ACONCAGUA is one of the most visited mountains in the world, is the roof of America and of the Western hemisphere. With its 6962 meters above the sea level, it attracts people from all over the world. The climate and conditions of the high mountain make this expedition a unique adventure.
Short Trekking (4 days): 37 Km round trip
Vertical drop: 1100 mts.
Maximum height: 4050 m.a.s.l
Long Trekking (7 days): 85 Km round trip
Vertical drop: 2100 mts.
Maximum height: 5050 m.a.s.l
Expedition to the summit (18 days): 111 Km round trip
Vertical drop:4050 mts.
Maximum height: 6962 m.a.s.l
NOTE: Here is also included the programming of the first week, for the options of Long Trekking / Plaza de Mulas.
Day 1: Mendoza: Meeting in the city of Mendoza in the morning. Check in at the hotel. Presentation of guides, equipment check, advice for rental, printing of permits, others. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Mendoza-Puente del Inca (2800 masl): Transfer to the Aconcagua Provincial Park office for the application and payment of ascent permits. Last minute purchases. Transfer to Puente del Inca (2800 masl). Check in at a mountain hostel. Rest, short walks, hydration. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Confluencia (3300 masl): Breakfast. We will start with our great adventure in Aconcagua. Transfer to Horcones (2900 masl). Presentation of permits and entrance to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. First section of the trek. We pass through the Horcones lagoon where we get the first great view of the Colossus of America, with its impressive and majestic south wall. We cross the bridge over the Horcones River and continue to the Confluencia camp (3300 masl). Rest. Use of domes for meals and meetings. We will use mountain tents, from now on, to sleep. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Confluencia (3300 masl): Breakfast. We will dedicate this day to walk through the area with options between the Plaza Francia viewpoint (base south wall) or the slopes of Cerro Tolosa. Return in the afternoon, rest and hydration. We will prepare for the next, very long day, trying to go to rest early. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Confluencia-Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl): Breakfast. We will start early with a walk that will finish at the base camp of the normal route, Plaza de Mulas. We will cross the Horcones River and then we will cross a long sector that seems to be very flat, called Playa Ancha. Finally, we have a continuous ascent up the Cuesta Brava. In the afternoon we reach Plaza de Mulas. Rest and lots of hydration. Medical check. We will accommodate ourselves in new domes with dining tents and other tents to rest. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl): Breakfast. Rest day, medical check-up and general controls. Hydration and good nutrition. Short walks through the area to get to know the camp, one of the largest in the world. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Plaza de Mulas-Canada-Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl): Breakfast. To acclimatize, we will ascend to the Plaza Canada camp carrying some equipment. We will return to Plaza de Mulas and continue with rest and hydration. Option to rest or short walks. New medical and personal equipment check. Dinner and overnight. Long Trek groups and Bonete ascent: Descent to Confluencia-Horcones and transfer to the city of Mendoza. End of Program.
Day 8: Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl): Breakfast. New day of rest. Hydration and good nutrition. Short walks in the area to get to know the camp. Dinner and overnight
Day 9: Plaza Canada (4950 masl): Breakfast. First day in which we will spend the night above the base camp. We will ascend the same path as the day of the portage. Depending on the availability of water or snow, we will decide whether to stop at Plaza Canada or Cambio de Pendiente, a little further up. High mountain tents. Hydration and nutrition. Rest. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Plaza Canada (4950 masl): Breakfast. Rest day in Plaza Canada with possible portage to Nido de Condores. Hydration and acclimatization.
Day 11: Plaza Canada-Nido de Condores (5550 masl): Breakfast. Ascent to the height camp of Nido de Cóndores, one of the classics of the mount. Until here, in case of emergency and with good weather, helicopters can arrive. Rest, hydration and nutrition. Dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Nido de Condores (5570 masl): Breakfast. This day we will rest in this camp, before finally attacking the summit. Correct hydration and medical controls. Lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Nido de Condores or Berlin (5950 masl): Breakfast. Rest again in Nido de Condores or ascent to the highest camp of the normal route of Aconcagua, camp Berlin (5950 masl). This will be decided by the guides depending on the group. We start getting ready for the big day with good hydration and nutrition. Going to sleep very early.
