TREK ACONCAGUA

7 DAY TREK ACONCAGUA OVERVIEW

On our seven day Aconcagua trek, you’ll hike under the shadow of Aconcagua’s legendary South Face and climbing Mt. Bonete, a 5100 meter peak, with excellent views of Aconcagua and the surrounding high Andes mountains is an awesome experience for those of us enthralled by great mountain environs.  Though this trek requires no prior experience, it is a true chance to hike beneath the tallest mountain in the Americas and immerse yourself in a true mountain experience.

Highlights:

BASE CAMP ACCOMODATIONS

When trekking Aconcagua, both our base camps at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas are surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas and are well established and fully equipped. Professional chefs serve you three meals a day in comfortable dining tents and we have a range of additional amenities such as showers, wi-fi. See inclusions for camp details.

TREKKING TO PLAZA FRANCIA

Along the way we visit the viewpoint of Plaza Francia, and the mythical South Face of Aconcagua. This is the tallest and steepest face on the mountain, with glaciers and rock walls almost 3000 meters tall.

SUMMITTING MT. BONETE, 5100M

On day six of our Aconcagua trek we summit a 5100 meter trekking peak with excellent views of the West and North Face of Aconcagua along with a vast array of other large Andes Peaks.


ITINERARY

DAY BEFORE TREK BEGINS

Prior to the beginning of each Aconcagua trek, all participants will meet their Lead Guide and have a thorough gear check. Your guide will outline the trekking plan so everyone is ready to begin the next morning. We will also assist you with renting gear if needed.

DAY 1: MENDOZA / PENITENTES (2,725M)

Before heading to Penitentes (our trek starting point), guides will assist the whole group in obtaining a trekking permit. We then drive by private van 4+ hours to Penitentes. Along the way we will have lunch and view amazing scenery as we ascend into the Andes Mountains. That afternoon, the mule loads are prepared for the following morning when we will begin our trek. We spend the night in Penitentes.  (L, D)

DAY 2: PENITENTES / CONFLUENCIA (3,300M)

After breakfast a private van will transport the group to the entrance of the Park where we begin our trek to Confluencia Camp. Mules will carry our equipment. At the entrance of the Park we visit the Park Headquarters which has several exhibits of Aconcagua’s flora and fauna as well as a climbing history of the mountain. Our trek takes around 3-4 hours and upon arrival we are greeted by our friendly Confluencia Camp staff and they will provided a reception snack of salami, cheese and drinks. You will have the option to relax, hike around camp (there are amazing views), or take a shower and then enjoy a lovely dinner. (B, PL, D)

DAY 3: CONFLUENCIA / PLAZA FRANCIA (4,000M) / CONFLUENCIA

On this day we will trek to Plaza Francia Base below the South Face of Mount Aconcagua. The group will enjoy a delicious packed lunch and spectacular views of the 3000m glaciated South Face. It is a true wonder! This day trip also helps us acclimatize before trekking to Plaza de Mulas. (B, PL, D)

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

A long and exciting trek, crossing rivers and ascending mountain terrain up the Horcones Superior Valley to our highest Base Camp known as Plaza De Mulas, (PM). Our base camp is equipped with wi-fi, showers and even dormitory tents if you desire.  We will have a reception snack upon arrival followed by a large dinner to refuel us from the long day of Trekking, (8 to 9 hours).  (B, PL, D)

DAY 5: PLAZA DE MULAS 

Free day to rest from the long trek and prepare for tomorrow’s summit attempt of Mt. Bonete. You will also have the opportunity to meet climbers preparing to summit Aconcagua and an optional short trek in the surrounding area. This is a fun day to rest and explore. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: SUMMIT MT. BONETE (5100M)

We begin our climb after breakfast and traverse across a glacier moraine to the base of Mt. Bonete. From here we follow switch backs (trails that cross back and forth across the mountain), up to the summit ridge. As we go higher the West Face of Aconcagua stands before us along with dozens of other Andes peaks. We can also see climbers ascending the climbing route towards the summit of Aconcagua. On the summit of Mt. Bonete we take time to photograph and enjoy the views and our summit accomplishment.

