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Aconcagua Normal Route Expeditions

  • This is the international expedition tours, open for everyone who wishes to challenge to the summit of Mt.Aconcagua.
  • 18 departures scheduled throughout the climbing season, from November to February.
  • Our 20 days program starts/ends at Mendoza town, Argentina.

2017/2018 Season Expedition Price

  • USD4900 / person (Flight tickets not included)

Quick fact

  • Target: Mt.Aconcagua, 6,962m, Argentina.
  • Route: Normal Route (NW face).
  • Access: Mendoza (airport code: MDZ)
  • Tour style: Fixed date expedition, International groups.
  • Season: Late November to February.
  • Tour dates: Regular departures. 18 groups scheduled.
  • Private group on request (minimum 3 climbers).

Route - You may need to know before coming.

  • The summit of the Mt.Aconcagua is the highest point of the South America.
  • To reach the summit, we follow the normal route, approaching from the south-west.
  • For climbing, the normal route is the most popular route on this mountain.
  • This route is technically easy, but be aware that "easy route" doesn't mean "easy mountain".
  • The hard part is the altitude, many climbers have failed their challenge by the altitude sickness.
  • Therefore, this our expedition is carefully designed on the acclimatization - takes more days than other commercial expeditions.


Fixed Departure Expedition 2017-2018


Itinerary - Daily Activity

  • Day 01 · Mendoza IN – Altitude: 760 mts.
  • Day 02 · Mendoza / Penitentes – Altitude: 2700 mts.
  • Day 03 · Penitentes / Confluencia – Altitude: 3368 mts.
  • Day 04 · Acclimatization trekking to Plaza Francia – Altitude: 4.200 mts.
  • Day 05 · Approach from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250 mts.
  • Day 06 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250 mts.
  • Day 07 · Ascent to Mt Bonete – Altitude: 5.000 mts.
  • Day 08 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4.250 mts.
  • Day 09 · Carry equipment and food to Camp 1 – Altitude: 4900 mts.
  • Day 10 · Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4.250 mts.
  • Day 11 · Ascent from base camp to Camp 1 – Altitude: 4.900 mts.
  • Day 12 · Move to Camp 2 – Altitude: 5.400 mts.
  • Day 13 · Carry equipment from Camp 2 to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6.000 mts.
  • Day 14 · Ascent from Camp 2 to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6.000 mts.
  • Day 15 · Summit day – Altitude: 6.962 mts.
  • Days 16 and 17 · Spare days in case of bad weather conditions.
  • Day 18 · Return to Base Camp.
  • Day 19 · Return from base camp to Penitentes and back to Mendoza.
  • Day 20 · Mendoza hotel check out.

The proposed itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions o other forced situations that put in risk the group security. The guides have the authority to change the program according to their criteria. You can be sure the changes have two fundamental objectives. These are to maximize the security and the summit chances. And they are based on our guides knowledge and experience.



Scheduled Expeditions - Group code & Dates

  • ACN-1 Nov 20th, 2017 - Dec 9th, 2017
  • ACN-2 Nov 21st, 2017 - Dec 10th, 2017
  • ACN-3 Nov 27th, 2017 - Dec 16th, 2017
  • ACN-4 Dec 4th, 2017 - Dec 23rd, 2017
  • ACN-5 Dec 7th, 2017 - Dec 27th, 2017
  • ACN-6 Dec 11th, 2017 - Dec 30th, 2017
  • ACN-7 Dec 18th, 2017 - Jan 6th, 2018
  • ACN-8 Dec 26th, 2017 - Jan 14th, 2018
  • ACN-9 Jan 2nd, 2018 - Jan 21st, 2018
  • ACN-10 Jan 5th, 2018 - Jan 24th, 2018
  • ACN-11 Jan 8th, 2018 - Jan 27th, 2018
  • ACN-12 Jan 15th, 2018 - Feb 3rd, 2018
  • ACN-13 Jan 22nd, 2018 - Feb 10th, 2018
  • ACN-14 Jan 26th, 2018 - Feb 14th, 2018
  • ACN-15 Jan 29th, 2018 - Feb 17th, 2018
  • ACN-16 Feb 5th, 2018 - Feb 24th, 2018
  • ACN-17 Feb 9th, 2018 - Feb 28th, 2018
  • ACN-18 Feb 12th, 2018 - Mar 3rd, 2018



