Ask about it
Cerro Aconcagua is the highest elevation in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. It is the highest mountain in the world except for the Asian Continent and the second of the Seven Summits, surpassed only by Mount Everest.
We invite you to become part of the community of mountaineers from all over the world that lives in the Base Camps, to discover the trails of the Andean valleys and their wild nature and experience the atmosphere of high altitudes, with its reliefs and incredible colors.
Why ARCOS EXPEDITIONS?
We offer you a super-personalized service. The guides at Arcos Expeditions always aim to create a closer bound with our clients. By choosing us, you’ll get a tailor-made service. We never exceed 6 trekkers per tour, so you will have direct contact with us before the trip. Therefore, we’ll be able to cover the needs of each hikers, such as special diets, specific needs regarding equipment, etc.
Also, keep in mind that having such a small ratio between climbers (3) and guide (1) increases your chances of making it to the summit. Working with small groups gives us more freedom to modify the itinerary, maintain an adequate pace, and be more aware of our trekkers’ general and medical needs.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Techinical climbing skills are not required for the 360° route (or “normal” route) to the top of Aconcagua. You will need experience walking with crampons and using an ice axe, but that’s all. However, since Aconcagua has a high altitude and extremely cold temperatures, the climb is highly challenging even for the most experienced mountaineers. Due to the summit being close to 7,000 meters above sea level, people attempting the climb have to spend extended periods camping in difficult conditions at high altitude. Certainly, this experience can be both mentally and physically exhausting.
Nevertheless, climbing Aconcagua via the Normal Route is very achievable for those who have an enthusiastic attitude, are well-trained, and are mentally prepared for the rigors that come with high altitude trekking.
We’ll use the best high mountain tents available in the market to guarantee that you stay warm, dry and comfortable during the climb to Aconcagua. Please note that even though the tents have a capacity for 3 people, we’ll allow only 2 trekkers per tent. That way, you will have more room for a more comfortable experience.
FOOD AND DRINK
Eating well and maintaining a healthy appetite is essential if you want to succeed in the mountains, so we make sure that our trekkers are provided with an excellent nutrition. Prior to the climb, the guides will prepare the meals for the approach and altitude trekking, looking to achieve a fair balance between tastiness, the weight of the food and its nutritional value.
Also, we are fully aware that proper hydration is completely necessary if you want to go on a high mountain trip. Consequently, we’ll always highlight the importance of being well-hydrated. Keep in mind that, during the whole trip to the base camp, we will have plenty of water available, so you won’t need to carry too much water at the beginning of the climb. Once we’re there, you will be able to drink pure water from the camps. At the high altitude camps, we’ll drink melt water from the slopes and in some occasions, such as when we’re at “Campamento Cólera” we’ll need to melt snow in order to get water.
During the climb, it is highly recommended that you hire porters, whose services are offered in the park. By hiring a porter, your chances of reaching the summit increase by a high percentage. Each porter carries up to 20 kilos (44 pounds) from base camp to the high altitude camps, and from the high altitude camps down to the base camp.
Our tours include 1 porter for every 4 climbers with expedition equipment. Each porter carries 20 kilos of the group's common luggage (tents, heaters, fuel, food). However, this service is included ONLY for the climb from one camp to the next. Porters are not included if you need to climb to leave luggage and then return to spend the night at the starting point.
The cost of the permits are usually defined by the Aconcagua Park a couple of weeks before the beginning of the season. The prices vary according to the climb route, the date of the trip (high or low season) and the nationality of the climbers (Argentinians and Latin Americans can get a discount).
You can also check the pricing list on the Park's official website.
3862 mts in total / 962mts summit day
ESTIMATED TOTAL TIME
Complete the form to check prices and obtain more information.