ABOUT MOUNT ACONCAGUA
Altitude - 6,962m (22,842ft)
Best months to go: November - February
The climb is very weather dependent but our high guiding ratios, small group size and levels of support generally gives us a big advantage and improves our summit success.
Named ‘Acconcahuac’ (the stone sentinel) by the Incas, Aconcagua is the highest peak in the Southern and Western hemispheres, the second highest of the Seven Summits and the world’s highest summit outside of the Himalaya.
Our approach to Base camp will be from the North East through the Vacas Valley. This is a much less frequented approach than the normal Horcones Valley, giving you a far better experience away from the crowds. The Vacas Route offers the strong mountain walker, with prior ice axe and crampons experience, the opportunity to ascend one of the world’s highest trekking summits. Although you will not require any previous climbing experience, the ascent is at very high altitude and therefore requires a high level of fitness, commitment and determination.
We provide leaders/guides on a ratio of 1:3 throughout the expedition and the team is limited to 9 or 10 climbers. Our aim is to reduce the physical hardship and create maximum flexibility to give you the best chance of summit success as we can more easily deal with clients varying walking speeds/fitness and weather.
Mountain Porters are available to carry group gear (tents, stoves, shovels, fuel) at an extra cost. Your guide will assist you with tent placement, cooking and water preparation at the high camps. The expedition will still be physically challenging and you will still have to work hard to reach the summit.
Hotel accommodation is at the Mendoza Park Hyatt, before and after the climb. On the climb itself, camping is in two man tents. A single supplement is available for the hotel and in tents up to Base Camp, however above Base Camp all tents are shared. Food during the approach is prepared by guides to a high standard. At Base Camp we use chefs and full kitchens. Food at high camps becomes more basic (mountain food).
In Mendoza and on the walk in, it can be very hot. Wearing shorts and t-shirts with sunhats and plenty of suncream is the norm. However, there can also be torrential rain on the walk in, so full waterproofs are essential. From Base Camp upwards there can be heavy snowfalls and from Camp 1 up, the wind makes for severe wind chill. At high camp and on summit day the temperature can drop to -15 Celsius. So down jackets, good mitts and double boots are essential.
The climb up Aconcagua is non-technical. Therefore, it is suitable for mountain walkers with previous winter walking experience. The route can sometimes be free of snow throughout or can have a solid covering of snow. It is preferred that clients have prior experience climbing to around 6,000m before attempting Aconcagua together with experience of carrying 13-14kg (even though porters can carry all group equipment).
Although the ascent of Aconcagua is not technically difficult it is quite a long summit day (from 5,900m at high camp to the 6,962m summit). This could take 7-10 hours to ascend and 2-4 hours to descend and can prove to be extremely tiring. You should make sure you are fit and used to long mountain days.
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What's not included?
Professional Mountain Guides
2 nights hotel accommodation at the Mendoza Park Hyatt Hotel, with breakfast buffet (1 night at the beginning of the expedition and 1 night at the end of the expedition)
1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Penitentes, on the way to the mountain
All land transportation
All expedition food
All community gear such as: tents, stoves, state of the art Base Camp, cooking gear, medical kits, satellite phones, radios, gamow bag, pulse-oximeters, etc.
Round-trip flights to and from Mendoza, Argentina
Aconcagua climbing permit fee (Approx. $950 depending on season)
Meals in Mendoza
SAT phone charges
*Porter fee (If used)
*Porters cost from $160 to $350 per load carry depending on the altitude they carry to. You will need a maximum of 5 to 6 load carries from Base Camp to High Camp and back down to Base Camp again (about $1,000 USD), if you choose to have a porter for each carry, move and for the descent of the mountain.
Prices From - £4,999 p/p
All prices subject to small group surcharges
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