Professional Guides

The guides are professional, experimented and highly qualified guides, with degrees and licenses from organisms that guarantee their special training. The Provincial School for Mountain and Trekking Guides (EPGAMT), is the only school that specializes on the Aconcagua, accredited in the Argentine Association for Mountain Guides (AAGM) and members of the Professional Mountain and Trekking Guides Association (AGPMT). Some of the guides have licences from the IFMGA.


All the transportation are according to the schedule, for the group, in private vehicle.Transport Airport – Hotel in Mendoza (18 km). Transport Mendoza-Penitentes (180 km). Transport to and from Penitentes-Horcones, Aconcagua Park Entrance (7 km). Return to Mendoza from Horcones (187 km).


City of Mendoza: Two (2) nights of lodging in a 3 *** hotel in the city of Mendoza, double or triple room, breakfast included. Penitentes: One (1) night at Mountain Hotel in Penitentes, Double or triple, half board, beverages not included. The welcome dinner, breakfast and taxes are included. Mountain Camps: All nights of the expedition at double tents or dormitory dome ( 4 or 8 persons) , Full Board.


All meals are included during the approaching, at Base Camp and high altitude camps. Meals are prepared daily by the cooks. Our diet include, among other things, fresh fruit, meat, chicken, vegetables, fresh eggs, bread and other. Our meals are energy balanced with all your body requires for the ascent. We are also are prepared to elaborate special meals, like vegetarian, celiac and other kinds.


There is permanent communication through VHF, UHF radios, Satellite Telephones, between Base Camps, mountain expeditions, Penitentes and Mendoza. This guarantees safety and organization that will lead your expedition to be a successful one. We also offer an e-mail service in Plaza de Mulas at reasonable costs.

Mules for equipment transportation

We take your equipment (30 kg/person) from Puente del Inca to Plaza de Mulas (Base Camp) back and forth. Our “responsibility and confidence service” means taking your equipment on time and in perfect conditions to and from Base Camp and back to Penitentes. We own our tame mules and the “arrieros” are experimented in the mountain.

Dining Tents

The dining domes are completely equiped with tables, chairs, dishes and electricity, to provide the highest comfort and quality services. You will be attended by our Camp Team, in charge of preparing meals and of offering an excepcional service with a friendly treatment.

Medical Equipment

We have medical kits at base camps that include all regular medicines and oximeters, oxygen tubes and hyperbaric chambers exclusively for our clients in ready to solve all kinds of problems. The guides also carry a medical kit for high camps. We have access to rangers, rescue teams, police, professionals medicine doctors and medical institutes specializing in mountain accidents, who are immediately put on alert and get ready whenever they are required by INKA Expediciones.

Dormitory Tents

We provide our clients with the best mountain tents available. Also we have exclusive dormitory tents for 4 or 8 persons, with bunk beds, electric light and carpet. We have private bathroom for our clients, toilettes at Confluencia Camp and letrines at Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. We also offered hot water baths at convenient prices.


The porter is in charge of helping the group with the extra weight the group equipment represents. Our programmed expeditions includes the carry of double tents and common equipment. This is to avoid extra unnecessary efforts so you can preserve your energy, for the day you reach the summit. If you need a personal porter you can pay one as an additional.

