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Aconcagua Course & Ascent

During the Aconcagua Course and Ascent programme, members will develop their high altitude mountaineering skills and put them to use, with the course culminating in climbing to the summit of Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of the Himalaya.

Located in Western Argentina in the heart of the Central Andes, it is South America’s highest peak (6,962m/22,841ft), and one of the much sought after "Seven Summits".

We also have a shorter 19-day Aconcagua Expedition programme.

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Difficulty Level Medium ?
Fitness Level High ?
Duration 25 days
Elevation 6,962M / 22,841FT
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Dawn over the Andes - Luciano Badino

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Relax space at Aconcagua Base Camp - Pablo Kuntz

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Views towards Aconcagua - Pablo Kuntz

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Camp Cholera - Mark Austin

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Climbing at dawn - Mark Austin

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Gauchos transport equipment and supplies to Base Camp - Suze Kelly

From Jan 24 to Feb 17, 2024
Departs from Mendoza, Argentina
$6,990 USD $
  • Overview

    • Additional acclimatisation and instruction days
    • Enhanced summit success
    • Porter support included
    • Excellent preparation for Himalayan high-altitude climbing

    An ascent of this eminent Andean Peak is ideal for those wishing to experience high altitude expedition mountaineering and is often undertaken as a preparation climb for the big mountains in the Himalaya.

    Our 25 day Course and Ascent programme on Aconcagua allows a gradual and thorough introduction to high altitude climbing techniques from your guides. This begins with an acclimatisation climb on nearby Cerro Negro or Cerro Wanda, where your guides will deliver the appropriate instruction in mountaineering techniques, camp craft and managing yourself at high altitude, resulting in an enhanced summit success rate on Aconcagua.

    We also have a shorter 19-day Aconcagua Expedition programme.

  • Why AC?

    You will benefit from our many years of experience on this and other high mountains across the globe, and our highly qualified guides will offer you an experience that is not being offered by any other expedition provider on Aconcagua.

    We have developed the Aconcagua Course & Ascent program to incorporate a more comprehensive acclimatisation strategy and additional instruction, so as to improve your chance of a successful summit on Aconcagua. In addition to our pre-acclimatisation and instructional period on Cerro Negro or Cerro Wanda, we have more days available on Aconcagua to allow extra contingency for weather and therefore higher chance for summit success. Our climbing route traverses over the mountain, making best use of the time available and allowing for a faster exit via the shorter Horcones Valley, whilst giving us the opportunity to appreciate the relative remoteness of the Vacas Valley on the approach.

    Our point of difference among the majority of the operators on Aconcagua is that we provide a client focused expedition that is geared towards giving you the maximum opportunity at succeeding on this peak. Our success rate is an indication of the emphasis we place on your wellbeing and a successful outcome for you.

    We believe the ascent should be made in the best style possible, a philosophy that has seen us help our expedition members achieve many successful ascents and promoted our reputation in the arena of high altitude expedition guiding.

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Dates & Prices

    Trips 1 and 2 are our standard 19-day programme via the 360° Route, please see our Aconcagua webpage for more information.
    Trip 3 is our 25-day programme including additional instruction and acclimatisation, as described on this webpage.


    Dates 2024

    Trip 3: January 24 - February 17, 2024  

    Pricing Schedule 2023/2024

    The Course & Ascent Expedition fee ex Mendoza, Argentina is US$6,990 per person.


    Dates 2023/2024

    Trip 1: November 29 - December 17, 2023  
    Trip 2: January 3 - 21, 2024  

    Pricing Schedule 2023/2024

    The cost of the expedition ex Mendoza, Argentina is US$6,350 per person.

