With a height of 6,962 meters (22,841’) above sea level, the Aconcagua massif surpasses the peaks of the central Andes that surround it. Cerro Aconcagua is located entirely in the Province of Mendoza, Argentina, and is the main attraction of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. It is the highest elevation in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. Aconcagua is the second highest of the Seven Summits, surpassed only by Mount Everest, making it the highest mountain in the world, outside of Asia. With a well appointed base camp, proper time to acclimatize, and private porter support available, this climb is achievable for adventurers with basic climbing and high altitude skills. Embark on this expedition with WWTrek!

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Climb

ACTIVITY LEVEL: WWTrek Supreme Challenge

TRIP LENGTH: 19 Days/ 18 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 1 – 10

Double Occupancy

From $ 7,300

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Become a part of a community of mountaineers from around the world.
  • Discover the extraordinary beauty and colors from the trails of the Andean valleys.
  • Experience the atmosphere from great altitudes.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Mendoza, Argentina

  • Guests will advance through customs
  • Meet a WWTrek on the other side of customs and be transferred to the hotel
  • Mendoza hosts numerous, amazing restaurants for you to explore for dinner
  • Overnight: Diplomatic Hotel, Argentina (2,449’/742m)

Day 2: Mendoza

  • There will be time to relax and/or explore
  • Group orientation and gear check
  • Team meeting to go over all climbing procedures
  • Overnight: Diplomatic Hotel (2,449’/742m)
  • Meals Included: B/D

Day 3: Los Penitentes

  • Transfer in a private vehicle to Los Penitentes
  • Here is where the loads are prepared on the mules
  • Overnight: Los Penitentes Mountain Lodge (8,460’/2564m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 4: Transfer to Horcones Valley - Begin Climb (9,678')

  • Transfer in a vehicle to Horcones Valley
  • Begin approach to the first camp
  • Overnight: Confluencia Camp (11,300’/3424m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 5: Confluencia - South Face Viewpoint

  • Acclimatization day hike (13,287′)
  • Overnight: Confluencia Camp (11,300’/3424m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 6: Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas

  • We will spend the day climbing up to our next camp, Plaza de Mulas (14,500′)
  • Plaza de Mulas will serve as our base camp for the remainder of the expedition
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas (14,500’/4394m)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Rest Day

  • Spend your day resting, acclimatizing and hydrating to prepare for the next day’s climb
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas (14,500’/4394m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 8: Cerro Bonete

  • Acclimatization hike to the summit of Cerro Bonete (16,417′)
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas (14,500’/4394m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 9: Gear Transportation

  • Transfer your gear to the first altitude camp, Plaza Canadá (16,568′)
  • This day is critical for our acclimatization
  • Return to Plaza de Mulas
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas (41,500’/4394m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 10: Plaza de Mulas | Rest Day

  • Acclimatization day in Plaza de Mulas
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas (14,500’/4394m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 11: Climb to Plaza Canadá

  • We will leave camp after breakfast and climb to the first altitude camp as we start our process towards the summit.
  • Overnight: Plaza Canadá (16,568’/5021m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 12: Plaza Canadá | Nido de Cóndores (18,241')

  • We will continue our progression on the mountain moving from camp 1 to camp 2.
  • Overnight: Nido de Cóndores (18,241’/5528m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 13: Nido de Cóndores | Cólera (high camp) (19,586')

  • Move from camp two to the highest camp of our adventure, camp 3.
  • Colera sita at 19,586′ and puts us in a position for our summit attempt on Aconcagua.
  • Overnight: Cólera (19,586’/5935m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 14: Summit Day! (22,841')

  • Early morning departure for the summit (22,841’/6962m)
  • Congratulations!!
  • We will return to the high camp for the night.
  • We have added in extra weather days so we can choose the best scenario for our success during our summit push.
  • Overnight: Cólera (19,586’/5935m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 15: Weather Day

  • Extra weather day to ensure the success of the summit
  • Overnight: Cólera (19,586’/5935m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 16: Weather Day

  • Extra weather day to ensure the success of the summit
  • Overnight: Cólera (19,586’/5935m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 17: Cólera | Plaza de Mulas

  • After your successful summit, we will relax at our base camp for the day.
  • Spend the day packing up, breaking down camp and gathering everything for departure off the mountain.
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas (14,500’/4394m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 18: Plaza de Mulas | Los Penitentes | Mendoza

  • Spend the day hiking out the Horcones Valley, then transfer to Los Penitentes to pick up gear.
  • Continue to transfer to Mendoza.
  • Check-in to our hotel.
  • Enjoy a celebration dinner!
  • Overnight: Diplomatic Hotel (2,449’/742m)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 19: International Departures or Add-on More Adventure!