DAY 7: PLAZA DE MULAS / HORCONES / MENDOZA

Descent to Horcones, (entrance of the Park). We take our time on the final day of trekking. Mules will carry your gear, so you will only take a light backpack with extra clothing, water and your packed lunch. When we reach the entrance of the Park our van will pick you up and you will stop by our depot at Los Puquios, a few miles away, to pick up any gear you may have stored. You will visit with our Arrieros, (mule drivers) and experience a working mule ranch.  Afterwards we will take you to the local bus transportation that will delivery you back to Mendoza. Note: for a fee we can supply private transportation back to Mendoza. (B, PL)

End of services.

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 our general operation conditions.

PRICE

7 Day Trek

$1,350.00   Book Now


2018-2019 Schedule

Nov. 21 – 27, 2018
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2018
Dec. 2 – 8, 2018
Dec. 10  – 16, 2018
Dec. 17 – 23, 2019
Dec. 24 – 30, 2019
Dec. 29, 2018 – Jan. 4, 2019
Jan. 5 – 11, 2019
Jan. 7 – 13, 2019
Jan. 10 – 16, 2019
Jan. 15 – 21, 2019
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2019
Feb. 7 –  13, 2019
Feb. 15 – 21, 2019

Price Includes

Transportation

1) Private van from Mendoza to Penitentes.
2) Private transport from Penitentes to trail head and back to Penitentes.
3) Bus ticket from Penitentes to Mendoza. (For an additional cost private transportation can be arranged.)

1 Night Lodging in Penitentes

One night of accommodations on the first night of the trek.

Gear Check
Assistance to Obtain Trekking Permit

AMG will help you with the paperwork to complete the permitting process.

Meals

Professional chefs carefully plan all meals for a balanced diet throughout the trek (B: breakfast / L: lunch / PL: packed-lunch if you are on the move / D: dinner). See itinerary for included meals. If you need a special diet, please let us know in your Booking Form and we can adjust our menu to your specific needs.

Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas Camps

The trek includes full board at both Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas Camps, a very comfortable camp that is fully equipped with large dining tents, electrical lights, and tables and chairs for meals. Accommodations include three-person tents (we sleep two to a tent) or the option to sleep in bunk beds in dormitory structure depending on availability. Showers are available for an extra cost. Plaza de Mulas also has Wi-Fi.

Trekking to Plaza Francia

This trek includes a visit to the viewpoint of the mythical South Face of the Aconcagua Mountain. This is the most vertical face of the mountain, with glaciers and walls almost 3,000 meters tall. During this trek, you will ascend about 4,000 meters over sea level.

Mules

All gear and supplies will be transported by our mules while we are on the mountain.  You carry only your day back with water and extra clothing such as rain jacket and pants.

Our Guides

A professional trekking guide will be in charge of your trek. Our guides are qualified professionals of the AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides) and the EPGAMT (School of High Mountain and Trekking Guides). The last qualification is the result of three years of studying.

Communications

We have excellent VHF radio communications between camps while trekking allowing us to stay in contact with Plaza de Mulas, Confluencia, and Puente del Inca. We also have satellite internet for communication between Base Camps and Mendoza and can respond almost immediately to any issues that may arise.

Price Does Not Include

Entry Permit to Aconcagua Park

Cost of Trekking Permit: $240.00 (High Season)  Fees contribute to the maintenance, protection and preservation of the Aconcagua Provincial Park as well as some medical services and park rangers.

Expenses for Leaving Early

In case of illness or other personal issues, we can help arrange transport down the mountain for an extra cost, otherwise expedition prices are based on each team member’s participation for the entire expedition.

Personal Clothing and Equipment

Please refer to our gear list for your trek. Our guides will be able to assist you with renting equipment if needed.

Personal Insurance

Having personal insurance is not required to participate in this trek, however, we highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption, evacuation and medical insurance.

Alcoholic Beverages, Soft Drinks and Other Personal Costs

If you wish to supplement your meals with alcohol or bottled drinks, you will pay for them separately. Extra expenses such as food or drinks separate from those described in the itinerary are not included.

