gauchos are the equivalent of cowboys: strong men used to working on horseback.) He is a true expert of the craft and his understanding of the job and the quality of his work is a huge asset for AMG and our clients. Juan is an excellent rider who has spent more than three decades guiding cargo mules and organizing arrieros (the men working with our mules), and is one of the most respected arrieros in the land. His reputation among the tough men who ride mules is legendary, making him an undisputed role model in all matters related to mules and transport.
Bruno started his Aconcagua career as a mounting cook though he is a Chef with a degree from one of the best culinary schools in Mendoza! After several years working on Aconcagua, his management skills and conflict resolution have really come to fruition making him an exceptional leader and invaluable resource. Today he works as a basecamp manager in both Plaza Argentina and Plaza de Mulas, depending on the needs of the company, handling the operation of a very complex on mountain world. He handles not only the operation of our expeditions, but also the necessities of every climber or trekker that arrives to the basecamp, coordinating information, attending needs and serving all kinds of groups, including the synchronization with Mendoza and Puente del Inca for secure and swift evacuations when required. Bruno also has his own rock band and is a true connoisseur of music, as well as an amateur astronomer.
He arrived at Aconcagua as a porter, and after a few years he became head of maintenance in Plaza de Mulas basecamp. Sebastián is a great expert on all the issues related to the equipment we use, and that is why today he coordinates all the material that goes up and down the mountain from our logistical warehouse. He holds the title of technician in safety and hygiene and is a talented carpenter in his spare time.
Juan has spent the last 20 years working as a professional guide. Today he is one of the most respected guides of Mount Aconcagua, with more than 40 peaks on the highest peak of the American continent, among many other important peaks that he has ascended throughout his long career. He is also known in the local environment for his undeniable professional ability and outstanding climbing curriculum, but also for his ability to transmit his extensive knowledge, working as a teacher at the Provincial Mountain School, cradle of the best guides of Argentina in the last 25 years. His job as a guide coordinator is to help transmit the values of AMG to our guides Staff, coordinating and auditing them in the mountain, to guarantee the quality of service and maintain the highest standards of safety, professionalism and commitment.
The person in charge of purchasing for an expedition company has the challenging task of managing the supply of the camps. Sebastián has been in the shopping area for years, knows all the suppliers in the province of Mendoza and knows what our people need in the mountains. This characteristic makes it an invaluable element in our structure, not only for its tireless work capacity, but also for its commitment to ensure that our camps and logistic bases are always well provisioned.
Aconcagua Mountain Guides
Beltrán 352 | Godoy Cruz | Mendoza | Argentina | 5501
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I join a scheduled expedition group?
Our expeditions are perfect for those traveling alone or couples who want more company. We limit expeditions to 12 clients with groups made up of climbers from all around the world of varying ages.
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?
Summit attempts are permitted from mid-November until the last days of February, due to the extremely harsh weather conditions such as low temperature and intense snowfalls starting in autumn until early spring. The trekking permits to enter the park (to the base camps only) are given until the end of March.
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?
Our expeditions last 19 days as we feel the right amount of time needed to acclimatize as well some contingency for bad weather. We recommend not attempting to climb Mount Aconcagua with a guide service offering less than 17 days.
Can I pre-acclimatize to perform better at altitude?
Our expeditions include time to acclimatize but we also work closely with those coming pre–acclimatized (either from prior mountains or Oxygen tent systems). We are happy to put together a private expedition based on your needs.
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 Customer Service staff gives personal attention to client’s specific questions. They will advise, inform, and make suggestions about all the aspects related to your expedition.
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?
The Booking procedure has two parts. First, complete the Booking form through our website; Second, make an advance payment using our international bank account or a credit card. To learn more about this procedure, please contact Customer Service.
What is the maximum number of people in a group?
Thirty-five years of experience has taught us that the maximum number of climbers for an all-around successful expedition is 12. In our private expeditions (where the climber chooses the starting date and the expedition group), sizes can vary based on your needs.
How are climbers paired in hotels and tents?
People who are alone will share a double room with a partner. We will try to accommodate people of the same gender, but if not possible, we will discuss options. Hotels in Mendoza have double rooms. Penitentes has rooms for four to six climbers. On the mountain, expedition tents accommodate two people each. Only in the high camps, and if the guide considers it convenient, three climbers may sleep together. Please contact us for single tents or single room at an additional cost.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
If you need a special diet for any reason, please let us know in your Personal Information Form so that we may take prepare specific meals for you during the expedition for an extra cost.
What does AMG need to know about my health status?
When making a reservation, you will be asked to fill in a Personal Information Form. This will help guides when assisting with any medial issues.
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?
Technical Difficulty: The classic routes used in Mount Aconcagua (Normal Route, Polish Glacier Traverse, and Vacas Valley Route) are not technically difficult, meaning the participant does not need to have any previous climbing experience on rock or ice. Crampons and fixed ropes may be required. Climbers are expected to have strong self care skills usually only obtainable with prior mountain experience
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?
Prior experience is often the best guide but those preparing properly should have 4-6 months of mountaineering-style preparation (carrying a pack with weight up steep incline or in gym). Most successful climbers are training 4-5 days per week in the 4-6 months leading up to the expedition. Please contact us for assistance with finding a training regimen.
