This majestic climb of Aconcagua “the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia and the Southern Hemisphere“ offers a truly exciting climb. Aconcagua is known by locals as the “Stone Sentinel“ and is a beautiful mountain sculpted by glaciers. It is also one of the world’s seven summits. South America’s highest mountain is a high altitude climb of moderate difficulty, requiring minimal technical skills but excellent physical conditioning. Strong backpacking skills and a high proficiency on steep and icy terrain is requisite for this expedition. High altitude experience is beneficial.
Aconcagua • Normal Route • 20 Days
The Normal Route although non-technical is physically demanding. The ascent requires basic mountaineering skills and the ability to carry a heavy backpack or use of porter support. For most expedition members we highly recommend using porter support based on your overall experience and fitness level. The route follows the Northwest Ridge to the summit of Aconcagua. Our expedition begins in Mendoza, Argentina and travels by van to Puente del Inca the trailhead to the Horcones Valley. The approach trek follows the Horcones River to Confluencia. We spend two nights at Confluencia for acclimation with a day hike to Plaza Francia, which sits beneath the massive 10,000 foot South Face of Aconcagua. The next day we arrive in basecamp also known as Plaza de Mulas at 14,300 feet. Over the next week our expedition establishes a series of three high camps on the upper mountain. We move to Canada (Camp 1), Nido de Condores (Camp 2) and then Camp Colera (Camp 3). From there we make our summit push via the great traverse and the Canaleta to the North Summit at 22,840ft. This is a challenging route for novice and experienced climbers alike.
Aconcagua is an ideal choice for those with a combination of mountaineering skills and high-altitude experience such as Northwest climbing, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, and or the Ecuador Volcanoes.
Shorter Climbs • Normal Route • 15 Days
There are many opportunities for well-acclimated individuals able to climb more quickly to shorten climbing times. Contact us to get started.