Difficulty Analysis

This climb is very demanding physically. It is considered a high-altitude non-technical climb although knowledge of the use of crampons is a must as it may be required. Expect long days, serious altitude exposure and severe weather conditions. This climb also entails carrying your own backpack; hence your training has to include this level of high endurance training.

Itinerary Details

Upon arrival in Mendoza you will be welcomed at the airport by a Rahhalah representative who will transfer you to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free to enjoy at leisure, relaxing or exploring the city. When the whole group assembles, there will be a gear check and briefing for the upcoming adventure.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Mendoza.

Today you will be transferred to Los Penitentes: a small mountain village at 2,700m altitude, close to the beginning of the Aconcagua trail. From there, you will also get your Aconcagua permit.

Driving time: approx. 3 hrs.

Accommodation: hut in Los Penitentes.

In the morning, you will head to the Aconcagua Park gate. You will get your climbing permits stamped at the rangers check point and, then, you will hike to Pampa de Leñas, the first camp, following an easy trail.

Approx. trekking time: 4 hours

Overnight: Camping tents in Pampa de Leñas.

Early in morning, after packing tents and duffels and loading them on the mules, you will begin your hike towards Casa de Piedra, the next camp site. This will be a long day as you will have to cover a distance of approximately 20 km; however, there will be no major altitude difference.

Approx. trekking time: 5-6 hours

Overnight: Camping tents in Casa de Piedra.

You will depart early in the morning, at around 7am, heading to the Base Camp. This will be a long and difficult day, mainly due to the altitude gain. Early morning departure at 7 am. You will walk very slowly to ensure the best possible acclimatization.

The Base Camp is equipped with dome tents, kitchen tents, internet, shower, tables and chairs, and good toilets. This will be your home for the next 4 days, as you prepare to summit Aconcagua.

Approx. trekking time: 7 hours.

Overnight: Camping tents in the Base Camp.

Use this day to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.

Overnight: Camping tents in the Base Camp.

In the morning, you will climb to C1 at 4800m to drop all the needed gear, and then you will descend to Base Camp for the night.

Approx. trekking duration:6 hours up and down.

Overnight: Camping tents in the Base Camp.

In the morning, you will move to C1 where you will settle for the night. C1 is beautiful and sunny, with water and basic amenities.

Approx. trekking duration: 4 hours

Overnight: Camping tents in the C1.

Today you will carry all needed equipment to the next camp and then you will return to C1 for the night.

Approx. trekking duration: 7 hours.

Overnight: Camping tents in the C1.

Overnight: Camping tents in the C1.

Today you will move to C2 where you will settle for the night. A porter will help with the transfer of the common equipment.

Approx. trekking duration: 4 hours

Overnight: Camping tents in the C2.

In the morning, you will drop some gear to C3, the last camp. If the team is too tired, the day will be used for relaxation.

Approx. trekking duration:6 hours up and down

Overnight: Camping tents in the C2.

You will spend the day relaxing and acclimatizing in C2, while also checking the weather in view of the upcoming summit attempt.

Overnight: Camping tents in the C2.

In the morning you will move to C3, the final camp, where you will set up the camp, have an early dinner, and rest in view of the summit day on the morrow.

Approx. trekking time: 5 hours.

Overnight: Camping tents in the C3.

Summit days are always the longest ones during a mountain expedition.

You will start early in the morning (around 5-6 am, depending on the weather or the physical condition of the team members). The first few hours will be very cold, but the trail is not very difficult. By sunrise, you should reach Independencia Hut. From then on, the ascent becomes more exigent. The traverse to the Canaleta (the last section before the summit) is diagonal, with inclinations and a few places where you can rest. The guides will help you keep the right pace and identify the best spots for rest while remaining constantly close to you for safety.

Approx. trekking time: 13 hours (to the summit and back to C3)

Overnight: Camping tents in the C3.

We have allowed for an extra day in case the summit attempt was not possible on the day before or needs to be repeated.

Overnight: Camping tents in the C3.

On the way down, at the C3 Plaza Colera point (5900m), you will meet the Normal Route which you will use for the descent, passing by Plaza de Mulas towards the Base Camp. You will use porters to carry equipment to C3 Plaza Colera.

Approx. trekking time: 5 hours.

Overnight: Camping tents in the Base Camp.

You will continue your descent, reaching Penitentes. There, a private transport will be waiting for you to drive you to Mendoza.

Approx. trekking time: 8 hrs

Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Mendoza.

Depending on your flight details, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.