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Normal Route (standard program)
Climbing Aconcagua via the Normal Route is a unique and interesting challenge. It is a more direct ascent with shorter distances and times between camps—three to four hours as compared to five to seven hours on the Polish Traverse Route. This route proposes two options: an 18-day program with 2 reserve days in case of bad weather and a 20-day program with acclimatization summit on Mt. Bonete. You will spend nights on the mountain in the comfort of well-equipped Base Camps at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas with porters assisting climbers in moving gear up the mountain (porters carry group gear).

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Length: 108 kms
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Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day.
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Duration: 18-20 days
Altitude gain: 6 212 m
Depending on the weather conditions you may spend from 18 to 20 days in the tour (extra days in cases of bad weather)
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Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary.
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1. Easy
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude up to 3000 meters. Easy, mostly walking terrain. Good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for those who have never climbed a mountain and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude of up to 3000 meters with some technical elements. Mostly walking terrain. Requires an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day. Steeper slopes, many crevasses. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day. Continuously steep terrain, wall passages that require great commitment. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Extremely challenging climbs for experienced mountaineers, high altitudes up to 8848 meters. Requires extremely high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as great practical experience of technical mountaineering.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy climbs with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary. No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.

2. Intermediate
Good navigational skills and efficient rope handling required, long climbing sections. Basic experience in using crampons and ice axes is required.

3. Advanced
Good sense of orientation en route, efficient rope handling, long climbs, requires securing at halting-points. Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.

4. Professional
Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Normal Route options to go

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20-day Group Climbs
This package includes two additional days which can be used for an extra summit attempt or acclimatization process. The main feature of this program is an opportunity to ascent two summits in one trip: Mt Bonete (as a part of acclimatization) and Aconcagua itself.
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$4 270 per person
Group climbs are available on fixed dates
Show dates

Dec. 20, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021
Dec 28, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
Jan. 3, 2021 – Jan. 22, 2021
Jan. 10, 2021 – Jan. 29, 2021
Jan. 17, 2021 – Feb 5, 2021

Nov. 22, 2020 – Dec. 11, 2020
Nov. 29, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020
Dec 3, 2020 – Dec 22, 2020
Dec. 13, 2020 – Jan 1, 2021
Dec. 17, 2020 – Jan. 5, 2021
Jan. 24, 2021 – Feb. 12, 2021
Jan. 31, 2021 – Feb. 19, 2021
Feb. 7, 2021 – Feb 26, 2021
Feb. 14, 2021 – Mar. 5, 2021
Dates in 2020-2021 climbing season
18-day Group Climbs
This package is suitable for climbers with limited timing. One of the highlights of this trip is an all inclusive service with shorter program. You will more likely finish your tour in 16 days and have 2 extra days in case of bad wether.
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
$4 270 per person
Group climbs are available on fixed dates
Show dates

Dec 30, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
Jan. 6, 2021 – Jan. 23, 2021
Jan. 13, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2021
Jan. 20, 2021 – Feb 6, 2021
Jan. 27, 2021 – Feb. 13, 2021
Nov. 25, 2020 – Dec. 12, 2020
Dec 2, 2020 – Dec 19, 2020
Dec. 9, 2020 – Dec 26, 2020
Dec. 16, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021
Dec. 23, 2020 – Jan. 9, 2021
Feb. 3, 2021 – Feb. 20, 2021
Feb. 10, 2021 – Feb 27, 2021
Feb. 17, 2021 – Mar. 6, 2021
Feb. 24, 2021 – Mar. 13, 2021
Dates in 2020-2021 climbing season
Each option can be customized for you

