perfect sunset at Camp Colera
sunrise on summit day
success on finishing the trek backout to the roadhead
penitentes ski resort - a good place to acclimatise
perfect weather on summit day
new year celebration at BC
mules returning from basecamp as we head to pl de argentina
moving to Guanacos Camp
more summits
malbec in mendoza
looking down the Traverse on summit day
lets have a rest in that cave - summit day
high above the Canaleta - nearly at the summit
heading up to camp 1 from plaza de argentina
happy at the start of day 1 of the trek
end of day 2 trek first views of aconcagua
discounts for group bookings summits
day 3 of the trek - bc appears
crampon practice at 5700m
Camp colera at 6000m
argentinian beef
approaching camp1 on a carry
approaching Berlin on summit day
another summit
another summit (1)
a snowy summit this time
upgrade yourself in mendoza
Dinner on the trek
Communal tents at high camps keep moral
Camp Guanacos
Camp Guanacos at 5600m
Camp Colera looking up towards the route to the summit
Camp Colera at 6000m
Approaching camp at end of day 1 on the trek
Getting ready to leave Camp 1 for Guanacos
End of first day trekking

Aconcagua 6962m – 19 days NOV I DEC I JAN


Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas standing at 6962m and the second highest of the 7 summits. For the Incas, the Aconcagua was a sacred mountain and places of worship were built here and sacrifices, including human sacrifices, were made. Interestingly it is also home to a mummy found in 1985, likely to be 14,300 years old. Wildly contorted and coloured rocks stretch out into vast glacial valleys. Fewer climbers on the mountain take the Polish Traverse route, and it has superior countryside, vistas, greenery, flora and fauna, with a longer walk which is better for acclimatisation.
This trip offers participants the chance to test their endurance at high altitude on a non-technical route in full expedition mode and offers excellent preparation training and altitude experience for those wishing to climb up to 8000 metres on Himalayan expeditions. To climb Aconcagua, you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days’ duration.
Expedition members can expect exert themselves for about 6 hours per day and be capable of carrying a 15–20kg pack.  Although it is a non-technical ascent, at just under 7,000 metres, it is a long and extremely tough climb at altitude. Although there are hundreds of mountains in the world which are higher than Aconcagua it must not be underestimated, for it can be bleak and unforgiving with merciless winds and biting temperatures. Well experienced mountaineers who have climbed many of the highest peaks in the Himalayas regard Aconcagua as being more of a challenge, due to its harsh conditions. Many who attempt to reach the summit of this peak are forced to turn back and descend.


If a trip to Argentina is not possible, we offer the free postponement to winter 2021/22. There are no rebooking fees.

About the 7 Summits

The first 3 are the easiest and very achievable. With 3 under your belt, you will have gained skills and confidence and know whether you want to progress to the next stage. Each mountain is also a fantastic climb in itself and should be enjoyed.

We offer the first 3, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Aconcagua.

Kilimanjaro – December / January

Elbrus – August / September

Aconcagua – December / January


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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Climb, Expedition, Expedition, Trekking
    • Activity Level Extreme or Exploratory - Trip grade 5
    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the Aconcagua 6962m – 19 days NOV I DEC I JAN.




    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Private return shuttle from airport to Mendoza hotel
    • 2 nights hotel double occupancy rooms with breakfast included
    • Help in obtaining the necessary climbing permits
    • Return transportation in private vehicles from hotel in Mendoza to Los Penitentes
    • 1 night in Hotel Penitentes, double occupancy rooms, includes dinner (with one mineral water) and breakfast
    • Transportation from Los Penitentes to Valle de las Vacas trail head
    • Mules for the transport of equipment from Puente del Inca (Los Puquios) to Plaza Argentina and back, or from Plaza de Mulas to Puente del Inca (Traverse route). Limit of 30kg per person. We also transport personal equipment to the intermediate camps at Pampa de Leñas and Casa de Piedra.
    • Food and drinks in Pampa de Leñas, 2 nights
    • Food and drinks in Casa de Piedra, 1 night
    • Food, drinks and base camp service in Plaza Argentina for up to 5 nights. Includes: private mess tent with tables and seats, all necessary dishes (knife, fork, spoon, plate and thermal glass), served meals, cook, equipment storage tent for use while group is at the higher camps, electric lights, permanent radio communication, toilet tent)
    • We also cater for vegetarians upon request.
    • Food, drinks and base camp service in Plaza de Mulas, 1 night in total; including private mess tent with tables and seats, all necessary dishes, served meals, cook, equipment storage tent for use while group is at the higher camps, electric lights, permanent radio communication, toilet tent
    • Includes high quality four season tents (North Face, Mountain Hard Wear), stoves, cookware and dishes.
    • All necessary food for the high-altitude camps
    • Bilingual assistants and British guides
    • Medical kits during expedition
    • Radio for permanent communication between base camp, Mendoza and Puente del Inca to be able to co-ordinate different logistical issues, reservations, and when necessary rescues or evacuations
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Not included

