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Mount Aconcagua 7 Summit Climbing Expedition

NZD $4,850

Location – Argentina

Duration – 17 days

Highest Altitude – 6,962 metres / 22,841 feet (highest point in the Western Hemisphere)

Best time to go – 9 January to 26 February 2021

Difficulty – Moderate to high degree of fitness required.  Do not require previous climbing experience.

Tour Cost – Full Service Cost; $4,850 , £3,950, € 4,350. Basic cost $3,650, £2,950, € 3,250.

Aconcagua (6962 meters/22,841 feet) is the highest mountain in all of the Americas and one of the “7 Summits.” This magnificent Andean peak offers a high altitude adventure, and a chance to be part of a big mountain expedition for a relatively low cost.

Description

Summit Climb

Summit Climb’s philosophy is to provide a top-quality high-altitude mountain climbing and trekking experience at the most efficient cost-level. We believe in providing affordable well-organized expeditions, while traveling responsibly and sustainably through the environments and cultures we visit – we actively contribute to the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, and the implementation of a charity non-profit hospital and wider educational work.

Approaching Camp-1 - Plaza Canada
Our climbing expeditions maximize many years of accumulated wisdom leading trips to the highest mountains on the planet, a strong record of reaching the top of 8000ers: Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Shishapangma and many other high altitude summits including the highest peaks in the Americas however safety is always our key priority. We have conducted countless high altitude expeditions, and consider ourselves specialists in expedition development, organization, and delivery - getting teams safely to the summit and back down. We have been running expeditions for over 17 years catering from novice to expert, and we know all of the bureaucratic officials, liaison officers, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs personally in the countries we visit. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working climbing sherpas, high altitude guides, cooking, and office staff.

We have just returned from successful treks and climbing expeditions in the Himalaya, Africa, and South America, including climbs and treks to Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu, Mustagata, Everest from Nepal, Everest from Tibet, Lhakpa Ri/North Col, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro/Mt. Kenya and Lhotse. We welcome individuals and small groups to join us for climbing and trekking; come join our team!

Aconcagua Climbing Expedition 

Aconcagua (6962 meters/22,841 feet) is the highest mountain in all of the Americas and one of the "7 Summits." This magnificent Andean peak offers a high altitude adventure, and a chance to be part of a big mountain expedition for a relatively low cost. Climbing Aconcagua could qualify you for Everest from Tibet or Everest from Nepal.

The highest mountain of America, Aconcagua is in Western hemisphere, west-central Argentina near Chile border. Its name “Sentinel of Stone” originated from the Quechua Ackon Cahuak.

The Normal Route is the easiest route on Aconcagua. Walk along good trails and scree slopes (sometimes with snow) to reach a very high but attainable summit. We have chosen this route because it allows us to approach through the beautiful Horcones Valley on the lower part of the mountain, making for an easy and enjoyable ascent.

View from Camp 3 at 6000m

Proposed full itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival to Mendoza, 900m (2,953’):Transfer from airport to hotel and have dinner with the team
Day 2 – Drive to Penitentes, 2300m (7,546’): Orientation meeting and gear check, rent/buy and necessary equipment, and acquire permits
Day 3 – Penitentes to Confluencia, 3300m (10,827’): Breakfast at hotel, private transport to the National Park, trek 3-4 hours to camp
Day 4 – Acclimatization hike to Plaza Francia, 4150m (13,615’): Day hike to Plaza Francia, camp at Confluencia
Day 5 – Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas, 4300m (14,108’): Hike 18km (11miles) to the next camp. Walking time: 5-8hrs
Day 6 – Rest day
Day 7 – Acclimatization hike to Plaza Canada, 4900 meter (16,076’)
Day 8 – Rest day
Day 9 - Plaza de Mulas to Plaza Canada, 4900m (16,076’): Hiking time: Approximately 4 hours
Day 10 – Plaza Canada to Nido de Condores, 5600m (18,373’): Hiking time: Approximately 5 hours
Day 11 – Rest day
Day 12 – Nido de Condores to Colera, 5950m (19, 520’): Hiking time: Approximately 3-4 hours
Day 13 – Colera – Summit – Colera – 6962m / 22,841’: Start around 2am. Average round trip time is 12 hours
Day 14 – Colera to Plaza de Mulas
Day 15 – Plaza de Mulas to Mendoza: Hiking time: 8 hours
Day 16 – Extra day for acclimatization/weather
Day 17 – Flight home
The above itinerary is subject to change due weather conditions, performance of the group, political / administrative problems, and any other events not described.

Team Member Experience:

For the Normal Route it is not necessary for you to have previous climbing experience. We will teach you all of the mountain skills you need to know during the trip. You should be a fit and active walker in good health able to carry (to the high camp, but not the summit) a rucksack containing your sleeping bag, clothing, food and water.

Our full-service expedition includes:

  • Leader: experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader
  • Hotels and meals in Pentitentes on a twin sharing basis in tourist class hotel
  • Private transfer to and from Pentitentes and park gate
  • Assistant guides and cooks
  • 5 days of hot delicious meals and tents at BC and 2 days at Confluencia
  • Mules for group and personal gear (25 kg/45 pounds, personal) to and from BC
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Camping equipment including tents, stoves, etcetera
  • Group climbing equipment
  • Transfer from Mendoza airport to Mendoza hotel

Basic Option: Includes everything up to BC (transport, hotel, BC logistics, approach camp logistics, tents, food, airport pick up, etc). From there, you will need your own tents, stoves, food, etc. The basic option does not include any altitude services or guides above basecamp.

Not Included:

  • Mountain rescue insurance –GLOBAL RESCUE ONLY (Other companies require payment in advance before reimbursement)
  • Personal climbing permit
  • Hotels and meals in Mendoza
  • Items of personal nature, individual travel costs, delays, taxis, etc.
  • Personal Argentina entry visas if applicable
  • Duffle bags for packing your personal equipment on mules
  • Recommended travel Insurance
  • Personal clothing or equipment
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks
  • International flights to Mendoza and back to your home country
  • Any extra costs related to an early leave of the expedition due to medical or personal reasons

Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Mendoza to our destination, and returned to Mendoza. While trekking to basecamp, we DO NOT ask our full-service members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We have mules to carry personal and group equipment to basecamp. Above basecamp, we may ask you to carry a portion of the group equipment, depending on your strength and body weight.

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