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Climb Aconcagua

Reach The Summit Of South America's Highest Mountain Reach The Summit Of South America's Highest Mountain


Summit the highest mountain in South America and one of the Seven Summits
Support from our highly experienced local guide team
Additional acclimatisation days built into our itinerary for high summit success rates
Summit via the "Normal Route" , which requires no technical climbing skills

At 6961m, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalaya and is South America's representative in the famed “Seven Summits”.  Located in the north of Argentina it forms part of the Andes.

Aconcagua is not technically demanding if done on the normal route but it is extremely high and this represents huge challenges. Oxygen levels at the summit are 40% of sea level and Aconcagua is known for its extreme cold and winds. If you want to take on this challenge you need to be in the best physical condition of your life and be fully prepared to cope with the what can be very challenging conditions.  

With a very short climbing season and limited numbers climbing each season, Aconcagua is the only destination we  offer where we do not operate all our own climbs. Instead, we have partnered with the very best local operator who provides support for almost all of the adventure climbing companies worldwide. Their expertise on Aconcagua is second to none and of course we have checked out all of the health and safety procedures in detail to ensure you are in the safest hands possible.  

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Normal Route To The Summit of Aconcagua

The Normal route on Aconcagua is the only pure trekking route to the summit that doesn't require any technical climbing skills. The route follows the gradual north west passage to the summit and offers the highest summit success rates. The Normal route offers a fabulous opportunity for adventure seekers to summit the world's highest trekking peak! But the adventure shouldn't be taken lightly, you will need to be in great physical shape and have experience of sustained high altitude trekking. Aconcagua is a big step up from Kilimanjaro! Private climbs only.

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When to Climb Aconcagua

Off season
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The mountain can be climbed during the off-season, however it is not recommended as climbing conditions are not favourable and support services limited From 1st April to 15 November
Low Season
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The low season covers a two week period in November (15th-30th) and from the 21st February to the end of March. Weather conditions during these periods are relatively stable, but you can expect colder conditions than the mid or high season. The mountain is considerably quieter. From Nov 15-30 and Feb 21 to Mar 31
Mid Season
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The mid season sits on the shoulder weeks either side of the high season. It is a good time to tackle Aconcagua as conditions are nearly as good as the high season, but the trails are still quiet, particularly in February. From December 1-14 and February 1-20
High Season
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The high season consistently provides the most stable weather on the mountain and hence 80% of climbers undertake their Aconcagua climb during this window. From December 15 to January 31


Last Updated June 16 2017
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What's Included

  • Hotel accommodation in Mendoza as indicated in the itinerary, based on double occupancy. Climbers descending early will incur extra hotel fees
  • 1 night of lodging in Penitentes (dinner and breakfast included)
  • Full board during the expedition (all the meals while in the Park, meals in Mendoza not included)
  • Services of experienced english speaking guides and high altitude porters for shared equipment carries (Guide-client rate: 1/3 - 2/7 - 3/11)
  • All shared equipment for the expedition (Tents, stoves, etc.)
  • Complete base camp services (dining tents, bathrooms, meals, storage)
  • All the transfers in licensed, private shuttles
  • Pack mules for common and personal loads, to and from BC
  • Permanent VHF radio communication
  • High altitude porters for common gear carries. One every four pax
  • We provide all our guides with a professional first aid kit and pulse oximeter for daily updates of acclimatization progress
  • Aconcagua climbing permit
  • Free Internet at BC (limitations apply)
Not Included
  • International airfares and taxes
  • Personal porters from base camp to high camp and back. Enquire for prices
  • Meals and drinks in Mendoza. Drinks in Penitentes
  • Personal gear, medications, ground or air evacuations, room services, laundry, beverages, phone communications and items of personal nature, insurance liability, hospitalization or medication of any kind, any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet
  • Any cost incurred by a climber if she or he leaves the trip early (such as mules, transfers, guide, etc). We strongly recommend all participants to buy trip cancellation insurance

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1How fit do I need to be to climb Aconcagua? What training should I do?

