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Challenging
Argentina

Aconcagua – Normal Route

Conquer Aconcagua via the Normal Route, a non-technical climb blending stunning scenery with a rigorous high-altitude challenge.

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5950
21990

Embark on an exhilarating 18-day adventure to conquer Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas, via the Normal Route. This classic path offers a non-technical but physically demanding route to the summit, making it an ideal choice for both seasoned climbers and ambitious beginners with proper acclimatization and preparation. As you ascend through diverse ecosystems, from the lush greenery of the Horcones Valley to the rugged high-altitude terrains, you will be challenged and rewarded with breathtaking views and a profound sense of accomplishment.

 

The journey on the Normal Route is not just about reaching the summit; it's about experiencing the raw beauty of Aconcagua's natural environment and the camaraderie that develops within your climbing group. Expert guides, comprehensive acclimatization processes, and well-established base camps support your trek, maximizing your chances of a successful summit attempt. If you are seeking a more technical climb, consider our 19-day expedition via the Polish Glacier Route, which offers a more challenging ascent with stunning ice formations.

TRIP ACTIVITY

Expedition

ACTIVITY RATING

Challenging

SKILL RATING

Basic Skills

DURATION

18 Days

DESTINATION

Argentina

GROUP SIZE

12

Tour Highlights

Ascend Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas.
Experience the diverse ecosystems of Horcones Valley.
Challenge yourself with a non-technical, demanding climb.

Itinerary

Arrive in the vibrant city of Mendoza, the gateway to your Aconcagua adventure. After settling into your accommodation, take the opportunity to explore the local culture and cuisine. Mendoza is renowned for its wines, so consider a leisurely evening with a wine tasting session to unwind before the trek begins.
Today you journey from Mendoza to Puente del Inca, an ancient natural bridge that is also a historical site. The drive offers picturesque views of the Andes Mountains. Upon arrival, you’ll have time to explore this unique area, known for its colorful geological formations and thermal springs.
Your first trekking day begins with a moderate hike to Confluencia, the first major campsite en route to Aconcagua. This initial trek allows you to slowly acclimate to the increasing altitude and introduces you to the rugged beauty of the Andes. Spend your evening discussing trekking strategies with your guides and fellow trekkers.
Today involves an important acclimatization hike to Plaza Francia, located at the base of the South Face of Aconcagua, offering close-up views of the imposing wall. This trek is crucial for your body to adapt to higher altitudes. You’ll return to Confluencia to spend another night, which aids in acclimatization.
Trek from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas, the main base camp for the Normal Route. This longer and more demanding hike takes you through diverse landscapes, including vast scree fields and rugged mountain paths. Plaza de Mulas serves as a crucial hub for climbers and offers a chance to rest and prepare for the ascent.
Take a rest day at Plaza de Mulas to further acclimate. Utilize this time for light walks around the camp or engage in discussions on high-altitude health and safety with your guides. This is also an opportunity to check your equipment and prepare mentally for the upcoming climb.
Engage in a carry day to Camp 1, also known as Canada Camp. You’ll transport part of your gear up to stash at the camp and then descend back to Plaza de Mulas. This process is essential for acclimatization and reduces the load for the actual move day.
Spend another day resting at Plaza de Mulas. Participate in light activities like yoga or meditation to keep relaxed and maintain focus. Proper rest is key to handling the more strenuous days ahead effectively.
Today, you’ll move from Plaza de Mulas to Camp 1. This move involves navigating more challenging terrains and adjusting to a significant altitude increase. Settle in at Camp 1 and prepare for the next phase of your climb.
Ascend from Camp 1 to Camp 2, known as Nido de Condores. This segment offers expansive views of the surrounding Andes and poses increased physical and mental challenges due to the altitude.
An acclimatization day at Camp 2 allows your body to adapt to the altitude. Engage in short walks and breathing exercises, and stay hydrated to help mitigate altitude sickness.
Climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3, also known as Berlin Camp. This high-altitude camp is situated just below the Polish Glacier and serves as your final stop before the summit attempt.
Your summit day begins in the early hours before dawn, under the stars, as you embark on the most demanding and rewarding phase of your expedition. After a quick breakfast at Camp 3, you’ll start the ascent toward the summit of Aconcagua. The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is rigorous and steep, often requiring the use of fixed ropes and crampons to navigate icy patches and potential crevasses. As the sun rises, you’ll witness breathtaking vistas of the Andes stretching out in all directions—scenes that become more inspiring with each meter gained. The final push to the summit is a true test of willpower and stamina, involving traversing the famed Canaleta, a steep couloir that leads directly to the summit ridge. The physical challenge is immense, and teamwork becomes crucial as you and your fellow climbers support each other. Reaching the summit, 6962 meters above sea level, is an overwhelming experience, with emotions running high as you stand at the highest point in the Western Hemisphere. You’ll have time to take in the panoramic views, capture photos, and celebrate the accomplishment with your team. After a brief period at the summit, where you can reflect on your journey, you begin the careful descent back to Camp 3.
These days are reserved as contingency for bad weather. If the summit was reached on schedule, use this time to begin your descent or relax at the higher camps.
Descend from the high camps back to Plaza de Mulas. This return journey allows you to reflect on your achievements and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery one last time.
Trek back to Puente del Inca from Plaza de Mulas, then travel back to Mendoza. Celebrate your successful expedition with a final night in the city, enjoying the comforts and cuisine of Mendoza.
Depart from Mendoza, carrying with you the memories of your incredible journey to the summit of Aconcagua.

