Aconcagua 6961m

PremierOnline > Sean James Mountaineering > Aconcagua 6961m

City Mendoza
Date 21 December 2024, Saturday
Time 05:00 am*
Registration closes on 09.01.2025 at 11:59 PM or sooner if places sell out.
Cancellations accepted up to 09.01.2025 at 11:59 PM or sooner if the event sells out.

Introducing the majestic Aconcagua. Conquer the Stone Sentinel. At 6961m, the highest pinnacle outside of the Himalayas and the 2nd highest of the illustrious 7 Summits!

Embark on an unforgettable journey with our exclusive 360 route of the mountain, meticulously designed for both exhilaration and tranquility. Evade the crowds and helicopters as you ascend via the picturesque Vacas Valley, mastering the summit before descending through the Normal Route. This route gives you the maximum chance of success and acclimatization. I've personally led it 10 times.

Our expertly crafted expedition blends established paths including the revered Polish Route, the awe-inspiring Ameghino Traverse, Upper Guanaco, before crossing on to the iconic Normal Route. The adventure begins with a gentle yet awe-inspiring 3-day trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp, unveiling breathtaking vistas along the way.

A benefit of this route is that we take advantage of the serene rest at C2 before going to high camp.

At Camp 3, marvel at the convergence with the Normal Route, your gateway to the summit and unparalleled vistas of the Andes' grandeur. Experience the advantages of our meticulously planned route, embracing the unique landscapes, from the majesty of the Polish Glacier to the splendor of the Andes, all while optimizing acclimatization for your summit success.

As you descend via the Normal Route, relish in the triumph as you arrive at Plaza de Mulas, Aconcagua's largest Base Camp. Conclude your epic journey with a picturesque trek to Laguna de los Horcones, followed by a transfer to Mendoza, where delectable cuisine and celebratory festivities await.

For further details and inquiries, explore our FAQ, browse our downloads section, or contact us directly. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with our Aconcagua expedition today.

Individual Categories / Events Price (AED)
Aconcagua Individual - Normal
18 - 99 Years, Male
18 - 99 Years, Female
Prices shown include VAT where applicable.
  • The itinerary

    This is a typical schedule.

    1 Arrival & preparation
    2 Permits, transfer in pm to Horcones
    3 Trekking, Pampa de Leñas
    4 Trekking, Casa de Piedra
    5 Trekking, CAMPO BASE Plaza Argentina
    6 Base Camp Plaza Argentina Rest
    7 Camp 1 – 5100m - BC
    8 Rest BC
    9 Camp 1 – 5100m
    10 Camp 2 Guanacos 2 – 5500m
    11 Rest
    12 Camp 3 Cólera – 6000m
    13 SUMMIT 6962m – C3
    14 C3 - Base camp Plaza de Mulas
    15 Trekking out, Plaza de Mulas- Hórcones Transfer MDZ

  • What is included in the price?

    What the price includes
    • Transport from Mendoza airport
    • A night before and after the climb in a hotel with breakfast.
    • All food and camping during the trek and on the climb.
    • Transfer to and from the trek start.
    • Tents (Four season mountain tent – double occupancy)
    • First aid kit / pulse oximeter
    • Guides and porters fees as per government regulations, their food
    • Porters can be hired individually on Aconcagua
    • Liability insurance for the porters/guides.
    • Value Added Tax (VAT) and other government taxes

  • What is not included ?

    What the price does not include
    • International Flight
    • PARK entrance fees. Approx 1000 USD
    • Drinks such as alcohol or soft drinks.
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • Food for the first and last night at the hotel in Mendoza
    • Personal equipment for mountain climbing such as sleeping back, boots,
    warm clothes... We can help you prepare yourself for this and offer
    guidance and some discounts.
    • Additional nights in the hotel in Mendoza due to delays, accidents etc.
    • Personal mountain insurance.
    • Porters for personal gear on Aconcagua
    • Single occupancy supplement

  • Is this to the summit of Aconcagua

    Yes to the very top of the 2nd highest 7 summit in the world.
    However if you want to join the trek to Basecamp with the climbers please contact us and sign up for the trek below.
    If your dream is to climb K2 or Everest 1 day but you don't feel ready yet, contact us and we can plan what you need to do to get there.

  • What training is included before we leave?

    Additional sessions are available at discounted rates.
    Additional mountains in the build up are also available.
    We also have a base in the French Pyrenees at 2000m and run altitude training trips there.

  • Can we join the group and just trek to Basecamp?

    Absolutely, the whole Basecamp Trek is also available
    You are guided all the way.
    Contact us for a special discount code to sign up for the trek and the exact itinerary.

  • What level of experience do I need to sign up for the summit?

    We insist that you have climbed at least 1 4000m peak. This does not need to be with us.
    You must be conversant and knowledgeable about the expedition process and technical climbing.
    If you are concerned about this please contact us and we can advise on how to go about this.
    It is not an obstacle and although more experience will definitely help you, there is a saying "The mountain does not know how much experience you have". This applies both ways. All of our trips are run with safety at the forefront.
    There are no "technical" sections on Aconcagua that require the use of ropes. You will however need to use crampons, ice axe, walking poles and be accustomed to withstanding temperatures and wind conditions below zero C.
    We can help you gain the necessary experience.

