360° Route – Aconcagua Summit
Ascend Aconcagua; via the lesser-travelled Vacas Valley 360° route. Aconcagua Mountain is a part of the Andes mountain range; located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. The summit is located just 15 kilometres away from the international border with Chile; it is one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains in each of the seven continents).
However; with a good climate, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible 360° view from the summit that you’ll never forget. After that; you’ll view infinite mountain ranges, white fields and glaciers, including the stunning peaks of Cerro Mercedario and Cerro Tolosa.
Therefore; mules will carry the expedition equipment & they are not loaded with more than 30-40kg. Following then; from Base Camp 1 to Base Camp 3 (Day 9 onwards); you will be required to carry your own equipment and around 7kg of group equipment also. In addition; for additional porters to carry your personal equipment; you will be able to hire these from us. A porter will carry a maximum 15kg limit of your gear.
Similarly; there is an option to extend the route for a couple of days to add more time for acclimatisation along the trail. Above all; a lot will depend on your own personal fitness; your ability at altitude and how much time you have for your expedition.
Mountain & Summit Stats
- Altitude: 6,962m.
- Duration: 13D/12N
- Route: 360° Vacas Valley – North Face
- Difficulty: Non-technical & No risk of Avalanche.
- Equipment: Expedition (Please refer to the videos below for equipment).
- Requirements: Good physical condition and recommended prior experience at altitude.
- Summit success: About 50%
- Threats: Biggest threat is the cold (-20 to -30c) and altitude.
- Summit Season: 15/11/19 – 24/02/20
Safety & Security: Your safety and security is our main priority.
- Radio Equipment: On the expedition we will have radios & access to a rescue helicopter if required.
- Medical: We will have oxygen available on the expedition, oximetro (to read oxygen levels in your blood), diamox (to combat any bad effects of altitude sickness), along with a complete medical box set for the expedition.
- Health: Your health will be checked at regular intervals along the route (e.g. at every camp). All of our guides are fully trained in first aid and mountain rescue.
- Pacing: It is important to go at a pace you are comfortable with and our guides will help support you in this.
- Insurance: It is vital that you have adventure insurance for this trip.