- Basic costs:
- 2.850,00 €
- Full service:
- 5.750,00 €
Technical skills: Hiking
Stamina - Endurance
A mountain athlete needs endurance above any other specific fitness skill. Cardiovascular fitness is of course always subject to the movement (as climbing rocks or steep ice, you will not be able to transfer your triathlete or running fitness to mountains without being solid in the required mountaineering skills).
Easy treks to EBC or on top of Kilimanjaro. You should be an active person.
More demanding treks, simple climbs, like the climb of Elbrus. You should be a sportive person regularly exercising (at least 2-3x per week).
Very demanding treks like to the top of Aconcagua, or expeditions at the physical lower level like Ama Dablam. You should be an endurance athlete wit mountaineering experience. You should train endurance at least 3x/week.
Some of our special self-supported 8000m+ peak climbs as on Makalu, or to climb Everest (without oxygen-support) fit into this category. Your endurance should be near the level of a professional mountain athlete.
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Aconcagua Expedition - Summit Trek
- Basic costs:
- 2.850,00 €
- Full service:
- 5.750,00 €
Airport of departure:
Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt oder München.
Services - Aconcagua Trekking
- Organization of the entire trip
- SummitClimb expedition leader
- Scheduled flights to Mendoza and back with 23 kg free baggage allowance plus 10 kg hand baggage:
- from various European airports (Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna)
- 2 stops (Madrid, Buenes Aires or Santiago)
- 3 nights with breakfast in Mendoza, ***Hotel in double room
Basic package (without flight): from Mendoza to base camp:
- Organization from Mendoza to base camp
- Transfers according to the program
- Transport of all our group equipment to the base camp
- Transport of 20 kg personal luggage to the base camp
- The entire base camp equipment (double tent, food tent, toilet tent)
- Catering by kitchen team in the base camp, maximum 5 days.
- Medical service in Plaza de Mulas base camp
- Solar power system in base camp (for a fee)
- Advice on the ascent
Full Service package: "all inclusive" on the mountain:
- Supervision by SummitClimb expedition leader
- German-speaking local mountain guide (min. 6 German-speaking participants)
- Organization of the deposit
- High-camp equipment: tents, stoves, gas and pots
- Catering in the high camp
- Satellite telephone and emergency communications
- GPS Tracking and SPOT System
- Full first-aid kit, pulse oxymeter
Not included: Ascent permit in Mendoza (appx. USD 700-900), personal equipment and private expenses (such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, snacks, gifts etc.), high-camp porters, dinner outings, additional hotel accommodation, travel insurance (health, accident, travel cancellation).
Scheduled itinerary - Aconcagua ascent (20 days)
Day 1 • Flight to Argentina
We book your flight individually from Germany or Austria with IBERIA, TAM or LAN.
Day 2 • Flight - Argentina - Mendoza
Flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza. Arrival in Mendoza (760 m), transfer from the airport to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal: to rest, to visit the city, to enjoy the excellent wines of the region in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3 • Mendoza - Preparation
Today the meeting with the SummitClimb team takes place. The team leader will check your personal equipment. If necessary there will be time to buy or rent missing equipment. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4 • Mendoza - Puente del Inca (2725 m)
In the morning we drive together to the park administration. Here we apply for the permit for the Aconcagua ascent and register for the tour. According to Mendoza's government law, the permit must be obtained personally and we will assist you in filling out the appropriate forms. We continue to Puente del Inca. Overnight stay at the hostel.
Day 5 • Punte del Inca - Confluencia (3300 m)
After the transfer to the national park gate we hike to Confluencia. This stage has only small differences in altitude to cope with. Nevertheless, we take our time and walk at a moderate pace. After about 12 km we reach the camp Confluencia at 3300 m altitude, about 4-5 hours walking time.
Day 6 • Plaza Francia
Today we go for an acclimatization hike to the impressive "South Face" (Plaza Francia) of Aconcagua: the 3000 m high south wall, the steep south summit and on the right the main summit, the highest point of the American continent. Here is the base camp for the ascent of the south face of the Aconcagua. After a delicious lunch with a fantastic view we return to Confluencia camp.
Day 7 • Confluencia - Plaza de Mulas (4260m): Aconcagua base camp
After breakfast we leave Confluencia and make our way to the higher basecamp Plaza de Mulas. The hike leads us through a desert-like and slightly ascending terrain. A steep final ascent announces that we will soon reach the base camp. This 20 km long stage has numerous brook crossings and narrow paths. In the Plaza de Mulas we meet other international expeditions at a large tent, walking time approx. 8 hours, 900 m. Overnight in base camp / full board.
Day 8 • Plaza de Mulas (4260m): Aconcagua base camp
Rest day and training: We hike to the glacier to practice the use of crampons and familiarize ourselves with the material. Overnight in base camp / full board.