Tour Package Details

What’s Included?

Not Included

  • Summit Expeditions team liaison pre-trek.
  • Experienced mountain guides.
  • Premium tents and exclusive dormitory domes
  • Private restroom facilities at all camps.
  • Full board expedition with three meals daily.
  • Fully equipped dining domes at key camp locations.
  • Complimentary hot shower facilities at base camp.
  • Purified drinking water available throughout the expedition
  • Free electronic device charging stations at base camps.
  • Reliable communication systems including radios and satellite phones.
  • Relaxation areas with comfort amenities at base camps.
  • Porter services for common and personal gear.
  • Transfers to/from Mendoza airport.
  • Access to advanced medical kits and emergency support.
  • Comprehensive pre-trip support.
  • Training advice to prepare for the trek.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International airfare to Mendoza
  • Aconcagua park entrance permit and ascent fee (assistance is provided)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • purchase or rental of personal gear
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local guides and porters
  • Early departure expenses
  • All services and expenses not mentioned as included

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SKILL RATING

No Experience

Perfect for beginners, these trips require no prior experience in the specific activity. Whether it’s trekking, safaris, or cultural explorations, these adventures cater to those seeking a first-time, accessible introduction to the chosen activity. For example, a beginner-level trek might involve well-maintained trails with moderate elevation gain, ensuring participants with no prior trekking experience can comfortably enjoy the journey.

Basic Skills

Geared towards participants with a basic understanding of the chosen activity, these trips may involve moderate physical challenges or elements that benefit from some prior knowledge. For instance, a basic-level rock climbing expedition might include climbs with straightforward routes, where participants are expected to have a foundational grasp of climbing techniques. This level is designed for individuals who have dabbled in the activity or have some relevant skills.

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Tailored for those with intermediate skills, these trips demand a more substantial level of expertise in the chosen activity. Whether it’s backcountry trekking, wildlife tracking, or kayaking, participants are expected to possess a solid understanding of the fundamentals. An example could be an intermediate-level mountaineering expedition that involves more challenging terrain, requiring participants to have experience with ice and snow conditions and advanced navigation skills.

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Reserved for seasoned adventurers with advanced skills, these trips involve highly technical aspects of the chosen activity. This might include technical climbing, advanced diving, or specialized wildlife tracking. For instance, a highly technical climbing expedition could require participants to navigate complex routes, use advanced gear, and possess a comprehensive understanding of the specific challenges associated with the climb. Participants at this level are expected to have a high degree of proficiency and experience in the activity.

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Summit Expeditions

Every aspect, from pre-booking to saying farewell at the airport after the trip, is managed by us. This ensures a seamless and high-quality adventure experience. Our dedicated team is with you every step of the way, providing support and guidance throughout your journey. We meticulously plan each detail to offer you a hassle-free and unforgettable adventure, tailored to your preferences and needs.

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In collaboration with other respected entities, these tours offer a unique blend of expertise and local knowledge. You’ll benefit from the best of both worlds, with our team working closely alongside our partners to deliver exceptional adventures. Together, we ensure that every detail is taken care of, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. Our collaborative approach allows us to offer diverse and enriching adventures that showcase the best of each partner’s expertise and local insights.

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We carefully select and collaborate with partners who share our commitment to excellence, ensuring that your experience is nothing short of exceptional. Our partners excel in providing outstanding trip management and logistics, maintaining our high standards of quality and service. While the tour is managed by our trusted local partners, we still provide the same incredible and 5-star support pre-trip. Rest assured, your adventure is in good hands from start to finish. 

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These exclusive tours are meticulously organized, managed, and operated by the dedicated Explorers Club team. With a focus on our members, these adventures guarantee a truly unique experience.

While local partners and specialists may be involved, it’s the Explorers Club that takes the lead in every aspect of the journey. Explore the world with fellow Club members and embark on extraordinary expeditions.

Collaboration

Our collaborative tours are a blend of expertise and passion. The Explorers partner with various entities, including other travel operators, local experts, community groups, and influencers, to bring you
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These tours offer a mix of Explorers Club members and non-members, uniting diverse perspectives for unforgettable experiences. Expect well-coordinated, shared journeys that combine the best of both worlds.

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For trips that offer a deep dive into specific regions, our trusted local partners take the lead. These adventures are exclusively managed by our carefully selected local experts, renowned for their professionalism and in-depth knowledge of the area.

While the tour may include both Explorers Club members and non-members, you can trust that every aspect of the journey is handled by seasoned local professionals, ensuring an authentic and immersive experience.

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