Aconcagua, Argentina

20 days

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$9,850

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Climb the highest non-technical mountain in the world— no ropes, axes or pins. At 22,837ft., Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia. Located in the Andes Mountains within the Mendoza Province, it’s the highest point in both the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. A true mountaineering experience without all the cumbersome gear.

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Description

Benegas Bros
An extraordinary opportunity to climb the highest non-technical mountain in the world — no ropes, axes or pins — with world renown guides, Damien and Willie Benegas.

The Aconcagua Adventure is the ultimate mountaineering experience. From the moment you land in Mendoza, Argentina the views are unlike any other place on the planet. Once we arrive in Mendoza we will spend the first night enjoying this quaint little city along with the unique culture and cuisine it has to offer. We will stay at the Diplomatic Park Suites in Mendoza and have a program brief that evening before we depart for the mountain.

The following morning we will be picked up in our private transfer and travel to the permit office where we will obtain our permits and register for our climb. We will then travel to Penitentes 2,580 m (8,465 ft.) to coordinate our logistics and begin acclimating at the Hotel Ayelen. Next day, we will set out on an acclimatization hike to Redentor Refuge at the border of Argentina and Chile. From here we make our way to the park gate and start climbing up from Horcones to Confluencia Camp 3,200 m (12,795 ft.) where we will further our acclimatization. The following morning will be a hike to Plaza Francia to see the South Face of Cerro Aconcagua. From here we make our way to Plaza de Mulas our final base camp at 4,200 m (13,800 ft.) We will spend 6 nights here prior to making our ascent on the summit. During this period we will continue to acclimate and summit Cerro Bonete at 5,000 m (16,400 ft.)

It’s time to ascend the mountain to the high camps and this takes us to Plaza Don Fernando at 4,800 m (15,748 ft.) where we set up our first camp. Then onto Plaza Don Benegas at 5,400 m (17,717 ft.). We will then make our way up to Camp Plaza Caluba 5,950 m (19,521 ft.). From Camp Plaza Caluba we will make our summit bid the following morning. We will leave between 4-5 am and expect to be on the summit at 6,963 m (22,844 ft.) by 12 noon. We will make our way back to Camp Plaza Caluba for another night and then back down to Plaza de Mulas. There is 1 additional day inserted in case of bad weather and to insure the success of the expedition. The following morning we will make our descent down the mountain and meet our private transfer to take us back to Mendoza for a well-deserved dinner and time to celebrate. The final morning, after a good breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for the airport and our flights home.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Mendoza, Argentina

    Once you arrive in Mendoza, Argentina you will be met and transferred to your hotel. We will stay at Diplomatic Park Suites in the heart of the city close to bars and restaurants. The first day in Mendoza is to relax after the long international flight. There is a welcome dinner & briefing. Overnight Diplomatic Park Suites (Dinner)
  • Day 2 Drive to Penitentes

    After a nice breakfast at the hotel we will transfer into the city to obtain our permits for the climb. The park service requires all members of the party to sign their own permit form and fill out the appropriate information. This day is also a good day to rent plastic boots and crampons if you have not brought your own. After we obtain our permits we will transfer towards Puente del Inca and onwards to Penitentes, approximately 3 hours away, via private transfer where we will give our bags to the mule service. We will stay at Hotel Ayelen at the base of Penitentes Ski Resort situated at 8,465 feet. Overnight Hotel Ayelen (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 3 Acclimatization hike to Cristo Redentor Refuge

    Once After a very relaxed morning, we will start a hike to the Cristo Redentor Refuge at the border of Argentina and Chile. Wonderful views of the upper part of Aconcagua will give us a look at what is to come. Overnight Hotel Ayelen (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 4 Hike to Confluencia

    After a good breakfast at Hotel Ayelen we will transfer to Horcones and sign in with the park service. From here we will begin our 10 km, 6 mile, walk towards Camp Confluencia situated at 3,200 m (12,795 ft). After we arrive at camp we will have a good portion of the day to rest while we continue to acclimate. The camp has spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and is our first chance to appreciate the altitude in this arid environment. Overnight Confluencia Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 5 Hike to Plaza Francia, return to Confluencia

    After breakfast we will make our way to Plaza Francia 4,200 m (13,800 ft), and a view of Aconcagua from the imposing South Face. There is a great viewing area for pictures and we will have lunch here at our maximum elevation. The South Face has only been climbed by a select few and its treacherous avalanches can be seen from Plaza Francia. This will be a long trek where we will take our time and adjust to the ability level of the group. We will arrive back to camp no later than 4pm and have a chance to rest before we eat dinner prepared in our dining tent. Overnight Confluencia Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 6 Acclimatization Hike to Cerro Bonete

