CLIMBS

ACONCAGUA OVERVIEW

At 6,960 m (22,841 ft.), Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas and the highest peak outside of Asia. Its name translates from the Quechua word “Akon-Kahuak,” which means Stone Sentinel. The mountain lives up to this reputation as it towers over the heart of the Andes on the border between Chile and Argentina. The surrounding lowlands rise up to 4,000 m (13,123 ft.) and are host to beautiful desert landscapes that include a diverse range of flora and fauna. Our expertise in guiding this mountain gives both novice and experienced climbers an excellent opportunity for a successful expedition.

OUR TRIPS

Normal Route

This is the most commonly climbed route on Aconcagua. It is a more direct ascent with shorter distances and times between camps—three to four hours as compared to five to seven hours on the Polish Traverse Route. During the climb, we will spend eight of sixteen nights on the mountain in the comfort of our well-equipped Base Camps at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas.

Our package includes porters to assist climbers in moving gear up the mountain, (porters carry group gear) and our acclimatization process includes a summit attempt of Mt. Bonete (launched from Plaza de Mulas Base Camp) that takes climbers above 5,000 m (16,404 ft.). The combination of our high-quality Base Camps, porter support, and additional acclimatization time allows climbers an excellent chance of reaching the summit. This route is non-technical.

Polish Glacier Traverse Route

Often called the “Polish Traverse 360,” this route completely circumnavigates Aconcagua. We will ascend the Polish Route from the east and descend via the Normal Route to the west. This climb is a wonderfully dynamic experience, as we will travel on varied terrain with ever-changing views.

The Polish Glacier Traverse is a more challenging ascent than the Normal Route, with just rewards, as we have longer distances and travel times between the camps above Base Camp (five to seven hours on the Polish Traverse Route as compared to three to four hours on the Normal Route). This route is a non-technical climb.

Private Climbs

There are many reasons to choose a Private Climb:

  • Climb with your friends and family only.
  • Choose the starting date you prefer.
  • Customize your itinerary and services to suit your specific needs.

Aconcagua Mountain Guides is always willing to accommodate your desires. Our guides enjoy working with families and groups of friends. We will work with you to design the program that best suits your needs.

For more information click on the Private Climbs Tab above or contact us at info@aconcaguamg.com to get started.

Shorter Climbs

There are many opportunities for well-acclimated individuals able to climb more quickly to shorten climbing times. Contact us at info@aconcaguamg.com to get started.

PRICE

Normal Route

$4,190.00   Book Now

Per person, double occupancy
Includes porters
See itinerary for details on porter services provided.
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Polish Traverse 360 Route

$4,190.00   Book Now

Per person, double occupancy
Includes porters
See itinerary for details on porter services provided.
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SCHEDULE

Normal Route

Nov. 20, 2018 – Dec. 9, 2018 
Nov. 25, 2018 – Dec. 14, 2018
Dec. 1, 2018 – Dec. 20, 2018
Dec. 9, 2018 – Dec. 28, 2018
Dec. 16, 2018 – Jan. 4, 2019
Dec. 23, 2018 – Jan. 11, 2019
Dec. 28, 2018 – Jan. 16, 2019
Jan. 4, 2019 – Jan. 23, 2019
Jan. 6, 2019 – Jan. 25, 2019
Jan. 9, 2019 – Jan. 28, 2019
Jan. 14, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2019
Jan. 25, 2019 – Feb. 13, 2019
Feb. 6, 2019 – Feb. 25, 2019
Feb. 14, 2019 – Mar. 5, 2019


Polish Traverse 360 Route

Dec. 1, 2018 – Dec. 20, 2018
Dec. 15, 2018 – Jan. 3, 2019
Dec. 29, 2018 – Jan. 17, 2019
Jan. 8, 2019 – Jan. 27, 2019
Jan. 19, 2019 – Feb. 7, 2019
Feb. 4, 2019 – Feb. 23, 2019

NORMAL ROUTE ITINERARY

Normal Route Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 1 – MENDOZA (760m)
Upon arrival in Mendoza, team members will enjoy the comforts of one of the best hotels in the city. At the time noted in your confirmation letter, we will host an orientation meeting. At this meeting, we will perform a comprehensive gear check, an overview of the entire climb, and answer all questions. Guides will assist you with any gear rentals or purchases, if required. For the evening, you will be free to walk the streets of Mendoza and enjoy the many great restaurants in the area (meals not included).

DAY 2 – MENDOZA / PENITENTES (2,725m)
After registration with Aconcagua Provincial Park, we drive to Penitentes to start our acclimatization. Upon reaching Penitentes we will check in to our quaint hotel at the base of the mountain and have lunch. In the afternoon, staff will prepare the mule’s loads at our depot at Los Puquios for the following day. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – PENITENTES / CONFLUENCIA (3,300m)
After breakfast, we take a short drive in a private van to the entrance of the park where we will present permits and begin our 3.5-hour trek to Confluencia Camp (3,300 m). We have light backpacks and the walking is on a well-worn, picturesque trail. Upon arrival to Confluencia you will be greeted by AMG staff with some refreshments and a tour of camp. After a good rest, staff will set up tents and take some time to explore the surrounding area and view the beautiful rock formations. The group will spend two nights in Confluencia with full meals and hot drinks available throughout the day. It is a lovely camp and our staff is there to assist you. (B, PL, D)

DAY 4 – CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA FRANCIA (4,000m) / CONFLUENCIA
Today we trek to Plaza Francia and back to Confluencia. At Plaza Francia, we will eat lunch and view the spectacular South Face of Aconcagua while further acclimatizing. The South Face of Aconcagua is famous for its difficult ascents, where many of the best climbers in the world come to test their skills. After exploring the area, we descend back to Confluencia Camp for the night. Six to seven hours (B, PL, D)

