Normal Route – Aconcagua Expedition

In order you can reach the highest Summit in America, our professional team works hard to provide the maximum safety in the mountains with the best acclimatization.

 

Mount Aconcagua (6,962m) is the highest mountain in the West, the highest apart from the Himalaya, and the second highest summit in the circuit of the seven summits. Its difficulty lies in its high altitude and the low temperatures.

 

You have the possibility of having a spot in our expedition and enjoying the unforgettable experience.

 

ITINERARY | PRICES | SERVICES | DIFFICULTY

TESTIMONIALS

I have been cooperating with Aconcagua Mountain Guides since I arranged my first commercial expeditions to Aconcagua in 2008. I can highly recommend them as they deliver extremely high standard of logistic support in all aspects of the expeditions. Me and my guides know that we don’t need to worry about anything when Aconcagua Mountain Guides takes care of all the details regarding equipment, transport, Base Camp services and local guides.

Jarle Tra Expedition organizer, Norway

THE BEST OF THE EXPEDITION

  • A program that gives you the best opportunities for your acclimatization process.

  • The Aconcagua Mountain is an excellent opportunity to test yourself at an altitude of up 7,000m, and it is a great stepping stone for climbing the Himalaya mountains of 8,000m. As it is the highest mountain in America it is part of “The 7 Summits Circuit”, which consists in climbing the highest mountain in each continent.

  • You will climb Mt. Bonete, so you will have the opportunity to return home with the satisfaction of having reached two summits above 5,000m.  

     

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NORMAL ROUTE – ITINERARY – Heights in meters  

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT

CHANGING OUR MODERN LIFESTYLE FOR AN ADVENTURE REQUIRES IMAGINATION AND ENERGY. BEING MENTALLY PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE DIFFICULTIES AND INCONVENIENCES WILL BE THE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS.

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  • DAY 1: MENDOZA (760)

    You will enjoy the comforts of one of the best hotels in Mendoza city. On this day our guide will check your mountain equipment and accompany you to hire the necessary things. (Food is not included)

  • DAY 2: MENDOZA / PENITENTES (2,725)

    Before going to Penitentes, the whole group will apply for the climbing permit with the guides’ assistance. You will have lunch and spend the night in Penitentes. In the afternoon, the mules are loaded and prepared for the following day. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 3: PENITENTES / CONFLUENCIA (3,300)

    The group will be taken to the entrance of the Park in a private van. There permits will be presented and you will start with the trekking to Confluencia Camp. The equipment will be carried by mules. At arrival, you will set up your tent with your partner and will be able to rest. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 4: CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA FRANCIA (4,000) / CONFLUENCIA

    Trek to Plaza Francia, base of the south face of Mt. Aconcagua. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch and a spectacular view. Then you will return to Confluencia. This trekking is considered part of the acclimatization process, fundamental in our expedition. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 5: CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260)

    The trek to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp lasts around 8 hours. You will stay in our own base camp with the necessary commodities for you to be as comfortable as possible. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 6: PLAZA DE MULAS 

    Resting day. You will make a short trek in Plaza de Mulas area, to contemplate the beauty of the mountain. On this day, you will also leave ready the crampons, which will be used in the altitude. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 7: PLAZA DE MULAS / MT. BONETE (5,100) / PLAZA DE MULAS

    Acclimatization trekking to Mt. Bonete summit and return to Plaza de Mulas. This trekking will take about 6 hours and you will reach 5.100m of altitude. This activity will definitely turn on all the acclimatization mechanisms on your body. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 8: PLAZA DE MULAS / CAMP 1 “CANADÁ” (4,910) / PLAZA DE MULAS

    Acclimatization trekking to Camp 1 “Canadá”. You will take to Camp 1 part of the food and equipment that you will need in the height camps (each member of the group will carry -without exception- food and equipment load for the expedition that will be 10 kg tops). Once at Canadá, you will have lunch and then return to the Base Camp. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 9: PLAZA DE MULAS

    Resting and acclimatization day. On this day you will make sure that your equipment is ready and you will rest to be strong for the next days that demand more effort. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 10: PLAZA DE MULAS / CAMP 1 “CANADÁ”

    After a 3-hour trek, you will reach Camp 1 “Canada”. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment only. Mountain equipment and sleeping tents will be carried by our porter staff. Once at Canadá, the group will enjoy lunch and set uptents. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 11: CAMP 1 “CANADÁ” / CAMP 2 “NIDO DE CÓNDORES” (5,250)

    Climb to Camp 2 “Nido de Cóndores”. This trek lasts 4 hours. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment only. Mountain equipment and sleeping tents will be carried by our porter staff. When you reach Nido de Cóndores you will set up the tents with the guides’ help. You will be able to rest after this. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 12: CAMP 2 “NIDO DE CÓNDORES”

    Resting and acclimatization day al “Nido de Cóndores”. On this day you will recover energy, which is vital for the following days. (B, L, D)

  • DAY 13: CAMP 2 “NIDO DE CÓNDORES” / CAMP 3 “CÓLERA” (6,000)

    Climb to Camp 3 “Cólera” which will be the last altitude camp before de summit. This will be a short hike, around 3 hours, but all your strength is needed due to the characteristics of this part of the route. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying not only personal equipment but also will carry -without exception- food load that will be 5kg tops. Sleeping tents will be carried by our porter staff.

