CLIMBERS SUPPORT

  • OVERVIEW
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  • BASE CAMPS
  • MEALS
  • PORTERS
  • LODGING & TRANSPORT

AMG SERVICES

Working with a company that has reliable logistical services and the flexibility to adjust to your schedule, increases your chances of an enjoyable and successful climb on Aconcagua. By owning all of our services and employing an expert staff with decades of experience, AMG is able to cater to your needs and provide services where and when you need it.

You have the option to purchase each service we offer individually or as a package.  AMG has carefully designed a complete package of services for both the Normal Route and the Polish Glacier Traverse Route that will simplify your planning and require you to pack only your food for high camps and climbing gear before departing Mendoza. Each of our individual services is explained in detail in the following sections.

AMG’s well-developed infrastructure includes:

  • Offices in Mendoza which can book hotels and climbing logistics, receive you upon arrival and assist you with permitting and gear preparation before your climb.
  • Transportation services for airport pickups and transport from Mendoza to Penitentes and to the Park entrance.
  • Los Puquios, our depot/mule ranch at the entrance of the Park lodges over 140 mules, 15 Arrieros and five staff managers to make sure all your gear is received, safely stored and
    transported to camps on time.
  • 3 well-established camps at Confluencia, Plaza De Mulas and Plaza Argentina with full amenities and 20 base camp staff ready to assist you.
  • 35 Porters ready to help you move loads up the mountain if you desire.
  • A communication system which links Mendoza, Los Puquios, base camps and our guided expeditions on the mountain giving us the ability to assist you wherever you are.

AMG SERVICES

Working with a company that has reliable logistical services and the flexibility to adjust to your schedule, increases your chances of an enjoyable and successful climb on Aconcagua. By owning all of our services and employing an expert staff with decades of experience, AMG is able to cater to your needs and provide services where and when you need it.

You have the option to purchase each service we offer individually or as a package.  AMG has carefully designed a complete package of services for both the Normal Route and the Polish Glacier Traverse Route that will simplify your planning and require you to pack only your food for high camps and climbing gear before departing Mendoza. Each of our individual services is explained in detail in the following sections.

NORMAL ROUTE PACKAGE

Normal Route, Plaza De Mulas Package includes:

  • Private transport from the airport to your hotel
  • Two nights in a 4 star hotel in downtown Mendoza (double occupancy)
  • Assistance with acquiring your climbing permit at the Park Headquarters
  • Transport from Mendoza to Penitentes round trip
  • One night’s stay at a hotel in Penitentes with breakfast included
  • Private transportation from Penitentes to the Horcones trail head round-trip
  • Safe luggage storage at our depot near the trail head
  • Mules to transport gear (40kg limit) to
  • Confluencia (intermediate camp),
  • Plaza De Mulas Base Camp and return to Horcones trailhead after the climb
  • Base camp meals which includes:
    • 2 full boards in Confluencia and
    • 6 full boards in Plaza De Mulas
    • Note: the number of full boards correlates to the number of nights our guided parties stay in these camps for good acclimatization and best summit success.
  • Base Camp Services. You have full access to our Base Camp Services as described in individual services “Base Camp”.
  • Medical oxygen for emergencies and radio communications in Base Camps with 24/7 assistance for evacuations.
Normal Route Plaza de Mulas Package Prices:
1 pax USD 2,400
2 pax USD 1,790
3 to 4 pax USD 1,600
5 to 6 pax USD 1,550
7 to 10 pax USD 1,490
11 to 15 pax USD 1,420

For more details on package pricing please contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

POLISH TRAVERSE ROUTE PACKAGE

Polish Traverse Route, Plaza Argentina Package includes:

  • Private transport from the airport to your hotel
  • Two nights in a 4 star hotel in downtown Mendoza (double occupancy)
  • Assistance with acquiring your climbing permit at the Park Headquarters
  • Transport from Mendoza to Penitentes round trip
  • One night’s stay at a hotel in Penitentes with breakfast included
  • Private transportation from Penitentes to the trail heads round-trip
  • Safe luggage storage at our depot near the trailhead
  • Mules to transport gear (40kg limit) to
    • Pampa de Lenas (intermediate camp 1)
    • Casa de Piedra (intermediate camp 2)
    • Plaza Argentina Base Camp
    • Plaza De Mulas Base Camp and return to Horcones trailhead after the climb
  • Base camp meals which includes:
    • 4 full boards in Plaza Argentina
    • 1 full board in Plaza De Mulas after the climb
      Note: the number of full boards correlates to the number of nights our guided parties stay in these camps for good acclimatization and best summit success.
  • Base Camp Services. You have full access to our Base Camp Services as described in individual services “Base Camp”.
  • Medical oxygen for emergencies and radio communications in Base Camps with 24/7 assistance for evacuations.
Polish Traverse Plaza Argentina Prices:
1 pax USD 2,550
2 pax USD 1,800
3 to 4 pax USD 1,700
5 to 6 pax USD 1,630
7 to 10 pax USD 1,595
11 to 15 pax USD 1,490