  • Payment Conditions


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants mountain guides
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • All land transport within Argentina ex Mendoza
    • 2 nights accommodation in Mendoza (twin-share) on days 1 and 24
    • Accommodation (shared occupancy) and meals in Barreal and/or Upsallata on days 2 and 8
    • All trek and expedition food ex Mendoza
    • Group equipment: ropes, tents, stoves, cookware etc. and all supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit(s)
    • Mule supported trek to Base Camps (maximum 23kg per person)
    • Porter support for all group equipment and waste
    • Regular written and photo internet dispatches for families and friends to follow your progress



    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Additional night's accommodation in Mendoza at the start and end of the expedition (arrive earlier than Day 1 if you need more time to purchase or rent equipment)
    • Hotel and meals at Penitentes at end of trip if the team elect to stay here rather than return to Mendoza
    • Aconcagua climbing permit fee, payable in Mendoza
    • Personal travel insurance / trip cancellation insurance / medical evacuation insurance
    • Meals and personal expenses in Mendoza
    • Return flights to Mendoza
    • Airport transfers
    • Excess equipment over the 23kg per person
    • Any costs associated with an early departure from the expedition
    • Accommodation in Mendoza should the expedition return prior to the scheduled date
    • Gratuities to guides and local staff

    PLEASE NOTE: The operation of the expedition is subject to minimum team number requirements being met.

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    42 Willis Street
    Spark Central
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% credit card fee.


    A non-refundable deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.


    The balance is payable 90 days prior to the expedition start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 90 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 60 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We strongly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent if you wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons.

    Climbing permit fees - US$730 for Trip #1 and the Course and Ascent. Trip # 2 which falls in the high season is US$950. Permit fees are payable in US dollars in Mendoza upon arrival. Permit fees are subject to change.

  • Course Notes

    Aconcagua Course and Ascent Trip Notes 2023 24The Course Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Aconcagua Course and Ascent.

    You can view the course notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Aconcagua Course and Ascent Expedition Notes 2024

    Team Membership

    The team will be led by an Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide and have a maximum size of 12 members, three guides. The expedition will operate with a minimum of 6 members.

    You will find the Adventure Consultants’ mountain guides companionable and strong expedition leaders with considerable power and willingness to see you achieve your goals. The number of guides is determined by the team size but the normal ratio of guides to members is 1:4 for the Vacas Valley route.

    Our Guides

    Your expedition leader is scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our Seven Summits trip leaders have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility.

    Popi Spagnouli 3Popi Spagnuoli
    Expedition Guide

    Popi has spent many years on Aconcagua, claiming the first female winter ascent all the way back in 2005 and having scaled the mountain nearly 25 times! Popi regularly leads our Course and Ascent program.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Hayley Furze Profile April 17Hayley Furze, Client Liaison

    Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our European and international ascents, treks and expeditions.


    Staff Photo

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Level of Experience Required

    Climbing to a summit that is almost 7,000 metres in elevation is an extreme undertaking. The ascent of Aconcagua is a very physically demanding objective that is frequently underestimated due to the incorrect assumption that because the climb is not technically difficult it is not extremely physically challenging. Climbers on Aconcagua must be prepared to endure an environment that can be potentially life threatening; you may encounter extreme weather conditions including cold temperatures and very high winds, as well as the effects of extreme altitude. We suggest you prepare yourself physically and mentally for the Aconcagua expedition through a physical training program and mountain skills training.

    To climb Aconcagua you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days duration. Expedition members can expect to be exerting themselves for about six hours per day and be capable of carrying a 25 kg pack (although porter support is available – see Add Ons). To be successful you must train by carrying a heavy pack in mountainous terrain. 

    Climbing at altitude affects people differently, most climbers notice a lower performance rate than normal. Our climbing days are mostly short to accommodate this and vital rest days are usually welcomed! Our graduated acclimatisation program and pre-climb on Vallecitos allows you to progressively consolidate your fitness but you must arrive on the expedition in good health and with a good level of fitness. Summit day is the most physically demanding of the days and entails an 1,100m or 3,500ft ascent at altitude. This rewarding and photogenic day typically takes between twelve and fourteen hours.

    The Aconcagua expedition is suitable for people with general mountaineering skills. If your prior mountain experience is limited or you find you need more time than others to acclimatise to high altitude, then the Course & Ascent provides additional acclimatisation and instruction during our pre-climb on Mt Vallecitos.