  • International departure flights home.
  • Meals Included: B

What's Included:

  • Pre-trip planning, customization, and consultation
  • Pick up on Day 1 from MDZ to hotel at pre-arranged time
  • Drop off on Day 19 from hotel to MDZ at pre-arranged time
  • 4 nights lodging
  • 14 nights camping
  • Shared gear for the climb (stoves, cookware, radio, etc.)
  • Base camp services (meals, storage, bathrooms, dining tent, etc.)
  • Transportation by private vans and buses
  • Services of local English-speaking guides and staff throughout
  • WWTrek Lead Professional Western Guide(s) *for groups of 8 or more
  • Porters and camp crew on the climb
  • 1 porter to every 4 climbers
  • Baggage handling throughout adventure
  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance, and excursion fees described in the itinerary
  • All meals included during scheduled itinerary
  • Interactive gear list
  • Fitness and Nutrition 6-week plan

Not Included:

  • International and domestic airfare other than as described in itinerary
  • Passports and visas
  • Immunization costs
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Meals or bottled beverages other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, soft drinks, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstances outside of WWTrek’s control
  • Gratuities for guides and crew

Add-On Adventures

Santiago | 3 days from $995

City Exploration | Historical Sight Seeing | Pueblo de Los Dominicos Market

Penguin Colony & Puntas Arenas | 2 days from $895

Magdelena Island Penguins | Austral and Overas Toninas Dolphins | City Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

What skill level is needed for the climb?

Climber should have finished a trek or climb at moderate altitude. Prior crampon training is highly recommended. If you’ve climbed with us before we ca help assess your ability. Basic climbing and high altitude skills.

What physical condition do climbers need to be in?

Climbers should be in great condition.

How can climbers increase their chance of success?

We offer a 6 week fitness and nutrition program and a 1:1 virtual coaching session with our health and fitness specialist. Contact us if you would like to start our training program.

Am I sharing a tent or hotel room with other climbers?

During the climb at base camp, you will have your own private tent. At high mountain camps we will be sharing tents. When we are at the hotel in Mendoza, you will be sharing a room. If you would like to have a room to yourself, there is an additional single supplement available.

How is drinking water on the mountain?

Your guides will boil or purify the water using iodine or a chlorine solution.

Can I bring snacks from home?

Although all meals are provided, we do recommend bringing some trail snacks, gel shots, and other mountain snacks for you to use between camps during your summit push.

What should I do if I don't make my departure flight?

We have two extra days scheduled into our itinerary as additional weather days. You can also purchase a flexible ticket for your departure in case more time on the mountain is needed for weather.

What if I want to arrive early or depart late?

We can accommodate early arrivals, late departures, single supplements and additional activities. Contact us for your specific desires.

Will I be introduced to the team on an email before the climb?

We will be setting up a Zoom Video Meeting with our entire group before the climb to answer questions and get to meet each other prior to arrival in Mendoza.

Is there an additional climbing permit fee?

The permit fee is around $1,000 USD. This is INCLUDED in your trip cost.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Travel:

The Aconcagua climbing season runs from November through March. We recommend climbing between late November and late February for the best conditions and weather.

Arrivals & Departures:

All flights should be made through the Mendoza International Airport (MDZ) located in Argentina.

Recommended Flights:

We recommend purchasing a flexible ticket for your departure in case more time on the mountain is needed for weather. Contact us if you need assistance with flights. 

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket. Contact Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance to get more information. 

Customs, Visas, and Immigration:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Argentina.

For Non-U.S. Citizens, check with your local passport and visa processing center for information on your specific needs.

*Note: Please make sure you have at least six months validity on your passport. Most countries won’t allow travelers in their country unless their passport is expected to expire six months after the last day of travel. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Argentina in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you safeguard your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with Redpoint Travel Insurance (Ripcord) as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Please Note: You must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Add-On Adventures:

Many guests prefer to arrive early or leave late so they can add another adventure into their vacation. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply. Below are some of our favorite and most popular add-on adventures.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you with detailed tipping recommendations in your ‘Trip Detail’ document once you sign up. 

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend bringing some cash to cover incidentals, tips, and extra expenses. We recommend bringing at least $500 cash with you on your trip in case ATM’s are not available.

*Credit cards are accepted at hotels in Mendoza for extra amenities.

COUNTRY INFORMATION

History & Culture:

Covering the majority of southern South America, Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world. From plains to jungles, the rolling plateau of Patagonia to the rugged Andes, Argentina pulses with life and exceptional natural beauty. Colonized by the Spanish in 1776, it wasn’t until 1816 that Argentina declared independence. Argentina went on to be instrumental in revolutionary movements elsewhere in South America. The capital city, Buenos Aires, is a crowded metropolitan area known as the Paris of the Americas for its European architecture and flair. This city is home to some of the world’s finest arts, entertainment, and cuisine. Argentina is also known for its wine country, which lies in the shadow of the Andes mountains.

Capital City:

Buenos Aires

Population:

44 million

Time Zone:

Argentina Time (ART, UTC-3)

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to HumanOutreachProject.org or contact us.