For package pricing please contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

AMG has a long tradition of transporting gear safely and promptly to the various camps on Aconcagua. Our professional teams of Arrieros (muleteers) have dedicated their lives to raising mules and horses and have earned their living for over 3 decades by the transportation of cargo. They are extremely skilled at managing mules in the mountains and protecting your luggage from damage.

LOS PUQUIOS DEPOT
Our Depot / Mule Ranch, known as ‘Los Puquios’, lies near the entrance of the Park and is the residence for all of our Arrieros, logistical staff and 140 + mules during the climbing season. Los Puquios provides us a safe place to store your gear as well as send it quickly up to the camps. Our administrative staff is very conscientious in making sure your gear is delivered to the right location safely and on time.

MULES
Mules have been used to carry as much as 180 kg, but we limit their loads to 60 kg so as they can move comfortably in the mountain and maintain good health. They are amazingly sure footed with tremendous endurance. AMG takes great pride in the care of our mules. The Arrieros make sure all mules are well fed, have proper rest between carries and regular veterinarian visits.

LOAD TRANSPORT
You can deliver your luggage to Los Puquios and we will transport it to any of our three camps at Confluencia, Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina on the days that you request. In each camp we have permanent staff to receive your luggage and store it safely until you arrive.

When you are descending back to a base camp from your summit attempt you can contact us by radio to reserve your mules for the return journey back to Los Puquios. This will allow us to have mules ready at your time of departure.

INCLUSIONS WITH MULE SERVICES
When you hire mule service with ACONCAGUA MOUNTAIN GUIDES the following is included:

  • Storage room in Los Puquios and base camps.
  • Vehicle transportation from your lodging in Penitentes up to the valley where you start your trek is provided. (Horcones Valley or Vacas Valley)
  • Clean, new toilets in our base camps.
  • When you hire mules to descend to the entrance of the Park after your climb, we agree to transport your trash and human waste down from base camp to Los Puquios for disposal. Our
    staff in the base camps will sign your climbing permit in order to give proof that our company will be responsible for your garbage.

We recommended bringing a duffle bag to cover your luggage while being carried by mules as well as covering the ends of ice axes and crampons to avoid injury to the mules or Arrieros.

For more information about our mule services please contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

Our Depot, Los Puquios at the entrance Aconcagua Provincial Park

Our Depot, Los Puquios at the entrance Aconcagua Provincial Park


Mules in Los Puquios being rounded up to carry gear

Mules in Los Puquios being rounded up to carry gear


An Arrieros loading up for the ride home.

An Arrieros loading up for the ride home.

MULE PRICES

The prices to reach each camp from the entrances of the Park are listed below. The prices to descend down to the entrance of the Park from camps are the same as going up. For example: a mule from Puquios to Plaza de Mulas is USD 280, and a mule from Plaza de Mulas to Puquios is also USD 280, making a total of USD 560.

CONFLUENCIA
PLAZA DE MULAS
PLAZA ARGENTINA
1 to 60 kg. USD 124 1 to 60 kg. USD 245 1 to 60 kg. USD 480
61 to 120 kg. USD 190 61 to 120 kg. USD 375 61 to 90 kg. USD 625
121 to 180 kg. USD 250 121 to 180 kg. USD 505 91 to 120 kg. USD 750
181 to 240 kg. USD 325 181 to 240 kg. USD 640 121 to 180 kg. USD 990
241 to 300 kg. USD 385 241 to 300 kg. USD 760 181 to 240 kg. USD 1235
301 to 360 kg. USD 450 301 to 360 kg. USD 890 241 to 300 kg. USD 1475
361 to 420 kg. USD 510 361 to 420 kg. USD 1030 301 to 360 kg. USD 1710
421 to 480 kg. USD 570 421 to 480 kg. USD 1150 361 to 420 kg. USD 1950
481 to 540 kg. USD 640 481 to 540 kg. USD 1285 421 to 480 kg. USD 2190
541 to 600 kg. USD 705 541 to 600 kg. USD 1400 481 to 540 kg. USD 2420
601 to 660 kg. USD 770 601 to 660 kg. USD 1540 541 to 600 kg. USD 2670
661 to 720 kg. USD 840 661 to 720 kg. USD 1670 601 to 660 kg. USD 2900
721 to 780 kg. USD 1000 721 to 780 kg. USD 1800 661 to 720 kg. USD 3140
721 to 780 kg. USD 3380

