Aconcagua
EXPEDITION IN DETAIL

Having spent 19 years leading Aconcacua, I've learnt that in order to achieve any challenging goals, as a summit close to 7000 meters in the Andes, we need a couple of tools; Good enough Phisical condition and an excellent Leadership criteria.
For the earlier, it's easy to achieve if you dedicate enough time, but for the second, it demands years of proper training and experiences, or you may choose to hire as professional as in most aspects of life you are not familiarize with. Weather permits, this is the recipe of a sucessfull summit anywhere in the world.

  • Itinerary
  • Cost Includes
    It's not included
  • Equipment List
  • Cost and Departure Dates
  • FAQ'S

Itinerary

Aconcagua Expedition

Physical Clasificattion: Challenging
Technical Level: Crampons walking may be necessary.
Edad Aconsejable: 16 a 65 años.


Day 1: Meeting at Mendoza. Equipment check out, and acomodattion in hotel.
Day 2: Transfer the Mountain Village of Las Cuevas (3000m). Acomodattion in Mountain Lodge.
Day 3: Aclimatizattion trek to Tolosa's glacier.
Day 4: Aclimatizattion Trek to Cristo Redentor(3800m) 3 hours.
Day 5: Enter the Aconcagua Park, Trek to Confluence Camp (3300m) overnight in dormitory.
Day 6: Trek to Aconcagua South Face panoramic point. (4100m) 6 hours.
Day 7: Trek to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4370m) 8 hours.
Day 8: Aclimatizattion Rest Day at Plaza de Mulas.
Day 9: Load Carry to Camp Canada(5050m) 3:30 hours, return to Plaza de Mulas for overnight.
Day 10: Aclimatizattion rest Day at Plaza de Mulas.
Day 11: Move to Camp Canadá for overnight. 3hours.
Day 12: Move to Nido de Condores Camp (5500m) 4hours.
Day 13: Aclimatizattion Rest Day at Nido de Condores.
Day 14: Move to Camp Cholera or Berlin, for overnight 3:30horas.
Day 15: Summit Bid¡¡¡
Day 16: Contingency Day in case of bad weather.
Day 17: Descent to Plaza de Mulas.
Day 18: Walk out to Park gate, transfer to Mendoza.
Day 19: Expedition finalize.

Expedición Aconcagua

Nivel de exigencia físico: Desafiante
Nivel Técnico: Se necesita usar crampones como elemento de progresión.
Edad Aconsejable: 16 a 65 años.


Day 1: Meeting at Mendoza. Equipment check out, and acomodattion in hotel.
Day 2: Transfer the Mountain Village of Las Cuevas (3000m). Acomodattion in Mountain Lodge.
Day 3: Aclimatizattion trek to Tolosa's glacier.
Day 4: Aclimatizattion Trek to Cristo Redentor(3800m) 3 hours.
Day 5: Enter the Aconcagua Park, Trek to Confluence Camp (3300m) overnight in dormitory.
Day 6: Trek to Aconcagua South Face panoramic point. (4100m) 6 hours.
Day 7: Trek to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4370m) 8 hours.
Day 8: Aclimatizattion Rest Day at Plaza de Mulas.
Day 9: Load Carry to Camp Canada(5050m) 3:30 hours, return to Plaza de Mulas for overnight.
Day 10: Aclimatizattion rest Day at Plaza de Mulas.
Day 11: Move to Camp Canadá for overnight. 3hours.
Day 12: Move to Nido de Condores Camp (5500m) 4hours.
Day 13: Aclimatizattion Rest Day at Nido de Condores.
Day 14: Move to Camp Cholera or Berlin, for overnight 3:30horas.
Day 15: Summit Bid¡¡¡
Day 16: Contingency Day in case of bad weather.
Day 17: Descent to Plaza de Mulas.
Day 18: Walk out to Park gate, transfer to Mendoza.
Day 19: Expedition finalize.

