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ACONCAGUA EXPEDITION

Outrageous Argentina

Aconcagua Expedition

THE ROOF OF THE AMERICAS, THE HIGHEST IN THE ANDES AND ONE OF THE WORLD'S 7 SUMMITS.

One of the biggest expeditions on the LHO bucket list, climbing Aconcagua is not a small objective. Not only is this mountain the roof of South America but the roof of both the Americas combined and second only to Everest in altitude amongst the 7 summits.

Summit

TRIP TYPE

Summit, Alpine Academy

Trip duration

DURATION

20 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Argentina

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The highest mountain in the Americas and one of the 7 Summits.

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Although not technically demanding, this is major expedition to one of the highest mountains on Earth.

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You’ll be guided by vetted, LHO-trained and IFMGA-certified guides throughout the experience who care about your progress in the mountains.

Itinerary

This summit combines the high-altitude expedition experience of Kilimanjaro with the technical aspects of the Mont Blanc to deliver one of the most challenging climbs out there for those of us seeking to complete the 7 summits mountaineering trajectory. Focus and dedication to the vigorous requirements of alpinism is paramount to giving this expedition an honest shot.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO MENDOZA

We’ll be received at Mendoza Airport and transferred to the hotel accommodation in the city center. Early arrivals will be able to explore the city or relax at the hotel pool. Our first major event will be a dinner reception and team briefing in the evening after everyone has arrived.

DAY 2: PENITENTES – 2,700 M

Our second day together will largely be characterized by park paperwork. After breakfast, we’ll pack our luggage and head to the Aconcagua Park Office to sign in and collect the team’s paperwork. From there, we’ll be met by our local team of porters and guides for introductions, load up and head on to our 3 hour journey along the picturesque road towards the mountains. We expect to arrive to our lodge accommodation at Villa Los Penitentes in the early evening. Dinner will be at the accommodation.

DAY 3: CONFLUENCIA – 3,390 M

After breakfast we’ll head to Horocones by car. This is the official entrance to the trail. After a brief permit check at the Rangers office, we’ll begin the first leg of our trek up to Confluencia. Lunch boxes will be provided and dinner will be served at our camp upon arrival.

DAY 4: PLAZA FRANCIA – 4,000 M

This day is dedicated to acclimatization. After breakfast, we’ll head out to an incredible viewpoint at Plaza Francia with unobstructed panoramas of the south wall of Aconcagua. We’ll return to camp for dinner.

DAY 5: PLAZA DE MULAS – 4,300 M

We’ll depart Confluencia for the last time as we make our way up the trail on approach to the higher altitude environment portion of our expedition. The route takes us through the Playa Ancha, a wide valley known for its high winds. From there, we’ll cross the Horcones Superior Valley before taking the steep Cuesta Brava trail to Plaza de Mulas, our home for the next two nights. Our night will be spent in either double tents or a private dormitory dome tent.

DAY 6: REST DAY

This will be a day of total rest. We won’t be walking at all and we’ll encourage the team to take it easy. There are opportunities to shower at this camp. We’ll conduct a briefing for the higher altitude portion of our expedition to follow.

DAY 7: MT. BONETE – 5,000 M

After breakfast, we’ll depart Plaza de Mulas with the intention of reaching the summit of Mt. Bonete at 5,000 meters. This is a day to enable better acclimatization. The summit of the mountain has an incredible panoramic view of the high Andes and the west face of Aconcagua. We’ll be returning to Plaza de Mulas for the evening.

DAY 8: REST DAY

This will be a second strategic rest day designed to give us the best possible chance to ready ourselves for the summit push.

DAY 9: PLAZA CANADA - 5,050 M

Trekking to Plaza Canada, or Camp 1, will be the last opportunity for acclimatization with a return to sleep in lower altitude before making our way to the summit. We’ll be returning to Plaza de Mulas in the evening. Our purpose for making the ascent is purely to acclimatize and we’ll also be using this trek as an opportunity to deliver supplies to Camp 1 for our summit push. Lunch boxes will be provided for the trail and dinner will be served at the camp upon arrival.

DAY 10: REST DAY

This will be a second strategic rest day designed to give us the best possible chance to ready ourselves for the summit push and we’ll have a Christmas eve dinner on the route to the roof of the Americas.

DAY 11: CHRISTMAS DAY AT CAMP 1

We’ll be leaving Plaza de Mulas for the last time as we make our way to Camp 1 on the route to the summit. Lunch boxes will be provided. On arrival, we’ll prepare the camp, secure the supplies for the higher camps, have dinner and try to get an early night’s rest.