Day 14: Summit-Berlin or Nido de Cóndores (6962 masl - 5950/5550 masl): Very early, we get ready to start the day we have been waiting for a long time. We ascend to Independencia (6300 masl), then we cross to a cave and begin the final attack by the famous Canaleta to the northern and main peak of the highest mountain in America. Photos and celebration. Then we start the long descent to the Colera or Nido de Condores camp. Rest and overnight.
Day 15: Colera-Plaza de Mulas (4350 masl): Breakfast. Descent to Plaza de Mulas. Rest and recovery. Overnight
Day 16: Plaza de Mulas-Horcones (2900 msnm) and Mendoza city: Descent to Horcones with porterage of mules. Transfer to the hotel in the city of Mendoza. End of the expedition and our services.
Day 17: Extra day in case of bad weather or final day in Mendoza.
Day 18: Extra day in case of bad weather or final day in Mendoza.
In the unlikely event of an accident or in the case one of the passengers can not continue with the expedition, the procedure we implement in our expeditions is the following:
PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDES: Registered guides with great experience from the AEX staff. These same guides participate in other annual trips and treks included in the training plan and permanent assistance. This is how you can meet them during the year during your preparation.
Represents a unification system, planning and preparation for the ascent of the highest mountain in the American continent.
Photos of our expeditions to the America Colossus
Photos of our expeditions to Aconcagua.
In all our expeditions we provide the meals service IN FULL BOARD PLAN.
In this case, which is a long and high altitude expedition, the demands are great, so we intensify the intake of nuts and carbohydrates of rapid or medium digestion.
March lunches (cold meals): Milanesa (tradional Argentine beef cut) and tomato sandwiches, sandwiches, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.
Dinners: Vegetable stews-bacon-red chorizo, chicken and vegetable casseroles, pasta with various sauces or stew, roasted meat, Chow Fan, chicken with rice, pizzas.
Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
Individual bag with energetic snacks: Nougats, bars, nuts, chocolates, alfajores, candies, others.
It is necessary to complete the personal and medical file to clarify if
As long as you are physically fit and you can take previous trekking and mountaineering trips with us or on your own. In case your experience is basic, it is essential that you take a long or two short trip to summits higher than 4000 m.a.s.l.
We will advise you on this. Almost everything can be rented; in Mendoza there is a store which we work with that rents boots, jackets, pants, goggles, crampons, gloves of third layer,etc. There is equipment that should be purchased as underwear, footwear and trekking clothes, trekking poles, headlamp, gloves, among others.
We do not walk every day. The expedition length is due to the period of acclimatization to the height that our bodies need; there are days when we only rest. The longest days are: the day we walk from Confluencia to the Base Camp Plaza de Mulas, with a 10 hour-walk, and the day in which we attempt the summit, up to 20 hours of activity.
Overnight is in mountain camps in comfortable igloo tents, for 2, 3 or 4 people.
Tents are included in the service. We also include the dining tent with tables and chairs.
From 18 years old.
Between 8 to 12 kilos to the base camp. 15 kilos from the base camp and on, except on the summit day when we will be carrying only water,food and headlamp.
We have a mule porter service, which will carry the general equipment and the personnel that you do not use until the base camp.
In the unlikely event of an accident or in the case one of the passengers cannot continue with the expedition, the procedure we implement in our expeditions is the following:
In all our expeditions we provide the meals service IN FULL BOARD PLAN. In this case, which is a long and high altitude expedition, the demands are great, so we intensify the intake of nuts and carbohydrates of rapid or medium digestion.
It is necessary to complete the personal and medical file to clarify if you have any special diet.
20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya
40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs
60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo
80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)
100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice
20% half a day or less with little unevenness.
40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.
60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)
80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.
100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.
20% flat land
40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents
60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.
80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.
100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination
20% We will not be much affected.
40% This is a normal level of attention.
60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.
80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.
100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
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