Argentina: Expedition to Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m), a trip with a Russian Mountain Guide 7 Summits Club Collection

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Trip overview: Mendoza (700m)– Penitentes (2700m)– Aconcagua Provincial Park – Confluencia(3300m) – Base Camp Plaza de Mulas (4250m)– Plaza Canada (4900m) – Nido de Condores (5500m) – Berlin (5900m) – Summit of Mt. Aconcagua (6961m).

Why go there?
Aconcagua (6961m) is the highest mountain in South America, one of the 7 Summits. It is located in Argentina in the Province of Mendoza. The name may have come from several possible origins: Kon-Kawa (“Snowy Peak”) – from the Argentine aboriginals, the Aymara; Aconca-Hue (“Coming from Other Side”) – from the Chilean Araucano; Akon-Kahuak (“Sentinel of Stone”) – from the Quechua. From the top of this mountain you can revel in the breath-taking views of the amazing white ranges of Cordillera de Los Andes. As a climbing objective Aconcagua offers a rich variety of interesting routes of all the technical levels. The Normal (or NW) Route is physically very demanding, but not really technical.

Route description:
Our expedition starts in the town of Mendoza. On arrival we go right away to Penitentes (a small village next to Puente del Inca) and on the next day the climb starts (by NR). We stay two nights in Confluenca Base Camp (3300m) and, for better acclimatization, two nights in Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4350m). After that with the help of experienced guides and porters we begin to establish high camps: Canada (4900m), Nido de Condores (5500m) and Berlin (5900m). On the 12th day we make a bid for the summit. And of course we have a reserve day to make up for bad weather. The expedition ends in Mendoza, where we stay for one night before saying a hearty thankful good-bye to these places.

Travel Program

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

Contact: More information about the expedition.

Glory Lubov Pershina

Manager-guide of 7 Summits Club for Latin America programs

7 Summits Club Ltd.

B. Sampsonievskiy Av.#45,
St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

+7 921 185 25 28 Luba
+7 916 390 88 96 Alex
+7 916 390 88 51 Luda
+7 903 6789843 Olga

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Welcome and farewell dinners (drinks not included)
  • Help in obtaining the necessary climbing permits
  • Lunch in Valle Uspallata (en route to Penitentes)
  • Two nights in a hotel in Penitentes (double rooms, breakfast&dinner)
  • Rafting
  • Transportation from Penitentes to the Laguna de Horcones trail
  • Mules for food and equipment from Puente del Inca (Los Puquios) to Plaza de Mulas and back. Load limit – 30 Kg
  • Two nights in Confluencia: electricity, cook, meals&drinks, mess tent with tables, chairs and tableware, toilet tent
  • Service in Base Camp in Plaza de Mulas (number of nights limited to 4): electricity, cook, meals&drinks, mess tent with tables, chairs and tableware, toilet tent, storage of personal things, radio communication
  • Four-season tents, stoves, cookware and tableware
  • Food for high camps
  • Mountain guide from 7 Summits Club (Aconcagua summiter)
  • Local guides, porters and assistants. Porters help to pitch high camps
  • Radio communication between BC, Mendoza and Puente del Inca: for co-ordinating the expedition logistics
  • Hotel in Mendoza (1 night, bed & breakfast)

Not included:

  • Airfare and airport taxes to and from Mendoza Regular service bus tickets to and from Mendoza
  • Climbing permit
  • Personal porters
  • Individual gear
  • Extra costs entailed by leaving the expedition prematurely
  • Medical insurance covering climbing to 7000m and osts of eventual rescue operations
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, mail, telephone calls etc)

Prices & Dates

From / To

03.01. – 20.01.2023 🟢

22.01. – 08.03.2023 🟢

10.02. – 27.02.2023 🟢

» Additional dates available upon request
» Rates may vary from July 26th to 31th for the national holidays

Prices (per person): 5.030,00 USD (306.009,00 Rubles) ✓
Deposit for reservations: * 1.000,00 USD (60.854,00 Rubles) ✓ Full payment 40 days before. No refund if you cancel less than 40 days!
Places: 🟢 *Available
Trip-code: Number
Duration: 19 days
Participants: Minimal: 2 Maximal: 12
Country / Location: Argentina
Mountain Guide: Vladimir Kotlay and Artem Rostovtsev, 7 Summits Club managers
Other dates / additional info: Contact us!

