Argentina: Expedition to Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m), a trip with a Russian Mountain Guide 7 Summits Club Collection
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.
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.
Day 1:Arrival to Mendoza; bus transfer to the "Diplomatic" hotel. A walk around Mendoza city center. Personal gear checkup. Overnight stay in the hotel Diplomatic
Day 2: Getting Aconcagua Provincial Park permits; visit to a mountain equipment rental shop; transfer to Penitentes (2700 m, driving time 3-4 hours); overnight stay in Puente de Inka AV Lodge.
Day 3: Transfer to the entrance of Aconcagua Provincial Park (Laguna Horcones) and a hike to Confluencia (3300m, 4-5 hours). Camp.
Day 5: Acclimatization trekking Plaza de Mulas (4300m) Long trek (8-9hr) to the Base Camp at Plaza de Mulas (4250m). The way is along the wide valley of Playa Ancha. Night at Camp
Day 6: Rest day in BC - Plaza de Mulas (4300m). A lite walk around the camp, easy ascent to the Orkones Glacier. Night at Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4300m)
Day 7: Acclimatization trekking to Plaza Canada (5000m), descent to BC (4300m). Night at Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4300m)
Day 8: Rest day in BC - Plaza de Mulas (4300m). Packing the loads to carry to higher camps. Night at Plaza de Mulas Base Camp (4300m)
Day 9: Trek from Plaza de Mulas to Camp 2 (Nido de Condores, 5500m); overnight stay at Nido de Condores
Day 12: Trek from Plaza de Mulas (4350m) to Nido de Condores (5500m), overnight stay at Nido de Condores
Day 14: Summit push of Mt. Aconcagua (6961m), descent to Colera (6000m), overnight stay at Cholera Camp or at Nido de Condores Camp (5500 m)
Day 17: Descent from Base Camp to Laguna de Horcones. Bus transfer to Mendoza. Night in Mendoza (Hotel Diplomatic)
Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner
Contact: More information about the expedition.
Glory Lubov Pershina
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
Services included in the prices:
- Transportation in a private bus/minivan from Mendoza to Penitentes and back.
- Help in obtaining the necessary climbing permits
- Two nights at Mendoza (Diplomatic hotel)
- Night in a hotel in Penitentes (double rooms, breakfast&dinner)
- Transportation from Penitentes to the Laguna de
- 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
- Service in Base Camp in Plaza de Mulas (number of nights limited to 5): 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
- Radio communication between BC, Mendoza and Puente del Inca: for co-ordinating the expedition logistics
- Medal for successful climb
- 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 costs of eventual rescue operations
- Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, mail,
telephone calls etc)
What to Bring
What to Bring or take fo Day Hiking and Technical Equipment for Climbing Expedition
This equipment list is compiled to provide you with adequate help when choosing your equipment for a climb. Most items are required. Please consider each of them and make sure you understand the function and exclusive use for mountaineering, before substituting or removing items from this list. Please note that this list has been carefully annotated by the organizer. Remember that mountaineering, mountaineering or mountaineering is an extreme, risky sport, therefore everything related to it is of great attention.
