Aconcagua Climb summit

Aconcagua

21 Days / Argentina
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Overview

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 its name is unknown, however, the Inca word ‘Acon Cahuk’ translates to ‘Stone Sentinel’ which is befitting of this giant peak.

Although Aconcagua is a trekking peak and no technical mountaineering is required to reach its summit, it’s not 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. These precautionary measures maximise your chances of reaching the summit.

Our route to 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. The trek is known to be 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, which we might see if we’re lucky. Mt Aconcagua Provincial Park is home to puma, condor, mora eagles and a variety of other bird life. 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 Aconcagua climb plan is very much subject to change based on weather conditions and the health and fitness of all expedition members.

We recently held a talk about our Aconcagua and Elbrus treks in the Great Outdoors in Dublin. You can watch it below, the Aconcagua parts starts 9 minutes into the talk if you’re not interested in Elbrus.

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Dublin to Buenos Aires.

    Fly Dublin to Buenos Aires. Overnight flight.

    plane
  • Day 2

    Buenos Aires to Mendoza (760m).

    Fly Buenos Aires to Mendoza.

    plane
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Mendoza to Penitentes (2700m).

    After finalising permits we drive to Penitentes. We spend the afternoon repacking for the mountain.

    breakfast
    transfer
    hotel
  • Day 4

    Penitentes to Pampa de Lenas (2950m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Drive to Punta de Vacas and then trek to Pampa de Lenas.

    breakfast
    transfer
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 5

    Pampa de Lenas to Casa de Piedra (3240m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Casa de Piedra.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Casa de Piedra to Plaza Argentina (4200m), 8 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Plaza Argentina base camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Rest day at base camp.

    Rest day for acclimatisation and preparation for day 8.

    breakfast
    relax
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Rest day at base camp.

    Rest day for acclimatisation and coaching on high altitude trekking techniques.

    breakfast
    relax
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 10

    Plaza Argentina to Camp 1, 5 hrs trekking.

    We ascend to Camp 1 with the rest of our equipment.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 12

    Rest day at Camp 1.

    Rest day for acclimatisation and preparation.

    breakfast
    relax
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 13

    Camp 1 to Camp 2, 4 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Camp 1 to Camp 2.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 14

    Camp 2 to Camp 3 (6000m), 4 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Camp 2 to Camp 3 (a.k.a Colera camp).

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 15

    Summit Day, 12 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Mt Aconcagua (6962m), the roof of America! Return to Camp 3.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 16

    Spare Summit Day.

    Spare day to account for bad weather, further acclimatisation and rest.

    breakfast
    relax
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 17

    Spare Summit Day.

    Spare day to account for bad weather, further acclimatisation and rest.

    breakfast
    relax
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 18

    Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas, 6 hrs trekking.

    Descend to Plaza de Mulas.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 19

    Plaza de Mulas to Mendoza, 8 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Penitentes and drive to Mendoza. Evening celebratory dinner.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    transfer
    dinner
    hotel
  • Day 20

    Mendoza to Buenos Aires.

    We fly to Buenos Aires and board the international flight in the evening.

    breakfast
    transfer
  • Day 21

    Arrive in Dublin.

    Arrive in Dublin in the early morning. Expedition Ends.

Facts

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.

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

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.

Argentina Facts

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 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.

Famous ascents of Aconcagua

The first known ascent of Aconcagua was during an expedition led by Edward Fitzgerald 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 the 1985/86 season, Fernando Garrido arrived from Spain in order to break the record of altitude stay. He faced 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.

In 1994 a team of blind people from Spain 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.

Aconcagua Blog

Want a look inside what climbing Aconcagua is like? Read our 2018 Trip Report and see how they got on!

Available Dates

  • Jan 15th, 2020 - Feb 4th, 2020
    Good availability.
  • Jan 14th, 2021 - Feb 3rd, 2021
    Good availability.
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