On the summit!
Location: Andes Range, Argentina
Skill Level: Intermediate
Cost of Trip: USD $4,600
Trip begins in Mendoza, Argentina
Recent Trip Results:
- December 2013 - Summit - Dispatches
- February 2013 - Summit - Dispatches
- February 2012 - Summit - Dispatches
- February 2011 - Summit - Dispatches
Cerro Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas. It stands as the highest peak in South America and one of the 7 summits or the highest mountain on each continent.
Our Aconcagua Expeditions for the 2014 - 2015 Seasons:
For the 2014/2015 seasons, we have developed our schedule on the Aconcagua program to include:
The climb to the summit.
3 camps on the mountain with a shorter summit day
- Traverse from the Ameghino/Upper Guanacos route down the normal route after the summit, for a full traverse of the mountain
- A single day trek out from Plaza de Mulas at the end of the trip
Highlights of our trip:
- Plenty of extra days built into the schedule for summit flexibility
- Base camp meals prepared by our local cook staff in a full kitchen
- Veteran Spanish speaking American mountain guides with over a decade of guiding in Argentina ensure seamless delivery
- Comfortable dining tent at base camp, access to satellite phone and internet, daily dispatches of the team´s progress
- Emphasis is placed on providing the best food of any expedition
- Stylish accommodation in Mendoza to enjoy the wine capitol of Argentina
- New for 2013-2014 Season. Our expeditions will utilize 3 camps on the mountain and complete a traverse of Aconcagua. Our recent experience shows that adding a third, higher camp will greatly increase the summit chances for all climbers.
We will use the Ameghino/Upper Guanacos route variation which includes a high camp 3 at the Piedras Blancas (19,500 ft., 5943m). After joining the normal route and reaching the summit, our team will return to high camp for rest before descending the normal route into the Plaze de Mulas Base Camp on the opposite side of Aconcagua.
Aconcagua offers mountaineers and fit adventurers the chance to climb on a big mountain expedition in a relatively short period of time. We climb a (non technical) route allowing climbers to gain high altitude experience on a route which can be relatively safe from objective dangers. Climbers can concentrate on testing their own high altitude ability and many will use this climb as a stepping stone to additional mountain objectives.
Mountain Professionals is in a strategic position to offer over 11 years of experience leading expeditions to the summit of Aconcagua. Our senior guides have lived and worked in Argentina for many years and have developed an all around fantastic trip to climb Aconcagua. From our very comfortable hotels to the private transports and superb base camp meals, we have fine tuned each and every detail along the way for a seamless experience.
Climbing to Camp 2
While at base camp, we enjoy a comfortable dining tent with table and chairs, each meal is cooked by our local staff including fresh bread, meat, vegetables, deserts and more.
Our expeditions to Aconcagua are limited to 8 clients, ensuring a small team, personalized feel to each trip we run. We invite you to join a Mountain Professionals Aconcagua expedition and experience the best all around trip available.
Preparation: Our expedition to Aconcagua climbs a route that is not technical in nature, however it is a big undertaking. There are long days and the weather can be extreme in this unique environment. Our goal on the trip is to be safe and have fun on the mountain. So arriving with a good attitude and in good shape makes things a whole lot more enjoyable. Training for a big mountain expedition is important and we work with you on an individual contact basis for several months in advance of the trip to suggest a program.
Prerequisites: Team members should have a basic understanding of mountain expedition living that could include a previous mountaineering course and/or climb of a lower elevation mountain. We recommend experience walking in crampons and use of an ice axe. You should also have previous high altitude experience that could include an ascent or two of mountains such as Rainier, Shasta, Mt. Blanc, Mexican Volcano summit or other comparable high altitude climbing experience. You should also be in excellent physical condition.
Day 1: Arrive in Mendoza and met by our staff for transport to our hotel.
Day 2: Sort Gear and visit the Permit Office in Mendoza, private transport to Pentitentes (2720m) and sleep in hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Punta de Vacas trailhead and begin hike. Walk 8 kilometers to Las Lenas (2700m). Easy trail walking and mules carry our baggage each day to basecamp.
Day 4: Walk 18 kilometers to Casa de Piedra (3200m). Easy trail walking.
Day 5: Walk 15 kilometers to basecamp. Plaza Argentina (4200m).
Day 6: Rest day in basecamp.
Day 7: Carry loads for acclimatization to camp 1 (16,400 ft./5000m) walking on scree and ice mixed with rock. 4-6 hours. Return to basecamp.
Day 8: Return climb up to Camp 1.
Day 9: Rest Day in Camp 1.
Day 10: Carry loads for acclimatization to camp 2 (17,800 ft./5425m) walking on scree and ice or snow. 6 hours. Return to camp 1 to sleep.
Day 11: Return climb to camp 2. Move into camp.
Day 12: Carry to Camp 3 at Piedras Blancas Camp (19,500 ft./5943m)
Day 13: Climb the traverse of rock and snow up the normal route to Independencia Hut and continue up through the Canaleta to the summit (6962m). Return to High Camp for sleep.
Day 14-16: Extra days allowed for bad weather or additional acclimatization needs or adjustments to the schedule by the guide staff.
Day 17: Descend to Plaza de Mulas basecamp.
Day 18: Hike out the Horcones Valley to Pentitentes and transport to Mendoza for Celebration
Day 19: Departure day to home country.
Trip Cost Includes:
- Mountain Professionals Guides.
- Transfer from airport to our hotel.
- Hotel (4 star) Mendoza based on double occupancy.
- Breakfasts in Mendoza.
- Private team transfer to and from Pentitentes.
- Full mountain services, meals, group equipment, tents.
- Porter service for group gear from Camp 3 down after summit.
- Full basecamp services with dining tent, basecamp cook staff.
- Access to solar panel and satellite phone.
- Daily dispatches from the team.
Price Does Not Include:
- Items of a personal nature, individual travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.
- Personal Climbing Permit Fee paid in Mendoza with your guide.
- Personal clothing or gear.
- Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks or drinks.
- Recommended Travel/Trip Cancellation Insurance.