Aconcagua Information

ACONCAGUA 22,829 ft.

Join us on an expedition to the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere!

Aconcagua from base camp at Plaza Argentina – Travis Tucker

     ACONCAGUA is located in the central Andes of Argentina near the border with Chile. It offers an incredible climbing experience for individuals seeking the challenges of a high altitude climbing expedition in a spectacular setting. We offer expeditions on four different routes on Aconcagua, including ascents from the Upper Vacas valley on the mountains remote north side. Over the past five years this has proven to be a scenic and seldom traveled route. It is a high quality, non-technical climb in a pristine environment. We also lead technical climbs on the Polish Glacier. We would be happy to talk with you about the different route options. Our guides have many years of experience on Aconcagua. Their skill, knowledge, and positive attitudes help our guests to have a great climb. We also limit the size of our groups to eight, and commonly have a guide to guest ratio of 1:3. The itineraries and camps that we use are designed to provide a fantastic experience on this challenging and rewarding trip!

MENDOZA
Mendoza is located in Argentina on the east slope of the Andes. It is in the heart of the local wine country and the climate is hot and sunny. Our trip will begin and end here.

PENITENTES
We will go directly from Mendoza to this ski resort community situated at 9,000 ft. and spend our first night here at one of
the local lodges. This is the starting point for our approach hike up the Vacas valley.

UPPER VACAS VALLEY
Is a unique route on Aconcagua. It follows an isolated valley to the remote north side of the mountain. It is a beautiful route with lots of wildlife and breathtaking high Desert Scenery.

THE ROUTE & CAMPS
The route moves up the north side of the mountain and is independent from other routes on the mountain until high camp at 20,000 ft. where it rejoins the normal route for summit day. We use four camps that are well spaced at 2,000 ft intervals. The distance between camps is ideal for helping everyone to be well acclimatized, which is one of the most important factors in being safe and successful!

SUMMIT DAY
Summit day is usually between eight to ten hours, but can be as long as 13 hours. Bring a camera for the incredible views!

DESCENT & HIKE OUT
We hike back out the Horcones valley, which has beautiful scenery and completes a circumnavigation of the mountain. It also gives us a chance to see the Plaza de Mulas base camp on the normal route.
GROUP SIZE
We believe that group size plays an important role in the experience of our guests. By limiting our groups to eight guests with two guides we build in the flexibility to accommodate individual goals and expectations.

ITINERARIES
Our itineraries include ample time for weather and rest days. They are designed to provide participants with a positive high altitude experience.

SIDE TRIPS
Climbs of Aconcagua can easily be combined with local rafting trips, or, trekking in Patagonia. We would be happy to answer any questions about options for side trips while you are in Argentina or Chile.

INCLUDED
Transfers, hotels in Penitentes, mules, all meals from Penitentes to Penitentes,  group climbing and camping equipment, and guides.

NOT INCLUDED
Meals and hotels in Mendoza, Climbing Permit, airfare to/from Mendoza, porter support, bottled water, soda, and alcohol.

TRIP LENGTH
20 days from Mendoza to Mendoza, but most trips typically take 17 or 18 days.

DIFFICULTY
Most routes are non-technical, but involve challenging hiking at altitude carrying a 45lb to 60lb backpack. The carry down from high camp may involve a slightly heavier pack.

DATES & PRICES
Please see our schedule of dates and prices on our website.