  • Can I contact you and meet up before we sign up?

    Please do and infact we would prefer to meet in person before you sign up with us.

  • How long is the trip?

    Approximatley 18-19 days.

    A proper acclimatisation is essential and increases summit success.
    There are a number of rotations up and down the mountain during this period and this amount of time allows for any illnesses and unforeseen incidents.

  • Is it safe?

    Climbing and mountaineering are inherently dangerous sports and should be performed only with the proper instruction and supervision of an experienced guide
    We work on the premise that the inherent risks of outdoor activities and mountain climbing can be in part identified and mitigated by information, training, interesting gear and knowledge gained in part, through the experiences of others.
    Although many people have now climbed Aconcagua , the mountain and its potential dangers are undiminished. Reaching the summit late in the day can be a fatal error and our guides will ensure that sensible timings are adhered to. The aim of our expedition will be to get as many team members as possible to the summit. However, this will not be to the detriment of safety. Safety will govern all decision making on the mountain and will be based on the sound mountaineering judgement of our highly experienced expedition leader.

  • Can you take me on other mountains before?

    Yes. We are a professional and established mountaineering company. Whatever your level of experience we can provide adventures in the mountains.
    We have hikes and climbs in the UAE and all over the world from Argentina to Russia and Pakistan.
    We will eventually add them here but in the meantime contact us for your customised path to the roof of the world.

  • Can you tell me more details about the climb?

    What's it like to climb Aconcagua?

    You need experience walking in crampons and with the use of an ice axe but nothing more. However, the sheer height of Aconcagua, along with extremely cold temperatures on the mountain, make it a challenging ascent, even for accomplished mountaineers.

    Aconcagua is one of the toughest 7 summits along with Everest and Denali. This means you can expect an average of 6 to 8 hours per day at altitudes below 7,000 metres. Summit day will involve one extremely long and/or tough day to reach maybe 6 - 12 hours total.

    Can a beginner climb Mount Aconcagua?
    Yes, it is possible to climb Aconcagua without any prior experience, if you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to truly prepare for such a big mountain and accept the consequences that it may not work out how you planned, simply because you don't know how your body will respond to the altitude.

    How fit do you need to be to climb Aconcagua?
    In order to climb Aconcagua, you need to have an ex

  • Do you have a recommended list of equipment?

    When you sign up we arrange a personal meeting and go through everything that you will need. You will have climbed before and have some equipment. Our connections with retailers will give you a discount and ensure you look good and are safe.
    • Ice axe
    • Crampons
    • Four season sleeping bag for base camp use and high camps
    • 7000m Plastic mountaineering boots and Neoprene overboots
    • Down suit or duvet/salopette combination
    We can provide assistance with obtaining equipment not normally stocked by retail outlets. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us but, for this expedition, we strongly recommend that you purchase your own personal equipment and test it before departure.

  • Who will be my leader?

    Sean is your western guide.
    He has lived in Dubai for 12 years and splits his time between here and the Pyrenees.
    He has led 5 expeditions to the summit of Everest and 15 expeditions to mountains over 8000m as well as many around the globe.
    If we employ further western guides they will be qualified and experienced mountain guides or mountaineering instructors.
    We also ensure that all of our Sherpas have a good track record of mountaineering at high altitudes.
    Our lead Sherpa has summited Everest 12 times and K2 twice.

    Whilst qualifications and experience are essential requirements, we also make sure that our Sherpas have the right temperament to lead an expedition comprised of individuals who have a range of previous experience and expectations. To that end, we aim to provide a staff (and clients ) who will make the expedition both successful and enjoyable throughout.
    All of our staff are personally known to us, having normally worked several expeditions for us previously.

  • What about acclimatisation?

    To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and so maximize their chance of success, the expedition will be nearly 19 days long. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at 5,500m is half that at sea level. On the summit, it is lower still. A thorough programme of acclimatization is built into the itinerary, which consists of regulated height gains, followed by descent and rest. Before the final ascent to the summit, there will be an opportunity for climbers to descend for a good rest in preparation for the toughest stage of the expedition, the climb to the summit.
    We also have home base acclimatisation units that can be bought or hired at additional cost.

  • Do you have references or previous clients that I can speak to?

    Of course.
    This works in our favor as we love our clients and our clients love us.
    Contact us.

  • The price for the expedition is high?

    We are based in the middle of this range but do not take shortcuts on safety . We keep the maximum size of the group to 6 climbers ensuring that Sean is in contact at every moment with each of them.
    Our basecamp reflects this.
    It is quiet, peaceful and a learning place.
    This closed bubble also helps prevent illnesses from spreading as they will in a large basecamp.
    Would you rather be with 20 other climbers?

  • Is there a discount available?

    Everything is priced to provide the best possible service.

    We can provide a discount for -

    return clients
    clients who book multiple trips (such as Everest, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro or Aconcagua)
    family and friends of clients who want to trek to basecamps (such as Everest or K2)
    group bookings of 2 or more

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