BASE CAMP SERVICES

AMG has 3 well established camps run by an experienced and conscientious bilingual staff allowing us to provide a very high level of comfort and care. It is important to have a good place to rest and eat nutritious meals before heading up the mountain. Our staff takes great pride in providing these services. Our Base Camp Services are free of charge for those who order Meal Services.

OUR THREE CAMPS
Confluencia: (3,990 m) an intermediate camp on the way to Plaza de Mulas. Usually two nights are spent here for acclimatization.

Plaza de Mulas: (4,350m) base camp for the Normal Route of Aconcagua. Climbers usually spend between 3 and 5 nights for acclimatization and one on return from the summit.

Plaza Argentina: (4190m) base camp for the Polish Traverse. Climbers usually spend 4 nights acclimatizing and moving loads before moving to higher camps.

AMENITIES
All camps are fully equipped with dining tents containing tables, chairs, table clothes, silver wear and electric lights. All camps have secure storage tents, clean toilets and charging stations for phones and computers. Personal tent platforms are already established which saves considerable time and energy for climbing groups when they arrive.

COMMUNICATIONS
All our base and approach camps are connected with a communication system via VHF radio frequency or satellite phone. This allows us to facilitate the smooth movement of gear and to assist those coming off the mountain whether scheduled or unscheduled in a timely manner. Should an emergency occur we are in close contact with the Rangers and the helicopter service to move climbers efficiently to additional services off the mountain.

MEDICAL FACILITIES
The Provincial Park has medical facilities in both Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina 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.

Appetizers served in your team’s personal dining tent at Plaza Argentina Base Camp.

Appetizers served in your team’s personal dining tent at Plaza Argentina Base Camp.

DORMITORY STRUCTURE TENTS WITH BUNK BEDS
In all of our base camps we have large tents used to provide dormitory service. They have bunk beds with mattresses and carpeted floors. This service requires advanced reservations for those climbers who would prefer to sleep in a bed during their stay.

Confluencia: USD 25 
Plaza de Mulas: USD 30 
Plaza Argentina: USD 35

Both Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina have these additional Amenities:

  • WI-FI THROUGHOUT: We provide fast internet services throughout these camps that can be purchased by the hour and accessed by your smart phone or computer.
    30 Minutes: USD 15
  • SHOWERS: Hot showers can be provided during the day and is a great way to get the dust o ff and relax.
    10 Minutes: USD 15

For more information on our base camp services,  please contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

Dormitory sleeping for those wanting a traditional bed in Base Camps

Dormitory sleeping for those wanting a traditional bed in Base Camps


Dining tent at Plaza Argentina

Dining tent at Plaza Argentina

MEAL SERVICES IN BASE CAMPS

We focus on delicious meals with plenty of calories to renew your energy after your long trek and before heading to higher camps. Each camp has professional chefs well-trained in making balanced and nutritious meals for climbers.

(Remember, base camp services are free when purchasing meal services.)

The breakfast consists of hot and cold drinks, scrambled eggs, toast with butter and marmalade, cereals with yoghurt, fruit, cakes and cookies.

The packed lunch include a substantial meal (a sandwich, a slice of pie or similar), fruit, sweet cookies, a cereal bar, sweets and a drink.

The lunch or dinner includes a gourmet meal including starter or soup, main course such as fresh meat and pasta with vegetables and fruits, a dessert and hot and cold drinks.

The snack includes juice, fruits and cookies.

The full board consists of breakfast, lunch (packed lunch or lunch at the base camp) and dinner.

Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks are not included in any of our meal services.

