Aconcagua Base Camp Trek – 7 Days

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).

Following with a good climate, you’ll be able to trek the base camp of Aconcagua at 4,500m altitude. And then starting from Penitentes we’ll load a mule with our equipment and you’ll trek to Confluencia. Stopping here for 2 nights to acclimatise and trek to Plaza Francia to see the South Wall of Aconcagua.

Then trekking to the ‘Plaza de Mulas‘ or base camp is a reasonably long day (around 7 hrs); it is mainly flat with a steep incline right at the end. Along the way you’ll have impressive views of Aconcagua and the surrounding range.

Following then; upon reaching base camp you can relax for a day and have the opportunity to scale Cerro Bonete the following day. Then having had the opportunity to explore base camp you’ll trek out of the park and head back to Mendoza for connecting flights out.

Mountain & Summit Stats

  • Altitude: 5,000m.
  • Duration: 7D/6N
  • Route: Normal – 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 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 & evacuation insurance for this trip.


These videos highlight the best personal equipment to bring for the expedition.

Park Entrance Fees

Entrance fees for Aconcagua National Park for summit expeditions in 2020 are $800 USD per person.
Day 1
Mendoza - Preparation & permission for entry. Maximum height 760m
Our expedition begins in Mendoza, Argentina. Here we'll prepare the equipment that will be transported by the muleteers to Plaza Argentina and the equipment that also will be transported by the muleteers to the Pampas. Steps for the permission to enter into the Provincial Park of Aconcagua.You'll be given help with this administration. Welcome Dinner. Stay in Mendoza.
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 2
Penitentes – Laguna Horcones – Confluencia a los 3,300m
Breakfast in your accommodation. At 11:30 a.m. you'll leave in the direction of Penitentes. By 1:00 pm. stop to have lunch in the Restaurant of "Don Elias" in Uspallacta. The expedition guide arrives at Penitentes in the evening. The equipment that will be transported by the muleteers is sent in advance to the Plaza of Mules and the equipment that also will be transported by the muleteers to Confluencia. Afterwards, heading across the picturesque route of surrounding mountain ranges, you'll head to the Gully of Pitchforks. Here you'll check-in to the Park where the expedition & ascent will begin. Trek of 3 - 4 hours, you'll arrive at the place known as Confluencia.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3
Confluencia – Trek of acclimatization to Plaza Francia (4,200m)
Breakfast. You'll trek from 4 to 6 hrs, up to the viewpoint of Plaza Francia and the south wall of Aconcagua, at an elevation of 4,200 m. The descent will take around 2 to 3 hrs.
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4
Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas (4,250m)
It's an early start with breakfast. you'll begin the trek very early at around 7:00 am., today takes a time estimated from 8 to 10 hrs. Installation of Camp.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5
Plaza de Mulas. Rest and Preparation
Breakfast. Rest and acclimatisation day in Base Camp
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6
Plaza de Mulas – Cerro Bonete (5,000m)
Breakfast early. Ascent to Cerro Bonnete. This is a day of moderate trekking from 4 to 5 hrs. From here you're rewarded with an impressive sight of the West face of Aconcagua. Taking in lunch you then return to base camp for the evening.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7
Plaza de Mulas - Penitentes
Today you'll trek back to the start point from base camp. It's a relatively long day of around 7-8 hrs. From Penitentes you'll transfer back to Mendoza and reflect on an incredible journey in the backdrop of Aconcagua. Transfer to Airport or Hotel as required. Meals: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Assistance for entrances
  • High-mountain Guide
  • All supplies during the ascent & dining equipment.
  • Hotel in Mendoza (On agreement of plan).
  • Mules to carry equipment from Penitentes - Confluencia. Max 30kg
  • Mules to carry equipment from Confluencia to the Plaza de Mulas. Máx. 30 Kg in total.
  • Mules for descent to Plaza of Mules to Penitentes. Max. 30 kg in total.
  • Camping Zones
  • Safety Equipment and medicines as per international standard, radios, rope and oxímetro.
  • Evacuation in helicopter in case of emergency. Normally requested for by the guide and authorized by the doctor of shift.
  • Medical assessment at all camps.

Price Excludes

  • Porterage of equipment at altitude for personal equipment, garbage and human waste. (additional porters can be arranged to carry personal equipment)
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, drinks, laundry, telephone and others not specified).
  • Accomodation and supply in Mendoza and out of the Provincial Park of the Aconcagua.
  • Food in Mendoza and departure of Aconcagua park
  • Transport of any type to Mendoza (Can be planned as part of trip itinerary).
  • Entry permits to the Park
  • Personal equipment:
  • Sleeping bag (-30°C), down jackets, vacuum flask, sandals, sunglasses, flasks, crampones, canes, etc.
  • Costs derived from Rescue or Abandon of Expedition.
  • Costs (accommodation, supply and transport) of descent anticipated by altitude sickness, climate, social disturbances, physical, mental and / or technical condition of mountaineering


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