    At Cólera Camp the campsite will be settled, strategically located. The guide will check each member of the group and will give the last advices. Besides, he will plan the final strategy to the last climbing day in order to assure the greatest success possible in the summit. Dinner and resting. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 14: CAMP 3 “CÓLERA” / SUMMIT (6,962) / CAMP 3 “CÓLERA”

    Climb from Cólera to the summit and return to Camp 3. The great day! The group will get up very early in the morning, have breakfast and start climbing. You will get to the summit, where you will live an unforgettable experience, and return to Cólera. You will sleep that night with the satisfaction of having reached your aim. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 15: CAMP 3 “CÓLERA”/ PLAZA DE MULAS

    After a long trek, you will get to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment only. Mountain equipment and sleeping tents will be carried by our porter staff. Once in Plaza de Mulas, the group will have the day free to share emotions you have experienced throughout the expedition. (B, PL, D)

  • DAY 16: PLAZA DE MULAS / PUENTE DEL INCA / MENDOZA

    Descent to Puente del Inca and last trek in the expedition. Your belongings will be carried by mules so you will only take a light bag pack with a jacket and your packed lunch. Transfer to Mendoza city. Lodge in the hotel. (B, PL)

  • DAY 17: MENDOZA

    Breakfast. End of services. (B)

  • DAY 18: EXTRA DAY

    Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.

  • DAY 19:  EXTRA DAY

    Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program.

     

  • 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. PLEASE, READ VERY CAREFULLY OUR GENERAL OPERATION CONDITIONS. THIS MUST BE SIGNED BEFORE STARTING THE JOURNEY. BY SIGNING IT, YOU ACCEPT OUR GUIDE’S AUTHORITY DURING THE WHOLE EXPEDITION.

NORMAL ROUTE – Prices are per person, given in US Dollars

 

Start End Price
18 – Nov – 2017 07 – Dec – 2017 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
27 – Nov – 2017 16 – Dec – 2017 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
05 – Dec – 2017 24 – Dec – 2017 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
12 – Dec – 2017 31 – Dec – 2017 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
18 – Dec – 2017 06 – Jan – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
22 – Dec – 2017 10 – Jan – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
28 – Dec – 2017 16 – Jan – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
05 – Jan – 2018 24 – Jan – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
12 – Jan – 2018 31 – Jan – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
18 – Jan – 2018 06 – Feb – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
26 – Jan – 2018 14 – Feb – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
02 – Feb – 2018 21 – Feb – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS
12 – Feb – 2018 03 – Mar – 2018 USD 3,985 – CONSULT FOR DISCOUNTS

 

INCLUDED SERVICES  

   
  HOTEL IN MENDOZA
   
  ASSISTANCE TO BUY THE CLIMBING PERMIT
   
  TRANSFER MENDOZA / PENITENTES / MENDOZA
   
  MEALS
   
  LODGING IN PENITENTES
   
  ASSISTANCE FOR THE ARRANGEMENT OF LOADS TO BE TRANSPORTED BY MULES
   
   MULES
   
   TRANSFER TO THE ACONCAGUA TRAILHEAD
   
   CONFLUENCIA BASE CAMP
   
   TREKKING TO PLAZA FRANCIA
   
   PLAZA DE MULAS BASE CAMP
   
   TREKKING IN PLAZA DE MULAS AREA AND MT. BONETE CLIMBING
   
   PORTERS FOR THE HEIGHT CAMPS
   
   OUR GUIDES
   
   EXTRA DAYS
   
   COMMUNICATIONS
   
   TENTS
   
   GIFTS

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES  

   
   ENTRY PERMIT TO ACONCAGUA PARK
   
   DRINKS AND OTHER PERSONAL COSTS NOT MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY
   
   EXPENSES FOR GIVING UP THE EXPEDITION
   
   SLEEPING BAG AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
   
   PERSONAL INSURANCE
   
   PORTERS FOR PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
   
   TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE HOTEL
   
   PROBLEMS WITH YOUR LUGGAGE (LOSS OR DELAY DURING THE FLIGHT)

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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY

The Northeast or Normal Route climbing does not present any technical difficulty, meaning that the participant does not need to have any previous climbing experience on rock or ice. This route may be done just on foot. You may have to use crampons and fixed ropes for your security, depending on the conditions of the route. These decisions will be taken by guides during the expedition.

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

In order to avoid any kind of inconvenience in the process of acclimatization and to succeed in reaching the summit, we suggest you to follow a training program adapted to the activity that you are going to do (specifically to get a good acclimatization, carrying a load in your backpack), as well as eating a balanced diet some months before the start date of the expedition.

OTHER TYPES OF DIFFICULTIES

The biggest problem that you can face on your expedition is the altitude effects on your body. This can be overcome with a previous training and a correct acclimatization (this aspect is covered in all our programs). Another difficulty is the low temperature in the mountain, such effects are reduced with a high-quality clothing and equipment.