Please Join Crew Treks on this expedition to not only the highest peak in South America but also in the Western Hemisphere. Along the way, you will travel trough barren Andean Valleys ford streams and encounter local wildlife.
Cerro Aconcagua at 22,841 feet (6,962 m) long considered a stepping-stone in high altitude mountaineering is a non-technical climb, but its size and high altitude make it an all out expedition with all ramifications of high stakes climb.
One must be in excellent physical condition with some experience at high altitude and under winter conditions.
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. Prior experience with backpacking and camping is required. Climbers must be able to carry an average of 50lbs or more. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member.
Climbers must be able to comfortably use crampons and Ice axe
As part of the team, everyone will be required to assist in setting up tents, help with melting snow or other group related chores.
If you are lacking any of the skills, please join one of our domestic trips or contact us to assist you with program.
Personal Porters for Hire:
If you would like to hire personal porter or share one with another member, please contact Crew Treks for details. As a reference, during 2016 season prices were $120-$170 per stage
Leader: Nicolas Secul
Price:$4,000 Price Includes Porters for Group Gear (food, fuel, stoves, tents)
Day 1(January 14) Leave home and fly to Mendoza, Argentina.
Day 2 (January 15) Arrive in Mendoza in the afternoon and secure climbing permits/overnight in Mendoza.
Day 3 (January 16) Drive to Penitentes (8200') transfer mule loads, and spend the night before the Trek
Day 4 (January 17) Hike Horcones Valley, and camp at Confluencia, at 10,900’. Mules carry our sleeping bags.
Day 5 (January 18) After 2 days of hiking through colorful desert landscape we reach our Base Camp, Plaza de Mulas, at 13,800' Mules carry our gear.
Day 6 (January 19) Rest Day at base camp, acclimatization hike or just rest.
Day 7 (January 20) Carry a load to Camp I, Plaza Canada, at 16,170' . Return to Base Camp.
Day 8 (January 21) Leave Base Camp. Move to Camp I. Beautiful campsite with impressive views of the north side of Aconcagua and alpine Cerro Cuerno.
Day 09 (January 22) Rest at Camp Canada/Acclimatization
Day 10 (January 23) Carry a load to Camp II, Nido de Condores, at 17,820'.
Day 11 (January 24) Rest at Camp 1.
Day 12 (January 25) Carry Load to Nido de Condores/Camp II
Day 13 (January 26) Rest and Acclimatization
Day 14 (January 27) Carry a load to Camp III, Piedras Blancas or Camp Berlin (High Camp) at 19,200'.
Day 15 (January 28) Move to High Camp
Day 16 (January 29) Possible Summit Day
Day 17 (January 30) Possible Summit Day
Day 18 (January 31) Possible Summit Day
Day 19 (February 01) Descend to Plaza de Mulas, overnight and celebrate victory!
Day 20 (February 02) Complete hike out in one long push and return to Penitentes and celebrate again!
Day 21 (February 03) Drive back to Mendoza
Day 22 (February 04) Return flight to US
Day 23 (February 05) Arrive in US
To enter Argentina, there is no visa requirement unless you are staying more than 90 days. If you are transiting through Chile you also do not need entry visa.
The best way to get to Mendoza is either via Buenos Aires (EZE) or (better)through Santiago, Chile (SCL).
Crew Treks strongly recommends that you enroll with Global Rescue prior to embarking on this trip. Please click on the link below for details and quotes.
The prices are reasonable and the signup process is simple.
We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance, which covers trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, etc.
Travel insurance offers the best possible protection if you have a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or when traveling.
Here are some useful links:
Variety of nuts, power bars, dried fruit, energy gels, crackers, GU jells, powder drinks for mixing-Gatorade, or so. (Suggestion here; divide snacks into daily Ziploc portions)
Required Medications: Antibiotics-Cipro-for food poisoning/lower body infections, Amoxicillin-for upper body/respiratory infections, Aspirin-helps in acclimatization, Diomax-helps in acclimatization.
Crew Treks will supply medical kit, but everyone is supposed to have the above