DAY 12: NIDO DE CONDORES – 5,550 M

After breakfast, we’ll move closer to our summit goal by moving through some of the most spectacular sections of the trail on our way to Camp 2 also known as Nido de Condores. Our pace will be slow with a keen awareness of our acclimatization. Depending on our pace, lunch may either be a prepackaged lunch box or a hot lunch at the camp.

DAY 13: REST & ACCLIMATIZATION AT CAMP 2

 We’ll be spending a full rest day at Camp 2. Gaining as much energy back as possible because this will be the last rest day before our summit push.

DAY 14: ONWARDS TO PLAZE COLERA – 5,970 M

The following day, after breakfast, we’ll pack up our camp and begin the ascent to Camp 3, the final camp before the summit. The camp sits in a strategic location shielded from the high winds and with stunning views of the highest summits in the Andes.

DAY 15: SUMMIT SUMMIT SUMMIT – 6,961 M

We’ll be making an early start, aiming to move from Camp 3 at 5:00 am. Our first check point along the trail is the Independence Refuge at 6,380 meters. Usually, this is where the first rays of sunlight reach the mountain. From here we traverse the Portezuelo del Viento, famous for its cross winds before approaching the La Canaleta, a 300 meter channel that leads us right to the edge of the summit. The ridge that we’ll find ourselves on is directly above the Southern Wall of the mountain, one of the largest mountain faces in the world. From there, it’s a very short trek to the summit of Aconcagua at 6,962 meters. A 360 degree panorama awaits and with it, plenty of opportunities for picture taking and celebrating. But, the summit is only half of the expedition. After departing the summit, we’ll head back to Camp 3 for the evening

DAY 16: RESERVE DAY 1

This additional day is included to maximize our chances of reaching the summit in the event that the weather window does not enable it on our intended day. If we are able to summit, we’ll spend these additional days at base camp to rest and enjoy the mountain for the last 2 days of the year.

DAY 17: RESERVE DAY 2

To maximize our chances of reaching the summit in the event that the weather window does not enable it on our intended day. If we are able to summit, we’ll spend these additional days at base camp to rest and enjoy the mountain for the last 2 days of the year.

DAY 18: RETURNING TO PLAZA DE MULAS- 5,550 M

A celebratory dinner reception awaits our return to Plaza de Mulas. We’ll be following the same trail down from Camp 2.

DAY 19: BACK TO MENDOZA

The last section of our trail together is a descent to Penitentes where we’ll be met by our private transport for the ride back to Mendoza. A hot shower and a comfortable bed will be waiting for us but not before a final party to celebrate our experience and toast to the new year ahead.

DAY 20: ADIOS!

Our last day together will be dedicated to airport shuttles. Breakfast is included on the day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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Dates & Prices

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Dec 15 2022 - Jan 3 2023

€5,150
€4,750

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Dec 16 2023 - Jan 4 2024

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Top Questions

Will there be training on how to use crampons and other technical gear?

We include training for first-time mountaineers that includes crampons, ice axe and rope skills.

We include training for first-time mountaineers that includes crampons, ice axe and rope skills.

What is the temperature like?

It will fluctuate dramatically from highs of 30 degree celsius on the lower altitude portions of the expedition to lows of -15 in the higher altitude.

It will fluctuate dramatically from highs of 30 degree celsius on the lower altitude portions of the expedition to lows of -15 in the higher altitude.

Is this suitable as a first mount to attempt?

No. We do not recommend this experience for first-timers. If you'd like to get started with a roadmap to the Aconcagua, reach out to us and we'll help guide you to making this experience possible in the very near future.

No. We do not recommend this experience for first-timers. If you'd like to get started with a roadmap to the Aconcagua, reach out to us and we'll help guide you to making this experience possible in the very near future.

How do you manage altitude sickness?

It's all about proper acclimatization. That means giving our bodies the time needed to get used to being at high altitude. Our itinerary is designed to do just that with good balance of altitude exposure balanced with low altitude rest.

It's all about proper acclimatization. That means giving our bodies the time needed to get used to being at high altitude. Our itinerary is designed to do just that with good balance of altitude exposure balanced with low altitude rest.

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ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE

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  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details. We aim to strike a balance between unique local experiences and international standards of comfort and hygiene. Hostels are dorm-style accommodation used during certain legs of our trips and expeditions. They can be quite trendy with common areas, restaurants and cafes. Expect rooms to include a bed and a mattress as well as a common dining area with chairs and tables. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and an optional pillow. When the experience includes camping we provide the tents, sleeping mats, common dining tents, camping chairs and camping tables. The only thing you’ll need to get is a sleeping bag and an optional camping pillow. Please refer to the LHO gear list for more information specific to the trip you’re on. Mountain Lodges are usually well equipped, providing beds with duvets and pillows. They also include a common restaurant area. Some lodges require a sleeping liner.