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Aconcagua Summit – 13 or 16 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. Thus it is one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains in each of the seven continents).

Following then; with a good climate, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible 360° view from the summit that you’ll never forget. After all the work you put into the summit; you’ll view infinite mountain ranges, white fields and glaciers, including the stunning peaks of Cerro Mercedario and Cerro Tolosa.

Then it is important ot note; mules will carry the expedition equipment & they are not loaded with more than 30-40kg. 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. For additional porters to carry your personal equipment, you can hire these from us. A porter will carry a maximum 15kg limit of your gear.

As a result; there is an option to extend the route for a couple of days to add more time for acclimatisation along the trail. A lot depends on your own personal fitness and your ability at altitude.

Mountain & Summit Stats

  • Altitude: 6,962m.
  • Duration: 13D/12N
  • 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 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.


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 - Preparing for entry to Aconcagua.
Our expedition begins in Mendoza, Argentina. Here equipment preparation begins that will be transported by the muleteers to Plaza de Mulas Steps for the permission to enter into the Provincial Park of Aconcagua. You'll be given help with this administration. Stay in Mendoza.
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 2
Mendoza – Penitentes (2,750m)
Breakfast in accommodation. At 11:30 a.m. you'll leave in the direction of Penitentes. At around 1:00pm stopping to have lunch in Uspallacta. The equipment that will be transported by the muleteers is sent in advance to the Plaza of Mulas and the equipment that also will be transported by the muleteers to Confluencia.
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3
Penitentes – Laguna Horcones – Confluencia (3,300m)
Breakfast in camp. 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 Confluence. Lunch in the Camp. Free afternoon.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4
Confluencia – Acclimatisation trek to Plaza Francia (4,200m)
Breakfast. You'll trek from 4 to 6 hours, up to the viewpoint of Plaza France and the south wall of Aconcagua, with elevation of 4,200m. The descent will take around 2 to 3 hours.
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5
Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas with 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 6
Plaza de Mulas. Rest and Preparation
Breakfast. Rest and preparation for the ascent.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7
Plaza de Mulas – Cerro Bonete (5,000m).
Breakfast early. Ascent to the Hill Bonnet. Moderate trekking from 4 to 5 hours. From here you're rewarded with an impressive sight of the West face of Aconcagua. Taking in lunch you then return back at the field base for the evening. Installation of camp.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 8
Plaza de Mulas - Camp I “Canadá” (4,800m).
Breakfast. In your group you'll initiate the ascent towards the direction of the first advanced camp, this is Plaza Canada. Trek from 3 to 4 hrs. Installation of Camp.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 9
Campo I “Canadá” – Campo II “Nido de Cóndores” (5,350m)
Breakfast. Continuing the ascent to the second camp, Nest of Condors. Impressive sight of the Mountain chain. You are high enough (over three miles above the Pacific) to grandstand above the smaller part of the Andes. Trek from 2 to 4 hours. Installation of camp.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 10
Camp II “Nido de Cóndores” - Camp III “Cólera”
Breakfast. Ascent to the third high field "Rage" or "Berlin". Time estimated from 2 to 4 hours. Installation of the High Field camp. This is a very important day, to rest early in the evening and with light dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11
Camp III “Cólera” – Summit (6,962m) - Camp III “Cólera”
This day begins at 4:00 am., with a breakfast. You'll climb the North Edge up to the refuge Independence, located at around 6,450 m. It is in this place where the sunbeams reach us for the first time during this day. You'll encounter the " Portezuelo of the Wind ", where you must face strong winds even in days of relative calmness. From there voyaging on the top part of the West face and climb " The Canaleta ", a channel of 300 mts. that leads us to the summit edge. After The Canaleta, the " Edge of the Gump " represents an easy voyage up to the summit. The latter part normally takes us an hour. From the edge of the Gump we can observe directly under our feet the 3,000 mts. of vertical ice and rock of the South Wall of Aconcagua, considered to be one of the biggest walls of the world. At the summit is the ultimate prize: a sight of 360 º and the experience of personal feelings and indescribable emotions, which only are understood by experiencing it for yourself. The satisfaction of reaching your aim, coupled with the termination of the expedition, mean it is time to begin the ascent and make your way back to Mendoza. It is necessary to save some of your energy for the descent to the field 3.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 12
Camp III “Cólera” – Plaza de Mulas
Return from the Camp 3 up to the Camp Base, to enjoy dinner realized in the comfort of the Camp Base.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 13
Plaza de Mulas – Penitentes – Mendoza
After taking down the camp and preparing the bundles that will be transported by the mules there is one final day of 7-8 hrs of trek that takes us via the Lagoon of Pitchforks and the meeting with the route, where our transport waits, that will lead us back to the city of Mendoza.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Price Includes

  • Assistance for entrance permits to the national park.
  • Professional high-mountain guide.
  • All supplies during the trek & dining equipment.
  • Hotel in Mendoza (On agreement of plan).
  • Mules to carry equipment to all locations.
  • Camping Zones
  • Safety Equipment and medicines as per international standard, radios, telephone satelital, 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
  • Support with the report of the climate for the day of summitting.
  • Expeditions porters : They will carry the group mountain equipment ( 20 kilos ) to high camps. Each participant will be with their own mountain equipment and 7 kilos of group equipment ( Food, fuel, utensils ) to high 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 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


Mountain Forecast for Aconcagua

  1. Two Travellers, Utah, USA

    Review: Aconcagua Summit Expedition
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    This was an epic adventure, with all the elements necessary to make it an incredible challenge – Altitude, unpredictable weather conditions, mules & arrieros, health problems and Alpine conditions!

    Aconcagua is the crown jewel of the Andes, leaving you speechless on approach once you enter the park. Arriving into Penitentes to load the mules for the expedition is the beginning of this breathless adventure.

    A gradual ascent over 3 to 4 hours to the first campsite at Confluencia allows you time to warm-up & begin the acclimatization process which allows your body to get used to the change in altitude elevations that are to follow.

    The following day we headed to base camp (‘Plaza de Mulas’), the plan was to stay here a couple of days to allow for further acclimatisation. However the weather windows were closing in on us and we had to make a decision about the ascent to summit.

    We decided to go for it and headed to Camp Canada for the first night. Camping at 16,000ft was beautiful but cold.

    The following day we then headed straight to our second camp (‘Nido de Condors’). A small approaching storm was beginning and the temperature plummeted to -20c. We stayed huddled up in camp. Once the storm passed the most beautiful sunset occurred, it was worth all the effort.

    At this point I started to succumb to some altitude sickness and my own inner demons but as the weather was closing in I had to make a very difficult decision and decided to descend to base camp so that my travel partner could continue and have the best opportunity to make the summit.

    My travel partner continued to the third Camp (‘Camp Colera’) and made the summit successfully on day 7 of our expedition, a remarkable outcome from a very shortened acclimatisation program.

    Mt. Aconcagua is stunning; the route is long and hard but this is a non-technical climb and a great starting point for any budding alpinists. It was a great adventure from start to end; many thanks to Unu Raymi Expeditions for their careful organisation.

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