MAX. ALTITUDE: 6962m
Climb Aconcagua it is one of 360 Expeditions’ most challenging and rewarding experiences. Aconcagua is generally recognised as the highest trekking peak in the world and is the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. The mountain is technically straightforward, but crosses over into the realms of a high altitude mountaineering expedition by virtue of its enormous size, length of climbing days and the extremes of ice and weather conditions found on it.
Aconcagua is climbed expedition-style, whereby we do a lot of load-carrying ourselves, and we operate very much as a team of climbers. Climbers must be both physically and mentally prepared for an experience that can test them to the limit. Starting from the pleasant city of Mendoza, situated in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, climbing Aconcagua is a mountain expedition of many contrasts.
The trek in is through a wide arid valley and features a visit to the mighty South Face of the mountain, whilst Base Camp (Plaza de Mulas) has all the facilities of home and is a great place to prepare for the hard work on the mountain above. From Base Camp we begin carrying loads to Camps 1, 2 and 3 above us so we are acclimatised and provisioned for our summit day. We have 18 days from arrival at base camp to the summit, and we include an ascent of nearby Bonette peak (5,100m) both for the magnificent views and to aid acclimatisation.
9 Great reasons to climb Aconcagua with 360 Expeditions.
1. Itinerary. From our many years of guiding on the mountain we have found that providing a flexible itinerary with plenty of acclimatisation days is the only way to sustain our excellent success rate. Our itinerary may be longer than other expedition providers but experience tells that this is what is required when considering an ascent of this fantastic objective. We ensure that you are given three potential summit days when you reach camp 3 and that you arrive at this camp in the fittest condition possible. After all when counting the time away and money spent, wouldn't you want the very best chance of reaching the summit?
2. Leadership. Our guides are mountain professionals who will have guided Aconcagua numerous times (our expedition Director Rolfe Oostra has climbed the mountain more than a dozen times for example). They not only have years of relevant training and the most up-to-date qualifications but importantly have many years of field experience. Furthermore our western guides have a huge passion for South America and particularly Andean climbing adding hugely to your climbing experience.
3. In country support The local guides are simply the best. We have long-standing relationships with our local crew - we work together as friends. This very much reflects on the trip being a lot of fun, running smoothly and living up to our clients’ expectations.
4. Optimal climbing season. We only run Aconcagua expedition from late November to mid-January. This is the high season and enjoys the most reliable weather conditions.
5. Accommodation on trek. We select the best quality tents and camping equipment. Big 3 man tents are used by 2 people to give you a bit more personal space and more room for your belongings, both at base camp and at the high camps. Our camping equipment is carefully selected to stand up to Aconcagua’s challenging conditions.
6. Meals on the trek. Base camp facilities are not far removed from western restaurant dining! On the mountain your guides will provide meals that are always delicious, nourishing and made from fresh, local ingredients rather than the “boil in the bag” options.
7. Summit Ratios. Our Aconcagua expeditions are generously staffed by qualified Argentinian Mountain guides. On summit day a good guide to client ratio ensures you will be given a huge level of personal support.
8. High Altitude Porters. Included in this itinerary are 2 or 3 porter days. (Group number depending). This means that group kitchen and cooking equipment is moved up the mountain for you.
9. Hotel top and tailing expedition. You will be staying in a comfortable hotel situated near the bustling heart of Mendoza town. At the end of your trek the pool is only a jump away and town with its great range of restaurants and bars only a 5 minute walk.