Why Climb with AMG?
THE AMG ADVANTAGE
Setting us apart from other Aconcagua climbing and guiding services
AMG’s staff and guides have a 36-year history of organizing and leading successful climbing 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, well trained and speak English.
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 a 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.
Airport Pickup and all Transport Services.
Base Camp Services
– 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 in each of our three Base Camps. AMG’s mountain menu is based on proportional amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Traditionally, Argentine mountain food has a high emphasis on sugar. AMG is the only company that has stepped away from this and provides a high-quality balanced menu that we cook for you on the climb. professional chefs to prepare your meals.
We are the only company with freezers and refrigerators on the mountain to make sure your food is fresh and safe. The freezers also act like an emergency reserve. For example, after a long weather delay many teams will summit and return to Base Camp at the same time. Our Plaza de Mulas Base Camp is the only camp prepared for large numbers of climbers to arrive at any time. We are able to thaw steaks / chicken and other frozen foods to continue serving excellent meals to all our climbers. We also have a large reserve of cold beer and a variety of wines for those celebrating the completion of their climb.
Other amenities at both Plaza de Mulas and Plaza Argentina include:
– Wi-Fi throughout the camp
Small teams and guide ratio
Itineraries with adequate acclimatization days
Owning our own resources
- 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
- 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.
Please feel free to contact us at Info@aconcaguamg.com
More than 30 years of experience
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.
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.
AMG takes credit cards for all services.
All guides are equipped with VHF radios as well. Telephones and wi-fi are available in Base Camps. 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
Our depot at Los Puquios, near the entrance of Aconcagua Provincial Park
Rounding up mules in Los Puquios to carry gear
Highest quality gear on the mountain
North Face VE 25 Tents on the mountain.
Helicopter at Plaza de Mulas
24 Hour assistance
Base Camp medical facilities
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.
AMG Philosophy and business practices
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.
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