What is the skill level of this climb?
How do I book my flights? When do I arrive/depart?
Please follow the itinerary AMG will send upon your booking or contact us to request itinerary for your climb.
What gear do I need for the expedition?
Please see our gear list.
Can I reserve extra nights before and after the expedition?
Of course! In fact, we highly recommend arriving one day before 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?
Cancellations must be made by written notice without exception (email is fine) up to 26 days before the start of the expedition. Your initial reservation deposit will be valid for life so provided you notify us at least 26 days prior to the start date, you may use it at a later time or transfer it to someone else.
Should I buy travel insurance?
Travel insurance is not required to participate in our expeditions. However, we highly recommend having coverage for at least medical care, emergency evacuation and, if possible, baggage and personal items loss as well. This will likely be the only way to get any refund if outside of our policies. This type of insurance can reimburse you for a number of expenses such as – cancellation, evacuation, early departure (limited to injury/illness), missed flights and lost luggage. Please contact us for recommended companies.
Are tips included? How much do I tip?
Tips are not included in the price of the expedition. We consider tips an expression of your gratitude and satisfaction for those who helped you throughout your expedition, so they are entirely up to you—there are no percentages and stipulated amounts. Normally, all members of the group collect money and give it to the main guide, who will divide it with his or her partners on the expedition. Tips for the camp staff and porters are separate.
Do I need a climbing permit to climb Aconcagua?
Yes. To enter Aconcagua Provincial Park, it is obligatory to get a permit. AMG will assist with the permit and process. Main season permit fees are about $1000.
DURING THE EXPEDITION
How are communications handled in the mountains?
We have base stations linked all around the mountain, which we use to communicate via VHF and BLU radio among the High Camps: Plaza de Mulas, Plaza Argentina, Confluencia, Puente del Inca, and Mendoza.
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?
We are dedicated to taking care of the environment and hire porters and mules to carry all waste down from the mountain.
What happens if we have bad weather?
We schedule two extra days in our itineraries in case of bad weather. Owning and running all of our own services allows us the flexibility to work in additional days if necessary.
What happens if I have to leave early?
In case of illness or other personal issues, we can help arrange transport down the mountain for an extra cost, otherwise expedition prices are based on each team member’s participation for the entire expedition.
Who carries our gear to high camp?
ACONCAGUA MOUNTAIN GUIDES employs porters to carry climbers’ gear to High Camp so they can keep their energy focused on the summit day.
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?
We hire professional nutritionists to carefully organize the meals for our expeditions. These meals take into account daily calories, taste, and variety. At Base Camps, chefs will prepare meals, and at the high camps, guides will prepare both food and water.
How can I charge my devices during the expedition?
In Penitentes you can find 220V power sources. While on the mountain, depending on the route, there are different options.
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.
AFTER THE EXPEDITION
Why is my feedback so important to AMG?
Feedback about your experience in Aconcagua is a very important part of our ability to continue offering our clients the highest quality adventure experiences. At the end of each climbing season, we review and discuss every aspect of the expedition with our staff. We are extremely grateful for all comments and suggestions.
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.
Thank for you reaching out. We indeed reached the summit, and did so on a spectacularly beautiful day: sunshine, very little wind, and fairly warm weather (only -10 C or so). We had an amazing experience with our guide, Matoco. We would not have had such a perfect ascent and a safe trip overall had it not been for him. Other aspects also worked really well: we were warmly welcomed by the AMG staff at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas. We got ample warm water (knowing we did not officially have any base camp support) and a small tray of fresh fruit and juice when we returned to basecamp after summiting. The mules and porters were all on time and nothing went amiss. All in all, we are super happy with AMG and our trip could not have gone any better! Christoph Dankert – Germany – & John Petito – USA
Our guides, 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)
Learn more about our expert guides on our About Us pages.
Small teams and guide ratio
On both the Normal and Polish Traverse Routes, our expeditions are limited to 12 climbers and are often smaller. Our climber-to-guide ratio is one guide for every three to four team members on the mountain. Small teams with low climber-to-guide ratios allow us to more readily assist climbers, which translates to higher rates of successful climbs to the summit.
Itineraries with adequate acclimatization days
We offer a 20-day, round-trip program from Mendoza, which is longer than programs other companies offer. The additional time we spend on the mountain increases your chance of successfully reaching the summit, and is a prime example of how we put quality first. Extra days allow us to wait out bad weather or have extra rest days if needed. Other teams might retreat early because they have run out of time or have moved too quickly up the mountain, which often causes climbers to become ill. If we finish on time or early, you will have time to enjoy the beautiful city of Mendoza and surrounding wine county, or fly home. See Climbing Itineraries for both Normal and Polish Traverse Routes.
We employ porters at no additional cost to carry part of our group climbing gear on the mountain to keep climbers’ backpacks at reasonable weights. They will also carry human waste and trash back to Base Camps, move tents between all camps, and carry all group gear between Camp Canada and Nido de Cóndores. If you would like to hire additional porters to carry all your gear between camps, you can do so at an extra cost. Most climbers packs are about 40lbs.
Base Camp Services
AMG has three well-established Base Camps that provide a very high level of comfort and care. These camps are:
– 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.