Aconcagua The Normal Route


Aconcagua is an iconic Mountain.  As you stand in awe of this giant you know you are in for an adventure. This is the highest trekking peak in the world and highest mountain in the western hemisphere. After Everest, Aconcagua is the second highest of the seven summits 6,962m/ 22,841 feet. That means Climbing Aconcagua is a very serious undertaking and not to be underestimated.  Aconcagua requires you to be in excellent condition have completed an extensive endurance training plan and have the right acclimatization and itinerary in place. Aconcagua is often underestimated, it is a formidable challenge. In my opinion you really need to consider the Vacas valley traverse route. It makes climbing Aconcagua far more interesting. Check out our upcoming climbing dates.

A little bit more about Aconcagua The Normal Route

This Aconcagua expedition is for experienced trekkers who are in excellent physical shape as it is a strenuous and demanding climb which needs careful consideration and previous altitude experience before trying to climb Aconcagua. We feel those who have previous altitude experience above 6,000m/ 19,685 feet and who are avid  hikers/climbers have the best success rate on this climb. With the extreme altitude, and the weather and camping conditions on Aconcagua make this a very challenging expedition. You need to come experienced and familiar with extreme conditions before attempting this difficult climb.

Aconcagua The Normal Route

Climbing Aconcagua via the Normal Route is a non-technical route and is perfect for an avid trekker in excellent physical shape who would like to experience a high altitude adventure. In terms of the weather you will need to be prepared for harsh conditions and we will try and give you all the skills and information to best prepare for this adventure trek.

A little more about Aconcagua The Normal Route

We offer a quality acclimatization program to aid you in your summit success. Aconcagua is a great way to test yourself in the mountains and can be a great stepping stone to 8,000m/ 26,247ft peaks in the Himalayas. We are available 5 days a week to help you fully prepare for your challenging Aconcagua climb. Prices start from $4,950


Day 1

Today we will arrive in Mendoza at 760m/ 2,493 feet.  We will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel. On this day our guide will check your mountain equipment and accompany you to hire the necessary things. You will also need to show your Global Rescue evacuation cover and hand over you permit fee to our staff who will manage the permits for you. You will enjoy the comforts of one of the best hotels in Mendoza City. (Food is not included)

Day 2

Our plan is to leave around 10am. Our staff will bring all paper work to the hotel. The guides will hold onto the permits and off we go.  We will drive to Penitentes via Uspallata where we will stop for lunch and then continue to drive up to Penitentes at 2,600m/ 8,530 feet to start our acclimatization. We will check in to our quaint hotel at the base of the mountain. In the afternoon we will prepare loads for the mules at our depot at Los Puquios for the following day. (B, L, D)

Day 3

After breakfast we will take a short drive to the entrance of the park in a private van. Permits will be presented to the rangers as we start our 3 and a half hour trek to Confluencia Camp 3,300m/ 10,827 feet. Keep your backpack light as we walk on this well-worn, picturesque trail. Upon arrival at Confluencia, you will be greeted with refreshments and a tour of camp. After a good rest, we will set up our tents and take some time to explore the surrounding area and view the beautiful rock
formations. You will spend two nights in Confluencia with full meals and hot drinks provided throughout the day. It is a lovely camp and our staff will be there to assist you. (B, PL, D)

Day 4

Today we trek to Plaza Francia 4,000m/ 13,123 feet, and back to Confluencia. At Plaza Francia, we will eat lunch and be able to view the spectacular South Face of Aconcagua while further acclimating. The South Face of Aconcagua is famous for its difficult ascents where many of the best climbers in the world have come to test their skills. After exploring the area, we descend back to Confluencia Camp for the
night. Six to seven hours (B, PL, D)

Day 5

We hike to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp 4,390m/ 14,403 feet.  Our Guides ensure we walk at a moderate pace so everyone arrives feeling good. The trek follows the Horcones Superior River and then rises up onto a lateral moraine next to the Horcones Glacier. Upon arrival, team members can relax in the dining tent with hot drinks and snacks. Our Base Camp is a full-service camp with full meals and Wi-Fi. Hot showers are available upon request. Seven to nine hours. (B, PL, D)

Day 6

Today is an acclimatization day. This will be a leisure day starting with a healthy breakfast and then a nice walk in the surrounding area, which has many stunning vistas. In the afternoon we will have an orientation and then prepare our gear for the next day’s climb of Mount Bonete at 5,100m/ 16,732 feet.  (B, L, D)

Day 7

Acclimatization trek to Mount Bonete Summit at 5,100m/ 16,732 feet and return to Plaza de Mulas. Today is essential in our acclimatization schedule. From the top we have great vistas of Aconcagua and the surrounding mountains. The climb of Mount Bonete also gives us essential acclimatization necessary to climb Aconcagua. Following our climb, we return to Plaza de Mulas and enjoy a nice evening in Base Camp. Six to seven hours. (B, PL, D)

