Aconcagua

Argentina

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Duration: 21 Days


Inclusions

Training Weekend Accommodation Meals International Internal Intl Guide Doctor Transfers

Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $7,561.00


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Overview

We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on all Aconcagua (6,962m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world.

Trekking Aconcagua

Aconcagua is one of the ‘Seven Summits’ and the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern hemispheres. It is the highest mountain outside of Asia. Towering at 6,962m this impressive peak lies in the heart of the Andes in Argentina.

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 in order to reach the top.

Our 21-day itinerary includes 16 days of trekking and allows for proper acclimatisation. We also have spare summit days to give us the flexibility needed to accommodate for bad weather. 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. 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. 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.

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.

Watch our Info Talk on Aconcagua

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


Fly Dublin to Buenos Aires. Overnight flight.

Plane Depart

Spend the day in Mendoza.

Hotel Arrive Plane

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

Breakfast Transfer Hotel

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

Breakfast Trek Lunch Dinner Camping Transfer

Trek to Casa de Piedra.

Breakfast Trek Lunch Dinner Camping

Trek to Plaza Argentina base camp.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Camping Trek

Rest day for acclimatisation and preparation for day 8.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Camping Relax

We walk to Camp 1, drop equipment and then return to Plaza Argentina.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Camping Trek

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

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Camping Relax

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

Breakfast Trek Lunch Dinner Camping

Trek to Camp 2, drop equipment and then return to Camp 1.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Camping Trek

Rest day for acclimatisation and preparation.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Camping Relax

Trek from Camp 1 to Camp 2.

Breakfast Trek Lunch Dinner Camping

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

Breakfast Trek Lunch Dinner Camping

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

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Camping Trek

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

Breakfast Relax Lunch Dinner Camping

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

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Camping Relax

Descend to Plaza de Mulas

Breakfast Trek Lunch Dinner Camping

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

Breakfast Transfer Trek Lunch Dinner Hotel

Enjoy a free morning before departing Mendoza.

Breakfast Transfer Plane

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.

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.

Best time to climb Aconcagua?

The best time to attempt your Aconcagua trek is in November through to February. The final day to enter the Aconcagua Provincial Park is the last day in February. 

Temperatures on the expedition may vary from 0 to 30 degrees during the day and -30 to 10 degrees at night. It’s best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. Usually the days are hot and the nights are cold.

What do you need to climb Aconcagua?

We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you when trekking Aconcagua. You can view this packing list here.

How to prepare to climb Aconcagua

We have classified Aconcagua as a level 8 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. You should be comfortable withstanding harsh mountain conditions for several days in a row. We strongly recommend that you read our information pack, which gives in detail on how you should prepare for trekking Aconcagua. You can read this document here.

Available Dates

13 January 2022 - 3 February 2022


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12 January 2023 - 2 February 2023


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Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $7,561.00


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What Our Clients Say

The Aconcagua expedition is fantastic! Earth’s Edge are professional from the onset and throughout. Definitely will be back!

Tom Cleary, Co. Dublin, 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…

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, Dublin, Ireland 

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