DAY 5 – CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260m)
We make our way to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (seven to nine-hour trek). Guides ensure we walk at a moderate pace so everyone arrives feeling well. The trek follows the Horcones Superior River and then rises up onto a lateral moraine next to the Horcones Glacier. Upon arrival, team members can relax in the dining tent with hot drinks and snacks. Our Base Camp is a full-service camp, complete with full meals and Wi-Fi. Hot showers are available upon request. Seven to nine hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 6 – PLAZA DE MULAS
Rest day. This will be a leisure day starting with a good breakfast, and then a nice walk in the surrounding area, which has many stunning vistas. In the afternoon, we will have an orientation and then prepare our gear for the next day’s climb of Mt. Bonete at 5,100 m. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 – PLAZA DE MULAS / MT. BONETE (5,100m) / PLAZA DE MULAS
This is an exciting day as we climb Mt Bonete, 5,100 m. For many climbers, this will be their first summit over 5,000 m. From the top there are great vistas of Aconcagua and the surrounding mountains. The climb of Mt. Bonete also gives team members essential acclimatization experience, which will be necessary to climb Aconcagua. Following our climb, we will return to Plaza de Mulas and enjoy a nice evening in Base Camp. six to seven hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 8 – PLAZA DE MULAS / CAMP 1 “CANADÁ” (4,910m) / PLAZA DE MULAS
Acclimatization trek to Camp 1, or Camp Canadá. We will carry food, fuel, and other supplies to use in camps higher on the mountain. This walk begins through a field in Penitentes, with two- to five-foot tall pinnacles of ice, and then follows switchbacks that lead us steadily up to Camp Canadá. Once we reach camp, we will cache our gear, have a packed lunch, and then return to Base Camp. Three to four hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 9 – PLAZA DE MULAS
Rest and acclimatization day. On this day team members will make sure that equipment is ready and all are well-rested to make the move to a camp higher up the mountain. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 – PLAZA DE MULAS / CAMP 1 “CANADÁ”
This morning we will move to Camp Canadá. Team members will carry personal gear and additional supplies. Porters will carry sleeping tents. Once at Canadá, the group will enjoy lunch and set up tents. Three to four hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 11 – CAMP 1 “CANADÁ” / CAMP 2 “NIDO DE CÓNDORES” (5,250m)
Today we move from Camp Canada to our Camp 2, or “Nido de Cóndores,” where we will spend the next three nights for rest and acclimatization. On this day, each climber will be responsible for carrying personal equipment only. Porter staff will carry expedition equipment, food, and sleeping tents. After reaching Nido de Cóndores, we will set up tents with the guides and move our sleeping gear inside before settling down for the night. Guides will serve dinner in tents. three to four hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 12 – CAMP 2 “NIDO DE CÓNDORES”
Today is a rest day and an opportunity to further acclimatize and enjoy the comfort of our camp. Resting on this day will improve your performance on summit day and greatly increase your chances for successfully reaching the summit. AMG is the only company that offers this rest day instead of moving higher up the mountain. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 – CAMP 2 “NIDO DE CÓNDORES” / CAMP 3 “CÓLERA” (6,000m) / CAMP 2 “NIDO DE CÓNDORES”
Carry to High Camp, or “Camp Cólera.” All climbers will carry expedition food, fuel, and some camp equipment that we will need in Cólera and for our summit attempt. This will be a short hike, but we will move slowly to acclimatize and prepare for summit day. Once at Cólera, you will have lunch and then return to Nido de Cóndores. Four hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 14 – CAMP 2 “NIDO DE CÓNDORES” / CAMP 3 “CÓLERA”
Climb to Camp 3, “Cólera.” We will carry our personal equipment and any extra gear needed for the summit attempt. Porters will carry sleeping tents. At Cólera Camp, staff will strategically position the campsite for protection in case of high winds. While climbers rest, guides will check each team member’s summit gear for the next day and give an orientation on the summit climb. We will have an early dinner and go to bed to get a good night’s rest for the early morning start the next day. Three hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 15 – CAMP 3 “CÓLERA” / SUMMIT (6,962m) / CAMP 3 “CÓLERA”
Climb from Cólera to the summit and return to Camp 3. The Great Day!
We will wake up early in the morning and dress for our summit attempt. Guides will serve hot drinks and a quick breakfast. They will let us know what time to leave our tents so we all rise together and start moving toward the summit. This keeps us warm and moving together as a team. The climb is gradual as we follow switchbacks for two hours until we reach a small A-frame hut called “Independencia.” From here we will traverse across the North Face of Aconcagua until we reach the Canaleta, a low-angle gully that leads us up towards the summit ridge. As we ascend the Canaleta, we can look down on the surrounding mountains, which begin to drop away from as we go higher. A few hundred meters below the summit, the route traverses east and leads us directly the summit! A cross proudly stands on top to mark the summit. There is plenty of room for everybody to take personal and group photos. It is a time for celebration! Time of day and the weather often determine the amount of time we spend on the summit. After we’ve all taken photos and absorbed the views, we will begin our descent back to Cólera Camp. eight to twelve hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 16 – CAMP 3 “CÓLERA”/ PLAZA DE MULAS
We head down to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. We will take our time moving downhill with our climbing equipment and personal gear. Porters will carry sleeping tents and human waste. Once in Plaza de Mulas, the group will have the rest of the day free to celebrate our climbing experience and enjoy a great meal. Four hours. (B, PL, D)

DAY 17 – PLAZA DE MULAS / HORCONES / MENDOZA
We descend to Horcones, the entrance to the Park, on the last trekking day of the expedition. Mules will carry belongings so team members will only take light backpacks with jackets and packed lunches. Transfer to Mendoza City. Lodge in the hotel. Guides and climbers often get together for dinner to celebrate the climb. Six to seven hours. (B, PL) (Mendoza dinner not included)

DAY 18 – MENDOZA
Breakfast. End of services. (B)

DAY 19 – EXTRA DAY
Extra day for weather.