    After a good breakfast we will trek up a local peak, Cerro Bonete (16,400 ft) to get further acclimated and begin our preparation for our summit push. Breakfast will be served in the dining tent, and lunch will be packed to take on the trek, and dinner will be provided upon return. Overnight Plaza de Mulas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 7 Hike to Plaza de Mulas

    With an early start, we will grab a good breakfast and begin our long trek towards Plaza de Mulas. This will be our longest day and will require the entire group to be prepared with ample water, snacks, and sunscreen due to the extreme aridity of this terrain. The trail follows the Valley de Los Horcones along rocky terrain as we slowly gain altitude throughout the day. We will have lunch on the trail at an unused campsite known as Refugio Ibanez. After approximately 22 km (12.2 miles) we will reach our destination of Plaza de Mulas where we will enjoy hot water, nice rooms, and good food at our dining tent in Plaza de Mulas. Overnight Plaza de Mulas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 8 Rest Day at Plaza de Mulas

    This will be a complete rest day. We encourage everyone to get out, walk around for while, and get the legs moving, but there will be no acclimating or trekking today. We will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all prepared in the dining tent. Overnight Plaza de Mulas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 9 Hike to Plaza Don Fernando, return to Plaza de Mulas

    A load carrying day from base camp to Plaza Don Fernando 4,800 m (15,748 ft). Throughout our climb of Aconcagua we follow the philosophy of climb high-sleep low as we ascend the mountain. From our base camp at Plaza de Mulas we follow the trail as it gradually switchbacks up scree slopes to the rock spires that mark Plaza Don Fernando. We cache food and gear and then return to base camp. This usually takes 4 to 6 hours round trip. Overnight Plaza de Mulas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 10 Rest Day at Plaza de Mulas

    This day is dedicated as another rest day where we will have one last night in Plaza de Mulas before we begin our summit push. If desired there is a day hike for anyone who feels strong. All meals will be in the dining tent and we will pack our gear the night before. Overnight Plaza de Mulas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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  • Day 11 Hike to Plaza Don Fernando

    After a good breakfast we will leave Plaza de Mulas and climb up the scree slopes to the pinnacles surrounding the flat promontory of Plaza Don Fernando situated at 4,800 m (15,748 ft.) Hiking time is usually 3 to 4 hours. We carry all of our personal gear up to camp as we do not return to base camp prior to our summit attempt. We will spend the night here and prepare for our next day’s supply push to Plaza Don Benegas. Overnight Plaza Don Fernando (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 12 Hike to Plaza Don Benegas, return to Plaza Don Fernando

    Load carrying day to Plaza Don Benegas 5,400 m (17,717 ft) and then returning to Plaza Don Fernando to sleep. We will cache almost all of our food and fuel sticks at Plaza Don Benegas. Overnight Plaza Don Fernando (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 13 Hike to Plaza Don Benegas

    After breakfast we move our gear to Plaza Don Benegas 5,400 m (17,717 ft), which takes 3 to 5 hours. After camp is set up we look forward to a rest day. Overnight Plaza Don Benegas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 14 Rest Day at Plaza Don Benegas

    This welcomed day off will provide you with more rest and time to acclimate. At this point we will focus on sleeping, hydration, and eating well. On a clear day, the views from Plaza Don Benegas are truly unforgettable. Overnight Plaza Don Benegas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 15 Hike to Plaza Caluba

    Today we move up to Grand Plaza Caluba Camp. This will take approximately 3 to 5 hours. We will need to bring at least three days worth of food, fuel, personal equipment, and tents. This will be the group’s last high altitude camp before attempting the summit. Overnight Plaza Caluba Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 16 SUMMIT DAY, return to Plaza Caluba Camp

    From our high camp we depart between 4-5 am where the route continues along the Northwest ridge, passing the highest refuge in the world, Refugia Independencia, at 21,476 ft. From these ruins we continue climbing up and right, crossing the Cresta del Viento (Windy Crest). From here we traverse the upper part of the Gran Acarreo, which leads to the Canaleta, the most famous and challenging part of the entire climb. The Canaleta is an approximately 30° scree gully that rises 500 m (1,500 ft) and requires great patience and stamina. Above the Canaleta, we will find ourselves on the Cresta del Guanaco, the ridge that joins the lower South Summit to the higher North Summit. We follow the ridge crest to the 6,963 m (22,844 ft.) true summit, where an aluminum cross marks the highest point in the Western Hemisphere! The 360° views from the summit are awe-inspiring as you gaze out towards the numerous 6,000 m peaks of the Andes and sometimes views of the Pacific Ocean. Summiting and returning to high camp takes between 10-13 hours. Overnight Plaza Caluba Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 17 Descend to Base Camp