Cost Includes - It's not included

Cost Includes

Angel Ezequiel Armesto as main Leader. Certified Insured Porfessional Mountain Guides.
1 Night acomodattion in Mendoza, prior to departure, Breakfast included.
1 Night acomodattion in Mendoza, at the end of the trip, Breakfast included Asistance in obtaining the permits in Mendoza.
All land transfers according to Itinerary.
High Altitude Tents.
VHF comms to Base Camp, Satelital Phone and Satelital Spot.
Meals according to itinerary as follows:
At Las Cuevas mountain hut.
2 breakfast, 3 dinners, 2 packed lunches.
At Confluence Camp facilities.
2 night acomodattion in dormitory.
2 Breakfast, 2 dinners, 2 packed lunchs.
At Plaza de Mulas.
5 night acomodattion in dormitory 5 breakfast, 5 dinner, 2 packed lunchs, 2 lunches at Plaza de Mulas facilities.
Common gear load carry.
Civil Responsability Insurance.


It's not included

Personal gear of any kind.
Aconcagua Climbing Permit Fee.
Meals or drinks in restaurants.
Personal insurance of any kind.

Cost Includes

Angel Ezequiel Armesto as main Leader. Certified Insured Porfessional Mountain Guides.
1 Night acomodattion in Mendoza, prior to departure, Breakfast included.
1 Night acomodattion in Mendoza, at the end of the trip, Breakfast included Asistance in obtaining the permits in Mendoza.
All land transfers according to Itinerary.
High Altitude Tents.
VHF comms to Base Camp, Satelital Phone and Satelital Spot.
Meals according to itinerary as follows:
At Las Cuevas mountain hut.
2 breakfast, 3 dinners, 2 packed lunches.
At Confluence Camp facilities.
2 night acomodattion in dormitory.
2 Breakfast, 2 dinners, 2 packed lunchs.
At Plaza de Mulas.
5 night acomodattion in dormitory 5 breakfast, 5 dinner, 2 packed lunchs, 2 lunches at Plaza de Mulas facilities.
Common gear load carry.
Civil Responsability Insurance.


It's not included

Personal gear of any kind.
Aconcagua Climbing Permit Fee.
Meals or drinks in restaurants.
Personal insurance of any kind.

Equipment list

Lista de equipo

We listed the gear according to body parts. Every item described is necessary. We do not include accesories and extras, unless specified, as we strongly believe this mountain requires teh best from everyone, so keeping the gear to minimal, we increase your chances to reach the summit. All the gear will become a part of your safety and the group as a whole. Get your equipment organized well in advance, to avoid spending extra money in last time purchases. There is a plenty available gear offer at Mendoza, and you may even consider to arrive without having a single item and climb. Nevertheless items such rucksacks and mittens and boots may be hard or impossible to find if your body size is among the edge of standards.
It's strongly advisable to say renting is quite expensive, so you may consider to purchase some items at your country of residence or to be delivered from anywhere.
Boots, and rucksacks shall be purchased in person, testing them prior to make a decission.
Last minute purchase, and hiring turns to be a highly cost move... A short trip, prior to departure is an ideal way to learn some of the how to's involved in a long trip such Aconcagua. We want to give the best advice as possible, please contact us to check out every detail you need to know, before our trip commence.

Torso

Waterproof jacket.
1 ó 2 full frontal zip fleece jackets.
Lightweight fleece, or light wool long sleeve layer.
2 pair long sleeve thermals.
Expedition jacket with isolattion hood.
1 ó 2 remeras de algodón para el campo base.

Handwear

Liner gloves.
Fleece gloves(not Winstopper, neither softshell).
Expedition Mittens

Lower body

Waterproof troussers. Not ski pants.
Thermal Liners.
Quick dry trekking pants.
Fleece pants or Non-Sleeve fleece bib (ideal).
Casual Troussers to be use at Base Camp.

Footwear

Waterproof trekking boots.
Plastic boots or expedition boots.
One pair of Summit Socks.
Two pairs of hiking socks.
Gaiters.
Extra pair of shoes or crocks like footwear.