DAY 20 – EXTRA DAY
Extra day for weather.

NOTE: THE ABOVE ITINERARY IS INTENDED AS A GUIDELINE ONLY. ALTHOUGH EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ADHERE TO IT, CHANGES MAY BE CAUSED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, TRANSPORT FAILURE, OR OTHER UNFORESEEN EVENTS. PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE IF NECESSARY.

Our Depot, Los Puquios at the entrance Aconcagua Provincial Park

Trek to Confluencia Camp

Confluencia Base Camp

Looking back down the Horcones River on the way to Plaza de Mulas

Plaza de Mulas at night

Mt. Bonete, route traverses the face of the mountain and ascends the right skyline

Climbing to Camp I

Climbers on their way to Camp Canadá

Moving to high camp.

High Camp Cólera

Early start on our way to the summit

All team members on the summit!

Happy climbers after a good meal at base camp

POLISH TRAVERSE 360 ITINERARY

Polish Traverse 360 Day to Day Itinerary

 DAY 1 – MENDOZA (760m)

Upon arrival in Mendoza, you will enjoy the comforts of one of the best hotels in the city, and then  begin with an orientation meeting (please note meeting time in your confirmation letter). At this meeting, we will perform a comprehensive gear check, an overview of the entire climb, and answer all questions. Guides will assist you with any gear rentals or purchases, if required. For the evening, you will be free to walk the streets of Mendoza and enjoy the many great restaurants in the area (meals not included).

  

DAY 2 – MENDOZA / PENITENTES (2,725m)

After registration with Aconcagua Provincial Park, we drive to Penitentes to start our acclimatization. Upon reaching Penitentes, we will check in to our quaint hotel at the base of the mountain and have lunch. In the afternoon, the mule’s loads are prepared at our Depot at Los Puquios for the following day. (B, L, D)

 

DAY 3 – PENITENTES / PAMPA DE LEÑAS (3,100m)

The group will travel by private van to the entrance of the park and begin the trek to Pampa de Leñas Camp. Mules will carry our equipment (each climber carries a day pack) and staff will set up camps upon arrival. (B, PL, D)

 DAY 4 – PAMPA DE LEÑAS / CASA DE PIEDRA (3,600m)

After breakfast and packing gear, we will head off on our trek to Casa de Piedra camp. This is a gradual, five to six-hour walk along the Vacas River. One of the most beautiful days on the trek, we will eventually see the magnificent East Face of Aconcagua with the Polish Glacier running directly to the summit. As on the previous day, staff will set up tents while climbers rest and wait for dinner to be ready. (B, PL, D)

DAY 5 – CASA DE PIEDRA / PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP (4,000m)

The trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp is our longest trekking day (six to seven hours) with the reward of reaching Base Camp. Once at Plaza Argentina, we will stay in our own private campsite with the necessary comforts so as to make your stay as nice as possible. (B, PL, D)

DAY 6 – PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP

Here we take a rest day and perhaps a few short walks in the area. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 – PLAZA ARGENTINA / CAMP 1 (4,950m) / PLAZA ARGENTINA

Each team member will carry their own food and equipment to Camp 1 — about five hours of climbing. Once at Camp 1, we will enjoy a packed-lunch, then return to Plaza Argentina. Carries such as these are an important aspect of our acclimatization process. (B, PL, D)

DAY 8 – PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP

Resting and acclimatization day in Plaza Argentina. The group will also prepare gear for our move to Camp 1. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 – PLAZA ARGENTINA / CAMP 1

On this day, we move to Camp 1 — approximately six hours of hiking. Again, each client will carry their personal equipment and additional supplies. Porters will carry sleeping tents. On the way, the group will have lunch, and on arrival, team members will set up the tents with the help of guides. (B, PL, D)

DAY 10 – CAMP 1 / CAMP 2: UPPER GUANACOS (5,500m) / CAMP 1

Carry to Camp 2 will take four to five hours. As part of our acclimatization, team members will carry the necessary food and fuel. We will begin our day ascending moderate switchbacks that make the climbing easier, and then ascend 18,000 ft. (5,500 m) to reach Camp 2. While on the climb, the surrounding mountains open up to us with wide vistas along with a magnificent view of the Polish Glacier. Once at Camp 2, we will cache our supplies and rest while enjoying lunch. Then we descend back to Camp 1. (B, PL, D)

DAY 11 – CAMP 1 / CAMP 2: UPPER GUANACOS

The group will climb up to Camp 2 at 5,500 m (5 hours climbing) and set up camp. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment and additional supplies. Porters will carry sleeping tents and pitch them while team members rest and recover. (B, PL, D)

DAY 12 – CAMP 2

Rest day in Camp 2. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 – CAMP 2 / CAMP 3 CÓLERA (6,000m) / CAMP 2

Carry to Camp 3. Carry expedition equipment and food that you will need in Cólera, about four to five hours of climbing (each member of the group will carry gear to Cólera Camp). Once at Cólera Camp, we will have lunch, then return to Camp 2. This trek will continue helping with your acclimatization process. (B, PL, D)

 DAY 14 – CAMP 2 / CAMP 3 CÓLERA

We begin with an early start, and after breakfast we will ascend toward the Normal Route. On this day, each client will carry personal equipment and additional supplies. Porters will carry sleeping tents. At Cólera Camp, staff will settle the campsite, which is strategically located for its altitude and protection from strong winds. The guide will check each member of the group and will orient climbers as to summit day plans. (B, PL, D)

