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Climb Aconcagua (Normal Route)

An epic journey up the highest mountain in South America

Reaching the summit of Aconcagua (6,960m) is an epic challenge for outdoor adventurers and mountain enthusiasts. 

Weather can be unpredictable which is why we have added contingency days to give you the best chance at reaching the summit. Endurance and determination will get you to the top and the reward is well worth the effort. You'll have views over the Andes that are simply incomparable. 

Join this tour to add one of the incredible 'Seven Summits' to your accomplishments, second to Everest!

Summary

DURATION

20 days

LOCATION

Argentina

START & ENDS

Mendoza, Mendoza

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Climb the highest mountain in the Americas
  • Beautiful desert landscapes with a diversity of flora and fauna
  • The Normal route has a more direct ascent with shorter distances and times between camps than the Polish traverse route
  • Includes a summit attempt of Mt. Bonete which sits above 5,000m

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in MENDOZA AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Mendoza (760m)

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Once you have arrived in Mendoza, you will be taken to your hotel which is one of the best in the city.


We will have an orientation meeting where we will perform a comprehensive gear check, give you an overview of the entire climb, and answer all your questions. Any gear rentals or purchases can be assisted if required.


In the evening, you are free to check out Mendoza and enjoy the many great restaurants in the area.

Day 2: DRIVE TO PENITENTES

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Drive to Penitentes

ELEVATION GAIN

Mendoza (760m) to Penitentes (2,725m)

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We begin the day with registration for Aconcagua Provincial Park and then drive to Penitentes where we begin our acclimatization process. 


In Penitentes we check in to our hotel at the base of the mountain and have some lunch.


During the afternoon, the staff will start with preparing the mule’s loads at our depot at Los Puquios. Getting us all ready for the following day.

DAY 3: TREK TO CONFLUENCIA

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Drive 1 hour, Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Penitentes (2,725m) to Confluencia Base Camp (3,300m)

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We have some breakfast and then take a short drive to the park entrance. Here we grab our permits and begin trekking to Confluencia Camp.


The path is well worn and picturesque. AMG staff will be ready to meet you at the camp with refreshments and a camp tour.


Staff will get tents set up while you take some time to rest and explore the area. We spend two nights in this lovely camp surrounded by amazing rock formations. 

DAY 4: TREK TO PLAZA FRANCIA

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Confluencia Base Camp (3,300m) to Plaza Francia (4,000m)

We trek to Plaza Francia and back to Confluencia Base Camp today in preparation for the high altitudes ahead.


We will stop at Plaza Francia for lunch. From here you have spectacular views of the South Face of Aconcagua, famous for its difficult ascents. 


After some exploration, we descend to Confluencia camp for dinner and sleep. 

DAY 5: TREK TO PLAZA DE MULAS

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 7 - 9 hours

ELEVATION

Confluencia Base Camp (3,300m) to Plaza de Mulas (4,260m)

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Today we will be moving from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp.

 

We follow the Horcones Superior River and then rise up onto a lateral moraine next to the Horcones Glacier.


Upon arrival at Plaza de Mulas you can relax, grab a hot beverage and a snack. The camp at Plaza de Mulas is a full-service camp, meaning you have access to hot showers and WiFi! 

Day 6: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT PLAZA DE MULAS

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization

ELEVATION

Plaza de Mulas (4,260m)

Today is a leisurely day starting with a good meal and some exploration of the surrounding area.


We have orientation in the afternoon in preparation for tomorrow's climb of Mt. Bonete.

Day 7: CLIMB MT. BONETE

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Plaza de Mulas (4,260m) to Mt. Bonete (5,100m)

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We have an exciting day ahead as we climb Mt Bonete.


The views from over 5,000m are incredible as you can see for miles. A great day of learning and preparation for the summit!


We then return to base camp for a nice evening relaxing and socializing. 

Day 8: Trek to CAMP 1 ('CANADÁ')

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Plaza De Mulas (4,260m) to Camp 1 (4,910m)

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We head out on an acclimatization trek to Camp 1 (Canadá). We will be bringing food, fuel, and other supplies for the higher camps.


The trek begins through a field in Penitentes, with two- to five-foot tall pinnacles of ice, and then we follow switchbacks that lead us to Camp Canadá.


Here we store our gear, have some lunch, and return to Base Camp.

Day 9: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT PLAZA DE MULAS 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization

ELEVATION

Plaza de Mulas (4,260m)

Today we prepare our equipment, rest and get ready for our move to Camp 1 tomorrow. 

Day 10: Trek to CAMP 1 ('CANADÁ')

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Plaza de Mulas (4,260m) to Camp 1 (4,910m)

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We move up to Camp Canadá today!  Equipment and gear will be carried by team members and porters.


Once we reach camp we have some lunch, set up our tents and settle in for our overnight stay.

Day 11: Trek to CAMP 2 ('NIDO DE CÓNDORES')

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 -  4 hours

ELEVATION

Camp 1 (4,910m) to Camp 2 (5,250m)

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We move on to Camp 2, or “Nido de Cóndores” where we will be spending the next three nights for rest and acclimatization.


Today, climbers will carry personal equipment and porters carry expedition equipment, food and tents.


When we reach camp, we get set up and settle down for the night. Dinner is served in your tents! 

Day 12: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT CAMP 2 ('NIDO DE CÓNDORES') 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization

ELEVATION

Camp 2  (5,250m)

Today we rest and acclimatize.


Enjoy the comforts of camp and relax. Today is about improving your chances for reaching the summit. 