Headwear

Sunhat
Balaclava
Warm hat having ears cover if possible.
Buff neckless or similar.

Specific items

Expedition rucksack 80 litros.
plastic rehusable earplugs.
Expedition down sleepingbag 1000grs or superior. -30°C rated
Semi Automatic steel Crampons( not aluminium).
Light Ice Axe with wrist strap.
Sunglasses Cat4 ó Cat3.
Dark Goggles.
Close Cell foam Mattress.
Blow up mattress to be use ontop of the previous item referred.
LED headtorch from a well known brand.
2 Nalgene-like bottles.
One 750ml stainless steel vacuum flask.
Trekking poles.

Lista de equipo

We listed the gear according to body parts. Every item described is necessary. We do not include accesories and extras, unless specified, as we strongly believe this mountain requires teh best from everyone, so keeping the gear to minimal, we increase your chances to reach the summit. All the gear will become a part of your safety and the group as a whole. Get your equipment organized well in advance, to avoid spending extra money in last time purchases. There is a plenty available gear offer at Mendoza, and you may even consider to arrive without having a single item and climb. Nevertheless items such rucksacks and mittens and boots may be hard or impossible to find if your body size is among the edge of standards.
It's strongly advisable to say renting is quite expensive, so you may consider to purchase some items at your country of residence or to be delivered from anywhere.
Boots, and rucksacks shall be purchased in person, testing them prior to make a decission.
Last minute purchase, and hiring turns to be a highly cost move... A short trip, prior to departure is an ideal way to learn some of the how to's involved in a long trip such Aconcagua. We want to give the best advice as possible, please contact us to check out every detail you need to know, before our trip commence.

Torso

Waterproof jacket.
1 ó 2 full frontal zip fleece jackets.
Lightweight fleece, or light wool long sleeve layer.
2 pair long sleeve thermals.
Expedition jacket with isolattion hood.
1 ó 2 remeras de algodón para el campo base.

Handwear

Liner gloves.
Fleece gloves(not Winstopper, neither softshell).
Expedition Mittens

Lower body

Waterproof troussers. Not ski pants.
Thermal Liners.
Quick dry trekking pants.
Fleece pants or Non-Sleeve fleece bib (ideal).
Casual Troussers to be use at Base Camp.

Footwear

Waterproof trekking boots.
Plastic boots or expedition boots.
One pair of Summit Socks.
Two pairs of hiking socks.
Gaiters.
Extra pair of shoes or crocks like footwear.

Headwear

Sunhat
Balaclava
Warm hat having ears cover if possible.
Buff neckless or similar.

Specific items

Expedition rucksack 80 litros.
plastic rehusable earplugs.
Expedition down sleepingbag 1000grs or superior. -30°C rated
Semi Automatic steel Crampons( not aluminium).
Light Ice Axe with wrist strap.
Sunglasses Cat4 ó Cat3.
Dark Goggles.
Close Cell foam Mattress.
Blow up mattress to be use ontop of the previous item referred.
LED headtorch from a well known brand.
2 Nalgene-like bottles.
One 750ml stainless steel vacuum flask.
Trekking poles.

Cost and departure dates

Departures

January 6th to 25th

Costos

Usd4050

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE, WILL I BE ABLE TO CLIMB ACONCAGUA?

Practically everyone could climb Aconcagua as a life project. For some, it will take longer than others, as phisical requirements are challenging. Our aim is to get everyone on the top of Aconcagua in their first attempt, so we strongly suggest a training programme, according to your needs, until you gain strenght and skills enough to reach a major summit such the Sentinel Of Stone. In most of the cases having eight month of determined training will suffice.

I DON'T LIKE THE COLD, CAN I JOIN YOUR TEAM?

Technology has evolved at an incredible rate in the past years, allowing most people to access remote and cold environments within an acceptable comfort.During night time, temperatures may drop to several degrees below zero, although having a good equipment, it's just a matter of time to understand those numbers will not affect you much.

WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO I NEED?