    Today we descend back to Base Camp and have a celebratory dinner, the option for a hot shower, and plenty of rest before we make our way back to Penitentes. Overnight Plaza de Mulas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 18 Extra spare day (contingency day in case of weather)

    Today is an extra day in case of bad weather. Overnight Plaza de Mulas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 19 Return to Mendoza

    In the morning we descend the remaining 25 km and depart at 8:30 am with your guide to the Horcones trailhead. The walk takes 6 to 7 hours. At the trailhead you are met by your private transport back to Mendoza. You are rewarded with a nice shower, drinks, and celebratory dinner! Overnight Diplomatic Park Suites (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Day 20 Return Home

    Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport for our flights back home. (Breakfast)

Tailor Made Expeditions

We specialize in curating unique expeditions. Want to summit Kilimanjaro on a full moon so you can ask your sweetie to marry you? Plan a gastronomic experience along the Camino De Santiago with your foodie friends? Trek lodge to lodge to Machu Picchu with your corporate team? You dream it and we'll make it come true. We will make a charitable donation in your name as our way of thanking you for choosing us. This is paid through our partnership with Crowdrise. We'll even set you up.

Price varies based on the size of your group. The more people, the lower cost. Contact us for pricing and fundraising details.

Want to start planning your tailor made expedition?

Aconcagua, Argentina

Dec 18th, 2017 – Jan 6th, 2018

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Inclusions
  • 2 nights of lodging in Mendoza, Diplomatic Park Suites
  • 2 nights of lodging in Penitentes (meals included)
  • All the meals during the expedition (including meals in Mendoza)
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • All shared equipment for the expedition (Tents, stoves, utensils, etc)
  • Complete base camp services (meals, accommodation, etc)
  • All the transfers in private vans
  • Mule transportation of the equipment
  • Permanent VHF radio communication
  • We provide all our guides with professional first aids kits and pulse oximeter for daily updates of acclimatization progress
  • High altitude porters for common gear carries. One porter for every 2 people for personal gear
  • Assistance with climbing permit procedure
  • Drinks on hike; water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
Exclusions
  • PARK PERMIT (this varies year to year from $800-$1,200 per person)
  • International round-trip airfare to Mendoza
  • Personal gear (clothing) & sleeping bag
  • Beverages & all meals not included
  • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
  • Personal items
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control- including extra hotels if climbers choose to opt out of any climbing portions
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Personal porter carrying 20kg at high camps (extra cost is: $1,000 per person)
Group Land Costs

Aconcagua, Argentina

Dec 18th, 2017 – Jan 6th, 2018

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Explorers

USD

4

$9,850

5

$9,050

6

$9,075

7

$7,625

8

$7,500

Explorers

USD

9

$7,375

10

$6,750

11

$6,675

12

$6,625

13

$6,575

Explorers

USD

14

$6,275

15

$6,250

16

$6,200

17

$6,175

18

$6,155

Aconcagua, Argentina

Dec 18th, 2017 – Jan 6th, 2018

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DIPLOMATIC PARK SUITES

A five star hotel, located in the city of Mendoza. The hotel is within walking distance to all the major shops and restaurants but far enough out to offer privacy and seclusion. The hotel has a breakfast buffet every morning from 7am onward. The hotel also offers a health club with a swimming pool and solarium. The rooms are double share and come equipped with a lock box, cable TV and internet access. You may leave any personal items at the hotel to be picked up upon our return.

HOTEL AYELEN

After our departure from Mendoza we will spend two nights in Puente del Inca at Hotel Ayelen 2,580 m (8,465 ft) to work out logistics and begin acclimating. The hotel is situated at the base of the Penitentes ski resort and offers bunk style accommodations, group dining and double share accommodations.

CONFLUENCIA and PLAZA de MULAS

Both are expedition style accommodations with group dining tents for all meals. We will have bunk style sleeping arrangements, which have a maximum capacity of 10. Each camp has a camp manager that will coordinate our meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and help make our stay more enjoyable. We will have a private mess tent for our team where we will conduct our daily briefs and be able to relax during the daily down time or rest days. There are private toilets for our camp located adjacent to the mess area and are available to use at any time of the day. * Please note there is a hot shower at Plaza de Mulas that can be used for $5 per shower.

PLAZA DON FERNANDO, PLAZA DON BENEGAS, and PLAZA CALUBA CAMP

These will be our high camps before our summit attempt. Our tents will be set up at each camp when we arrive. At both Plaza Don Fernando and Plaza Don Benegas we will have a small toilet set up for our group.
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