We can organize a private tour for you where you can climb only with your friends and family without any other climbers accompanying you. Depending on your preferences it is possible to shorten the tour, customize the itinerary and choose the starting date. Drop us a line to receive further information.
What's included
Accommodation
  • 2 nights in hotel in Mendoza (first and last days of the tour)
  • Lodging In Penitentes (the group will spend one night in Penitentes in a quaint hotel at the beginning of the expedition)
  • Accommodation in Confluencia Base Camp and Plaza De Mulas Base Camp
Meals
  • From the moment you leave Mendoza until your return, all meals are included
Transfers
  • Transfer Mendoza / Penitentes / Mendoza
  • Transfer To The Aconcagua Trailhead
Equipment
  • Group equipment and tents
Assistance With Climbing Permit
  • We will assist you with the paperwork to acquire a climbing permit.
Mules
  • Mules move gear three times during our climb. First, from Los Puquios to Confluencia; second, from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas; and finally, from Plaza de Mulas back to Los Puquios (30 kg per climber)
Porters For High Camps
  • Porters will carry part of your climbing gear (sleeping tents, expedition equipment and food)
What's not included
Airplane tickets
  • International round-trip airfare between home country and Mendoza
Climbing permit
  • Climbing permit fee ($850–$1100, depending on season)
Single room supplement
  • Single room supplement (hotels only)
Private porters
  • Private porters hired to carry your personal gear if you choose. They can be confirmed in advance.
Transfer
  • Airport transfers (due to multiple arrival schedules).
Tips
  • Although not mandatory, we recommend to thank your mountain crew and leave tips for them
Extra expenses
  • All fees incurred for early departure from the scheduled itinerary
  • Additional hotels and meals if the expedition finishes early and returns to Mendoza
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Excess baggage charges, lost luggage, and airport taxes
Personal gear
Medical insurance for extreme sports
  • Mandatory medical insurance for extreme sports (Should cover evacuation and rescue by helicopter)

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
You will stay in a hotel, located in Mendoza city for two nights: on the first and last days of the climb. The rooms are double-occupancy (two people to a room) with breakfast and taxes included in the price.

The group will spend one night in Penitentes in a quaint hotel at the beginning of the expedition. Rooms sleep two to four people and have a private bathroom.

We will spend two nights in Confluencia Camp. It is a well-established camp with dining tents, lights, chairs, and a chef.

Once you have arrived at Plaza de Mulas, you will spend a total of six nights in our lovely Base Camp. We have two-man VE25 sleeping tents along with clean toilet facilities for your use. Hot showers, Wi-Fi, and bunk beds (dormitory style) are available for an extra cost.
Meals
From the moment we leave Mendoza until our return, all meals are included.

During the expedition, we will provide all meals (B: breakfast / L: lunch / PL: packed lunch if you are on the move / D: dinner), which are carefully planned by our professional chefs to provide a balanced diet and plenty of food during your climb. If you are vegetarian or celiac, or if you need a special diet, please let us know. We will be happy to accommodate a pleasure for us to prepare a special menu for you. This service has an extra cost.
Your guide
All of the guides leading Aconcagua expedition are certified by AAGM (Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides), and the EPGAMT (School of High Mountain and Trekking Guides) — the two highest certifications in Argentina.
How hard it is
The Normal Route does not require technical training or skills in order to
participate in a summit climb. You will primarily climb on trails, but will use crampons on occasion, as well as fixed lines for added safety if required. In preparation, guides will provide instruction in the use of crampons in case they are required.

Climbing Aconcagua is a physically challenging undertaking. Climbers should expect multiple days of carrying loads between 25 lbs. (11 kg) and 40 lbs. (18 kg) while ascending as much as 3,000 ft. (950 m) in a day.
Transfers
You will be picked up from your hotel and take you directly to Penitentes in our comfortable van. Our drive is approximately 180 km. The scenery throughout the drive is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Central Andes. We also deliver you back to Mendoza after the climb.

We will transport climbers in our vehicles from Penitentes to the ranger station where permits will be reviewed and you will be informed about the park rules before we start trekking.
Permits
It is essential to acquire a climbing permit to enter the Aconcagua Provincial Park. The fee is per person, and the ticket is non-transferable. The price varies according to the nationality of the visitor (Argentinians, Rest of the world), the selected route (Horcones or Vacas Valley) and the time of the season in which is going to enter the Park (HIGH/LOW).
Medicine & Insurance
We have medical kits at base camps that include all regular medicines and oximeters, oxygen tubes and hyperbaric chambers exclusively for our clients to be 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, professional medicine doctors and medical institutes specializing in mountain accidents, who are immediately put on alert and get ready whenever they are required.