3 DAY ACONCAGUA TREK OVERVIEW

Our 3 day Anconcagua trek to Plaza Francia presents an incredible opportunity the experience the South Face of Aconcagua up close without any technical mountaineering skills. A fit enthusiast can delve deep into stunning landscape and trek below the legendary South Face, coming eye-to-eye with a 3,000 ft. vertical ice wall. This three-day trek will have you rubbing shoulders with huge waterfalls and glaciers as you travel the same path as climbers and overnight at our Base Camp.

Our expert team of guides leads all Anconcagua treks. The price of this trek includes all support meals and lodging, leaving you free to enjoy the splendors of this, a great accomplishment, and awe-inspiring experience in its own right. As with all AMG services, we provide the highest quality in care, guides, meals, and equipment as we share our love for one of Earth’s most magical and stunning regions.


ITINERARY

Day Before Trek: Mendoza (760m)
On this day, guides will check your equipment and accompany you to rent any missing items.

Day 1: Puquios / Horcones / Confluencia (3,300m)
Meeting with the guide in Puquios. A private van will take the group to the entrance of the park in a private van. You will acquire permits at the park and begin trekking to Confluencia Camp. Mules will carry equipment. At arrival, you will be able to rest. (B, PL, D)

Day 02: Confluencia / Plaza Francia (4,000m) / Confluencia
Trek to Plaza Francia, base of the south face of Aconcagua. This is the legendary and the most vertical part of the massive mountain with views of the 3000 foot walls. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch and a spectacular view. Then you will return to Confluencia. (B, PL, D)

Day 03: Confluencia / Horcones
Descent to Horcones and last effort in the trekking. (B, PL)
End of the services.

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 our general operation conditions.

2018-2019 Schedule

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PRICE

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Price Includes

Meals

Professional chefs carefully plan all meals for a balanced diet throughout the trek (B: breakfast / L: lunch / PL: packed-lunch if you are on the move / D: dinner) If you need a special diet, please let us know in your Booking form and we can prepare custom meals for an extra cost.

Confluencia Camp

The trek includes lunch at Confluencia Camp, a very comfortable camp that is fully equipped with wide dinner tents, electrical lights, and tables and chairs for meals. Accommodations include dormitory tents (two persons per tent) or bunk beds in dormitory structure tents, depending on availability.

Trekking to Plaza Francia

This trek includes a visit to the viewpoint of the mythical South Face of the Aconcagua Mountain. This is the most vertical face of the mountain, with glaciers and walls almost 3,000 meters tall. During this trek, you will ascend about 4,000 meters over sea level.

Our Guides

A professional mountain guide will be in charge of the trek on the mountain. Our mountain guides are qualified professionals of the AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides) and the EPGAMT (School of High Mountain and Trekking Guides). The last qualification is the result of three years of studying.

Communications

We keep track of where we are at specific sites along the way, and take advantage of the VHF radio lines to help us to stay in contact between Plaza de Mulas, Confluencia, and Puente del Inca. We also have satellite internet for communication between Base Camps and Mendoza and can respond almost immediately to any issues that may arise.

Tents or Bunk Beds In Structure Tent

Normally, during the summer high season, Aconcagua is a mountain with good weather conditions. Yet, if you happen to have a few stormy days, you will be responsive to nature’s whims at high altitudes. Therefore, we have only the highest quality sleeping tents and tent structures at these campsites. The only two brands we use are The North Face and Mountain Hardwear, both of which have proved to work well for our clients over the years. Usually two climbers will sleep in each tent, but if guides consider it necessary, a maximum of three climbers may sleep in one tent. Remember that you will have to set up your own tent with your partner. The guide will help you when necessary.

Price Does Not Include

Entry Permit to Aconcagua Park

It is essential to acquire a trekking permit to enter the Aconcagua Provincial Park. The price varies according to the season in which you enter the park (low, mid, or high). The climbing permit is not included in this program. Please contact our staff to learn the current price according to the starting date of your services. The amount of the permit is nonrefundable, and the price may increase without prior notice by the authorities of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Fees contribute to the maintenance of the Aconcagua Provincial Park (collaborating with its protection and preservation) as well as with the maintenance of medical services and park rangers.