    • International flights
    • Provincial Park climbing permits (prices vary according to the season)
    • Mendoza food and drink and lunch at Uspallata
    • All alcoholic and soft drinks
    • Personal porters
    • Individual personal equipment for the ascent
    • Extra costs as a result of abandoning of the expedition
    • Medical or travel insurance
    • Costs incurred as a result of an emergency rescue
    • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, mail, telephone calls and other items not mentioned above)
    • All other services not listed as included

    1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrival in Mendoza

      Day 1 Arrival in Mendoza

      The expedition begins and ends in the charming Argentine city of Mendoza. We encourage you to arrive a day early if you need time to purchase or rent equipment, as well as to take the time to explore the charming city of Mendoza.

      Today we will meet you at the airport in Mendoza and you will be transferred from the airport to hotel accommodation in Mendoza where we offer a single timed transfer or should you chose to arrive earlier we can arrange to meet you at our hotel. You will be introduced to your British guides and meet some of the Argentinian team. We will have a chance to do a final kit check and purchase last minute items.  

    2. Day 2 Day 2 Mendoza – Penitentes (2580m)

      Mendoza – Penitentes (2580m)

      A half day in Mendoza to get our mountain permits.  We then transfer from Mendoza to Los Penitentes (2580m) where we stay and prepare for the onward journey. We head up into the foothills of the Andes following the River Mendoza which has cut a deep valley to the south of Aconcagua and can gaze upon snow-capped mountains in the distance.  Lunch is in the beautiful pine covered Uspallata Valley en route to Los Penitentes.  At Penitentes, you’ll check into the mountain refuge. Estimated time: 3 hours (B, D)

      Los Penitentes

    3. Day 3 Day 3 Penitentes - Pampa de Leñas (2800 m)

      Penitentes – Pampa de Leñas (2800 m)

      We then drive to Quebrada de Vacas (2350m), the entrance of National Park and begin trekking to Pampa de Leñas ( 2,800m). Remember to pack lightly and hike with your daypack only since the mules will carry the rest of your belongings. Approaching the Vacas Valley Route involves a 3-day trek along the desert-like Vacas and Relinchos Valleys, which are distinguished by striking colourful rock formations and spectacular glaciers contrasting with the interspersed greenery. Gauchos, the ‘cowboys’ of the Argentine Pampa, will lead mules carrying our equipment to Base Camp at Plaza Argentina.

    4. Day 4 DAY 4: Pampa de Leñas to Casa Piedra (3245m)

      DAY 4: Pampa de Leñas to Casa Piedra (3245m)

      This is a gradual, five to six-hour walk along the Vacas River. One of the most beautiful days on the trek, we will eventually see the magnificent East Face of Aconcagua with the Polish Glacier running directly to the summit. Climbers are encouraged to help with the setting of the camp and learning expedition procedures . Estimated time: +300m/5-7 hours. (B, PL, D)

    5. Day 5 DAY 5: Casa de Piedra (3245m) -> Plaza Argentina Base Camp (4200 m)

      DAY 5: Casa de Piedra (3245m) -> Plaza Argentina Base Camp (4200 m). Lodging. (B, PL, D)

      The trek to Plaza Argentina Base Camp is our longest trekking day (six to seven hours) with the reward of reaching Base Camp.  The day starts with the crossing of the river and heads up steeply. Base Camp creeps closer and as we near it, we pass the muleteers who have dropped our baggage ahead of us. Estimated time: +850m/5-7 hours