DAY 15 – CAMP 3 / SUMMIT (6,962m) / CAMP 3

This is the great day! Our planned summit day will begin with a pre-dawn start. The goal is reach the summit be rewarded with an unforgettable experience before returning to Cólera. (B, PL, D)

DAY 16 – CAMP 3 / PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260m)

After a long trek, we will arrive at Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment and the expedition equipment assigned to him or her. Porter staff will carry sleeping tents and waste produced by expedition group. Once in Plaza de Mulas, the group will have the afternoon to enjoy the lower altitude and reflect on our experience. (B, PL, D)

DAY 17 – PLAZA DE MULAS / HORCONES / MENDOZA

Descend to Horcones (six to seven hours) on the last trekking day of the expedition. Mules will carry personal belongings while team members carry a light backpack with a jacket and packed lunch. Transfer to Mendoza city. Lodge in the hotel. (B, PL) (Mendoza dinner not included)

 DAY 18 – MENDOZA

Breakfast. End of services. (B)

DAY 19 – EXTRA DAY

Extra day for weather.

DAY 20 – EXTRA DAY

Extra day for weather.

 

NOTE: THE ABOVE ITINERARY IS INTENDED AS A GUIDELINE ONLY. ALTHOUGH EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ADHERE TO IT, CHANGES MAY BE CAUSED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, TRANSPORT FAILURE, OR OTHER UNFORESEEN EVENTS. PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE IF NECESSARY.

Our hotel at the park entrance

Case-de-Piedra-Camp

Our first view of the East Face of Aconcagua from Casa de Piedra

Arrival at Plaza Argentina

Plaza Argentina

Climbers on their way to Camp II

AMG Camp Colera

Climber close to the summit of Aconcagua

Beautiful day on the Summit of Aconcagua

Plaza Argentina at night

Heading back down the Horcones

PRIVATE CLIMBS

Group sizes from 3-12

There are many reasons to choose a Private Climb:

  • Climb with your friends and family only.
  • Choose the starting date you prefer.
  • Shorter Climbs for those who would like to climb faster.
  • Customize your itinerary and services to suit your specific needs.

Aconcagua Mountain Guides is always willing to accommodate your desires. Our guides enjoy working with families and groups of friends and look forward to working with you to design the program that best suits your needs.

The chart below gives three private programs that climbers most often use.  We are happy to adjust any of these programs to suit your needs and will supply pricing.

Note: We offer shorter private climbs as well.  Contact us at info@aconcaguamg.com to get started.

Basic Private Expedition

Full Private Expedition

Deluxe Private Expedition


$3,750/Person


$4,290/Person


$5,800/Person

Professional Mountain GuideYesYesYes
Park Entrance Permit AssistanceYesYesYes
RoutesEither Normal or Polish 360 TraverseEither Normal or Polish 360 TraverseEither Normal or Polish 360 Traverse
Itinerary15-16 -17 days18-19-20 days18-19-20 days
Hotel in MendozaNo4 Star Hotel (D.O.)5 Star Hotel (D.O or S.O)
Hotel in PenitentesNoMountain HotelMountain Hotel
Transportation in private vehicleRound Trip Transportation in private vehicle from Penitentes ↔ Park EntranceRound Trip Transportation in private vehicle: Airport ↔ Hotel, Hotel ↔ Mendoza, Penitentes ↔ Park EntranceRound Trip Transportation in private vehicle: Airport ↔ Hotel, Hotel ↔ Mendoza, Penitentes ↔ Park Entrance
MealsAll meals included at Base Camps and High CampsAll meals included at Penitentes, Base Camps and High CampsAll meals included at Penitentes, Base Camps and High Camps
Mules for load transportation30kg./pax from Penitentes to Base Camp Round Trip30kg./pax from Penitentes to Approaching and Base Camp Round Trip30kg./pax from Penitentes to Approaching and Base Camp Round Trip
Tents / Dormitory domes3 person tent shared by two pax3 person tent shared by two paxSingle Tents
Services at campsUse of AMG Dining Tents 
Use of AMG bathrooms
AMG equipment storage facility
Use of AMG Dining Tents 
Use of AMG bathrooms
AMG equipment storage facility
Use of AMG Dining Tents 
Use of AMG bathrooms 
AMG equipment storage facility
Porter for common equipmentNoYes (only normal route)Yes
Personal PorterNoNo10kg. per person to high camps
Safety servicesCommunication between camps & Mendoza
Weather report
Medical Equipment at base camps
Communication between camps & Mendoza
Weather report
Medical Equipment at base camps
Communication between camps & Mendoza
Weather report
Medical Equipment at base camps

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

ACONCAGUA GEAR LIST

  • Each item on the list below is required unless specified to be optional.
  • Item images represent one product suggestion for that item.
  • Our experienced staff is happy to speak with you via phone or email:  info@aconcaguamg.com

FOOTWEAR

LIGHT HIKING BOOTS OR TREKKING SHOES For any approaches across dry trail. Light weight, high comfort, plenty of room in the toe box, and good support should be stressed here.

WOOL OR SYNTHETIC SOCKS 4 pairs of medium to heavy hiking socks. These must fit over your liner socks if you plan to wear liner socks.

WOOL OR SYNTHETIC SOCKS 3 pairs of lightweight liner socks. These must fit snugly and beneath your wool socks.