Transportation to and from Puquios

Transportation between Puquios and Mendoza City is not included in the program, however we can add this service for an extra charge.

Mule Service

Mule service for transporting loads is not included in this trekking. Trekkers are responsible for carrying all personal objects, including sleeping bags and lunch.

Drinks and Other Personal Costs

Extra expenses such as food or drinks separate from those described in the itinerary are not included.

Expenses for Leaving Early

In case of illness or other personal issues, we can help arrange transport down the mountain for an extra cost, otherwise expedition prices are based on each team member’s participation for the entire expedition.

Extra Expenses

Extra expenses include:

  • Mules from Confluencia to Puente del Inca (around USD $120)
  • Transportation between Puente del Inca and Mendoza city.
  • Each person is responsible for his belongings and personal equipment.

In case of evacuation by helicopter, climbers are responsible for the cost of mule service to carry personal equipment down, as well as the cost of transporting belongings on to Mendoza.

Sleeping Bag and Personal Equipment

Technical and mountain equipment are not included in this trek. Our guides will be able to assist with renting equipment as needed.

Personal Insurance

Having a personal insurance is not required to participate in this trek, however, we highly recommend it as there are risks associated with climbing any mountain.

Luggage Problems

AMG is not responsible for issues pertaining to lost luggage.

Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks

If you wish to supplement your meals with alcohol or bottled drinks, you will have to pay for them separately.

THE AMG ADVANTAGE – Setting us apart from other guide services

AMG’s staff and guides have a 36-year history of organizing and leading successful climbing and trekking expeditions to the summit of Aconcagua. AMG employs outstanding guides, and provides excellent Base Camp services, well-appointed gear, and itineraries that allow for proper acclimatization so each climber has an excellent chance of reaching the summit. Our level of care, commitment to quality, and focus on each climber’s experience have always been the hallmarks of our operation.

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

Guides

Our guides, known to be the finest on the mountain, lead not only AMG climbs, but also trips for other renowned guide services in our industry. Several of our lead guides have ascended Aconcagua over 30 times, and all 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. All of our guides are well-vetted, as we believe guides play a vital role in our clients’ experience, and we understand our reputation truly lies in their hands.

We guarantee our guides have an thorough knowledge of the mountain, are well-trained, and understand the personal nuances of guiding others (great climbers do not always make great guides)

Learn more about our expert guides on our About Us pages.

Small teams and guide ratio

On both the Normal and Polish Traverse Routes, our expeditions are limited to 12 climbers and are often smaller. Our climber-to-guide ratio is one guide for every three to four team members on the mountain. Small teams with low climber-to-guide ratios allow us to more readily assist climbers, which translates to higher rates of successful climbs to the summit.

Itineraries with adequate acclimatization days

We offer a 20-day, round-trip program from Mendoza, which is longer than programs other companies offer. The additional time we spend on the mountain increases your chance of successfully reaching the summit, and is a prime example of how we put quality first. Extra days allow us to wait out bad weather or have extra rest days if needed. Other teams might retreat early because they have run out of time or have moved too quickly up the mountain, which often causes climbers to become ill. If we finish on time or early, you will have time to enjoy the beautiful city of Mendoza and surrounding wine county, or fly home. See Climbing Itineraries for both Normal and Polish Traverse Routes.

Porter assistance

We employ porters at no additional cost to carry part of our group climbing gear on the mountain to keep climbers’ backpacks at reasonable weights. They will also carry human waste and trash back to Base Camps, move tents between all camps, and carry all group gear between Camp Canada and Nido de Cóndores. If you would like to hire additional porters to carry all your gear between camps, you can do so at an extra cost. Most climbers packs are about 40lbs.

Base Camp Services

AMG has three well-established Base Camps that provide a very high level of comfort and care. These camps are:
– Confluencia
– Plaza de Mulas
– Plaza Argentina

All camps are fully equipped with dining tents, tables, chairs, light, storage tents, clean toilets, electrical charging stations, and platforms to set up sleeping tents, as well as dormitory tents with bunk beds. The camps are run by a very conscientious and experienced bilingual staff and include professional chefs to prepare your meals. Other amenities at both Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina include:
– Wi-Fi throughout the camp
– Showers


AMG Base Camp, Plaza Argentina


Asada (Barbaque) at Pampa de Lenas


Happy climbers after a good meal

Owning our own resources

At AMG, we own all of our logistical services, including Base Camps, climbing gear, and mules, which allows us to operate quality trips at competitive prices.