    6. Day 6 DAY 6: PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP (4200 m)


      Here we take a rest day and pass the mandatory medical checks with the local doctors. Upon arriving at Plaza Argentina Base Camp, our sleeping tents will be established in rock
      windbreaks on the moraine of the Relinchos Glacier. We utilise a large heated and insulated dining tent, and have excellent catered meals whilst at Base Camp. There is power for
      charging devices, Wi-Fi and hot showers available free of charge (B, L, D)

    7. Day 7 DAY 7:  PLAZA ARGENTINA to CAMP 1 (4,950m) to PLAZA ARGENTINA


      From Plaza Argentina, the route follows a rocky path to Camp 1. We are now on a high plain made up of moraine, lakes and rocks. The slope becomes gentle and the ground turns into a plateau. That is where Camp 1 is situated. Each team member will carry their own food and equipment to Camp 1 — about five hours of climbing, although the option of personal porters is possible and can be pre-booked with us or a day in advance at Base Camp.  Once at Camp 1, we will enjoy a packed-lunch, then return to Plaza Argentina. Carries such as these are an important aspect of our acclimatization process. +700m/4-6hrs (B, PL, D)


    8. Day 8 Day 8: PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP (4200m) - Camp 1

      Day 8: PLAZA ARGENTINA BASE CAMP (4200m) – Camp 1

      Today we move to Camp 1 and sleep there.


    9. Day 9 - 11 DAY 9 - 11: Camp 1 (4950m) – GUANACOS CAMP (5700m) – Camp 1

      DAY 9: Camp 1 (4950m) – GUANACOS CAMP (5700m) – Camp 1

      The carry of equipment to Guanacos Camp will take five to six hours. Again personal porters can be booked if required. We are always in contact with Base Camp and our agents.  We will begin our day ascending moderate switchbacks. While on the climb, the surrounding mountains open to us with wide vistas along with a magnificent view of the Polish Glacier. Once at Guanacos, we will stash our supplies and rest while enjoying lunch before descending back to Camp 1. +950m/5-6 hours. (B, PL, D)

      DAY 10: Rest day in Camp 1 (B, PL, D)

      DAY 11: Extra day for contingencies at and around Camp 1

    10. Day 12-13 Day 12-13 Move to GUANACOS Camp (5,700m). Rest or contingencies day at GUANACOS CAMP

      DAY 12: Move to GUANACOS Camp (5,700m)

      The climb to Guanacos Camp will take five to six hours as above. (B, PL, D)

      DAY 13:  – Rest or contingencies day at GUANACOS CAMP: (B, L, D)

    11. Day14 DAY 14 – GUANACOS CAMP to CAMP 3 CÓLERA (6000m)

      DAY 14 – GUANACOS CAMP to CAMP 3 CÓLERA (6000m)

      We will take four to five hours to climb to Cólera Camp where we will have lunch and then relax. at Camp 3 there is a large cook tent staffed by a dedicated guide who assists in preparing food and drinks and provides additional support to the group. Estimated time: 3 – 5 hours +470m elevation gain

      The track zigzags several times before accessing, through a narrow path, a quite flat area, where Plaza Cólera campsites are situated. The guide will check each member of the group and will orient climbers as to summit day plans.  (B, PL, D)

    12. Day15 DAY 15: CAMP 3 to SUMMIT (6,962m) to CAMP 3

      DAY 15: CAMP 3 to SUMMIT (6,962m) to CAMP 3

      This is the great day! Our planned summit day will begin with a pre-dawn start. The goal is reach the summit be rewarded with an unforgettable experience before returning to Cólera. Camp Cólera to the summit is about 8 – 10 hours to 6962 metres on rock, snow and ice, and then about 3 – 4 hours decent back to camp. It is always cold and windy and great effort must be put into looking after yourself. Estimated time: +992m/ 7 – 10 hours (B, PL, D)

      The Summit!

