OUTFITTER SUPPORT

Aconcagua’s premier Outfitter and Logistics Experts.

Committed to providing the highest quality of mountain support
with unprecedented personalized service and care to every client.

  • OVERVIEW
  • MULES
  • BASE CAMPS
  • MEALS
  • GUIDES
  • PORTERS
  • LODGING & TRANSPORT
  • OTHER SERVICES

AMG SERVICES

Excellent logistical services are essential to operate a successful guiding operation on Aconcagua.  At a minimum all groups need transportation from Mendoza to the entrance of Aconcagua Provincial Park and mule services to carry your gear back and forth to Base Camps.  AMG offers both of these services plus many more such as airport pickups, hotel reservations, food purchasing and packing for mule transport and year-round gear storage in Mendoza, at the entrance of the Park and in our Base Camps. AMG can also provide excellent guides to lead or assist your climbs and experienced porters to carry your gear.  Whatever your needs are AMG is there to serve you.

 

DIFFERENT OPERATING METHODS

We work with many guide services and adventure companies from around the world providing different levels of support. We will work with you to design a program that best fits your needs.  To better understand this process we have provided a couple of examples of how different companies partner with AMG.

 

Full Service:  A number of outfitters simply send one guide to represent their company. In this case we provide full logistical support in Mendoza and on the mountain (including additional mountain guides as needed).  This makes it easy for the outfitter as they do not need to transport gear to Argentina, purchase and pack food and make numerous reservations for the group.  With this full service you have a fixed cost which streamlines pricing.  We have a range of hotels which you can choose from in Mendoza and will design menus based on your budget.


Selecting Services:
Some outfitters bring their own food, equipment and guides.  For these companies we provide all other services (we will supply a simple check list of services offered) plus food packers who help them purchase additional local products and pack it safely for mule transport.  We also provide year-round storage for outfitter’s gear so they have no future transport costs bringing gear back and forth from their home country.

 

PARTNERING WITH AMG
Outfitters can work with AMG in a variety of ways. We are happy to partner with you by having your climbers join our scheduled departures or make all arrangements for your private groups and teams. Some outfitters have their own private trips as well as offering AMG’s departures. This makes it convenient for clients who can’t attend one of your trip dates. Either combination is fine in that we look to serve you and your needs.

 

AMG’s promise is to have all your requested services ready for you upon arrival in Mendoza and if additional services are required anytime throughout your climb we can quickly accommodate your needs. Our communication network connects all camps on the mountain to our Base Camps, Los Puquios Depot at the entrance of the Park and our offices in Mendoza Below is a list of services offered, please contact us at info@aconcaguamg.com and we can price each service individually or as a package.

Plaza Argentina at Night

Plaza Argentina at Night

 

AMG services include:

 

IN MENDOZA

  • Airport pick ups
  • Hotel reservations
  • Gear check location in your Hotel
  • Assistance in quality rental gear
  • Guides ready to work with you upon arrival
  • Food purchasing and packing
  • Year-round gear storage
  • Booking city or wine tours around Mendoza
  • Transportation from Mendoza to Penitentes

AT THE MOUNTAIN

  • Hotel rooms in Penitentes with meals
  • Transport to and from the start of the climbing routes
  • Safe storage at Los Puqious, AMG’s depot at the park
  • Mules to transport luggage and supplies to all the camps
  • Quality campsites on the way to Plaza Argentina or Plaza de Mulas Base Camp
  • 3 AMG Base Camps with full services: Confluencia, Plaza Argentina and Plaza de Mulas
  • Nutritious meals in Base Camps
  • AMG will also purchase all the food for your trip and send an assistant guide with you to organize and cook your meals while climbing
  • Well trained porters
  • Experienced Mountain Guides
  • Helicopter support if needed

AMG’S MULES AND LOS PUQUIOS DEPOT
AMG owns a Climbing Depot / Mule Ranch near the entrance of the Park allowing us to provide safe gear storage and quickly send gear up or down the mountain. We have a long tradition of working with Arrieros (mule drivers) and moving cargo. Los Puquios is where all of our 140 mules are based as well as the Arrieros and full time staff to manage loads and assist groups.

 

ARRIEROS

We have a select and professional team of Arrieros who have dedicated their lives to raising mules and horses and earn their living through the transportation of cargo. They are extremely skilled at managing mules in the mountains and protecting your luggage from damage.

 

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 staff have over 35 years operating mules on Aconcagua.

AMG takes great pride in the care of our mules. Our handpicked Arrieros, who have dedicated their lives to managing animals, make sure all mules are well fed, have proper rest between carries and have regular Veterinarian visits.