    Importantly, participants should be of a positive frame of mind and be willing to operate as part of a team.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Specific Training 

    In order for your Aconcagua expedition to be both more enjoyable and to increase your chance of summit success you should train for at least 3-4 months prior to your climb. Focus on pack carrying on steep and varied terrain, aiming to carry 5-10% more than the required pack weight of 25kg; so up to 28kg. If you do not live close to any significant elevation gain, train on a Stairmaster or treadmill, while wearing a pack, but also on varied terrain such as grass, gravel or hilly sand dunes for a more complete training outcome. You should also incorporate downhill training to increase your quad strength for the descent.

    Endurance training is also important as you will have to be able to climb, carrying a heavy pack for up to 6 hours on most days, and 10-14 hours on summit day.

    Add back-to-back pack carrying days in the 4-6 weeks prior to departure; either in the form of overnight backpacking or with the first day on stairs or in the gym, building up to the 1000m ascent required on summit day, and a second day of flatter, outdoor walking with a lighter pack.

    See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.


    The earliest historical link to Aconcagua comes from the discovery of fifteenth century Inca remains found at the altitude of 5300m. It is believed that the Incas climbed significantly higher than this on Aconcagua. In 1887 the lone Swiss guide Matthias Zurbriggen climbed the long scree slopes on the northwestern side of Aconcagua and was credited as the first person to summit. His companions had turned back because of high altitude sickness.

    Zurbriggen was already famous in Switzerland and New Zealand, where he had made numerous first ascents as well as the second ascent of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. The Polish Glacier was the second route to be pioneered on Aconcagua. The 1934 Polish Andes Expedition accomplished this first ascent in alpine style, a climb far ahead of its time.


    Our food on the expedition when trekking in and on the mountain is prepared by the guides and when in Base Camp is provided by the well trained Argentine cooks at Plaza Argentina and Plaza de Mulas. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form.

    For special diets such as vegan and gluten/dairy free, we will call you to discuss your needs and how this will work in the group cooking situation. If your dietary requirements are especially strict, you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary individual clothing and equipment to be provided. We will correspond with you prior to the trip to answer your queries and ensure you have met all the equipment requirements. Having the correct equipment is key to your performance on summit day and achieving success.

  • Itinerary




    Arrive into Mendoza this morning or the day prior, sort equipment and ensure personal clothing/equipment is suitable


    Drive from Mendoza to Barreal, overnight in hotel 


    Drive to Laguna Blanca and hike to Mercedario Base Camp (3,500m/11,482ft)


    Acclimatisation hike to Cerro Pelado (4,118m/13,510ft)


    Move to Cerro Mercedario Advanced Base Camp (4,000m/13,100ft) and visit Arroyo Turquesa


    Hike to Cerro Negro Camp 1 (4,500m/14,760ft), afternoon spent at Cerro Negro Glacier training


    Climb Cerro Negro (5,700m/18,700ft)  or Cerro Wanda (5,200m/17,000ft), depending on conditions and fitness of the group. Descend to base camp


    Hike to Laguna Blanca and drive to Barreal or Uspallata


    Early start to drive to Punta de Vacas. Trek to Pampa de Leñas (2,950m/9,680ft)


    Trek to Casa de Piedra (3,250m/10,650ft)


    Trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp (4,200m/13,800ft)


    Rest, gear preparation and camp carry


    7 days for the climb to Aconcagua’s summit (6,962m/22,841ft)


    Contingency day


    Descend to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4,300m/14,100ft)


    Trek to Puente del Inca (2,740m/8,990ft) and drive to Mendoza


    Depart for home

    To develop sufficient skills to ascend Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak:

    • Development of footwork, cramponing and snow climbing skills
    • Expedition camping skills
    • A training climb on Cerro Negro or Cerro Wanda
    • An ascent of Aconcagua

    You will be taught basic snow climbing techniques that will prepare you for the ascent of Aconcagua. The training will focus on teaching good footwork by spending as much time as possible on similar slopes to what you would find on the climbing route up and down the mountain.

