Although we offer a variety of expedition options, our main guided teams will climb the mountain via a new variation on the False Polish route that CTSS Owner Mike Hamill helped develop. This route approaches the mountain through the Vacas and Relinchos Valleys and ties in higher on the mountain with the old upper Guanacos route. From here it uses one more camp then the typical False Polish climb. This route is less crowded and cleaner then the normal routes and we feel it is the best option on the mountain. Our climb finishes with a traverse and descent to Plaza de Mulas base camp. We chose this route as it offers a more direct descent from high camp and a shorter trek off the mountain.
This expedition will be organized and led by Mike Hamill, Owner of Climbing the Seven Summits. Mike has personally guided nearly 30 Aconcagua expeditions, 10 Mt. Everest expeditions, 23 X 8,000m expeditions, has 6 Everest summits, currently holds the record for most non-Sherpa summits of Cho Oyu, and has written the guide book to “Climbing the Seven Summits,” making him one of the most experienced guide on the mountain. Well over 150 summits have been notched on Aconcagua under Mike’s direct leadership. Climbing the Seven Summits expeditions are meticulously organized with the best logistics.
Climbing the Seven Summits is committed to providing the highest quality Aconcagua expedition. You can be assured that it will be both challenging and fun, a true once in a lifetime experience. Rest assured that our professional priorities are first and foremost “Safety” and “Success” which we achieve by outfitting our teams with the best logistics and the most capable, qualified and seasoned guides in the world.
While this is a challenging peak, our Aconcagua program is designed to see you succeed. Expedition leader Mike has utilized his extensive knowledge and experience with over 30 expeditions on the mountain to achieve a 93% client success rate.
Aconcagua Team Expedition Climb Schedule: Upper Vacas Valley and Traverse
This itinerary is only a rough estimate and will be determined by weather and acclimatization. This is adventure travel meaning things rarely go as planned and this schedule will likely change. Climbers need to be adaptable and positive.
We always recommend climbers arrive in Mendoza one day early to avoid travel delays or issues with lost baggage. Added expenses (hotel/food/sightseeing) of this extra day are the clients responsibility. Please let us know if you want us to arrange logistics for early arrivals or for a single rooming option.
Yes, both at base camp and one the mountain, tents will be shared accommodations due to limited tent space on the mountain and the weight of carrying extra tents. Please plan to share a tent with one of your fellow climbers.
In general, climbing packs on Aconcagua are moderately to quite heavy. You will likely be carrying 40lbs – 50lbs (18kg – 24kg) most of the time while climbing on the mountain but less on the trek into base camp. During the trek to base camp, you only need to carry what you need for the trek that day which is generally only 15 lbs (7kg). We make available the option of hiring porters to carry some of your gear, but keep in mind that this is expensive, and you must have cash on you to pay this expense directly. The cost for 20kg is typically $200 usd to $400 usd per day depending on how big the carry.
Yes. Trip delay and cancellation, rescue, repatriation, medical insurance is mandatory for this program for your own benefit. We have seen too many times people need to cancel their trip either before or during the expedition for reasons such as injury, health, family and business matters. With such a long trip and so much at stake, climbers need to be prepared for contingencies.
In general our food on and off the mountain is excellent. Mendoza is known for its food and wine. En route to base camp we will be eating “Asado,” traditional Argentinean BBQ over an open fire that the muleteers make for us (vegetarian options are available). At base camp we have hired the services of first rate chefs. On the mountain, the guides will be cooking large, hearty meals that are tasty albeit a bit more rustic then in town.
You will need light shoes that double as camp booties to bring up and over the mountain with you for the long hike out of base camp the final day. Also, you will need a way to carry gear for this hike out. If the top of your pack turns into a hip belt, that would be ideal, or you could bring an ultra-lightweight pack.