Other services

Assistance in the obtainment of Aconcagua Provincial Park entrance permits. The Aconcagua is a reserved area, managed by the Government of the Province of Mendoza. To be able to enter the park one must obtain a permit, for trekking or for ascending to the summit. You will be personally assisted in this procedure at our sales office. The permit cost is not included in our services.
Facility for the deposit and care of equipment. A person in charge of the camp supervises your equipment while you ascend. Personal equipment reviews and advice for rental, if necessary

This program does not include:

Aconcagua Park climbing fee (tax charged by Mendoza government, according to dates)
Personal equipment.
Rescue or other costs due to abandon of expedition.
Personal expenses (tips, laundry, phone, drinks, and porters or other items not specified above.)
Extra nights in hotel in case of early return to the city.
Meals in Mendoza.
All other services not listed as included.



Light underwear. Long underwear.
Underwear and turtleneck. Polypropylene or capilene, cotton is not recommended. Pile lining.
Jacket or sweatshirt.
Trousers with pile lining. Side zippers are recommended to guarantee comfort and ventilation.
Warm jacket. Down or thinsulate, with a hood, expedition type, it must be comfortable to wear over other clothes.
Waterproof jacket / transpirable. It must have a hood. Suggested: Gore-Tex.
Waterproof trousers / transpirable. Suggested: Gore-Tex. We recommend side zippers to guarantee comfort and ventilation.

Head Gear

Sun hat.
Visor and bandana or handkerchief to protect the neck area.
Balaclava . Suggested: polypropylene or capilene.
Wool or pile ski hat.
Head lamp (spare bulbs and batteries).
Glacier glasses: 100% UV, with side cobres. If you use contact lenses or glasses, we recommend you bring an extra pair. Suggested: Cebe, Julbo, Bolle and Ray Ban.


Thin gloves. Two pairs, pile or polypropylene.
Mittens. One pair, pile, down or wool.
Gore-Tex overmitts. We recommend shell palms. Suggested: Outdoor Research Expedition Modular Mitts or Wild Country Extremities.

Foot wear

Trekking shoes.
Double mountaineering boots. With removable linner.
Gaiters. Gore-Tex, Cordura.
Thick socks. (3 pairs) woolen or synthetic, for cold weather.
Thin socks. 2 pairs of smooth wool, nylon or polypropylene, to be worn closest to the skin. This reduces blistering.

Climbing Equipment

Climbing Helmet. Compulsory use.
Ice axe: Light ice axe. The size is important: if you are 1.7 mts, use a 60 cm tool; 1.7 to 1.9 mts, use a 65 cm tool; if you are more than 1.9 mts, use a 70 cm tool.
Crampons. We recommend 12 point crampons. Not Footfangs or Simond Scorpions or Grivel Rambo.
Ski poles. One pair of telescopic or collapsible, optional.

Camping Equipment

Backpack: UIT an internal structure of, at least, 70 lts. It must have ice axe haul loops and a place to attach crampons.
Sleeping Bag: Expedition quality, of at least -18°C (0°F). A good quality down sleeping bag of 1 kg is better.
Thermal Mats: Neoprene or Therma Rest. Plate, cup and silverware: Unbreakable for high altitude camps.
Accesories: Pocket Knife: Swiss or Leatherman tool.
Water Bottle: Two one liter wide mouth water bottles, one liter thermos.
Sun screen: Sun cream and lip screen SPF 20-40.
First Aid: Personal First Aid Kit.
Personal Hygiene: pee bottle, wet towels, soap, etc.

For the Journey

Large duffel bag: Big enough to be able to transport all your equipment.
Safety lock.
Small duffel bag: To store excess equipment at the hotel.
Plastic bags. For pack clothes and keep dry.
Clothes for the journey.
Hygiene bag.
Photographic equipment. Optional


Please send us the following data to start your booking process.

Expedition Information

  1. Number of members
  2. Expedition code (ex. ACN-1)
  3. Start Date

Personal information

  1. Name (as indicated in your passport)
  2. Last Name (as indicated in your passport)
  3. Gender
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Type of ID
  6. ID Number
  7. Nationality
  8. E-mail
  9. Address of residence (with post code)
  10. Tel/Fax (Country code + Number)
  11. Mobile (Country code + Number)
  12. Profession


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