22,840ft / 6,962m
Aconcagua, "The Sentinel of Stone", is the highest peak outside of the Himalaya. Located in Western Argentina - the heart of the Central Andes, it is South America's highest peak and one of the much sought after "Seven Summits".
Adventure Consultants offer guided expeditions to the technically easy Vacas Valley, ascending by the north face traverse route, sometimes called the "False Polish" route. An ascent of this eminent Andean Peak is ideal for those wishing to experience high altitude expedition mountaineering for the first time and is often undertaken as a preparation climb for the big mountains in the Himalaya.
While the climbing is not technically challenging it does require a high level of fitness.
The expedition begins and culminates in the charming Argentine city of Mendoza. Tree lined avenues, beautiful tiled plazas, lively markets and outdoor cafes with vibrant Latin Rhythms, offer a unique setting to sample the region's fine cuisine and wine.
- Non-technical climbing on a "Seven Summit" peak
- Ideal preparation for Himalayan high altitude climbing
- Proven summit success and strategy on the AC expeditions
- Vibrant culture in Mendoza and Argentina
Dates 2013 / 2014
Trip 1: November 29 - December 21, 2013
Trip 2: December 30, 2013 - January 21, 2014
Trip 3: January 29 - February 20, 2014
Duration: 23 days
Departure: ex Mendoza, Argentina
Price: US$5,150 plus permit fee
Day 1 Arrive Mendoza
2 Sort equipment and ensure personal clothing/equipment is suitable
3 Complete permitting process and drive to Penitentes
4 Hike around region
5 Trek to Pampa Lenas
6 Trek to Casa de Piedra
7 Trek to Plaza Argentina (Basecamp)
8-10 Rest, gear preparation and camp carry
11-19 9 days for the climb to Aconcagua’s summit
20 Contingency day
21 Descend to Plaza de Mulas (Basecamp)
22 Trek to Penitentes and drive to Mendoza
23 Depart for home
Inclusions / Exclusions:
This is an inclusive cost and covers the following;
Adventure Consultants mountain guides
All expedition organisational requirements
Airport transfers if arriving on scheduled arrival date
All land transport within Argentina ex Mendoza
Hotel and meals at Penitentes (shared occupancy) on days 3,4
All trek and expedition food ex Penitentes
Group Equipment: ropes, tents, stoves, cookware etc and all supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid
for the summit
Mule supported trek to base camp (maximum 25kg per person)
Regular written and photo internet dispatches for families and friends to follow your progress
The expedition fee does not include the following:
Personal clothing and equipment
Accommodation in Mendoza at the start and end of the expedition
Hotel and meals at Penitentes at end of trip if the team elect to stay here rather than return to Mendoza
Climbing permit fee, payable in Mendoza
Personal travel insurance / trip cancellation insurance / medical evacuation insurance
Meals and personal expenses in Mendoza
Return flights to Mendoza
Excess equipment over the 25kg per person
Any costs associated with an early departure from the expedition
Gratuities to guides and local staff
Do you have questions about our Aconcagua Expedition? Check out our Aconcagua FAQs!
Read the dispatches from previous Adventure Consultants Aconcagua expeditions -
Aconcagua 2002, Aconcagua Feb 2003, Aconcagua 03/04, Aconcagua 04/05, Aconcagua 05/06, Aconcagua 06/07, Aconcagua 07/08, Aconcagua 08/09, Aconcagua 09/10, Aconcagua 10/11, Aconcagua 11/12, Aconcagua 12/13.
Amazing, I thought Matias and the boys were unbelievable. They were incredible.
Jeremy, Aconcagua 11/12 season
Thank you all at AC for an amazing trip. I had the best time ever, and can't wait to go back to the mountains!
Johanne, Aconcagua 11/12 season
Except for getting us to the summit in a splendid way the most important thing for me was the way I learned to live in the moment. That I will carry with me for a long time and I am forever grateful for that. I learned so much about life and about myself on this trip. It went far beyond just reaching the summit. I am very grateful to our guides for that!
Mattias, Aconcagua 11/12 season