HIGH-ALTITUDE DOUBLE BOOT Aconcagua is a cold, high-altitude peak that requires extremely warm footwear. Three types of boot can work well: 8,000-meter all-in-one boots (La Sportiva Olympus Mons, Scarpa Phantom 8,000, Millet Everest), 6-7,000-meter double boots (La Sportiva Spantik, La Sportiva G2 SM, Scarpa Phantom 6000), or plastic double boots with high-altitude liners (Koflach Arctis Expe, Asolo AFS 8000, Scarpa Inverno). For those who own plastic boots equipped with low-altitude liners (Koflach Degre, Lowa Civetta), you must purchase new high-altitude liners (Intuition Denali Liner) as your low-altitude liners will not provide sufficient insulation. Having proper footwear is absolutely critical for climbing Aconcagua- please inquire with any questions.

GAITERS Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots. Short trekking gaiters do not offer sufficient protection. Note that these are not needed if your boots have integrated gaiters.

SPORT SANDALS / WATER SHOES For river crossings. Crocs, Teva-style sandals, or similar footwear will work well.

BOOTIES (OPTIONAL) Synthetic or down camp booties for comfortable wear around camp.

TECHNICAL CLOTHING (Lower body)

SHORT UNDERWEAR Two to three pairs based on personal preference. Synthetic or wool fabrics only; bring a comfortable athletic style for any top and bottom underwear.

BASELAYER BOTTOM 1 to 2 non-cotton baselayer bottoms that should fit snugly without constriction.

INSULATED SYNTHETIC PANTS A synthetic insulated pant with full-length separating side zips. Ski pants are typically not appropriate for this layer.

SOFTSHELL PANTS Stretchy, comfortable, non-insulated softshell pants which should fit comfortably with or without your baselayer bottoms. Please note that “zip-off”-style trekking pants are too light to be considered softshell pants.

HARDSHELL PANTS Non-insulated, fully waterproof shell pants that must fit comfortably over your baselayer bottoms and softshell pants. Full-length separating size zippers are preferred; shorter side zippers are allowed if you can put on and take off your pants without removing your boots.

TREKKING PANTS Lightweight, breathable trekking pants are recommended for the approach to base camp. Many choose to use zip-off versions for versatility.

SHORTS (OPTIONAL) Comfortable, non-cotton athletic shorts can be nice during the trek, at base camp, or during river crossings.

TECHNICAL CLOTHING (upper body)

BASELAYER TOP 2 or 3 long-sleeved baselayer tops. Baselayers must be constructed of a non-cotton material such as merino wool or polyester. Note that many guides prefer light-colored, hooded baselayers for sun protection.

MIDLAYER TOP A mid-weight, form-fitting, lightweight fleece layer for use over baselayers or as a baselayer in cold conditions. Hoods are optional but recommended.

LIGHTWEIGHT INSULATED JACKET We recommend a lightweight insulated jacket to serve either as a layering piece or as stand-alone insulation when appropriate. This may be filled with down or synthetic insulation.

EXPEDITION DOWN PARKA An 8000-meter rated, expedition ready parka. This parka must be in excellent condition, fully baffled, and should be brought recently cleaned with Nikwax Down Wash to ensure maximum loft.

SOFTSHELL JACKET This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket is a key part of a mountaineering layering system. We recommend a hooded model. This layer must fit well over your midlayer top and baselayer top.

HARDSHELL JACKET A non-insulated, fully waterproof shell jacket with a hood. We recommend durable 3-layer fabric. Gore-Tex Pro Shell or a similar eVent fabric will offer the most durability and long-term weather protection. This layer must fit comfortably over your baselayer, midlayer, softshell, and potentially a lightweight insulated layer. Helmet-compatible hoods are required.

WIND SHELL (OPTIONAL) Used to block wind without adding insulation, many turn to a wind shell or wind shirt for protection. Wind shells typically weigh less than 8 ounces and are incredibly packable, which makes them an excellent addition to your layering system.

T-SHIRTS Bring a small selection of t-shirts as well, for use around town and for the trek into basecamp.

HANDWEAR

LIGHTWEIGHT LINER GLOVES 2 pairs of very lightweight wool or synthetic liner gloves that offer a snug, comfortable fit. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight while still offering UV protection. Black or dark-color gloves are also acceptable.

SOFTSHELL GLOVES Midweight, lightly insulated gloves for use when mittens are too warm and liner gloves are not warm enough. Leather-palm construction is always ideal for the sake of durability.

INSULATED SHELL GLOVES One pair of warm shell gloves with insulated removable liners. Excellent for use when conditions are too cold for softshell gloves, but too warm for expedition mittens.

EXPEDITION MITTENS Expedition-rated mittens with an insulated removable liner. Please be sure this mitten is the warmest model available by any manufacturer.

LEATHER GLOVES (OPTIONAL) One pair of light leather gloves is strongly recommended for this trip. Tents are setup using large rocks to anchor guylines, and moving rocks can destroy your climbing gloves. Cheap or non-technical leather gloves are sufficient for this item.

HEADWEAR

BUFF 2 buffs are must-have for Aconcagua. The UV Buff is a versatile replacement for the bandana and serves a multitude of purposes.

SUN HAT Any style of lightweight hat for shading the head will work well. Baseball caps and sombrero-style sun hats are the most common.

WOOL / SYNTHETIC SKI HAT A non-cotton wool or synthetic hat that covers the head and ears comfortably.

BALACLAVA SYSTEM Two full balaclavas, one heavyweight and one lightweight, that will comfortably layer together. These items are not replaced by a Buff.

GLACIER GLASSES High-quality glacier glasses offering full coverage around both eyes and across the nose. Removable side-shields are not required provided eye coverage is sufficient.

SKI GOGGLES High-quality goggles for sun and wind protection at altitude. The lens should offer visible light transmission (VLT) of no more than 30%. Those with light-sensitive eyes may wish to use a darker lens. Photochromatic models are ideal for use in changing conditions.