To give yourself the best shot of summiting Aconcagua we recommend being in the best physical shape that you can possibly be. This means having a strong cardiovascular system and aerobic fitness level. If you live in an area that is blessed with mountainous terrain, then the the best training you can do is to take frequent hiking excursions. However, for the majority of folk who don't live near mountains, then we recommend a strict gym training regime for 3-5 months before taking on Aconcagua. Your training regime should consist of aerobic activities like running, spinning or spending time on the rowing machine. You should couple aerobic exercises with weight training to strengthen your legs and core. We recommend squats, lunges, kettle bell swings and sit ups.

Q2How difficult is climbing Aconcagua?

From a technical point of view, climbing Aconcagua via the Normal is not difficult. However, the sheer height of Aconcagua along with extremely cold temperatures on the mountain, make Aconcagua a challenging ascent, even for accomplished mountaineers. Because the summit is close to 7,000m, climbers have to spend sustained periods camping in tough conditions at high altitude. This can be mentally and physically draining. Moreover, weather conditions high up on the mountain can change rapidly, with extremely cold temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius not uncommon. Aconcagua is a big step up from Kilimanjaro. That being said, summiting Aconcagua via the Normal Route is very attainable for those with the right attitude, who have trained well and are mentally prepared for the rigours of high altitude trekking.

Q3When is the best time to climb Aconcagua?

The best time to climb Aconcagua is from mid December to the end of January. This is the high season and is characterised by the most stable and predictable weather on the mountain. The shoulder weeks on either side of the high season (i.e. mid November to mid December and the month of February) are also generally good for climbing Aconcagua.

Q4What our your guide-to-client ratios and guide qualifications?

Our guide-to-client ratios are 1/3 - 2/7 - 3/11. We like to keep our groups relatively small to give everyone a good chance of summiting. In our experience an optimum group number is 6 climbers. If we reach 9 climbers in a group we split the group. Our highly experienced local guides have qualifications from the High Mountain and Trekking Guides School in Mendoza (EPGAMT) and/or from the Bolivian (AGMTB) and Argentinian (AAGM) Mountain Guides associations. Our staff are carefully selected and trained. Our camps are coordinated by a Head of Camp and attended by a specialist (and assistant chef) trained to satisfy your needs. At base camp we have dining tents with electricity, tables, chairs and crockery. Rooms with beds set up in large tents. Kitchen, bathroom and a tent luggage deposit. You can rent a mountain tent in our base camp although it is recommend that you let us know about it in advance, to ensure stock. We offer high quality North Face or MSR tents.

Q5How much weight will I need to carry on the mountain? Are there personal porters?

We recommend bringing three types of bags for your Aconcagua expedition: a large duffle bag (80-90L), an expedition rucksack (70L-90L) and a light daypack (30-35L). From the hike into Base Camp we use mules to carry most gear and supplies. As a climber you will only carry your daypack (water, snacks, camera, jacket, sunscreen, etc.). From Base Camp to High Camps you can expect to carry all of your personal gear plus a share of the common gear (although we provide porters for group equipment). On average, a fully-loaded Aconcagua backpack weighs 18-22 kg. We offer our own reliable team of porters to carry gear up and down the mountain. Each porter carries up to 20 kg from Base Camp to any given camp and down from high camp or other camps to Base Camp. On our trips we include one porter for every four climbers, to carry common gear only when the group moves from one camp to the next. Porters don't assist in the cache and carry trips (i.e. not when the group carries gear to a cache and comes back to camp). Climbers who don’t want to carry weight can hire a personal porter, on a daily basis or for the whole trip. Please contact us for personal porter rates.

Q6What are your summit success rates on Aconcagua?

Summit success varies and is often highly dependent on weather. If conditions are favourable we generally achieve an 80% summit success rate.

Q7How do Aconcagua permits work?

Unlike many operators who do not include the Aconcagua permit in their tour cost, all Kandoo Aconcagua treks include your park permit. The fees for permits vary by season (low, mid and high season), route and by nationality (Argentinians and Latin American's get a discount). Prices for permits are released a few weeks before the climbing season and can be accessed here:


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