Climb Aconcagua, Argentina
Description of Climb Aconcagua, Argentina
This three week climb of Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside Asia, is not for the feint hearted and certainly not just a walk in the park.
It’s tough, a challenge, and will put experienced hikers through their paces however, it’s achievable and doesn’t need a lot of technical knowhow – just a 'can do' positive attitude and plenty of grit and determination.
Conditions at high altitude (you’ll summit at 22,000ft), including some pretty extreme weather, make even more of a challenge however, if you’re in good physical shape and happy to trek and camp in remote, out of reach, areas, then this is an Argentina adventure is definitely worth considering further.
Crampons and fixed ropes ensure a safety first approach as well as providing more enjoyment when undertaking the ascent of Aconcagua via Vacas Valley.
Supplies and camping equipment will be carried by mule to the Aconcagua base camp at Plaza de Mulas whereupon climbers will be requested to share the load, with porters, for the remaining section of the route to the top. Average kit weight carried above base camp is between 17 – 25kgs. We recommend you bring an 80ltr rucksack to comfortably shoulder the load and personal kit.
Summit success depends on many factors and we aim to use one guide for every three or four climbers to ensure safety and support is pivotal to the experience as a whole. Group sizes are usually about six climbers with two guides although, the maximum group size is 12 climbers with three or four guides.
Please note: you do not have to have experience with crampons or an ice axe to attempt this climb. The best weather conditions are usually from the middle of December to the end of January – what better way to spend the Christmas/New Year holidays?
2024: 1 Jan, 8 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 29 Jan, 5 Feb, 12 Feb
Planet and peopleWe use local professional mountain guides on Aconcagua at a ratio of approximately 1:3. This provides local employment and training. We use local arrerios (mule drivers) and mules for carrying equipment and stock the trek from local markets, buying foods without packaging where possible.
All our staff, from porters to guides, are paid fairly and we encourage our clients to interact with their hosts, promoting cross-cultural understanding of the area and the people that are being visited. Our group size for Aconcagua is usually 8 to 12, keeping the environmental impact of our teams to a minimum. Waste is all carried out and we follow a leave no trace philosophy in this fragile mountain area.
We are support several charities in South America. We have recently started an additional support of the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. We also donate to the Galapagos Conservation Trust for all of our visitors to Galapagos and Rainforest Conservation Trust. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.
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