DUST MASK (OPTIONAL) For those that are sensitive to dust. Can be left at Base Camp.

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

CRAMPONS General mountaineering crampons. We recommend modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates. 10-point, aluminum, or single-piece rigid crampons are not recommended.

TREKKING POLES Collapsible trekking poles. A large variety of poles can work well. 3-section models are preferred, however, as they are collapsible for easy carrying in steeper terrain. Trekking baskets are OK. The Black Diamond Trail Poles are sufficient, but more expensive, lighter-weight models such as the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles offer greater weight advantage.

CLIMBING HELMET A lightweight climbing-specific helmet. This must fit comfortably over your bare head, hat, and/or balaclava, and your headlamp must be able to strap securely to the outside of the helmet.

PACKS

EXPEDITION CLIMBING PACK A 75-105 liter climbing pack designed with climber-specific features and an internal frame. The volume you choose depends on experience level packing and gear quality. If opting for a pack smaller than 100 liters, practice packing to be sure you can efficiently use a smaller sized pack.

EXPEDITION DUFFEL BAG An approximately 150-liter expedition-ready duffel bag used to transport all gear.

SMALL DUFFEL This item can double as carry-on luggage for your flight, and is used to store any items you do not plan to take into the mountains. Think light and simple, with 40-50 liters of total capacity. Bring a travel lock for peace of mind.

TREKKING PACK (OPTIONAL) A small, simple pack of approximately 35-40 liters. Useful for the trek into basecamp.

SLEEPING GEAR

-20F DOWN SLEEPING BAG This sleeping bag should be rated to -20 degrees Fahrenheit and must be down-filled rather than synthetic filled for the sake of weight and bulk. Be sure to include a correctly sized compression stuff sack.

INFLATABLE SLEEPING PAD A full-length, modern inflatable sleeping pad is recommended. Older-style three-quarter length pads have been superseded by ultralight full-length pads. We recommend bringing a valve repair/body patch kit.

FOAM PAD This pad should be either 3/4 or body length. Cut pieces of closed cell foam or industrially-crafted pads are both acceptable.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

HEADLAMP A modern outdoor LED headlamp offering 90-200 lumens of output. Fresh, installed batteries plus spare batteries. Weather-resistant models are strongly preferred.

WATER BOTTLES (Two to three 1-litre capacity bottles) Bottles should be wide mouth made of copolyester (BPA free plastic). No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill and no metal bottles as lips have a tendency to stick.

WATER BOTTLE PARKAS Two total. Fully insulated with zip opening. Neoprene ‘cozy’ style does not provided enough insulation and is not recommended.

MUG One insulated outdoor-style mug with a removable lid. Your mug should retain heat well and be spill resistant. 12-20 ounce models are acceptable.

BOWL One two-cup capacity packable bowl. Models with a lid (like a Tupperware) work well, as do lidless bowls and flatter “deep plate” models. Collapsible models can suffice, but must be handled very carefully to avoid unintended collapsing.

KNIFE Medium size. Keep it simple and light.

SPOON & FORK One fork and one spoon, designed for backcountry pursuits.

THERMOS A fully vacuum-insulated thermos is recommended for hydration, comfort, and safety on cold days on the mountain. 1-liter sizes are strongly preferred.

TOILETRY BAG Include toilet paper (one roll stored in a plastic bag), hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and some wet wipes if desired.

SUNSCREEN Several 1-2 ounce tubes of SPF 30+ sunscreen. Zinc-oxide added versions are preferred. One ounce is typically sufficient per week, but several tubes. Sunscreen loses SPF rating over time; we strongly recommend brand-new sunscreen.

LIPSCREEN Several tubes of SPF 30+ lipscreen. As with sunscreen, be sure your lipscreen is new. Recommended: Aloe Gator Medicated 30 SPF Lip Balm.

WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS One set of chemical water treatment drops or tablets. We recommend AquaMira. Lightweight Steri-Pens with extra batteries can suffice, but do not work well in the event of very cold conditions. Be sure your system will be sufficient for the entire duration of your trip- some packages of tablets treat only a very small amount of water! As a general guideline, allow for 4-6 liters of water per day when treating water is necessary.

SMALL PERSONAL FIRST-AID KIT Basic medical supplies in a compact package- we recommend basic painkillers, Moleskin, first-aid tape, Band-Aids, and anti-septic wipes or gel.

MEDICATIONS & PRESCRIPTIONS Bring any personal prescriptions, plus Pepto Bismol, Cipro (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, Z-Paks (250mg tablets), Diamox (125mg tablets, approx. 2 per day at altitude), and a variety of standard painkillers like Excedrin Extra Strength, Ibuprofen, etc.

HAND SANITIZER Many alcohol-based hand cleaners will work well. Bring a small amount appropriate to the trip duration.

HAND AND TOE WARMERS Bring 3 sets of each. Please note that toe warmers are different than hand warmers. They are formulated to work in a lower oxygen environment, like the inside of a boot, they also burn out more quickly.

OPTIONAL ITEMS

CAMERA Optional. Small point-and-shoot cameras (including compact SLR’s) are ideal & work well at altitude. Alternatively, many opt to use a smartphone camera. Due to weight & care in the mountain environment, large dSLR cameras are discouraged.

PEE BOTTLE (1-1.5 LITER) One wide-mouth, clearly marked collapsible container or wide-mouthed bottle for use overnight.

PEE FUNNEL (FOR WOMEN) Practice is critical for the use of this item.

HYDRATION RESERVOIR For lower altitude/warmer climate use. Does not serve as a sufficient substitute for water bottles.