  • AMG owns offices and depots in both Mendoza and at the entrance of the park. Climbers can utilize services at each of these depots. Our full-time, well-trained staff are ready to address your needs, whether in Mendoza or on the mountain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • We own over 140 mules, which allows us to easily transport all of your equipment and supplies to our base camps.
Environmental stewardship and ethics

AMG holds itself to the highest standards of environmental practices. We support the Provincial Park’s mission to preserve natural resources. Some of our commitments to this endeavor include:

  • Employing porters to remove all human waste from the mountain and then having it helicoptered out of the park for disposal.
  • Removing all trash from the mountain, with AMG mules carrying it out of the park for
  • Using LNT (Leave No Trace) principles throughout the
  • Caring for our mules with annual medical checkups and sufficient rest days between trips up the mountain.
AMG Commitment

Climbing Aconcagua is a large undertaking requiring a commitment to training, time away from work, and financial expense. We understand your commitment and are dedicated to providing you the best opportunity to reach the summit. There may be many personal reasons to choose a particular guide service, but the four main considerations of any guide service should include: 1. A company’s safety record, 2. Quality of guides, 3. Logistics in-country, and 4. The extent to which a company offers pre-trip planning assistance. AMG is a leader in all these areas.

Please feel free to contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com

More than 30 years of experience

Aconcagua Mountain Guides (AMG) is a full-service company offering a complete range of logistical services as well as guided climbs of both the Polish Traverse and the Normal Route of Aconcagua. AMG is an Argentine company based in Mendoza whose administrative staff has over 30 years of operational experience on Aconcagua. We provide logistical services and climbing expeditions for other renowned companies.

In the last 12 years alone, we have operated 500 commercial expeditions to climb Aconcagua with 3,500 climbers from around the world. In addition, we have supplied logistical support to over 800 climbers.

Our summit success rate and safety record are both the best in the industry. We continue to review programs for safety, customer satisfaction, and environmental practices.

AMG Philosophy and business practices

Our philosophy is to offer the highest standard of service to our clients and cater to each individual’s needs. We maintain a high standard of business ethics with all companies and people we do business with and provide good salaries to all our staff.

AMG is a strong advocate for the environment and the protection of Provincial Park’s natural resources. We remove all human waste and trash from the mountain by mules and then have it helicoptered out of the park for disposal.

We take very good care of our animals (we own over 140 mules), giving them quality feed, regular veterinarian check-ups and plenty of rest between carries to Base Camps.

Safety

AMG has an excellent safety record. When making decisions or organizing expeditions, we focus on safety first. All staff members take part in our risk management and emergency response programs to ensure each expedition and trek is as safe and rewarding as it can be on the mountain. Our staff, both in the office and on the field, are ready to respond to emergencies if necessary. Within our own teams and the general climbing public, we are committed to safety on the mountain.

All AMG guides are medically trained and carry first-aid kits to handle emergency situations that may arise on the mountain (this is important not just for emergencies, but for making decisions that will help clients properly acclimatize and stay fit). All teams have emergency oxygen with them at all times, even while climbing between camps. All guides carry VHF radios to communicate with other guides and Base Camps, giving them the ability to get weather forecasts, or request additional porters or assistance in case of emergency.

Communications

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

Mules & AMG's Los Puquios Depot

AMG owns a climbing depot/mule ranch at Los Puquios, which is near the entrance of the park, allowing us to provide safe gear storage and the ability to quickly send gear up or down the mountain. All 140 mules are based here, as are our “arrieros” (mule drivers) and a full-time staff to manage loads and assist groups. We can provide freezer space for food for those companies making multiple trips or who need fast resupplies.