3% early bird discount when booking 6 months prior to departure 2023

Legend Booking-information:
EZZ Single room supplement
🟢 On this trip, places are still available.
🟡 On this trip, only a few places left.
🔴 This trip is sold out / closed.


Juventino Albino Caldua

Expert guide certified by IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA
Co-Founder, Peru Expeditions
Telephone: (+51) 943780600
E-Mail: [email protected]

Good advice
Booking deposit, 50% of the price, is paid not later than 3 months prior to expedition. Balance payment is due not later than 45 days prior to expedition
Necessary travel papers (documents)

Passport to travel abroad
Argentine visa (if necessary, depends on your citizenship)
Special questionnair
By air and by land
You can get to Mendoza by many international flights, by domestic flights from Buenos Aires and by bus from Buenos Aires or Santiago

3 nights in hotels (DBL, BB)
13 nights camping

One breakfasts and two dinners in the towns, full board
while in camps

Mountain guide from 7 Summits Club
Local mountain guides, porters helping to pitch high camps, assistants
Health and medical insurance

Our guide will have a first aid kit and we strongly recommend to bring your own specific medicines you might need. Besides, we recommend to start taking polyvitamins 3 weeks before the expedition. Also would be very useful to try to acclimatize on some peak over 5000m and test your system before you come to Aconcagua.

The normal time for expeditions is from December to March. A colder month could be better in terms of weather, normally more stable when cold.

Generally from December to March. Experience indicates that, if the “peak” months are the coldest, its climate is more stable. It would be good to calculate correctly the time you have available, including some days of “reserve” to wait for good weather in case of storms. A “bonnet of smoke”, white wind over Aconcagua`s top, is a sign of tempest in the heights and you must not go further on.

Extra expenses
Permit (330 USD in January, 220USD in February and December)
Personal gear

Personal gear:

  • Heavy-weight fleece / pile jacket
  • Light/medium-weight, long thermal underwear shirt (polypropylene/capilene)
  • Long underwear shirt, medium weight fleece shirt,
  • Water proof / breathable jacket with hood (Gore Tex is strongly recommended)
  • Long sleeve, light weight shirt
  • Down or hollow fiber filled jacket with a hood, large enough to put on over a fleece jacket
  • Fleece pants (with full side zips to allow ventilation)
  • Two pairs of long underwear pants (one light-weight and one medium-weight)
  • Waterproof / breathable pants (or bib pants) with full side zips for easy putting on and taking off
  • Light weight trekking boots
  • Climbing expedition boots
  • Crampons (well fitting, preferably “step-in”) with a maintenance&repairing kit
  • 2-3 pairs of liner socks
  • 3 pairs of wool or poly socks (medium-heavy thickness)
  • Gaiters
  • 2 pairs of liner gloves
  • Medium weight fleece gloves
  • Nylon shell gloves
  • Wool or fleece mittens
  • Shell overmitts
  • Thick hat (wool or fleece)
  • Balaclava
  • Glacier glasses
  • Extra pair of your ordinary glasses (if you wear them)
  • Down or hollow fiber filled sleeping bag good for 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sleeping pad, either a Therm-a-Rest, or a closed-cell foam pad
  • Head torch
  • Two water bottles 1 liter each (with insulators)
  • One 70-80 liters rucksack
  • One day pack (should be big enough to hold two
  • liters’ thermos, a snack, extra clothing, and a camera for the summit day)
  • Ice axe 60-70 cm
  • Telescopic ski poles
  • Crampons
  • Glacier cream (spf 40)
  • Your specific first aid kit
  • Pee bottle
  • Lip balm (spf 25+)
  • Pocket knife
  • Favorite lightweight snacks
  • Camera and accessories
  • Book, playing cards, walkman, reading stuff etc.