FOOD We recommend that you bring approximately 12 energy food items, like bars, Gu packets, etc.

TRASH COMPACTOR BAGS Three bags for use as waterproof pack/stuff sack liners. Compactor bags are made from a heavy plastic and stand up well to prolonged mountain use.

EARPLUGS Several pairs of disposable foam earplugs are highly recommended to aid sleep- this is especially important on windy nights when a flapping tent can easily keep you awake.

TRAVEL CLOTHES Clean ‘town’ clothing is recommend for use traveling as well as pre-and-post trip. We recommend bringing a comfortable variety of clothing for peace of mind, including some t-shirts, and swimsuit.

TRAVEL POWER ADAPTER Type C (two round prongs) and Type I (three flat prongs, two of which are angled) are most common. Please research what adapters are necessary to plug in your devices.

2018-2019 Schedule

NORMAL ROUTE

Nov. 20, 2018 – Dec. 9, 2018 
Nov. 25, 2018 – Dec. 14, 2018
Dec. 1, 2018 – Dec. 20, 2018
Dec. 9, 2018 – Dec. 28, 2018
Dec. 16, 2018 – Jan. 4, 2019
Dec. 23, 2018 – Jan. 11, 2019
Dec. 28, 2018 – Jan. 16, 2019
Jan. 4, 2019 – Jan. 23, 2019
Jan. 6, 2019 – Jan. 25, 2019
Jan. 9, 2019 – Jan. 28, 2019
Jan. 14, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2019
Jan. 25, 2019 – Feb. 13, 2019
Feb. 6, 2019 – Feb. 25, 2019
Feb. 14, 2019 – Mar. 5, 2019

POLISH TRAVERSE 360 ROUTE

Dec. 1, 2018 – Dec. 20, 2018
Dec. 15, 2018 – Jan. 3, 2019
Dec. 29, 2018 – Jan. 17, 2019
Jan. 8, 2019 – Jan. 27, 2019
Jan. 19, 2019 – Feb. 7, 2019
Feb. 4, 2019 – Feb. 23, 2019

 

PRICE

Normal Route

$4,190.00   Book Now

Per person, double occupancy
Includes porters
See itinerary for details on porter services provided.
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Polish Traverse 360 Route

$4,190.00   Book Now

Per person, double occupancy
Includes porters
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PRICE INCLUDES

Hotel in Mendoza

You will stay in an excellent hotel, centrally located in Mendoza city for two nights: one night will be upon arrival, and the second night will be after completion of the climb. The rooms are double-occupancy (two people to a room) with breakfast and taxes included in the price. If you prefer a single room, this can be arranged at an additional cost.

Gear Check and Orientation

Guides will host a thorough orientation on the first day of your program. We will discuss all details of the climb with ample time for questions and answers. Following this, we will perform a complete gear check. If you need rental or retail gear, our guides will assist you.

Assistance with Climbing Permit

AMG will assist you with the paperwork to acquire a climbing permit. On the day of our departure to the mountain, our group will go to park headquarters where each climber must pay and sign for their personal permit.

Transfer Mendoza / Penitentes / Mendoza

We will pick you up from your hotel and take you directly to Penitentes in our comfortable van. Our drive is approximately 180 km. The scenery throughout the drive is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Central Andes. We also deliver you back to Mendoza after the climb.

Meals

From the moment we leave Mendoza until our return, all meals are included.

During the expedition, we will provide all meals (B: breakfast / L: lunch / PL: packed lunch if you are on the move / D: dinner), which are carefully planned by our professional chefs to provide a balanced diet and plenty of food during your climb. If you are vegetarian or celiac, or if you need a special diet, please let us know on your Booking Form. We will be happy to accommodate a pleasure for us to prepare a special menu for you. This service has an extra cost.

Lodging in Penitentes

The group will spend one night in Penitentes in a quaint hotel at the beginning of the expedition. Rooms sleep two to four people and have a private bathroom. A great breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included at the hotel.

Transfer to the Aconcagua Trailhead

We will transport climbers in our vehicles from Penitentes to the ranger station where permits will be reviewed and you will be informed about the park rules before we start trekking.

Mules

ACONCAGUA MOUNTAIN GUIDES owns more than 140 mules to transport our gear and sometimes people on the approach to Base Camp. Mules move gear three times during our climb. First, from Los Puquios to Confluencia; second, from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas;  and finally, from Plaza de Mulas back to Los Puquios (See Itinerary). Every climber may transport by mule a maximum of 30 kg on each stage of the approach and descent. We recommend you bring a strong duffel bag to protect all your personal gear during transport. (Please see Gear List)

Confluencia Base Camp

We will spend two nights in Confluencia Camp (see Itinerary) for a thorough acclimatization and a spectacular view of the South Face of Aconcagua. It is a well-established camp with dining tents, lights, chairs, and a chef.

Trekking to Plaza Francia

On the fourth day of the expedition, we will visit the base of the mythical South Face of the Aconcagua. This is the most vertical face of the mountain, with glaciers and walls almost 3,000 m tall. During this trek, we will ascend 700 m, giving your body further acclimatization.

Plaza de Mulas Base Camp

Once you have arrived at Plaza de Mulas, you will spend a total of six nights in our lovely Base Camp, which is fully prepared to make your climb of Aconcagua as comfortable as possible. Like Confluencia, we have dining tents where you can eat and relax, read, or play cards. They are warm from the sun and keep you out of the weather. Well-trained chefs will prepare all your meals and provide hot drinks as desired in our kitchen tents. We have two-man VE25 sleeping tents along with clean toilet facilities for your use. Hot showers, Wi-Fi, and bunk beds (dormitory style) are available for an extra cost.

