Aconcagua Normal Route

Aconcagua - Mendoza

AltitudE

6.962 msnm / 22,843 pies.

Difficulty

Difficult (There are not technical ways, but it requires a very good physical and psychological condition).

Length

20 days.

SEASON

November to march.

Aconcagua is located in South American Central Andes, it is the highest point of the West Hemisphere. Its latitude (22,843 feet), the environment dryness and difficult breathing, because of low oxygen pressure turn it to be considered an eight thousand meters mountain. For centuries, it’s been the goal for adoration and worship, power and respect for the Andean men, who has left over its hillsides the traces of his millenary history.
Its Normal Route travels along Horcones Valley from Aconcagua South face to North-West face, where Plaza de Mulas base camp is located. Many climbers around the world choose this supported way to the summit.
Climbing the “Top of America” is a dedicated and complex project, that requires compromise with details. 25 years guiding Aconcagua expeditions with 55 times reached the top endorse our experience and high-quality service.

Climbing the highest mountain in America is a deep and fascinating experience!

  • ITINERARY
  • SERVICES
  • GEAR LIST

Day 1: Airport - Mendoza City


(750 masl – 2,460 feet). Transfer to Mendoza City. Hotel night.

Day 2: Mendoza City – Penitentes


(2,600 masl – 8,532 feet). Advice in entrance permit step. Transfer to Penitentes Ski resort. Dinner and night in hotel.

Day 3: Pententes – Horcones – Confluencia


(3,400 masl – 11,152 feet). Transfer to Horcones. Hike to the first approach camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 4: Confluencia – Plaza Francia – Confluencia


(4,100 masl – 13,448 feet). Hike to the South Face viewpoint. Returno to Confluencia camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 5: Confluencia – Plaza de Mulas


(4,280 masl – 14,038 feet). Long hike to base camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 6: Plaza de Mulas


(4,280 masl – 14,038 feet). Rest day at base camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 7: Plaza de Mulas – Bonete Peak – Plaza de Mulas


(5,000 masl – 16,400 feet). Acclimatization climb to Bonete Peak. Return to base camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 8: Plaza de Mulas


(4,280 masl – 14,038 feet). Rest day at base camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 9: Plaza de Mulas – Plaza Canada– Plaza de Mulas


(5,000 masl – 16,400 feet). Port day to the first altitude camp. Return to base camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 10: Plaza de Mulas


(4,280 masl – 14,038 feet). Rest day at base camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 11: Plaza de Mulas – Plaza Canada


(5,000 masl – 16,400 feet). Move to the first altitude camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 12: Plaza Canada – Nido de Cóndores


(5,400 masl – 17,712 feet). Move to the second altitude camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 13: Nido de Cóndores


(5,400 masl – 17,712 feet). Rest day at camp two. Tent night. Full board.

Day 14: Nido de Cóndores – Plaza Cólera


(5,930 masl – 19,408 feet). Move to the third altitude camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 15: Plaza Cólera – Summit – Plaza Cólera


(6,962 masl – 22,843 feet). Hard day to summit. Return to camp 3. Tent night. Full board.

Day 16: Extra day.


To be used in case of bad weather.

Day 17: Extra day.


To be used in case of bad weather.

Day 18: Plaza Cólera – Plaza de Mulas


(4,280 masl – 14,088 feet). Return to base camp. Tent night. Full board.

Day 19: Plaza de Mulas – Horcones – Mendoza City


(750 masl – 2,460 feet). Hike down to Horcones. Transfer to Mendoza City. Hotel night.

Day 20: Mendoza City – Airport


(750 masl – 2,460 feet). Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. End of Services.

Note:


This itinerary is subject to changes due to weather or force majeure conditions that put in risk the group security. Decision and changes are to be taken by the guide according to their criteria, knowledge and experience, and any modification will always be for the safety of the group.  