BASE CAMP MEAL SERVICES PRICES

CAMP
BREAKFAST
PACKED
LUNCH
LUNCH
DINNER
FULL BOARD
(Packed Lunch)
FULL BOARD
(Lunch)
Confluencia
USD 30
USD 18
USD 25
USD 40
USD 88
USD 95
Plaza de Mulas
USD 45
USD 20
USD 30
USD 55
USD 120
USD 130
Plaza Argentina
USD 45
USD 30
USD 40
USD 60
USD 135
USD 145

MEAL SERVICES IN TREKKING CAMPS
Plaza Argentina Approach Only

ACONCAGUA MOUNTAIN GUIDES also offers you full board services in Pampa de Leñas and Casa de Piedra. These are the two intermediate camps where you will stay on your way to Plaza Argentina Base Camp.

The full board WITH chef includes breakfast, packed lunch and dinner for the entire approach trek to Plaza Argentina prepared by our cook. We have a picnic table in each camp.

The full board WITHOUT chef includes breakfast, packed lunch and dinner for the three days and mule transfer of all these meals to each camp. You will be responsible for meal preparation including stoves and all cookwear.

For more information about our trekking meal services, please contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

TREKKING MEAL SERVICES PRICES

FULL BOARD WITH CHEF
2 Pax
USD 195
3 to 4 Pax
USD 135
5 to 7 Pax
USD 95
8 to 9 Pax
USD 75
10 to 12 Pax
USD 70
FULL BOARD WITHOUT CHEF
2 Pax
USD 105
3 to 4 Pax
USD 75
5 to 7 Pax
USD 65
8 to 9 Pax
USD 60
10 to 12 Pax
USD 55

MEALS FOR HIGH CAMPS

We know that meal organization for the high camps can be a challenging undertaking. Transporting food from your home country can be expensive and shopping in Mendoza can be overwhelming and time consuming lengthening the number of days you will need to prepare. AMG offers prepackaged high altitude meals which can be purchased on a full board per day bases. Let us know the number of days you plan on spending above base camps during your climb and your food will be ready when you arrive in Mendoza.

Plaza de Mulas (Normal Route) Full Board per day cost: USD 75

Plaza Argentina (Polish Traverse Route) Full Board per day cost: USD 85

Note: This service does not include cooking equipment, utensils or fuel.

COOKS FOR HIGH CAMPS

AMG provides the option for a private cook to prepare meals in high camps. The cook will be in charge of the organization and preparation of meals and melting snow to provide you and your group with the necessary water. In addition, this service includes the cooking tent and all necessary equipment to prepare meals such as stoves, cooking utensils and fuel.

The price of the high camp cook varies according to the camp where the service will be provided. A minimum of a 4-day service is required.

NOTE: Price does not include personal eating utensils (cup spoon and bowl), also portage of food and cooking equipment to camps.

For more information about our high camp meal services, please contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

HIGH CAMP COOK PRICE PER DAY

Plaza Canadá USD 180
Nido de Cóndores USD 260
Berlín or Cólera USD 320
Campo 1 by Plaza Argentina USD 290
Campo 2 by Plaza Argentina USD 400
Campo 3 (Cólera) by Plaza Argentina USD 480
Appetizers in AMG’s Plaza Argentina Base Camp

Appetizers in AMG’s Plaza Argentina Base Camp


Breakfast at Base Camp

Breakfast at Base Camp

WHAT IS PORTER SERVICE? 

Porter Service refers to the transportation of gear to the different high camps to reduce the amount of weight you must carry each day on the mountain. Over the last 10 years this service has become widely used and today the number of climbers who hire this service outnumbers the ones who don’t.  It has greatly increased the success rate on Aconcagua.

AMG PORTER STAFF

AMG porters are primarily extremely fit young climbers training to become future mountain guides. Porting loads allows them to earn an income while gaining the necessary climbing experience required to becoming a guide.  This process usually takes 3 to 4 years of extensive training to become a junior certified guide.

HOW IT WORKS

At each of our Base Camps (Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina), we maintain a staff of high altitude porters who are extremely professional and understand the importance of assisting you with your gear up the mountain. We have designed an easy to use and clearly defined porter system where loads are priced by which camp the porter is carrying to and the weight of the load.  Note: Porters will also carry human waste and trash back down to Base Camp for disposal. When you hire a porter to the high camps, you can also ask for the setting up of your tent for an extra cost of USD 35.