These items should be on your hiking checklist:
Hiking backpack for hiking 30 to 40 liters
Light gloves for hiking or (Optional Mittens waterproof)
Medium weight socks
Sleeping bag (-10º to 15ºC)
Small daypack for one day hiking 20 liters
Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
Hiking boots or shoes
Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down
Rain poncho (or rain gear)
Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers
Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts
Water bottle for hiking or trekking
Strong waterproof duffel bag
Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
Towel for personal hygiene each participantFirst-aid kit
Regular and long underwear
Knife or multi-tool
Light cap and wool hat
Sunglasses with UV certification, Sun block, lips
The rest of the list Essentials as appropriate for your hike
Grooming and personal hygiene kit
One Hiking Buff per person
Technical Equipment for High Altitude Expedition Mountains
3 Locking carabiners, we recommended per person
We recommend 2 ice screws for each client
1 Daisy Chain (Life Line) per each person
2 Ice axes (per person) technical, we recommended GRIVEL company
1 ATC descender (Rappel), this is very necessary for technical mountains
2 Cords for prusik, very important (Size Cord 6 mm x 10 m. long)
Gloves(Good gloves) for expeditions over 6000meters
Harness, we recommended GRIVEL company
Sleeping pad / Mattress, we recommend with air or inflatable mattress
Crampons, we recommended GRIVEL company
Walking sticks (optional), a pair per person, we recommended GRIVEL company
Down Jacket for expedition
Very important to have personal clothing such as pants and jacket with GOROTEX certification
First aid kit, for high mountains, because we as guides cannot medicate clients
Backpack Capacity 60 liters, it is better to have a bigger backpack to go comfortably to the high camps, because here you have to carry all your personal things
Gaiters or Leggings, now modern boots already have built-in (Incorporated), but better to have an extra pair
Dressing appropriately for the mountains can make the difference between a pleasant trip and a really uncomfortable one. Clothing must provide the right degree of temperature, perspiration and be well ventilated. Preferably cotton clothing should be avoided, as in humid conditions they absorb body heat.
In general, the weather conditions in in the Andes of South America can vary from day to day and even throughout the day. Therefore, clothing must be versatile.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the necessary equipment.
Prices & Dates
03 ENE 2023 / 20 ENE 2023
17 ENE 2023 / 02 FEB 2023
24 ENE 2023 / 10 FEB 2023
07 FEB 2023 / 24 FEB 2023
» Additional dates available upon request
» Rates may vary from July 26th to 31th for the national holidays
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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!
Duration: 18 days
Participants: Minimal: 6 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
EZZ Single room supplement
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🟡 On this trip, only a few places left.
🔴 This trip is sold out / closed.
- Executive Director.
- The first Russian woman to complete the 7 Summits Project.
- Visited the North and South Poles.
- The third Russian woman to climb Everest
- World record in the speed of climbing 7 Peaks among women
- Mountain guide. Director of the 7 Summits Club.
- He has been climbing and organizing expeditions for 20 years.
- The last 15 years – professionally.
- He has about 100 ascents of varying degrees of difficulty in various countries of the world.
- In 2016, she climbed the summit of Everest three times. Leader of successful expeditions to Cho Oyu (8201) and Manaslu (8163)
- President of the 7 Summits Club.
- Master of Sports of the USSR in mountaineering, 54 years old, professional mountaineer. Mountaineering instructor, mountain guide, high-altitude cameraman. Active member of the Russian Geographical Society.
- Initiator and leader of several well-known projects, such as: “7 Peaks”, “Land Rover on Elbrus”.
- He has been climbing and organizing expeditions and competitions for 28 years.
- The last 25 years – professionally.
- Has made more than 150 ascents of varying difficulty in dozens of countries.
- Organizer and participant of 11 Himalayan expeditions.
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
Tips guidelines (important information!)
You entrust your life, health, your time and money to the guides. And the guides take this responsibility for you
and for the success of the whole trip. They are doing this 24 hours. 10-20 USD per day is expected as the normal amount of tips for the Guides and the staff of the program. If you liked everything about the trip, please don’t forget to thank them. You can give the tips directly to the Main Guide and he will distribute it among the staff.
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 (via Santiago de Chile (SCL) or Sao Paulo), 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.
Permit (330 USD in January, 220USD in February and December)
Possibility of renting personal equipment
There are several local gear shops with good gear, but in the high season many popular sizes and items can run
out, so it is best to bring as much of your own gear as possible.
- 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)
- 2 pairs of liner gloves
- Medium weight fleece gloves
- Nylon shell gloves
- Wool or fleece mittens
- Shell overmitts
- Thick hat (wool or fleece)
- 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
- 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.