Climb South America's Highest Peak via the Standard Route.
Climb the highest mountain in the western hemisphere (and the highest outside Asia!). Aconcagua (22,841'), in Argentina, rises some 4,000 feet above its neighboring peaks and is easily visible from the Pacific on a clear day. It is often the peak of choice to tackle after a climb of Kilimanjaro in the quest for the “seven summits” (a climb of the highest mountain on each continent). Aconcagua was first climbed in 1897 by Swiss guide Mathias Zurbriggen in an expedition led by British alpinist Edward Fitzgerald (who became too ill to make the final ascent).
Strenuous hiking at high elevation (max. 22,841'), basic mountaineering skills required 17 nights camping 3 nights hotels
- Climb the highest mountain of the America's (And the highest in the world outside Asia)
- Tacke one of the world's "Seven Summits"
- A physically demanding challenge, but on a route that is not too technically difficult
Duration: days Start Location: Mendoza End Location: MendozaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Mendoza
Arrive in Mendoza, Argentina, in the heart of the wine-producing region. You will be met by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative who will wait outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to the hotel. Meals on your own.
Day 2 : Los Penitentes
Transfer to Los Penitentes (8,858') and overnight at a hotel.
Day 3 : Confluencia Camp
Begin hiking into the Horcones Valley and camp at Confluencia (10,827').
Day 4 : Acclimatization hike
A day for acclimatization; we’ll take a hike to Plaza Francia (the south face of Aconcagua—13,123').
Return to Confluencia for the night.
Day 5 : Plaza de Mulas Camp
Continue on to base camp at Plaza de Mulas (13,878') at the foot of Aconcagua’s northwest face and across the Horcones Valley from Cerro Catedral (17,500').
Day 6 : Rest day
Rest day at base camp for acclimatization.
Day 7 : Cerro Bonete
Climb on scree slopes and through a field of penitentes to the summit Cerro Bonete (16,076'), with its views of Aconcagua’s west face. Return to base camp.
Day 8 : Ferry loads
Ferry loads to Camp I (Plaza Canada—16,000'), a four?hour hike on sand and scree with easy switchbacks. Return to base camp.
Day 9 : Rest day
Another rest day foracclimatization.
Day 10 : Camp I
Climb from Plaza de Mulas to Plaza Canada (Camp I).
Day 11 : Ferry Loads
Ferry loads to Camp II (Nido de los Condores—17,717'), about four to five hours up. Return to Camp I.
Day 12 : Camp II
Climb from Plaza Canada to Nido de los Condores (Camp II).
Day 13 : Rest day
Rest day at Camp II and carry loads to Camp III (Berlin—19,029'), a four- to five-hour hike on easy switchbacks.
Day 14 : Camp III
Move up to Camp III (Berlin—19,029').
Day 15 : Summit day
Summit attempt via the Gran Accareo and the notorious “Canaleta” (an 850-foot couloir)—about nine hours up, four down, with switchbacks to 21,800 feet, then the last thousand feet on moderately steep terrain with loose scree. Return to Camp III.
Days 16 - 18 : Additional days for summit attempts
These days have been built into the itinerary to allow additional summit attempts in case of adverse weather.
Day 19 : Base Camp
Descend from Camp III to base camp at Plaza de Mulas (13,878').
Day 20 : Mendoza
Hike out to the trailhead at Los Penitentes and drive back to Mendoza. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 21 : Depart
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for departure on homeward-bound flights.
DATES: Best time to go: January Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.
Please call for prices and date scheduled for January 2015.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
A native of Mexico is Mountain Travel Sobek's senior climbing guide, with over 20 years of experience (his climbing resume is eight pages long—the short version, that is). Besides leading our climbing expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina’s Aconcagua, he also loves to lead some of our more challenging treks in Nepal and Peru. Having led more than 100 trips for Mountain Travel Sobek, Sergio has acquired a considerable, loyal following!