Shane Finn Aconcagua Expedition

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: $7,373.00


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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. We are excited to be launching this new bespoke Shane Finn Aconcagua Expedition.

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.

 

About Shane Finn

Shane Finn is an Ultra Endurance Athlete & Fitness Coach from County Kerry. To date Shane has, run 12 Marathons in 12 Days (2014), 24 Marathons in 24 Days (2017) and most recently cycled and ran across the USA from San Francisco to New York in 36 Days (2019). Shane started running in 2010 to raise funds and awareness for Spina Bifida Ireland as his first cousin Mary lives with the condition. So far Shane, his family & support crew have raised almost  €300,000 for the charity. Shane works as an Online Fitness & Endurance Coach helping people of every level to set and achieve their goals whether that be someone’s first 5km or their first 100 miler! Adventure, the Outdoors and Pushing Limits are a huge part of Shane’s day to day life! Shane is also the host of The Pushing Limits Podcast which is a regular number one in the fitness charts.
For more information on Shane please visit –  https://www.shanefinn.com/

Added extra’s for the Shane Finn Aconcagua Expedition

There are a number of added extras Shane is offering on his climb. They are all optional, but we would love you to partake in them all.

Training Day and Weekend

Shane will be hosting two pre-departure training events. One day in Dingle and a weekend event in Wicklow. You will also meet an expedition leader, expedition doctor and your fellow adventurers! On the training weekend an experienced expedition leader will be giving a full expedition brief, leading two training hikes and offering expert advice on all aspects of the expedition including training, equipment, weather etc. You will need to register for the events once you have booked your place via the Earth’s Edge booking portal. Training days are included within the price of the trip, food and accommodation required for the training events are not included.

Aconcagua Training Programme

Full access to a specific online training program created by Shane & the team at Earth’s Edge! With the aim of a successful Aconcagua expedition in 2023! The online program consists of 12 weeks of training with a focus on preparing both physically and mentally. Alongside the online programme, you will have nutritional support from Shane & his team!

Endurance Mindset Training

Full access to the Endurance Mindset mini-course for all attendees! This online module course will help you build the mindset you are going to need for the expedition! We will focus on self-talk, visualisation, motivation, goal setting & the action steps needed for success!

Team Facebook Group

Shane would like to invite you to a private group where you can meet each other, share pictures, share progress and get excited about this trip of a lifetime. Members of the Earths Edge team will also be in the group to help us with anything that we need!

Sustainability

B corporationCertified B-Corp

Earth’s Edge is a certified B-Corp. In fact, we are the highest scoring B-Corp in Ireland. We are passionate about sustainable travel, bettering the lives of the people connected with the company and minimising our environmental impact.

Tree PlantingTree Planting

We are planting one native tree on your behalf in December 2022 in Co.Wicklow, Ireland. If you would like to plant more, please contact info@earths-edge.com . Each extra tree costs €5. If you would like to learn more about our tree planting click here.

Mountain Clean-upMountain Clean-Up

We are bringing three litter pickers on the mountain with us. While walking you will have the option to help us gather rubbish which we will dispose of responsibly after the climb.

 

 

 

Aconcagua Expedition Costs & What’s Included

The total cost of trekking Aconcagua is highlighted above. You are required to pay a 399.00 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid three months prior to departure.

Your fees include the following;

  • Return International flights from Dublin to Buenos Aires (Economy Class) (UK flights not included)
  • Internal flights in Argentina
  • Experienced expedition leader
  • Experienced expedition doctor
  • Training Weekend
  • Local English speaking guides, cooks and support team
  • All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels in Penitentes/Mendoza and camping elsewhere
  • All meals and drinking water except in Mendoza where accommodation is based on B&B
  • A celebratory dinner
  • All transport throughout the expedition
  • All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc

Flying from the UK?

You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option on the checkout. You can then book your own international flights to Buenos Aires.

READ OUR ACONCAGUA BLOGS

Do you fancy having more information on this expedition? We have lots of extra insight into our Aconcagua trips here.

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.

Depart Plane

Spend the day in Mendoza.

Arrive Plane Hotel

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

Breakfast Hotel Transfer

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

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner Transfer

Trek to Casa de Piedra.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek to Plaza Argentina base camp.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Rest day for acclimatisation and preparation for day 8.

Camping Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Camping Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Rest day for acclimatisation and preparation.

Camping Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek from Camp 1 to Camp 2.

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Camping Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Camping Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Descend to Plaza de Mulas

Trek Camping Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Hotel Transfer

Enjoy a free morning before departing Mendoza.

Plane Breakfast Transfer

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

1 February 2023 - 21 February 2023


1 Space Available

Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $7,373.00


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What Our Clients Say

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…

Gavin Westley, Co. Cork, Ireland

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

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