Aconcagua Climb summit

Aconcagua

21 Days / Argentina
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Overview

Aconcagua is one of the ‘Seven Summits’ and the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern hemispheres, it is in fact the highest mountain outside of Asia. Towering at 6,962m this impressive peak lies in the heart of the Andes in Argentina close to the border with Chile. It is believed the name Aconcagua originates from the Inca word ‘Acon Cahuk’ which translates to ‘Stone Sentinel’ and is certainly a very fitting description of this beautiful peak.

Although the summit of Aconcagua sits at almost 7,000m there is no technical mountaineering required to reach the top, it is very much a trekking peak. However, this does not mean that reaching the summit is an easy undertaking. It is a formidable challenge requiring proper acclimatisation, adapting to high winds and extreme cold. Summit day is long and demanding, gaining 900m and traversing varying terrain in order to reach the top and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

Our 21-day itinerary includes 16 days of trekking and allows for proper acclimatisation. We have also allowed spare summit days to give us the flexibility needed to accommodate for bad weather, maximising our chances of reaching the summit. There are a number of routes to be considered to reach the top, our itinerary combines an approach through the Vacas Valley and descending the ‘normal route’ which allows us to enjoy the best of both sides of the mountain while offering the best acclimatisation profile. We combine the Polish route, the Ameghino traverse, Upper Guanaco and the ‘normal route’ giving you a comprehensive experience of Aconcagua.

The scenery all along the route is incredibly beautiful, particularly when we reach the higher elevations at Camp 2 and 3 as we look to the North at the neighbouring peaks and glaciers. There is also plenty of local wildlife to view during our time in Mt. Aconcagua Provincial Park so keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready for condor, mora eagle and a wide variety of other birdlife. We also spend two (or more -depending on our summit day!) nights in Mendoza, home of Argentina’s famous Malbec grapes and phenomenal local cuisine.

We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Aconcagua (6,962m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our Aconcagua expeditions allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.

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

    Arrive Mendoza (760m).

    Spend the day in Mendoza.

    arrive
    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

    Depart Mendoza

    Enjoy a free morning before departing Mendoza.

    breakfast
    transfer
    plane
  • Day 21

    Arrive in Dublin.

    Arrive in Dublin in the early morning. Expedition Ends.

    arrive

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 or Elbrus

Have you ever wondered which is harder Aconcagua or Elbrus? Check out this article that covers the topic - Aconcagua or Elbrus

Available Dates

  • Jan 14th, 2021 - Feb 3rd, 2021
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  • Jan 13th, 2022 - Feb 2nd, 2022
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I have just completed my third expedition with Earth's Edge - Kilimanjaro (Oct 2015), Mt Elbrus (Aug 2017) and now Aconcagua (Jan 2019). Another great expedition with a great gang of people, ably led by John (expedition leader) and assisted by our doc, Barry. The whole trip went as smoothly as can be expected when considering international travel, weather and local conditions. The local support team in Argentina was fantastic. Thanks, Earths Edge.

Gavin Westley. Co. Cork, Ireland. 

The Aconcagua trip manages something special- a real feel of a proper expedition, true respect for the host country, great learning, a proper feeling that we are all part of a team and all done with a real sense of fun. A quality experience reflective of the mutual respect between the Irish and local guides which helps create something truly memorable.

Eamonn Ryan. Co. Limerick, Ireland. 

 

I had an excellent expedition experience with Earth's Edge from start to summit of Aconcagua to finish. I would thoroughly recommend them for this trip!

Enda McNicholas. Co. Dublin, Ireland 

 

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