Our Depot, Los Puquios at the entrance Aconcagua Provincial Park

Our depot at Los Puquios, near the entrance of Aconcagua Provincial Park

Mules in Los Puquios being rounded up to carry gear

Rounding up mules in Los Puquios to carry gear

Highest quality gear on the mountain

We use the highest quality climbing gear and all our equipment is well-maintained and replaced regularly. We are fortunate to have good relations with many gear manufactures around the world, allowing us access to the best climbing gear in the industry. We are the only company whose entire fleet of tents are North Face VE 25.

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  North Face VE 25 Tents on the mountain.

Helicopter services

We work directly with the only helicopter service on the mountain. We are able to call them anytime for a rescue, or to make arrangments for people who would rather fly down from Base Camps instead of hiking out. Many of our clients charter helicopter tours around the mountain. There are incredible views and excellent photo opportunities from the air.

Helicopter at Plaza de Mulas

Helicopter at Plaza de Mulas

Transport services

AMG can arrange all transportation needs for climbers while in Argentina, including airport pickups, round-trip transportation from Mendoza to Aconcagua, or any other excursions, such as tours to beautiful Argentinian wineries.

24 Hour assistance

As we are a local outfitter with strategic points of communication and can solve any unexpected issue that might occur, and we offer 24/7 bilingual service. We have a staff of professionals and experts who are available to assist whenever necessary, before, during, or after your expedition.

Base Camp medical facilities

Both in Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina, the Provincial Park has medical facilities 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. All teams have emergency oxygen at all times, including when climbing between camps. Our staff pay careful attention to every climber and will be ready to assist if they detect any mountain sickness problems or other health concerns.

Giving Back

AMG is committed to working with a variety of social institutions and scientific research to build a better world. The government of Argentina has acknowledged our social contributionss with distinctions. Some of our efforts include the following:

  • For more than 3 years we have been assisting teachers and directors from a kindergarten that serves low-income children. Each year, when classes start, we make important donations of food, supplies, and clothing that they use both for activities in the classroom, and to help compensate for some of the children’s basic necessities.
  • We have joined with Las Heras Municipality to establish a dining room for children and teenagers from Uspallata, the closest town to Aconcagua.
  • We donate medicine to the nursing section of the Argentinian Army Detachment in Puente del Inca. It is the only functioning medical facility in the zone.
  • We actively collaborate alongside Aconcagua’s Rescue Patrol with donations of technical material for rescue operations and participation in search and rescue services when needed.
  • For more than five years we have supported the SIGMA project, a project to investigate continental drift. In order to do this, scientists have installed censors in Mount Aconcagua – from the base to the summit ‒ that are monitored via satellite. This project is endorsed by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, and supported by other international educational institutions, such as Ohio State University, as well.

Trekking Anconcagua Difficulty – Moderate to Demanding:

Trekking Aconcagua and trekking in general requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning), and hiking-specific training (via hiking with a pack). Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for success on a high altitude trek. During your training, you should be planning to progressively ramp up your speed, duration (time or mileage), and pack weight of weekly training hikes to give you hiking-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training. Daily training is an important part of preparation coupled with longer hikes on weekends. Please feel free to contact our office for further assistance in preparing for your trek.

TREK 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.
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WOOL OR SYNTHETIC SOCKS 2 or 3 pairs of medium to heavy hiking socks. These must fit over your liner socks if you plan to wear liner socks.
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WOOL OR SYNTHETIC SOCKS 2 pairs of lightweight liner socks. These must fit snugly and beneath your wool socks.
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HIKING BOOT
Waterproof hiking boots designed for hiking in cool to cold conditions. Modern, lightly insulated boots with room in the toe box and good support should be stressed. Models like the Scarpa Terra GTX are ideal.

 

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.

 

SOFTSHELL PANTS (Optional) 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 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. This jacket often referred to as puffy jacket.


 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

 

TREKKING POLES Collapsible trekking poles.  Fit for your height and weight

 

PACKS

 

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

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.

 

SLEEPING GEAR

 

20F DOWN SLEEPING BAG This sleeping bag should be rated to 20F (-8 C) degrees 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) or HYDRATION RESERVOIR (2 or 3 liter capacity) Bottles should be wide mouth made of copolyester (BPA free plastic).

 

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.

 

 

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

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.

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