FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I join a scheduled expedition group?
While most climbers join scheduled climbs, private expeditions can have more personal attention. This program’s flexibility makes it suitable for any type of situation during the ascent and allows for the possibility to make changes in the plans before the flight. Private clients are also able to select the starting date during the summer season.
When is the best time of year to go?
How many days do I need?
Can I pre-acclimatize to perform better at altitude?
Our trekking programs generally schedule at least two to three days over 4,000 m. Within this time, you will have exposed your body to altitude and will have started the acclimatization period. Do not hesitate to consult us with any questions.
Who answers my questions before, during and after my booking?
Our team guides are passionate, experienced, and committed to providing all climbers the best experience possible.
What are the requirements for a reservation? How much do I need to pay?
What is the maximum number of people in a group?
How are climbers paired in hotels and tents?
What if I have dietary restrictions?
What does AMG need to know about my health status?
If you are 65 or older, you will be required to show a medical certificate that you are in well enough physical and psychological health for the expedition.
How can I know if I am trained enough?
How difficult is this expedition?
Physical Difficulty: This is a highly demanding climb and climbers who are successful are usually in a 4-5 month mountaineering-based training regimen prior to the climb.
Other Difficulties: The biggest problem climbers face on expeditions is the effect of altitude on your body. Overcoming this is directly related to correct acclimatization (an aspect we cover widely in our programs) and fitness level. Low temperatures on the mountain and multiple days in the field are additional obstacles that climbers face.
What is the skill level of this climb?
How do I book my flights? When do I arrive/depart?
What gear do I need for the expedition?
Can I reserve extra nights before and after the expedition?
Please contact our Customer Service Staff for help in arranging additional nights in hotels included in our programs. You may also book additional night after the expedition finishes.
What if I have to cancel my expedition?
Should I buy travel insurance?
Do I need a climbing permit to climb Aconcagua?
Are tips included? How much do I tip?
DURING THE EXPEDITION
How are communications handled in the mountains?
All our guides carry a VHF radio and they are in permanent communication with our Base Camps, the rescue patrol and the park rangers from every place in the park. In case of emergency, assistance can respond almost instantaneously. We also have a satellite phone in each base camp.
How does AMG manage human waste?
What happens if we have bad weather?
What happens if I have to leave early?
Who carries our gear to high camp?
Each climber will carry part of the food and equipment (10 kg at most) to High Camp. This is very important to part of learning how you will respond physiologically to the higher altitude.
Likewise, on days the group moves toward the high camps, team members will carry personal equipment and, without exception, food and equipment (5 kg tops). Porters will carry tents and other mountain equipment.
When descending to Base Camp, porters will move all previously mentioned equipment, including garbage.
Each member of the expedition must carry his or her personal gear in every section of the route, as well as food and the expedition equipment. If you would like to hire a porter to carry personal gear for an additional cost, please contact us and we can help arrange this.
Who prepares our food and water?
Each climber will carry part of the food and equipment (10 kg at most) to High Camp. This is very important to part of 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?
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
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