Aconcagua Summit Climb (Normal Route)

Private and Open Group climbs available

Aconcagua Summit Climb (Normal Route)

2022 Departures Available | Ascend Aconcagua, America’s highest mountain, via the popular Horcones Valley route, in this 18-day itinerary that offers sufficient time for altitude acclimatisation. This route provides a faster ascent than the Vacas Valley, or 360°, route. For information on alternative routes, please contact us.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Mendoza (Altitude: 760m.)

    Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina. Our ground handler will be waiting for you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel in the city.

  2. Day 2: Mendoza to Penitentes (Altitude: 2700m.)

    You start today with a visit to the Aconcagua Park Office in Mendoza, where you will be assisted in obtaining your individual entrance and ascent permits.

  3. Day 3: Penitentes to Confluencia (Altitude: 3390m.)

    Depart Los Penitentes early this morning and drive to the Aconcagua Park Entrance at Horcones, where your permits will be checked.

  4. Day 4: Trek to Plaza Francia Viewpoint (Altitude: 4025m.)

    Today is an acclimatisation day, as you trek to Plaza Francia Viewpoint, a roundtrip of approx. 5 hours from Confluencia with a height gain of just over 600m.

  5. Day 5: To Plaza de Mulas (Altitude: 4350m.)

    Today sees your trek proper begin, as you complete the 22km journey from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas.

  6. Day 6: Rest day at Plaza de Mulas

    Today is spent acclimatising at Plaza de Mulas. This is a good opportunity to rest, take a shower, and explore the surrounding area.

  7. Day 7: Transport equipment and food to Camp 1 (Altitude: 5050m.)

    Today is spent transporting equipment to Camp 1, also known as Plaza Canada, before returning to Plaza de Mulas – with a much lighter pack! – to overnight.

  8. Day 8: Rest day at Plaza de Mulas

    Today will be a second rest day at Plaza de Mulas, allowing you to further acclimatise and to prepare to transport the rest of your gear to Plaza Canada tomorrow.

  9. Day 9: Climb to Camp 1 (Altitude: 5050m.)

    Today will see you return to Camp 1 (Plaza Canada) with the rest of your gear, and this time you shall overnight there.

  10. Day 10: To Camp 2, “Nido de Condores” (Altitude: 5570m.)

    Today you climb from Plaza Canada to Camp 2, also known as “Nido de Cóndores” (5570m.)

  11. Day 11: Acclimatisation Day at Camp 2

    Today is a rest and acclimatisation day at Camp 2, with the option to take a trek within the vicinity of the camp, or to simply rest.

  12. Day 12: To Camp 3, “Plaza Colera” (Altitude: 5970m.)

    Early this morning you set off for Camp 3, Plaza Colera, located at the same altitude as the Berlin refuge, and well placed to give some protection from the infamous Aconcagua winds.

  13. Day 13: Summit day (Altitude: 6962m.)

    Today is summit day, the most demanding day of the expedition. You’ll follow the Normal Route, climbing the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at 6,380m.

  14. Day 14-15: Contingency days

    These extra days are set aside in our itinerary in case of poor weather conditions, providing the best possible chance of each participant reaching the summit.

  15. Day 16: Descend to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp

    Return from Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp, where you’ll share a large group dinner to celebrate the experience.

  16. Day 17: Return from base camp to Penitentes and back to Mendoza

    Pack up camp after breakfast and start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes, where private transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Mendoza City for a well-earned hot shower and rest!

  17. Day 18: International departure from Mendoza

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Mendoza airport for your return flight home.

Price guide

The price shown is based on a private group size of 3-6. For other group sizes, please refer to our Aconcagua price chart. For open group departures that anyone can join, please see available departure dates below.

18 days from £3210pp

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