    13. Day17 DAY 17: CAMP 3 to PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260m)

      DAY 17: CAMP 3 to PLAZA DE MULAS (4,260m)

      We pack up after our successful summit and head down towards Plaza de Mulas Base Camp. On this day, each client will be responsible for carrying personal equipment and the expedition equipment assigned to him or her. Again personal porters are available at extra cost to carry kit and waste down.  Once in Plaza de Mulas, the group will have the afternoon to enjoy the lower altitude and reflect on our experience. (B, PL, D)



      Descend to Horcones (six to seven hours) on the last trekking day of the expedition. Mules will carry personal belongings while team members carry a light backpack with a jacket and packed lunch. Transfer to Mendoza city. Lodge in the hotel. (B, PL) (Mendoza dinner not included)

    15. Day19 DAY 19: MENDOZA

      DAY 19: MENDOZA

      Airport transfer this day or the next depending on your flight. End of services (B)

    Accommodation & Guides

    Hotel in Mendoza

    You will be allocated a 4* hotel according to availability that your guide has used before and knows to be excellent. The region around Greater Mendoza is the largest wine-producing area in Latin America. As such, Mendoza is one of the nine Great Wine Capitals, and the city is an emerging ecotourism destination and base for exploring the region’s hundreds of wineries located along the Argentina Wine Route.


    Sean James


    Sean is based in the French Pyrenees, Font Romeu and Dubai and spends most of the year working as a mountain guide in the Himalaya, Andes, Asia, Africa.

    He has led over 14 8000m expeditions and summitted many other trekking and lower peaks including 3 times leading successful groups to the summit of Everest. I have also climbed Manaslu and Gasherbrum II without oxygen. Aconcagua is one of his favourite trips.

    This is currently approximately US$950. Permit fees are payable in Argentinian pesos at the
    National Park Service office in Mendoza prior to departing for Penitentes. Permit fees are subject to change and the peso equivalent varies depending on the official exchange rate on the day.

    Generally, entry visas are not required for travellers to Argentina staying less than three months but please check with your travel agent for details
    according to your nationality. Trekking and climbing permits are a separate
    matter dealt with by the expedition agent.

    Our guides prepare food during the trek in and whilst on the mountain. At Base Camp, food is provided by the well trained Argentine cooks at Plaza Argentina and Plaza de Mulas. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on
    your application form. For special diets such as vegan, gluten or dairy free,
    we will call you to discuss your needs and how this will work in the group cooking situation. We advise you to bring supplementary snacks for during the expeditions especially for special diets such as vegan, gluten or dairy free.

    To give yourself the best shot at summiting Aconcagua we recommend being in the best physical shape that you can possibly be with excellent aerobic fitness level. If you live in an area that is blessed with mountainous terrain, then the best training you can do is to take frequent hiking excursions. We suggest 3-5 months of training before taking on Aconcagua and boosting your experience on rocky mountainous terrain. Your training regime should consist of aerobic activities like running, spinning or spending time on the rowing machine. You should couple aerobic exercises with weight training to strengthen your legs and core. On paying your deposit we can send you training guidelines that can be personalised to you.

    High season on Aconcagua is from 1 December to 20 February  with the best weather being mid December until the end of January. Most ascents are made at this time and there is a 50-70% summit success rate on the mountain generally. Any lack of success may be due to particularly poor weather or altitude issues.

    On the Aconcagua, our mountain guides and ranger doctors regularly check the health of the participants and only with appropriate fitness and adaptation (sufficient oxygen saturation) can you climb higher. The summit day walk is strenuous, we breathe faster and the heart rate is increased. The body can acclimatize well up to 5000 meters, but we need to listen to our bodies.

    At night, temperatures as low as -20 ° C are to be expected in the last camp, and temperatures as low as -25 ° C await us when we set out early. The wind chill factor, especially during a strong storm, and the extreme altitude (lack of oxygen) can mean that the perceived temperatures are even lower. In such cases, going to the summit may be impossible. The first priority of our professional mountain guides is safety.

    From the basic price for experienced mountaineers to full service participation (with 1 mountain guide per 3-4 guests, possibly with 1: 1 mountain guide if desired), we offer a lot of flexibility to reach the summit together as a team.

    Requirements are very good physical condition and stamina, physical robustness, good health, team spirit and independent hiking on the mountain. Experience in altitude above 5000m * is helpful and recommended. 

    Technical requirements:  The normal route over the northwest flank has no technical difficulties, so that no experience in rock or ice climbing is required. Depending on the current state of the route, crampons and ropes may be used for securing. Such decisions are made by the mountain guides on site.

    Physical requirements:  On the technically easy normal route (northwest flank), in addition to the inevitable good physical condition, psychological strength and a strong will is required. The biggest challenge on this expedition is the effects of altitude on the body. Our program is structured in such a way that we attach great importance to the correct acclimatization and altitude tactics, and employ a very experienced high-altitude mountaineer as a tour guide.

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