South America > Argentina
A 19-day expedition to climb the highest point in the Americas
The Aconcagua Adventure is the ultimate mountaineering experience. From the moment you land in Mendoza, Argentina the views are unlike any other place on the planet. Once we arrive in Mendoza we will spend the first night enjoying this quaint little city along with the unique culture and cuisine it has to offer. We will stay at the Hotel El Portal Suites in Mendoza and have a program brief that evening before we depart for the mountain.
The following morning we will be picked up in our private transfer and travel to the permit office where we will obtain our permits and register for our climb. We will then travel to Penitentes 2,580 m (8,465 ft.) to coordinate our logistics and begin acclimating at the Hotel Ayelen. Day two will be short; climbing up from Horcones to Confluencia Camp where we will further our acclimatization. The following morning will be a hike to Plaza Francia to see the South Face of Cerro Aconcagua. On day four we will have a good breakfast and make our way to Plaza de Mulas. This is our hardest day of hiking, 23 km (12.2 miles), and will get us to our final base camp at 4,350 m (14,500 ft.) We will spend 3 nights here prior to making our ascent on the summit. During this period we will continue to acclimate and summit Cerro Bonete at 5,004 m (16,417 ft.)
Day nine will take us to Camp Canada at 5,050 m (16,568 ft.) and return to Plaza de Mulas. A rest day at Plaza de Mulas and hot showers. Then we hike to Plaza Canada where we set up our first camp. Then to Nido de Condores at 5,560 m (18,241 ft.). We will then make our way up to Camp Berlin 5,930 m (19,455 ft.). At Camp Berlin we will only make our summit bid the following morning. We will leave between 4-5 am and expect to be on the summit at 6,962 m (22,841 ft.) by 12 noon. We will make our way back to Camp Berlin for another night and then back down to Plaza de Mulas. There are 2 additional days inserted in case of bad weather and to insure the success of the expedition. The following morning we will make our descent down the mountain and meet our private transfer to take us back to Mendoza for a well-deserved dinner and time to celebrate. The final morning, after a good breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for the airport and our flights home.