We also recommend you to have insurance that covers expenses involving evacuation and helicopter rescue.
Sustainability
Our providers hold themselves to the highest standards of environmental practices. They support the Provincial Park's mission to preserve natural resources. Some of their commitments to this endeavor include:
• Employing porters to remove all human waste from the mountain and then have it helicoptered out
of the park for disposal.
• Removing all trash from the mountain and then AMG mules carry it out of the park for disposal.
• Using LNT (Leave No Trace) principles throughout the climb.
• Caring for our mules with annual medical checkups and sufficient rest days between trips up the
mountain.
Equipment
You need to bring
Light hiking boots or trekking shoes, wool or synthetic socks, high-altitude double boot, gaiters, sport sandals/ water shoes, softeshell pants, hardshell pants, trekking pants, baselayer top, lightweight insulated jacket, expedition down parka, hardshell jacket, t-shirts, lightweight liner gloves, insulated shell gloves, ski hat, balaclava system, glacier glasses, climbing pack (75-100 liter), expedition duffel bag, small duffel, sleeping bag (-20F), foam pad.

You will be provided with
The highest quality climbing gear well-maintained and replaced regularly, tents (North Face VE 25). These are the most comfortable and the strongest tents for withstanding high winds, perfect for Aconcagua.

Please contact us to receive a full list of equipment
Good to know
What kind of food do you serve during the climb?
In Base camp, for lunch or dinner, there are going to be three dishes, for entree it will be soup, the main dish could be lentils, lasagna, meat, chicken, with rice, vegetables or some pasta, and there'll be a dessert. Then, for breakfast, there'll be eggs, toast, fruit, milk, cereal, coffee, tea, fruit.

For high camps, for breakfast, there will be, for instance, scrambled Eggs with cheese, Bacon or Ham, bread or budin butter or French Toast, Milk, eggs and cinnamon, sugar, vanilla scent, Dulce de Leche/Jam Bacon.

Then, for dinner, there'll be meals such as Burgers, Buns, Tomatoes/Cheese, Ketchup/Mustard, or Soup Packets, Rice, Onion, Jardinera mix, Lentils, Salami with Dessert of Cookies.
I'm vegan. Is it possible to organize special menu for me?
Yes, we can prepare a special menu for you. Vegan, Celiac or Free of Lactose Menu costs U$D 315 as an additional cost.
Until what height are the mules carrying personal gear of climbers?
Mules will carry the clients' gear from the entrance of the park (Horcones / Punta de Vacas) to the base camps (Plaza de Mulas / Plaza Argentina)
What is your climber to guide ratio?
1-3 clients - 1 guide
4-6 clients - 2 guides
7-9 clients - 3 guides
10-12 clients - 4 guides
13-14 clients - 5 guides
In which parts of the tour do we have cellphone connection?
There is a mobile phone connection only in Plaza de Mulas and you must have a sim card of a company called Movistar. Without this, you won't be able to connect.
What is the max number of people in the group?
There will be from 1 to 14 people in a group.
What if I want to spend extra night in Mendoza?
At additional cost we can organize an extra night for you. The price is $90 (with breakfast included).
Do I need to purchase a climbing permit?
It is essential to acquire a climbing permit to enter the Aconcagua Provincial Park. The fee is per person, and the ticket is non-transferable. The price varies according to the nationality of the visitor (Argentinians, Rest of the world), the selected route (Horcones or Vacas Valley) and the time of the season in which is going to enter the Park (HIGH/LOW).
Nature and Wildlife Support

Our providers hold themselves to the highest standards of environmental practices. They support the Provincial Park's mission to preserve natural resources. Some of their commitments to this endeavor include:

• Employing porters to remove all human waste from the mountain and then have it helicoptered out
of the park for disposal.
• Removing all trash from the mountain and then AMG mules carry it out of the park for disposal.
• Using LNT (Leave No Trace) principles throughout the climb.
• Caring for our mules with annual medical checkups and sufficient rest days between trips up the
mountain.
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