 

LOAD TRANSPORT

At our depot in Los Puquios you can deliver your luggage and we will transport it to each 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 use a 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 the mule service with ACONCAGUA MOUNTAIN GUIDES the following is included:

  • Storage room in Puquios and base camps
  • Vehicle transportation from your lodging in Penitentes up to the valley where your trekking starts. (Horcones Valley or Vacas Valley)
  • The right to use the toilets in our base camps
  • When you hire return mules, we agree to transport your trash and human waste down from the base camp to 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 load to be carried by mules as well as covering the ends of ice axes and crampons to avoid injury to the mules or Arrieros. If your back pack is carried by mules, remember to close all the clasps.

 

Mules carrying loads up the Horcones Valley.

Mules carrying loads up the Horcones Valley.

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.

BASE CAMPS

AMG has 3 well established Base Camps for your groups allowing us to provide a very high level of comfort and care. Our camps at:

  • Confluencia: Intermediate camp on the way to Plaza de Mulas. Usually two nights are spent here for acclimatization.
  • Plaza de Mulas: Base Camp for the Normal Route of Aconcagua. On guided expeditions members spend a total of five nights for acclimatization and one on return from summit.
  • Plaza Argentina: Base Camp for the Polish Traverse. Our guided trips spend 4 nights there before moving to higher camps.

Amenities

All are fully equipped with dining tents, tables, chairs, light, storage tents, clean toilets and electrical lights and charging stations. All tent platforms are already established which saves considerable time and energy by climbing groups when they arrive in Base Camp and you have a secure storage facility where you can leave all gear not necessary for higher camps.

 

Staff

The Base Camps are run by a very conscience and experienced bilingual staff including professional chefs to prepare your meals.  They are all very friendly and ready to assist with any requests you may have.

 

Meals in Base Camps

The Base Camps are run by a very conscience and experienced bilingual staff including professional chefs to prepare your meals.  They are all very friendly and ready to assist with any requests you may have.

  • The breakfast consists of cereals, cakes, toasts with butter and marmalade, scrambled eggs and yogurt.
  • The packed lunch includes a substantial meal (a sandwich, a slice of pie or similar), fruit, cookies, a granola bar, sweets and a drink.
  • The lunch or dinner includes a starter or soup, a large main course and dessert.
  • The snack includes juice, fruits and sweet cookies.
  • The full board consists of breakfast, lunch (packed lunch or lunch at the base camp) and dinner.

 

Communications

All our base and approach camps are equipped with a system of communication via radio frequency, BLU, VHF, and satellite 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 the 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 Rangers and the helicopter service to move climbers efficiently to additional services off the mountain.

 

Medical Facilities

Both in Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina the National Park has medical facilities operated by doctors with experience in high altitude and emergency medicine. AMG has additional medical equipment which include: portable oxygen, emergency first aid kits, and digital oximeters.  All teams have emergency oxygen at all times including climbing between camps. Our staff  pay careful attention to every climber and will be ready to assist you if they detect any mountain sickness problems or other health concerns.

 

Additional Base Camp Services

Additional services available upon request at additional cost:

  • WIFI THROUGHOUT:  Plaza Argentina and Plaza de Mulas:  We provide fast internet services throughout these camps that can be purchased by the hour.
  • SHOWERS:  Hot showers can be provided during the day and is a great way to get the dust off and relax.
  • DORMITORY STRUCTURE TENTS WITH BUNK BEDS:  In all our Base Camps we have large tents used to provide dormitory service in the base camps. They have bunk beds with mattresses and carpeted floors. We provide this service for those climbers who would prefer to sleep in a bed during their stay in the Base Camps.

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Dining tent at Plaza Argentina

Dining tent at Plaza Argentina


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 sleeping for those wanting a traditional bed in Base Camps

Dormitory sleeping for those wanting a traditional bed in Base Camps

AMG offers a variety of meal services on the mountain for you to choose from. These services are very convenient for foreign groups as you will have no hassles finding and purchasing food in Mendoza or import issues with foreign goods that you may bring with you.

 

Climbing companies usually either take Base Camp services only or have us cater food for the entire expedition.  For those companies who would like individual meal services that is possible as well. Meal services fall into three main categories:

 

1)            Meals on the approach to Plaza Argentina Base Camp. There are three days trekking and two nights camping on the approach to Plaza Argentina.  Companies often ask us to cater the approach by providing meal service during that period. This can include AMG purchasing only food or including a cook as well.  It is your choice. A nice surprise for clients is on the first night of the trek we can cook fresh meat and vegetables in traditional Argentine barbeque style ‘Asada’!

Note: On the approach to Plaza de Mulas we have our permanent camp at Confluencia which will cook you Base Camp style meals so no need for camping meals on the approach.

 

2)            Meals in Base Camps:  For those companies that wish to use our Base Camp services we provide three full meals per day during your stay.  It is also possible to select only breakfasts and dinners and bring your own lunches as well. We pride ourselves on the quality of our meal service that we provide in dining tents equipped with tables and chairs. Our well trained staff looks to attend to you needs.