Trekking in Plaza de Mulas Area and Mt. Bonete Climbing

At Plaza de Mulas we will spend one day trekking to the summit of Mt. Bonete, a 5,100-m peak, to get a spectacular view of the West Face of Aconcagua, and to gain further acclimatization. It is a wonderful day of climbing.

Porters for High Camps

In our expeditions, we employ porters to carry part of our climbing gear in order to keep your backpacks at reasonable weights while ascending the mountain. If you would like to hire additional porters to carry all your gear between camps, you can do so at an extra cost. For the Normal Route, porters carry our sleeping tents from Plaza de Mulas to all the higher camps on the mountain. In addition, porters carry expedition equipment and food between Plaza Canadá and Nido de Cóndores (See itinerary). Porters also carry all human waste and trash down to Base Camp.

Guides

Our mountain guides are qualified professionals and certified by the AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides) and the EPGAMT (School of High Mountain and Trekking Guides). The last qualification requires three years of training and exams.

We carefully vet all of our guides as we know they are the most important part of our clients’ experience, and we understand our reputation lies on the experience your guide provides. Our guides are passionate about their work and do not simply guide, but serve as teachers, medics, and friends as they share mountain knowledge along the way.

We can guarantee our mountain guides have an outstanding knowledge of the mountain, are well-trained, and understand the personal nuances of guiding others (great climbers do not always make great guides). All guides are medically trained as well, and carry first-aid kits to handle situations that may arise on the mountain (This is important not just for emergencies, but in making decisions that help clients acclimatize better and stay healthy). All guides carry VHF radios to communicate with other guides and Base Camp.

Extra Days

On the Normal Route, we offer a 20-day program round-trip from Mendoza. This is longer than any other company and is very important to increasing chances for a successful summit experience, and is a prime example of our commitment to put quality first. These extra days allow us to wait out bad weather or rest if needed. Many other teams retreat early if they have run out of time or move too quickly up the mountain (which often causes climbers to become ill). If we finish on time, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful city of Mendoza and the surrounding wine county, or fly home early. See Itinerary, Normal Route.

Communications

All of our Base Camps are equipped with a system of communication via radio frequency, BLU, VHF, and satellite phone. This keeps us permanently connected with our headquarters in Mendoza city and Los Puquios, as well as 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 park rangers and a helicopter service to move climbers efficiently to additional services off the mountain.

Equipment & Tents

We use the highest quality climbing gear, and all of our equipment is well-maintained and replaced regularly. We are the only company whose entire fleet of tents is North Face VE 25 tents. These are the most comfortable and the strongest tents for withstanding high winds, perfect for Aconcagua.

Gifts

Once your expedition is over you will receive a summit certificate and an Aconcagua T-shirt from our company as a gift.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE 

We will send a detailed confirmation package upon booking.

  • Wire transfer fees for deposit or balance (if applicable)
  • International round-trip airfare between home country and Mendoza
  • Excess baggage charges, lost luggage, and airport taxes
  • Climbing permit fee ($850–$1100, depending on season)
  • Single room supplement (hotels only)
  • Guide tips
  • Private porters hired to carry your personal gear if you choose. They can be confirmed in advance.
  • Some supplemental snacks, such as candy bars and drinks and which are not mentioned in provided services – see confirmation materials
  • Additional hotels and meals if the expedition finishes early and returns to Mendoza
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Airport transfers (due to multiple arrival schedules). Taxis are an easy way to get back and forth from the airport to your hotel. You can also request personal pickups at the airport for an additional cost
  • All fees incurred for early departure from the scheduled itinerary (whether personal or medical), including additional hotels, meals, and transportation (mules, auto, or helicopter). We will send a full schedule of evacuation and early departure fees in confirmation materials
  • Personal gear (personal clothing), see Gear List
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Aconcagua Mountain Guides LLC

TECHNICAL SKILLS

The summit climb of the Northeast or “Normal Route” on Aconcagua does not require previous training in technical climbing skills to participate. We are primarily climbing on trails, but on occasion may use crampons and fixed lines to add safety if the route requires. Guides will provide instruction in the use of crampons in case they may be required.

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

Climbing Aconcagua is a physically challenging undertaking. You will have multiple days carrying loads between 25 lbs. (11kg.) and 40 lbs. (18kg.) and ascending as much as 3,000 ft. (950 m) in a particular day. After reaching a camp, we will set up and sleep in tents with outside temperatures that sometimes reach -20 C. With less than half the amount of oxygen in the air as at sea level, altitude plays an important role in the physical challenge.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

All these challenges can be overcome through proper training and previous experience camping in cold conditions. You should begin physical training several months prior to your climb by carrying a backpack and slowly increasing the weight and altitude gain on each hike. If you can reach a point where you are comfortable carrying the pack weights mentioned above and ascending 1,000 m (3,000 ft.) in a four to six-hour period, you will be on your way to having the strength and endurance to climb Aconcagua.

SELF-MANAGEMENT

You should also be prepared to take care of yourself in a cold environment. This means knowing how to control your body temperature by hydrating well, putting on different layers of clothing to maintain body heat, and eating sufficiently (regularly throughout the day) to maintain your strength. It is important to learn how to monitor your health and know how you are feeling. We will help you to fine-tune many of these skills as we trek to Base Camp and begin to ascend the mountain.

ALTITUDE CHALLENGE

Last but not least is the altitude challenge. It helps to have climbed high before, (over 4,000-5,000 m (12,000 to 16,000 ft.), but if you will walk slowly, stay hydrated, and monitor your health, guides will be able to assist you in the acclimatization process with a very high likelihood of success. Remember, training for your climb is essential to reaching the summit and having the experience of a lifetime.

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