Day 8

Today we will have an acclimatization trek to Camp 1 “Canada at 4,910m/ 16,109 feet. You will take part of the altitude equipment and the food that will be needed in Plaza Canada (each member of the group will carry ““without exception ““ a food load and fuel for the expedition that will be a maximum of 10 kg/22lb).  Once we reach camp, we will cache our gear, have a packed lunch and then return to Base Camp. Three to four hours. (B, PL, D)

Day 9

Rest and acclimatization day. Everyone will make sure that their equipment is ready and we are well-rested to make the move to a camp higher up the mountain. (B, L, D)

Day 10

It’s time to move higher and start our movement to the higher camps. It will take 3 hours to reach Camp 1 Canada camp at 4,910m/ 16,109 feet.  The group will enjoy lunch and set up tents. You will only carry your personal equipment. Our porters will carry the sleeping tents and the rest of the equipment. Three to four hours. (B, PL, D)

Day 11

Today we move from Camp Canada to our Camp 2 Nido de Cóndores 5,250m/ 17,224 feet. We will spend three nights resting and acclimatizing at this elevation. On this day, each climber will be responsible for carrying personal equipment only. Porter staff will carry expedition equipment, food, and sleeping tents. After reaching Nido de Cóndores, we set up tents with the guides and move our sleeping gear inside, then settle down for the night. Guides will serve you dinner in your tents. Three to four hours. (B, PL, D)                    

Day 12

Today is a rest day and an opportunity to further acclimatize and enjoy the comfort of our camp. Resting on this day will improve your performance on summit day and greatly increase your chances for successfully reaching the summit. This is critical for safety and success high on the mountain. (B, L, D)

Day 13

After some excellent acclimatization we will do a load carry to High Camp, Camp Cólera 5,990m/ 19,652 feet. All climbers will carry expedition food, fuel and some camp
equipment that we will need in Cólera and for our summit attempt. This will be a short hike, but we will move slowly to acclimatize and prepare for summit day. Once at Cólera, you will have lunch and then return to Nido de Cóndores. Four hours (B, PL, D)

Day 14

Climb to Camp 3, Camp Cólera. You will carry your personal equipment and any extra gear needed for the summit attempt. Porters will carry sleeping tents. At Cólera Camp, staff will strategically position the campsite for protection in case of high winds. While climbers rest, guides will check each team member’s summit gear for the next day and give an orientation on the summit climb. We will have an early dinner and go to bed to get a good night’s rest for the early morning start the next day. Three hours. (B, PL, D)

Day 15

Climb from Cólera to the summit and return to Camp 3. The summit Day has arrived.  We will wake up early around 3am in the morning and dress for our summit attempt. Guides will serve hot drinks and a quick breakfast. They will let us know what time to leave our tents so we all rise together and start moving toward the summit. This keeps us warm and moving together as a team. The climb is gradual as we follow
switchbacks for two hours until we reach a small A-frame hut called “Independencia.” From here we will traverse across the North Face of Aconcagua until we reach the Canaleta.

The Canaleta is steep and leads us up towards the summit ridge. As we ascend the Canaleta, we can look down on the surrounding mountains, which begin to drop away from as we go higher. A few hundred meters below the summit, the route traverses east and leads us directly the summit!  A cross proudly stands on top to mark the summit. There is plenty of room for everybody to take personal and group photos. It is a time for celebration! Time of day and the weather often determine the amount
of time we spend on the summit. After we’ve all taken photos are absorbed the views, we will begin our long descent back to Cólera Camp. This is an eight to twelve hour day. (B, PL, D)

Day 16

We head down to Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. We will take our time moving downhill with our climbing equipment and personal gear. Porters will carry sleeping tents and human waste. Once in Plaza de Mulas, the group will have the rest of the day free to celebrate our climbing experience and enjoy a great meal. Four hours. (B, PL, D)

Day 17

The team will descend to Horcones, the entrance to the Park, on the last trekking day of the expedition. This is 16mile/ 26km hike.  Your belongings will be carried by mules so you will only take a light backpack with a jacket and your packed lunch and water. We will transfer the team back to our hotel in Mendoza.  That evening guide and climbers often get together for dinner to celebrate their climb.  Seven hours. (B, PL) (Mendoza dinner not included).

Day 18

This either the end of our service or you will still be on Aconcagua because of weather delays. Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program. Leave for your departing flight home or to your next destination.

Day 19

Extra day for contingencies that may prevent the normal development of the program. Leave for your departing flight home or to your next destination.

Day 20

This is the day you should plan your International flight home.


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