Aconcagua Mountain Guides (AMG) is a full service company that offers a complete range of logistical services as well as operating 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 and we provide logistical services and climbing expeditions for some of the most renowned companies around the world.
In the last 12 years alone we have operated 500 commercial expeditions to climb Aconcagua with 3500 climbers from around the world. In addition, we supplied logistical support to over 800 climbers.
Our summit success rate and safety record is the best in the industry. We continue to review our programs for safety, customer satisfaction and environmental 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 the natural resources of our Provincial Park. One of our services we provide for all companies is the removal of human waste and trash from the mountain. All waste is either carried by mules or helicoptered out of the Park for disposal.
We take great pride in the care of our animals (we own over 140 mules) giving them quality feed, regular veterinarian checks ups and plenty of rest between carries to Base Camps.
At AMG, we pride ourselves on the excellence of our safety record. When making decisions or organizing expeditions, safety is our primary focus. All staff takes part in our risk management and emergency response program 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 in the field is ready to respond if there is a need. Whether with our teams or the general public, we are committed to safety on the mountain.
All AMG 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.
AMG owns all its logistical services allowing us to control the quality of all aspects of our climbing expeditions and treks. In Mendoza we have our own reservation service, transportation, food purchasing and packing facility while on the mountain we own all three base camps and have 140 mules ready to carry your gear. AMG owns offices and depots in both Mendoza and at the entrance of the Park. Climbers and teams can utilize our 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.
AMG knows that unforeseen circumstances can arise in our client’s lives that may force them to cancel their expedition early. If you cancel before the final balance is due for your scheduled trip, your deposit can be used in future years towards the cost of your trip without penalty. You can also personally transfer this deposit to another person who is qualified to join an AMG summit climb.
All our scheduled departures are guaranteed so you do not have to worry that your date may change. This is often not the case with other companies.
Our maximum team size is 12 climbers with 4 guides. Small groups with several guides make the climb more enjoyable, safer and give you a greater chance of success.
We offer a 20 day program round trip from Mendoza. This is longer than any other company and is very important to increase your chance of summit success and a prime example of where we put quality first. These extra days allow us to wait out bad weather. Many other teams retreat early as they have run out of time or moved to quickly up the mountain often causing climbers to become ill. If we finish on time you can enjoy the beautiful city of Mendoza and the surrounding wine county or fly home early. See climbing itineraries for both Normal and Polish Traverse Routes.
Known as the finest guides on the mountain, they lead not only AMG climbs and treks but also trips for some of the most renowned guide services in the industry. Several of our Lead Guides have over 40 ascents of Aconcagua 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. They are well vetted as we believe your guide plays a vital role in your experience and we understand our reputation truly lies in their hands.
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)
AMG Guides receiving lectures on high altitude nutrition and other subjects.
Our porters are extremely responsible and understand the importance of assisting you with your gear up the mountain. At no additional cost porters are employed to carry part of our climbing gear on the mountain to keep your backpacks at reasonable weights. They will also carry human waste and trash back to Base Camps. If you would like to hire additional porters to carry all your gear between camps, you can do so at an extra cost.
Porters leaving AMG Plaza Argentina Base Camp for Camp I
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:
- Plaza de Mulas
- Plaza Argentina
All 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 conscience and experienced bilingual staff including professional chefs to prepare your meals. Other available amenities at both Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina include:
- Wi-Fi THROUGHOUT THE CAMP
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.
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. Los Puquios is where all 140 mules are based as well as 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 doing multiple trips or need fast resupplies.
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.
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 views and excellent photography opportunities from the air.
AMG can arrange all transportation needs for you while in Argentina including airport pickups, transportation from Mendoza to Aconcagua round trip and any other excursions such as a beautiful Argentinian wine tour.
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.
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 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.
AMG is committed to working with a variety of social institutions and scientific research to build a better world. We have been acknowledged by the government of Argentina with distinctions for our social contributions. The following are some of our efforts.
For more than 3 years, we have assisted teachers and directors from a kindergarten, which works with low-income children. Each year, when classes start, we make an important donation of food, supplies and clothing that they use for activities in the classroom and compensate some of the children’s basic necessities.
We have joined with Las Heras Municipality in a commitment 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 participate in search and rescue when needed.
We have given our support to SIGMA project for over five years, whose goal is to investigate the continental drift. In order to do this, they have installed censors in Mount Aconcagua – from the base to the summit ‒ which are monitored via satellite. This project is endorsed by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, and works with other international educational institutions such as Ohio State University.
Climbing Aconcagua is a large undertaking which requires your 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 there are four main areas of concern that you should consider: Safety Record, Guides, Logistics In-Country, and Pre-Trip Planning with the climber. AMG is the leader in all these areas.Please feel free to contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com