Day 13: TREK TO CAMP 3 ('CÓLERA')

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Camp 2 (5,250m) to Camp 3 (6,000m)

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We will be moving equipment and supplies to Camp 3, “Camp Cólera”, today. 


The hike is short and we will be moving slowly to help with acclimatization.


We have some lunch at Camp 3 before heading back down to Camp Nido de Cóndores.

Day 14: TREK TO CAMP 3 ('CÓLERA')

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Camp 2 (5,250m) to Camp 3 (6,000m)

We climb to Camp 3 with all our personal equipment and any extra gear needed for the summit attempt.


At Cólera Camp, staff strategically position the campsite for protection against possible high winds.


Guides will check each team members summit gear for the next day and they'll give an orientation on the summit climb.


We have an early dinner and early night in preparation for the early morning start.

Day 15: TREK TO THE SUMMIT OF ACONCAGUA

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 8 - 12 hours

ELEVATION

Camp 3 (6,000m) to Aconcagua Summit  (6,962m)

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The day has arrived as we head up to the summit of Aconcagua. The day begins very early as we have a quick breakfast and head out.


The climb is gradual, we follow switchbacks for two hours until we reach a small A-frame hut called “Independencia.”


From here we traverse across the North Face of Aconcagua until we reach Canaleta, a low-angle gully that leads us towards the summit ridge.


As we ascend the Canaleta, you'll be surrounded by mountains which begin to drop away as we get higher.


A few hundred meters below the summit, the route traverses east and leads us directly to the top!


There is plenty of room and opportunity for photos and celebration. Congratulations on reaching the summit!


After some time spent at the summit we head back down to Cólera Camp. 

Day 16: TREK TO PLAZA DE MULAS

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Camp 3 (6,000m) to Plaza de Mulas (4,260m)

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We make our way down to Plaza de Mulas camp today, taking our time and absorbing the views.


We have the rest of the day to relax and take in this experience. A delicious dinner will be served before settling in for the night. 

Day 17: TREK TO MENDOZA

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Plaza de Mulas (4,260m) to Mendoza (760m)

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We move on to Horcones, the entrance to the Park, as this is our last trekking day of the expedition.


Once reaching the entrance you will be transferred to Mendoza City where you can settle into the hotel.


Guides and climbers will often get together for dinner to celebrate the successful climb.

Day 18: SPEND THE DAY IN MENDOZA

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Rest and explore the city

ELEVATION

Mendoza (760m)

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We have reached the end of our trekking expedition! 


You can spend the day relaxing and recuperating, as well as explore the city of Mendoza.


Congratulations and we hope to see you back again. 


Day 19: EXTRA DAY FOR WEATHER

This is a contingency day.

Day 20: EXTRA DAY FOR WEATHER

This is a contingency day.

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for climbing Aconcagua. Single supplements apply.


Please note: March to October are off-season climbing months. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Airport transfer from airport to Mendoza hotel
  • Hotel accommodation in Mendoza for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Gear check and orientation
  • Climbing permit assistance
  • Mendoza - Penitentes - Mendoza transfers 
  • Hotel accommodation in Penitentes for 1 night with complimentary dinner and breakfast
  • Aconcagua trailhead transfer
  • Mules for transporting gear (30kg per mule)
  • Porters for high camp
  • Base camp accommodations during the trek
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed trekking guide and support porters
  • Contingency days (weather dependent)
  • Equipment and tents on the trek
  • Complimentary gift on completion

Not Included

  • International airfare, Argentina visa fees, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry, snacks etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Support crew tips
  • Additional porters
  • Climbing Permit Fee ($580 – $1100, depending on season)
  • Additional hotels and meals if the expedition finishes early and returns to Mendoza
  • Airport transfer back to the airport

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Packing List

Clothing
  • 4-5 x hiking shirts + 2-3 x long-sleeve hiking shirts
  • 2 x hiking shorts and 4 x hiking trousers (Softshell, hardshell and trekking pants)
  • 1-2 x Base-layer bottoms
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Lightweight insulated jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet 
  • Hardshell jacket
  • 2 x lightweight liner gloves
  • Insulated gloves
  • Expedition mittens
Headwear
  • 2 x buffs
  • Sun hat + Glacier glasses
  • Ski goggles
  • 2 x full balaclava
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer
Footwear
  • Light-weight hiking boots / trekking shoes
  • High altitude double boot
  • Gaiters
  • Sports sandals / water shoes
  • 6-7 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for camp
Bags
  • 75-105L Climbing pack
  • 35-40L daypack (optional)
  • 150L Duffel Bag 
  • 40-45L Small duffel bag (travel)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
Other Essentials
  • Down sleeping bag
  • Inflatable sleeping pad
  • Foam pad
  • Insulated outdoor-style mug
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks (at least 12 energy food items)
  • Bowl, fork, spoon
  • Knife
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Thermos
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream & lip cream
  • Crampons (general mountaineering)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Toiletry bag (bring toilet paper stored in plastic bag)
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • 3 x sets of hand and toe warmers

Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Mendoza where one can rent / buy most items listed above. 

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

Hotel Accommodation

In Mendoza and Penitentes, you will be staying in hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

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Tented Accommodation

The base camps on the trek are well equipped with dining tents, light and chefs.

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

ACONCAGUA MOUNTAIN GUIDES

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At AMG, they are all about mountaineering. Their goal is to provide the best opportunities to experience this high-mountain environment and reach the tallest summit in the Americas! AMG has many years of experience guiding Aconcagua tours and they look forward to experiencing Aconcagua with you.

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