My experience at Mount Aconcagua was fantastic. My journey begins in Mendoza with a formal meeting. The next day we will take a truck to the town of Penitentes. After meeting our Aconcagua mountain guides and organizing our equipment and food, we will begin our trek to our 13,800-foot (4,206-meter) base camp. We will spend the next five days establishing and storing three separate campsites, each at a progressively higher elevation. The Aconcágua is impressive. I will set up the highest camp at 19,580 feet (5,968 meters). During this process, we will use the traditional “climb high, sleep low” acclimatization method. When I finally arrive to stay at our highest camp, we will prepare for our summit offering. The day of the summit is highly challenging but completely achievable. We will climb more than 3,200 vertical feet (975 meters) through sand, screen, and, during some seasons, snowfields. When I reach the top, I will be standing at the highest point in America. The exceptionally stunning views of the surrounding snow-capped Andes are your final reward. After the photos of the summit and the celebration, we will descend back to our high camp to rest and rehydrate, and then we will continue to the base camp of Plaza de Mulas. The following day, a helicopter will take us back to Mendoza, where we will enjoy a well-deserved celebration with delicious steaks and tasty red wine. While an expedition of this magnitude generally takes three weeks, we can do it in just fourteen days.
The use of porters adds to our speed and logistics efficiency. Porters reduce the weight of your cargo, helping you maintain your strength and comfort, while helicopters serve as quick forms of transportation to and from base camp. We have had great success with our unique pre-acclimatization methods in the highest mountain ranges in the world. We recommend this method to stay strong and healthy on long expeditions and increase your chances of reaching the top. Certified leading guides manage our Aconcagua expeditions. This certification is the most prestigious globally, obtained only by the most experienced and dedicated guides. Our lead guides have traveled and climbed extensively in South America and possess an intimate knowledge of the Andes. An in-depth understanding of Andean culture combined with a passion for turning climbers into competent mountaineers guarantees an experience you won’t soon forget. We combine the expertise of our guides with the local knowledge of one of the best logistics operators in Argentina. This ensures that we have the best in transportation, food, equipment, and accommodation.