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Aconcagua Climb

Location: Argentina
  • Difficulty: Ultra
  • Season: Winter
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Region: South America
  • Type: Trekking
Spaces left: Available
  • Difficulty: Ultra
  • Season: Winter
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Region: South America
  • Type: Trekking
About The Aconcagua Climb

Our Aconcagua climb takes you to this towering peak of 6,962m at the heart of the Andes. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern hemispheres. The exact origin of it’s name is unknown, however the Inca word ‘Acon Cahuk’ translates to ‘Stone Sentinel’ which is befitting of this giant peak.

Although Aconcagua is considered a trekking peak and no technical mountaineering is required to reach it’s summit, it is far from easy. The complexities of proper acclimatisation, high winds, extreme cold and a long summit day make climbing Aconcagua a formidable challenge. Our 21 day itinerary allows for proper acclimatisation and has the flexibility to accommodate bad weather, maximising your chances of reaching the summit.

There is much debate over which route is best to take to the summit. Our approach through the Vacas valley and descent along the 'normal route' offers the best of both routes. The trail through the Vacas valley is slightly longer but is much better for acclimatisation as it ascends more gradually. It is also more beautiful and less travelled than the normal route. From Plaza Argentina base camp we combine the Polish route, the Ameghino traverse, Upper Guanaco and the 'normal route' giving you the best possible experience of Aconcagua.

The entire route is stunningly beautiful, with the views from Camp two and three simply breath-taking. The area also has some amazing wildlife with puma, condor, mora eagle and a wild variety of other bird life found in Mt Aconcagua Provincial Park. We fly in and out of the beautiful city of Mendoza, home of Argentina’s famous malbec grapes and some amazing cuisine.

Please note the following plan is very much subject to change based on weather conditions and the health and fitness of all expedition members.

Why climb Aconcagua with Earth's Edge

What our clients say...

"After missing out on the Elbrus summit due to bad weather, I was a little nervous about tackling something 1.5km higher. Earth's Edge managed everything - the itinerary, the local guides and support team, as well as the camps, tents, food and water to give everyone the very best chance of making it to the top. We had 2 spare days on the mountain in case of weather delays, but we didn't need them. The atmosphere within the team and the relationships with the support crew were very open, friendly and fun. Everyone had a great time and Earth's Edge probably made the summit attempt as easy as it could have been. Still incredibly tough, but at least I got to the top." - Dermot Magee, Co. Dublin.

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100% Financial Protection – Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed (TA:0711) and financially bonded adventure travel company.

All our Aconcagua climbs are led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.

Our packages are inclusive of flights from Dublin, domestic flights, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the trek,  trekking permits, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge softshell jacket.

Our 22 day itinerary includes 15 days on the mountain allowing you to acclimatise properly, thus maximising your chances of a successful summit attempt.

We use excellent local guides, cooks and support staff. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly.

Training weekends – Meet an Earth's Edge expedition leader, an Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Aconcagua climbers two months before departure. Our training weekends consist of a full brief and two hikes in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the mountain as we found it. 

Our Aconcagua Climb Itinerary & Costs

Day 1: Dublin to Buenos Aires.
Fly Dublin to Buenos Aires. Overnight flight.

Day 2: Buenos Aires to Mendoza (760m).
Fly Buenos Aires to Mendoza. Overnight hotel.

Day 3: Mendoza to Penitentes (2700m).
After finalising permits we drive to Penitentes. We spend the afternoon repacking for the mountain. Overnight hotel.

Day 4: Penitentes to Pampa de Lenas (2950m), 5 hrs trekking.
Drive to Punta de Vacas and then trek to Pampa de lenas. Overnight camp.

Day 5: Pampa de Lenas to Casa de Piedra (3240m), 7 hrs trekking.
Trek to Casa de Piedra. Overnight camp.

Day 6: Casa de Piedra to Plaza Argentina (4200m), 8 hrs trekking.
Trek to Plaza Argentina base camp. Overnight camp.

Day 7: Rest day at base camp.
Rest day for acclimatization and preparation for day 8. Overnight camp.