What's included


  • Bilingual Mountain Guides (Ratio: 1 Guide per 3/4 customers).
  • Land transportations:
    • Airport – Mendoza City – Airport.
    • Mendoza City – Penitentes – Horcones.
    • Horcones – Mendoza City.
  • 2 (3 stars) Hotel nights in Mendoza (breakfast).
  • 1 (3 stars) Hotel night in Penitentes (dinner and breakfast).
  • 2 Camp nights in Confluencia (Full-board).
  • 6 Base camp nights (Full-board).
  • All expedition meals into Aconcagua Park.
  • All group supplies, such as tents, stoves etc.
  • Mules to carry gear to Base Camp
    • Horcones – Plaza de Mulas.
    • Plaza de Mulas – Horcones.
(For general equipment / Personal equipment-up to 30 kg. per person-).
  • Porters to carry group gear  (not personal gear)
  • First aid kit.
  • Radio communication.
  • Global Positioning System equipment (GPS).

What's not included


  • Climbing permit fee (U$D600 – U$D1140, depending on season)
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Air tickets to/from Mza.
  • Accident and rescue insurance.
  • Rescue expenses and emergency evacuation costs.
  • Extra expenses cash.
  • Drinks and meals not specified.
  • Hotel extra nights.
  • Altitude porter for personal equipment.
  • Drinks in Penitentes dinner.
  • Tips.
  • Any extra service not specified in include ítem.
Foot
  • Socks:
    • Merino wool or polypropylene - 2 pairs (warm layer).
    • Polypropylene - 1 pair (liner layer).
    • Cotton - 2 pairs (to be used in the approach).
  • Plastic boots: double or triple, with removable liner. Suggestion: La Sportiva Spantic, Scarpa Phantom Guide.
  • Trekking shoes. Suggestion: La Sportiva Boulder, Assolo Salyan.
  • Comfortable and lightweight shoes for rest days at base camp.
  • Gore-Tex + Cordura.
Upper Body
  • 2 Long sleeve thermal shirt. Polypropylene or capilene.
  • 2 T-shirt. Polypropylene or capilene.
  • 2 Polar / fleece Jacket.
  • 1 Softshell Jacket (Opcional).
  • 1 Goretex Jacket.
  • 1 Down Jacket. Suggestion: The North Face Baltoro. (-20° C).
  • 2 T-Shirt.
Lower Body
  • 2 Long underwear pant. Polypropylene or capilene.
  • 2 fleece trousers
  • 1 Goretex pant.Waterproof/ breathable
  • 1 Trekking pant. Dryloft.
Head
  • 1 Warm hat. wool or polar-tec.
  • 1 Polypropylene or capilene.
  • 1 Climbing Helmet. Certified.
  • 1 Sun hat. with neck protection.
  • 1 Head lamp. With extra batteries. Petzl / Black Diamond
  • 2 Sunglasses. 100% UV protection. Must have side covers. Category 4 or more (Julbo or Bolle).
  • 1 Goggles.
  • 1 Buff
Hands
  • 2 Light gloves. Polypropylene or capilene.
  • 1 Fleece and Waterproof Gloves for cold weather.
  • 1 Warm down mittens..
  • 1 Over mittens: Goretex.
General & climbing equipment:
  • Large duffel bag with lock (120). For transporting gear by freight mules.
  • Smaller duffel with lock. (To store excess gear in Penitentes.)
  • Plastic bags. To line stuff sacks to keep gear dry.
  • Down sleeping bag -30° C.
  • Therm-a-rest mat. -1. + Mattress.
  • Expedition backpack. 70 - 90 litres.
  • Day pack 30 - 45 litres.
  • 1 Traverse Ice axe.
  • Crampons 12 points.
  • 1 trekking Poles.
  • Pocket knife. Victorinox or Leatherman tool.
  • Plate, fork, spoon, cup, glass. Unbreakable set for high camps.
  • 1 Pee bottle. Pee Funnel (for women). Suggested: Freshets.
  • 2 Drinking bottle - with hermetic closing.
  • 1 thermo.
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, wet wipes.
  •  Towel
  • 1 Sun Block. UV 50 at least.
  • 1 Lips cream. UV 40.
  • 1 Hydrating cream.
  • Personal medications
  • Personal first aid kit. Simple and light. (Compeed, analgesic, disinfectant)
  • Travel clothes and extra clothes to use in a warm Mendoza
Optionals
  • Camera
  • Ear plugs. for windy nights.
  • Hand warmers: for summit push (no direct contact with skin)

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