Using porters greatly reducing the workload on climbers and they are a great option for climbers who have a hard time carrying heavy packs or simply want to climb with lighter packs.

For more information about our porter services, please contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

Porters leaving AMG Plaza Argentina Base Camp for Camp I

Porters leaving AMG Plaza Argentina Base Camp for Camp I

PORTER RATES

PLAZA DE MULAS – Normal Route
1 to 10 KG
11 to 20 KG
Plaza de Mulas to Plaza Canadá
USD 110
USD 180
Plaza Canadá to Nido de Cóndores
USD 155
USD 260
Nido de Cóndores to Berlín or Cólera
USD 190
USD 320
Berlín or Cólera to Plaza de Mulas
USD 190
USD 320
PLAZA ARGENTINA – Polish Traverse Route
1 to 10 KG
11 to 20 KG
Plaza Argentina to Camp 1 (4800m)
USD 175
USD 290
Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5830m)
USD 240
USD 390
Camp 2 to Camp 3 (Cólera)
USD 280
USD 465
Camp 3 (Cólera) to Plaza De Mulas
USD 190
USD 320
If not traversing and returning to Plaza Argentina
Camp 3 (Cólera) to Plaza Argentina
USD 280
USD 465

HOTELS IN MENDOZA CITY 

During your stay in Mendoza we can offer you a wide range of accommodations with good locations at reasonable prices, from 5 star to less expensive hotels. We have several hotels we work closely with that offer us discounted rates. One good hotel we recommend and work closely with is the NH Mendoza. They are located in the center of town and they enjoy working with climbers. Contact us for further information.

Every season, we select one of the best hotels for our clients, offering a very convenient price. Please, consult us about this service.

ACCOMMODATION NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO ACONCAGUA PROVINCIAL PARK   

In Penitentes (2,800m), which is close to both entrances of the Park, we book rooms at the Ayelen Hotel. They have great food and room sizes from 1 to 4 people with private baths and include breakfast. Most climbers will spend one night here to acclimatize before starting their trek to base camp.

AYELEN HOTEL – PENITENTES

Ayelén Hotel offers rooms with private bathroom and Restaurant service. Prices are per person, with breakfast included.

Single: USD 95

Double: USD 70

Triple: USD 65

Quad: USD 55

HOSTEL – LAS CUEVAS

Hostel service at Las Cuevas offers shared rooms. Bathroom is also shared amongst passengers.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

AMG can arrange all your transportation needs while in Argentina including airport pickups in Mendoza, transportation from Mendoza to Penitentes round-trip as well as Penitentes to the climbing trailheads. We can also provide you a variety of local excursions such as wine tours. Our agency has private vehicles to drive you where you wish to go allowing you to relax and enjoy some of the most wonderful views in the Central Andes.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION PRICES


AIRPORT to HOTELS in MENDOZA

# OF PERSONS
ROUTE
PRICE PER VEHICLE

1 to 2

Airport / Hotel

or

Hotel / Airport

USD 35
3 to 10
USD 85
11 to 16
USD 135
17 to 20
USD 165

MENDOZA to PENITENTES

# OF PERSONS
ROUTE
PRICE PER VEHICLE

1 to 2

Mendoza / Penitentes

or

Penitentes / Mendoza

USD 280
3 to 8
USD 450
9 to 20
USD 550

REGULAR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE PENITENTES – SANTIAGO DE CHILE 

If your fight home departs from Santiago, Chile, we can arrange direct transportation from Los Puquios to Santiago so you don’t need to return to Mendoza.

For transportation and lodging prices, contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

AMG van arriving at Penitentes Hotel

AMG van arriving at Penitentes Hotel

HELICOPTER SERVICES
This service is available throughout the season for rescue evacuation or for people who would rather fly down from base camps instead of walking out. It is a 15 minute flight back to the entrance of the Park.

You can also charter the helicopter for a sightseeing tour around the mountain which provides incredible views and excellent photography opportunities.

CHARTER FLIGHT FROM BASE CAMPS TO ENTRANCE OF THE PARK.

Plaza de Mulas to Horcones: USD 1,700

Plaza Argentina to Horcones: USD 2,000

For prices for sightseeing flights contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

Helicopter at Plaza de Mulas

Helicopter at Plaza de Mulas


Helicopter tour around the mountain. Great photography oportunity.

Helicopter tour around the mountain. Great photography opportunity.

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