On a trip like this, we need the very best technology can suppy. Every single piece of gear can be purchased or rent in specialized stores in Mendoza, at all time under the supervision of professional mountain guides, we will help you out in getting the best gear at a reasonable rate. We will also encourage you in purchasing gear instead of renting as many times the differences in price are nonsense. We hope tat under our supervision you could add items to your wardrobe to be use for many years.

WHAT LEVEL OF FITNESS DO I NEED?

It's not necessary to be an elite athlete and get 4 sessions a week to build up a proper muscle pack. However it's desirable for you to understand that the better you are phisically the better you will enjoy a trip into the nature. The idea behind is to encourage you to change your lifestyle to a more outdoorsy routine. Use your bike to go work, run, walk into the bush every week, and you will be soon ready for a challenging adventure..

HOW MUCH WEIGHT DO WE NEED TO CARRY?

Personal gear is responsability of each one. It's about 10-12 kg. The rest of the gear, including tents food and cooking gear will be taken by porters to every camp and return. This way you will only need to focusse in following the directions and tips our staff will every day delivering to you. The summit is easier if you can concentrate in your personal goals.

FOOD, WHERE - WHEN - HOW'S

Good food is fundamental to optimize our vital functions. We supply fresh healthy cooked food, as grannny may. This is for us a daily life attitude. We do not include any artificial flavored meals, neither powder ready to fo stuff. We carry onions, potatoes, dried fruits and things like that, to make averyday a proper meal we enjoy to eat as much to deliver it to you in the tent. SOme items are fresh picked from Angel Armesto's Organic Veggie Garden.
Generaly, we cook in one tent and deliver the food to your one, so we can enjoy a delicious meal in the comfort of your shelter. Or if weather is fine, we simply sit on the surroundings to delight the beauty of the landscape while we eat.

TOILETS

At Aconcagua, we shall return all garbage including solid wastes to base camp. It's a rule under the Natural Protected Area laws and also a belief we follow by conviction. We love our mountains and we preserve it's environment by controlling everyone to proceed accordingly. Our porters stuff will take care of the disposal, in order to make your trip easier.

HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE

The leader, during the timeframe the expedition last is responsible for the healthcare of the entire team, this leader will conduct everyone to a Mandatory Medical Check out, performed by specialist at Base Camp. In case the medical service determine someone is not capable to continue, the Leader will decide the actions for the well being of the group as a whole.

COMUNICATIONS

There is a limited Cell coverage at Plaza de Mulas Base Camp, Satelital connections are also well stablished as a service to be paid at some companies. Nevertheless , we apreciate everyone to be conected to other members by talking, sharing experiences and feelings, more than sending text messages. Turning off the phone is a big step to understand how high mountaneering is..

GROUP SIZE AND CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO

We maintain a small group polici for the good of your sucess. The maximum members number per team is 10 to 3 guides, allways employing certified insured professional mountain guides authorized to operate within the Aconcagua Park boundaries.

A TYPICAL DAY

A typical day, we commence at 8 - 8;30 for breakfast, and depending on the itinerary, we may go out for a walk, arond 9. An average day includes 4 hours walk, stopping every one hour and taking time to make great pics of the surrounding and enjoy the beauty of the nature.

SUMMIT DAYE

A challenging summit day is something everyone shall experience once in a lifetime at least. Starting at 3:30 and using our headtorches to guide us in the dark of a memorable night, we get all the gear ready and leaving 5 am, we head to the top. It normally takes 9 to 10 hours, to return 5 pm to high camp and spend the night there. It's a challenging trip, so it will require the most of everyone to complete the task.

LIFE IN THE CAMP

Base camps on big mountains are a place to meet people, change experiences and culture. We promote the team to mix up, to share their dreams and future plans, specially when experienced ones are mixed with begginers. Some of friendship relationships made during our trips last for years.

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CONSULTAS

Angel Ezequiel Armesto
Professional High Mountain Guide Reg N116
Phone : +54 9261 5350670