    • Footwork and mountain travel techniques
    • Basic snow climbing using crampons and ice axe
    • Pacing and acclimatisation practices
    • Expedition camping skills

    Training on Cerro Negro or Cerro Wanda

    The expedition begins and culminates in the charming Argentine city of Mendoza. Tree-lined avenues, beautifully tiled plazas, lively markets and outdoor cafés with vibrant Latin rhythms offer a unique setting to sample the region’s fine cuisine and wine.

    We have time in Mendoza to finalise our equipment, but if you have a lot of equipment to rent or purchase, we advise you to arrive on the day prior to Day One. On Day Two, after completing the permitting process, we travel north of Mendoza to the picturesque town of Barreal for the night. From our hotel we have spectacular views across to the Cordillera de la Ramada, the ribbon of glaciated mountains where we will spend the next few days.

    The following morning, we drive through the barren landscapes unique to the Andes to Laguna Blanca, a glacial fed lake at the base of Cerro Mercedario (6,720m/20,050ft), the San Juan region’s highest peak. From Laguna Blanca we hike to Mercedario Base Camp at 3,500m/11,482ft and establish our camp. The following day is spent acclimatising on Cerro Pelado (4,118m/13,510ft), a steady climb across the rocky slopes of Pelado or ‘Bare Hill’ rewards us with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

    The next day we move to the Mercedario Advanced Base Camp (4,000m/13,100ft) and visit the nearby Arroyo Turquesa with its incredible turquoise waters. Early the following morning we hike to Camp 1 (4,500m/14,760ft) and spend the remainder of the day training and reviewing skills in anticipation of the next day’s summit attempt.

    For our summit day we have the option of climbing either Cerro Negro (5,700m/18,700ft) or Cerro Wanda (5,200m/17,000ft), depending on conditions and the fitness of the group. On Cerro Negro we begin by ascending moderate slopes then gaining a snow ridge that leads to the summit. Cerro Wanda is often free of snow, so we climb moderate scree slopes before reaching the summit. Whichever peak we climb, you will gain invaluable acclimatisation and skills that will serve us well on Aconcagua.

    After summit celebrations and a photographic session which includes views to Aconcagua, we descend back to our base camp. It’s just a short hike back to Laguna Blanca the next day and everyone enjoys arriving back in Barreal, or if time allows through to Uspallata, for showers and an afternoon resting and preparing for the next phase of the expedition.

    Trekking to Base Camp

    Early the next morning we drive onwards to the Vacas Valley. Mule loads are organised, and we begin our trek to Aconcagua’s Plaza Argentina Base Camp.

    Approaching the Vacas Valley route involves a 3-day trek along the desert-like Vacas and Relinchos Valleys, which are distinguished by strikingly colourful rock formations and spectacular glaciers contrasting with the interspersed greenery. Gauchos, the ‘cowboys’ of the Argentine Pampa, will lead mules carrying our equipment to the base camp at Plaza Argentina (4,200m/13,800ft). During the trek we will be accompanied by the gauchos, enabling us to hike with lightweight day packs and to be ferried across the Rio de Las Vacas, if the waters are high.

    Climbing Plan

    Upon arriving at Plaza Argentina Base Camp, our sleeping tents will be established in rock windbreaks on the moraine of the Relinchos Glacier. We utilise a large heated and insulated dining tent, complete with sturdy flooring, and have excellent catered meals whilst at base camp. After dinner, we can relax in the comfortable lounge area to read or socialise with other members. There is power for charging devices, wi-fi and hot showers available free of charge. A valuable acclimatisation and organisation day will occur before we begin carrying and caching equipment to Camp 1 (4,700m/15,400ft) the following morning. We continue to ascend in a lightweight expedition style progressively establishing three camps over a seven to ten day period. Camps on the mountain are as comfortable as the conditions allow; we have a dining tent in Camp 1 and Camp 2 where meals of ‘real’ (not dried) food are prepared by your guides and at Camp 3 there is a large cook tent staffed by a dedicated guide who assists in preparing food and drinks and provides additional support to the group.

