MT. ACONCAGUA CLIMB

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. 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

TRIP COST:

Sliding Scale From $7,000

*prices based on double occupancy

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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TREK TIPS:

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Mendoza, Argentina (2,493')

  • Guests will advance through customs
  • Meet a WWTrek on the other side of customs and be transferred to the hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight: Hotel Aconcagua or comparable
  • Meals Included: D

Day 2: Mendoza

  • Morning orientation, gear check, and briefing
  • Team meeting to go over all climbing procedures
  • Overnight: Hotel Aconcagua or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 3: Los Penitentes (8,465')

  • Transfer in a private vehicle to Los Penitentes
  • Here is where the loads are prepared on the mules
  • Overnight: Hotel Aconcagua or comparable
  • 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′)
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 5: Confluencia - South Face Viewpoint

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

Day 6: Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas

  • Strenuous seven-hour climb up to the next camp, Plaza de Mulas (14,500′)
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Rest Day

  • Spend your day resting and hydrating to prepare for the next day’s climb
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 8: Cerro Bonete

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

Day 9: Gear Transportation

  • Transfer your gear to the first altitude camp, Plaza Canadá (16,568′)
  • Return to Plaza de Mulas
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 10: Plaza de Mulas | Rest Day

  • Rest day in Plaza de Mulas
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 11: Climb to Plaza Canadá

  • After a hearty breakfast, we will leave camp and climb to the first altitude camp (16,568′)
  • Overnight: Plaza Canadá
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

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

  • Move from the first altitude camp to the second
  • Overnight: Nido de Cóndores
  • 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, Cólera
  • Overnight: Cólera
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

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

  • Early morning departure for the summit (22,841′)
  • Return to high camp
  • Overnight: Cólera
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 15: Weather Day

  • Extra weather day to ensure the success of the summit
  • Overnight: Cólera
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 16: Weather Day

  • Extra weather day to ensure the success of the summit
  • Overnight: Cólera
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 17: Cólera | Plaza de Mulas

  • Relax at our first base camp
  • Overnight: Plaza de Mulas
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 18: Plaza de Mulas | Los Penitentes | Mendoza

  • Hike approximately 6 – 7 hours to Horcones
  • Drive to Los Penitentes to pick up our gear
  • Drive to Mendoza, check-in to hotel
  • Enjoy a celebration dinner!
  • Overnight: Hotel Aconcagua or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 19: International Departures

  • Depart Argentina for international flights home
  • Meals Included: B

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:

This trip begins and ends in Mendoza, Argentina from the Mendoza International Airport (MDZ)

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options into and out of Argentina. WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, and Immigration:

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

*Please Note: You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at hime and bring the other with you to Argentina in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color 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 purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

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 a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

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 exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

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.