ACONCAGUA – 6.962 M
The Normal Route
Central Andes, Argentina
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For most of the mountaineers in the world, climbing Mount Aconcagua (6.962 m) is an irresistible goal. This mountain is one of the “7 Summits”, the highest mountains of every continent. This fact makes it a myth among the mountaineering lovers. All this started at the end of the XIX century with the English climber Edward Fitz Gerald who decided to reach “the Roof of America” with his climbing partners Stuart Vines, Nicolas Lanti and the Swiss mountain guide Matthias Zurbriggen. It was Matthias Zurbriggen born in Saas-Fee, who reached the summit in his second attempt on the 14th of January, 1897. More than a hundred years later, this pioneering route is known as “the Normal Route”, and it does not present big technical difficulties for climbing the mountain. Expedition groups from all over the world meet at the base camp called "Plaza de Mulas". Their objective is to reach the highest point on Earth out of the Himalayas, as well as the legendary Zurbriggen did. The excellent acclimatization phase of this program, as well as the great experience of the SPONDYLUS team in Aconcagua should guarantee the success of this wonderful and unique expedition.
- Good South American life style in the wine growing city of Mendoza.
- Observation of local fauna at the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
- Approach to the mountain through the Horcones Valley with 2 nights in the Confluencia Camp.
- Spectacular acclimatization hikes, including an approach to the famous South Face of Aconcagua.
- Several nights staying at the legendary base camp Plaza de Mulas. Expedition groups from all over the world meet here.
- Optimal acclimatization by a generous number of leisure and security days.
- Climb to the Summit with overnight stays in the high camps Canada (4.800 m), Nido de Cóndores (5.550 m) & Cólera (6.000 m).
Level of difficulty
We offer this expedition on FIXED DATES, but also as PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS.
Fixed dates - Season 2021/2022
The participants can make reservations freely for fixed date expeditions. SPONDYLUS will define the starting /ending dates of each expedition.
Minimum number of participants: 5 persons
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
If there are less than 5 participants in the group, there will be a small group extra charge.
The dates for private expeditions are requested by the participants. In general it is not possible to add external persons to the group. If required, the itinerary can be adapted to the group´s needs and priorities.
Prices - still not available
The price depends on the number of participants, and they are based on a double room/tent.
Single Room / Tent Supplement: * ... USD
* The extra charge for single room & tent will be done at the moment of making a reservation for the single room. If there is no other person found for sharing a room at the moment of making the reservation of a double room, we will charge half of the extra charge.
Small Group Surcharge:If the size of the group is smaller than the minimum number of participants (4 persons), a small group fee will be charged. All this depends on the final number of participants.
Climbing Permit: The prices of the climbing permits vary depending on the season, and are only published by the administration of the Park just a short time before the climbing season starts. The cost of the permit is NOT included in the Price of the expedition. The following prices are referential (permit costs for the season 2019/2020):
- High season: 15th Dec – 31st Jan: USD 950
- Low season: 1st Nov – 14th Dec & 1st Feb – 15th March: USD 730
The climbing permit has to be personally withdrawn in Mendoza, and has to be paid cash in USD.
Expedition down jacket, Breathable windbreaker (Goretex, Windstopper or similar), Polartec or fleece jacket, Medium weight fleece pullover, Thermal underware (it is very important it is breathable, no cotton, or similar), Breathable windbreaker mountain trousers (Goretex or similar), Trekking trousers, Thermal expedition socks
Head & Hands
Sun hat, Warm hat with ear protection, Ski mask (balaclava) or mask, First layer thin gloves, Trekking gloves (Goretex, Windstopper or similar), Goose down or synthetic expedition mittens
Goose down or synthetic expedition sleeping bag (comfort zone -20ºC) with compression bag, Expedition mattress (Therm-a-Rest type or similar)
Trekking boots, High mountain expedition boots with inner boot and adequate for using with crampons, Light trainers and sandals or similar to wear at camp, Water proof hiking gaiters
Crampons, Telescopic trekking poles, Light ice axe
Sun glasses with 100% UV protection, Skiing goggles, Wide mouth water bottle, Thermos, Sun block factor 30+, Lip sun protector factor 30+, Pocket knife, Watch with alarm, Personal first aid kit, Expedition Duffel Bag, Head lamp with batteries & extra batteries, Back pack 30L +, Back pack 70L +, Towel
To guarantee maximum security, all along the expedition we always take with us oxygen, satellite phone, VHF radios and medicine for emergencies.
Besides this, we strongly recommend every participant to hire a Foreign Health insurance and an Accident insurance for South America.
We know that reaching the top of a mountain is the dream of every mountaineer. This is the reason why we make our best effort to make a successful ascent possible. Due to our wide experience on climbing high mountains, we normally succeed. However, it is not possible for us to guarantee reaching the summit of any mountain, and we will never put our health at risk trying to achieve the goal. The security of our clients, our mountain guides and the whole expedition team is our highest priority!