Day 8: Carry to Camp 1 (5000m) and return Plaza Argentina, 9 hrs trekking.
We walk to Camp 1, drop equipment and then return to Plaza Argentina. Overnight camp.

Day 9: Rest day at base camp.
Rest day for acclimatisation and coaching on high altitude trekking techniques. Overnight camp.

Day 10: Plaza Argentina to Camp 1, 5 hrs trekking.
We ascend to Camp 1 with the rest of our equipment. Overnight camp.

Day 11: Carry to Camp 2 (5500m) and return to Camp 1, 6 hrs trekking.
Trek to Camp 2, drop equipment and then return to Camp 1. Overnight camp.

Day 12: Rest day at Camp 1.
Rest day for acclimatisation and preparation.

Day 13: Camp 1 to Camp 2, 4 hrs trekking.
Trek from Camp 1 to Camp 2. Overnight camp.

Day 14: Camp 2 to Camp 3 (6000m), 4 hrs trekking.
Trek from Camp 2 to Camp 3 (a.k.a Colera camp). Overnight camp.

Day 15: Summit Day, 12 hrs trekking.
Trek to Mt Aconcagua (6962m), the roof of America! Return to Camp 3. Overnight camp.

Day 16: Spare Summit Day.
Spare day to account for bad weather, further acclimatisation and rest.

Day 17: Spare Summit Day.
Spare day to account for bad weather, further acclimatisation and rest.

Day 18: Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas, 6 hrs trekking.
Descend to Plaza de Mulas. Overnight camp.

Day 19: Plaza de Mulas to Mendoza, 8 hrs trekking.
Trek to Penitentes and drive to Mendoza. Evening celebratory dinner. Overnight hotel.

Day 20: Mendoza to Buenos Aires.
We fly to Buenos Aires and board the international flight in the evening. Overnight flight.

Day 21: Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive in Dublin in the early morning. Expedition Ends.

Aconcagua

EXPEDITION COSTS
€399 deposit at the time of booking & €1000 due six months before departure & €4,600 balance payment due two months before departure– Total €5,999. Read our best price guarantee.

*If you would like to book this expedition excluding international flights, please contact us for a land only price.

Costs include; international flights to Mendoza, an expedition leader & doctor travelling with the group from Dublin, all transport in Argentina, all meals on the trek, all accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels & camping, local support team, an Earth’s Edge softshell jacket & bandana.

*Prices were set on November 22nd, 2016.

Interesting Facts about Aconcagua

Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America; the highest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemispheres; and the highest mountain outside Asia. Aconcagua is one of the Seven Summits.

Aconcagua lies within Aconcagua Provincial Park in the province of Mendoza in the Republic of Argentina. The mountain lies completely within Argentina and, unlike many other Andean peaks, does not sit on the international border with Chile.

By land area Argentina is the 2nd largest country in South America and the 8th largest country in the world. There are over 30 national parks in Argentina.

Aconcagua is the highest point in the Andes, the world's longest mountain range. The Andes, beginning in northern South America and ending at the continent's tip, stretch over 7,000 kilometres in a narrow band along the west edge of South America. The Andes pass through seven countries--Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile.

The first known ascent of Aconcagua was during an expedition led by Edward Fitz Gerald in 1897. Swiss climber Mathias Zurbriggen reached the summit alone on January 14th via today's 'normal route'. A few days later Nicholas Lanti and Stuart Vines made the second ascent. These were the highest ascents in the world at that time.

In 1994 a team of Spanish blind people reached the North summit and in 2013 Tyler Armstrong, a 9 yr old boy from Southern California became the youngest person to climb Mount Aconcagua.

In the 1985/86 season, Fernando Garrido arrived from Spain in order to break the record of altitude stay. Facing problems due to the lack of oxygen, strong winds of up to 200 km/h, and temperatures of up to 60 degrees below zero, the Spanish climber managed to stay 66 days at the summit, thus breaking a world survival record.

On a clear day at the summit, it is possible to see the Pacific Ocean which is some 160km away.

How To Book

Expedition Dates:

If you would like to sign up to this expedition but need some time before you can confirm your commitment, we can hold a space for you. We will hold your space for 48 hours after which time you will need to complete the booking form & pay your deposit.

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