    The exact climbing itinerary is not fixed to allow for the optimal acclimatisation program and any inclement weather. The Aconcagua massif is often subject to very cold temperatures and storms that sweep in from the Pacific Ocean; 160km to the west. Hence your guide will be working around any forecasted weather systems to plan for the best summit program.

    Climbing at altitude is more arduous than at lower elevations due to the thinner atmosphere. Our experience at high altitude has enabled us to develop a successful strategy for climbing high peaks with sensible acclimatisation. Rest days will be interspersed between camp move days and load shuttling. The terrain during the majority of the ascent entails unroped travel over moraine, scree and permanent snow fields where the unique neve penitentes or ‘ice towers’ will be encountered.

    Summit day begins from Camp 3 and it is here we join the normal route from the Horcones Valley, which meanders up the ‘Canaleta’ and through to the summit. The ascent is never technical and conditions are varied; some seasons the route is completely free of snow, whereas other years see deep snow on this section so we must be prepared for all eventualities. Aconcagua is known for very cold weather high on the mountain. About 6-10 hours after leaving top camp we reach the summit and its splendid panoramas. It’s only a few hours back to the camp and a well-earned brew!

    Having completed the climb, we now descend in one day to Plaza de Mulas in the Horcones Valley for a good meal and rest at the comfortable Base Camp. The following morning we embark on the trek out down the valley and pass through Penitentes, to then return to Mendoza on the same day.

    To maximise safety and summit opportunities our schedule allows several contingency days. We operate with small groups to ensure individualised attention and further enhance our efficiency and safety. We place special emphasis on ensuring the highest standards in accommodation, transport, food, equipment and guiding expertise.

  • Add Ons

    Mendoza has a wealth of accommodation options and on our standard Aconcagua departure, we stay a mid-range hotel but if you feel you would like to upgrade, we can assist with booking alternative hotels. Please contact us for further information.

    PorterMany of our climbers elect to use porter support for all or part of their Aconcagua expedition. There is the option to use porter support for only certain phases of the expedition, for example many of our climbers elect to have porter support on the move day to Camp 1 as this is one of the heaviest load carrying days, or just rid yourself of a few kilos to make your own pack weight more reasonable throughout

    We include some porter support already for carries of the expedition group gear, but the pack weights of up to 25kg are still realistic for the remainder of the loads to be carried by members.

    Porters can usually be organised from Plaza Argentina Base Camp but if you would like to organise this service in advance please contact our office.

    The Polish Glacier climb is a long and committing ascent at high altitude which is much coveted but rarely climbed! Adventure Consultants have established a strategy for focused and qualified climbers who are serious about the ascent allowing for the best possible opportunity to climb the route. If this sounds like you, please enquire with our office.

    Cerro el Plomo Trip Notes Dateless CoverFor those with extra time and/or the requirement to acclimatise prior to the Aconcagua climb, Cerro el Plomo is an achievable 10-day trip, ex Santiago, which is led by one of our South American guides. A great way to acclimatise and enjoy South American culture all in one go.

    Dates 2023/2024

    Trip 1: November 19 to 28, 2023
    Trip 2: December 24, 2023 to January 2, 2024
    Trip 3: January 14 to 23, 2023

    Pricing Schedule 2023/2024

    The cost of the expedition ex Santiago, Chile is:

    US$4,100 per person for groups of 2–3
    US$6,600 1:1 guide to climber ratio

    Please click on the image to view the trip notes online, visit our Cerro el Plomo page or contact us for more information.

    Amy Hall Machu Picchu 1From the teeming rivers of the Amazon to the spectacular Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, your South American expedition needn't finish at the bottom of the mountain.