Day 9 • Acclimatization - Plaza Canada (4900m) / Mount Bonete
To acclimatize we climb slowly and comfortably to the altitude of 5000m. A good acclimatization stimulus before we return to base camp. An acclimatization hike to Mount Bonete is an alternative tour. Overnight in base camp / full board.
Day 10 • Aconcagua base camp
Rest day. This also helps with further acclimatisation. Relax in the base camp with good food, tea, mate and coffee, water and juices. Overnight in tent - base camp / full board.
Day 11 • Ascent - Plaza Canada (4900m)
After breakfast we ascend to Plaza Canada. We already feel the better acclimatization. In about 3-4 hours we should have reached the camp. The group equipment for camping is brought by high-altitude porters. We relax the rest of the day. Overnight in tent / full board.
Day 12 • Ascent - Nido Condores (5650m)
The next camp is 3-4 hours away. We gain altitude steadily. As soon as we arrive at the camp, our team starts cooking water and preparing the meal. There may be snow on the way and in the camp. Overnight in tent / full board.
Day 13 • Rest day - Nido Condores (5650m)
A day at this altitude helps us to adapt (acclimatize) for the next ascent.
Day 14 • Ascent - Cholera / Camp Berlin (6000m)
We hike to the last camp before the summit. This day we adjust to the weather forecast that we will spend only one night in the exposed altitude. We go to sleep early, because the next morning is the most exhausting day. Overnight in a tent / full board.¨
Day 15 • Aconcagua - Summit (6962m)
The summit day to Aconcagua (6962m) starts early from the last camp. At this altitude temperatures are below freezing and warm, windproof and waterproof clothing is essential. Depending on the wind and the weather, we get up between 2 and 3 a.m. and head for the summit around 4 a.m. The route leads over moderately steep terrain with loose scree to the Canaleta, a gully that leads to the summit of Aconcagua.
At the summit of Aconcagua you will be rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view of the Andes chain to the Pacific Ocean. After the summit success we descend to Camp Berlin, if possible further down. For the ascent and descent Cholera - Aconcagua Peak - Cholera we count 10-12 hours.
Day 16 • Aconcagua base camp
The day after the Aconcagua ascent we reach the base camp (if not reached before). It is time to rest and to sort out the equipment. A hearty summit meal is waiting for us. Overnight in tent, base camp / full board.
Day 17 • Confluencia - Mendoza
Descent to Confluencia via the ascent route. Return to Mendoza and a farewell dinner together.
Day 18 • Reserve day
We're planning a reserve day in case of bad weather. If we climb Aconcagua in time, we can use the day in Mendoza or its surroundings known for wonderful wine.
Day 19 • Mendoza
Transfer to Mendoza airport, onward journey or flight home from Mendoza.
Day 20 • Arrival at home
We reach our departure point in Germany or Austria.
For the Aconcagua ascent every participant needs the personal equipment recommended by us.
up to - 25°C / with wind chill
-factor down to - 40°C
General conditions of
Altitude trekking, 7000m, relatively dry, cold and windy.
Aconcagua - participation
Requirements are the following: a very good physical condition and endurance, good health, team spirit and being able to hike on the mountain. Altitude experience over 5000 meters is always helpful and therefore recommended.
Technical requirements: The normal route over the north-west flank has no technical difficulties, so no experience in rock or ice climbing is required. Depending on the current condition of the route, crampons and ropes may be used to secure the route. Such decisions will be made by the local mountain guides.
Physical requirements: On the technically easy normal route (north-west flank), in addition to the inevitable good physical condition, psychological strength and a strong will are also required. The biggest challenge during this expedition are the effects of high altitude on the body. Our program is structured in such a way that we attach great importance to the correct acclimatization process and altitude tactics, and provide a very experienced high-altitude mountaineer as a tour guide.
*Tip: The Kilimanjaro tour is the ideal preliminary stage for the Aconcagua climb, but of course mountaineers may also test themselves in high-altitude mountaineering directly at the highest mountain of South America.
Mercedario is a great opportunity for those adventurous climbers who prefer remote and challenging peaks. Mercedario is the 7th highest in the Andes and not often climbed as Aconcagua. There aren’t permanent services up there so we have to bring everything like a Himalayan expedition. The Mercedario Climb the perfect combination for those who already climbed Aconcagua, in preparation for Aconcagua, and want more adventure. The normal route isn’t technical at all and does not require an ice ax. It is however quite steep towards the end. Our acclimatization plan has proved to work many times and we normally use a total of 4 camps up to 5930m.
Day 8 - Walk to Laguna Blanca Hut - 2800m
Min. 4 fullservice members