Here is a sample menu as to what climbers can expect:

  • The breakfast consists of hot drinks, cereals, cakes, sweet cookies, toasts with butter and marmalade, scrambled eggs and yogurt.
  • The packed lunch includes 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 starter or soup, a heavy main course such as steak, pizza or pasta, a dessert and a variety of drinks.
  • The snack includes juice, fruits and sweet cookies.
  • The full board consists of breakfast, lunch (packed lunch or lunch at Base Camp) and dinner.

 

3)            Meals above Base Camp while climbing:  We can purchase and pack all meals for climbing groups to use above Base Camp.  All food will be in Base Camp when you arrive and you will be set to go. We will work with you to design a menu that fits your group’s desire.

 

You can also choose to add the following services for high altitude food.

  • Porters transport of food to the different high camps
  • High altitude cook which includes use of our stoves, and cooking gear
Appetizers in AMG’s Plaza Argentina Base Camp

Appetizers in AMG’s Plaza Argentina Base Camp


Breakfast at Base Camp

Breakfast at Base Camp

Known as the finest guides on the mountain, they lead not only AMG trips but are lead guides for some of the most renowned guide services in the industry.  Several of our lead guides have over 40 ascents of Aconcagua and all guides 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.

 

Our guides are well vetted as we believe your guide is the most important part of your experience, and we understand our reputation truly lies on your guide’s experience. Our guides are passionate about their work and do not simply guide but serve as teachers, medics and friends as they share their mountain knowledge along the way.

 

We can guarantee that they have 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 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 teams have emergency oxygen with them at all times including climbing between camps.   All guides carry VHF radios to communicate with other guides and Base Camps giving them the ability to get weather forecasts, request additional porters or assistance in case of an emergency.

 

Here is a link to our guide staff and bios

AMG Guides receiving lectures on high altitude nutrition and other subjects.

AMG Guides receiving lectures on high altitude nutrition and other subjects.


Guide discussing the route ahead with clients.

Guide discussing the route ahead with clients.

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.

 

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.

Porters leaving AMG Plaza Argentina Base Camp for Camp I

Porters leaving AMG Plaza Argentina Base Camp for Camp I

HOTELS IN MENDOZA CITY 

During your stay in Mendoza we can offer you a wide range of accommodations at reasonable prices, from 5-star hotels like the Hyatt which sits directly on Plaza Independencia in Mendoza to less expensive hotels with good locations at reasonable prices. We have several Hotels we work closely with that offer us discounted rates. Contact us for further information.

 

ACCOMMODATION NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO ACONCAGUA PROVICIAL PARK   

We can make reservations for you at a quaint hotel close to the entrance of the Park.  They cater to climbers and server very good food.  This hotel works closely with us and will hold rooms for us if we request them from Base Camp while you descend pack to the entrance of the Park.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

AMG can arrange all transportation needs for your company while in Argentina including airport pickups, transportation from Mendoza to Aconcagua round trip and any other 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.

 

REGULAR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE PENITENTES – SANTIAGO DE CHILE 

After finishing tour expedition and your flight home is from Santiago de Chile, it is not necessary to return to Mendoza city. ACONCAGUA MOUNTAIN GUIDES can arrange transportation service from Puente del Inca to Santiago de Chile for you.

 

AMG van arriving at Penitentes Hotel

AMG van arriving at Penitentes Hotel

COMMUNICATIONS

All our base and approach camps are equipped with a system of communication via radio frequency, BLU, VHF, and satellite 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.

 

ALPINE CAMPS HIGHER ON THE MOUNTAIN
We provide quality rental gear for your group, both for individual needs and team gear such as tent, stove, fuel. Please contact us for suggested gear list and details.  We use the highest quality climbing gear and all our equipment is well maintained and replaced regularly. We are the only company whose entire fleet of tents are North Face VE 25 Tents.

 

HELICOPTER SERVICE

We work directly with the sole helicopter service on the mountain. We are able to call them anytime for a rescue or for people who would rather fly down from Base Camps instead of walking out. Many of our clients take a helicopter tour around the mountain. There are incredible sites and excellent photography opportunities.

 

HUMAN WASTE AND TRASH (OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT)
A service we provide for all expeditions is the removal of human waste from base camps down to Park headquarter for disposal. AMG’s staff at base camps will sign your climbing permit in order to give proof that our company will be responsible for carrying your garbage out of the Park as well. AMG strives to maintain the highest environmental standards in the Park.

 

24 HOUR ASSISTANCE
As we are a local outfitter, with strategic points of communication, we can solve any unexpected issue that might occur, offering 24/7 bilingual service. We have a staff of professional and expert people that can assist you whenever you need it, before, during and after your expedition.

We use North Face VE-25 Tents exclusively on the mountain.

We use North Face VE-25 Tents exclusively on the mountain.


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.