    Check out our dedicated South America Add Ons page for a whole host of ways to maximize your experience on the continent.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your mountaineering adventure can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      Please note you will be emailed out a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip, from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips. The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions as our team are here to help!

      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • The Climb

      What are the skills/prior experience required for this climb?
      We usually ask that members have had prior exposure to altitude and expedition life, i.e. trekking, camping and carrying a pack. Aconcagua is a challenging mountain and even more so if it is your first mountain experience. Check in with us regarding your previous experience and we can advise from there.

      Which program is best for me; the standard climb, or the Course & Ascent?
      If you have good general mountaineering skills, have spent nights camping above the snowline and have not had problems acclimatising to high altitude then you are well suited to the standard expedition program.

      If your expedition experience extends to only Kilimanjaro or Elbrus, your experience of ice axe and crampon use is limited, or you find that you take longer than others to acclimatise, then we highly recommend the Course & Ascent program.

      How difficult is the climb?
      Climbing to a summit that is almost 7,000 metres in elevation is an extreme undertaking. The ascent of Aconcagua is a very physically demanding objective that is frequently underestimated due to the incorrect assumption that because the climb is not technically difficult, it is not extremely physically challenging. Climbers on Aconcagua must be prepared to endure an environment that can be potentially life-threatening; you may encounter extreme weather conditions including cold temperatures and very high winds, as well as the effects of extreme altitude. We suggest you prepare yourself physically and mentally for the Aconcagua expedition through a physical training program and mountain skills training. Please contact us for advice on how to arrive prepared for an enjoyable experience throughout this rewarding ascent.

      How long is a typical day on the mountain?
      The days can vary from a few hours on the “acclimatisation” days, to 7-9 hours to move to camps and 10-14 hours on summit day.

      What is summit day like?
      Typically summit day is 10-14 hours long, covering a lot of non-technical ground. Unless it has recently stormed, the terrain will be rocky and mostly snow free, which is quite amazing given the altitude! Weather conditions can be surprisingly windy and cold as well, which is why Aconcagua is such a demanding peak to summit.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      We use as our base a great hotel near the heart of Mendoza called the NH Mendoza Cordillera Hotel. Room facilities include free Wi-Fi, safety deposit boxes, air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and the hotel even has an outdoor pool.

      Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers?
      Typically, we reserve you a single hotel room in Mendoza and then in twin-share rooms, once you leave Mendoza and start the expedition. We have a policy to book separate rooms for males and females, where twin-share hotel accommodation is included in your trip. On the mountain, you share a tent with another member or two. A single supplement is available and please contact our office for details.

      What kind of food do you have on the mountain?
      We work hard to make sure that our meal selections are tasty and varied. In addition to the good food that we supply and when at Base Camp, you can actually buy a hamburger and fries and a coke at some of the dining halls which are set up for the season. Once on the mountain, we typically focus on MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) which is real food vacuum sealed and ready to eat and freeze-dried.

    • Travel

      What time should I arrive and where do I meet my guides?
      Before your expedition, you will receive a final details letter from us here in the office outlining where and when you will be meeting your guides. We encourage you to arrive a day or two earlier if you need time to purchase or rent equipment, as well as to take the time to explore the charming city of Mendoza. We endeavour to meet every climber off their flight, by either our guides or our local agency staff.

      Can I ride a mule out after the expedition? Can I ride one into Base Camp?
      We do not recommend riding a mule into Base Camp at the beginning of the expedition. The body needs to acclimatise and walking into Base Camp with a light daypack is the best way to achieve this. At the end of the expedition, there is an option to ride out. As fun as riding a mule may sound, it can be a somewhat uncomfortable experience with upwards of 5-7 hours in the saddle.

      Is it possible to tour the vineyards around Mendoza?
      Not only is it possible, it is recommended to make time to enjoy this Argentinean city! We suggest either arriving early or staying after your trip for this, don’t plan on doing a visit within the trip dates as you will be busy!

      What if I arrive early or depart late?
      We will be happy to assist you with additional hotel reservations if you arrive early or leave late.

      Are there any entry or visa requirements?
      It all depends on where you are from and we recommend that you check this with your travel agent, prior to departure.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      How heavy will my pack be?
      As porter support for group equipment is included in the expedition fee, you only need to carry your personal clothing and equipment. Depending on how efficient you are when selecting your gear, this will equate to a maximum of 15-20kg. On summit day, your pack weight will be significantly lighter at around 8kg.

    • Guides, Porters & Team Members

      I hear that you can hire porters at Base Camp to help with your pack, is this true and if so how does it work?
      Yes, you can, however, if you anticipate needing a porter we suggest that you contact our office for the current prices. We can then inform your guide who will assist with making the necessary arrangements. Rates vary from year to year and porters are strictly regulated by the park service. Please be beware that it gets more expensive the higher that they go and there is no guarantee that there will be one available for you, the day that you discover you want them.

      How many climbers will be on this expedition?
      Usually 6-8 members per expedition and occasionally, we have full expeditions with 12 people and 3 guides.

      Can I contact other climbers or guides for this expedition?
      Of course! Before the trip, please contact our office and we would be happy to pass on your contact details to the other team members.

      How much should I tip my guide staff?
      Tipping is a very personal thing so there is no right or wrong way to do it. It all depends on how much personal interaction and help you have received from your guide. If you feel that they have done a good job, give accordingly.

    • Health & Fitness

      This will be my first big altitude climb, how can I best prepare?
      Excellent question! Arriving fit and prepared for your climb is an essential key to a successful expedition. Here at Adventure Consultants, we have partnered with the experts at Uphill Athlete to create scientifically sound training plans designed by two professional coaches and leading mountaineers. Together we provide a range of training programs designed specifically for mountaineering at altitude, as well as one on one online coaching options. Check out our programs at Training Peaks or see our Fitness Training Programs page for more information.

      What is the conditioning level needed for this climb?
      You will enjoy your expedition more if you arrive in the best shape possible. Being able to go at a slow steady pace all day is important. How do you prepare for that? Please again refer above. Be sure to focus on cardio work and strength training for carrying a pack.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      What type of communication is available on the climb?
      Your guides will have satellite phones with them on the trip that you are welcome to use for a nominal fee. At Base Camp, there is also an email/internet service available so please contact the AC office for details.

    • Fees & Payments

      How much should I budget for this expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring?
      This can vary depending on how many gifts you plan on buying and wine tours that you plan to go on! Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Mendoza, however, once we leave the city cash only is usually the way it goes. So it depends on how many cheeseburgers you want at Base Camp! Typically you can get by with US$200-500. However, if you plan to use porters you will require significantly more than this, please contact our office for further details. The permit fee is also extra at around US$700 - US$1,000 depending on the timing of your trip and is payable at the National Park Service office in Mendoza prior to departing for Penitentes. The exact permit fees are set in the late September/early October ahead of your expedition and we will confirm the price with you prior to your departure.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for more information.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do an NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA.

      Please see Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide Scholarships on our Career Opportunities page and check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association for more information.

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Acon cloudy

Except for getting us to the summit in a splendid way, the most important thing for me was the way I learned to live in the moment. I will carry that with me for a long time. I learned so much about life and about myself, it went far beyond just reaching the summit. I am very grateful to our guides for that!
Aconcagua Expedition

Mattias Larsson
Trent Thorne

Very good and very experienced guides – made the trip an absolute pleasure to be on!
Aconcagua, 2018

Trent Thorne
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The guides were a lot of fun but totally dedicated, professional, passionate about the mountains and highly skilled. When things got difficult and hard they provided all the help needed and were totally devoted to our welfare and safety. I cannot speak highly enough of them.
Aconcagua Expedition

Greg Glossop
New Zealand
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Our guides were absolutely amazing. Not only did they have great experience. They also had great understanding of group dynamics and how to take care and form a team. Our guides worked very well together making this trip a fantastic adventure.
Aconcagua, 2017

Emma Svensson

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