International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Aconcagua Climb

Argentina • 22,840' • 6962m

Aconcagua Climb with International Mountain Guides

IMG Aconcagua Climb Itinerary

Most people normally rendezvous in Santiago. After arriving in Santiago, Chile you will fly to Mendoza, Argentina. Everyone needs to be on the morning Lan Chile flight. You will be met by private transportation, go to get our required permit and then have the afternoon to sort personal gear and relax.

Mules will be hired to carry group gear and food to base camp and members will carry only moderate loads to base camp. The approach takes three days. From here, we'll use standard McKinley tactics of climbing high and sleeping low in our attempt on Aconcagua. Several rest days are included. Following the climb, we'll travel back to Mendoza where we'll enjoy a celebratory team dinner, get some rest and be ready to fly for home the next day.

As of January 7th, 2013, US, Australian or Canadian citizens traveling to Argentina must pay the reciprocity fee online prior to entering Argentina through any of its airports. Please visit virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/ to pay the reciprocity fee before you depart from home.

Day Itinerary
Day 01Depart the United States.
Day 02Arrive in Santiago, fly to Mendoza. Hotel night included.
Day 03Additional day in Mendoza to secure the permit, pack and enjoy Mendoza.
Day 04Early departure for Los Penitentes. Day spent packing loads, resting and generally getting ready to start our approach.
Day 05Drive to Punta del Vacas and begin approach march.
Day 06Continue approach march.
Day 07Reach base camp in the Guanacos Valley (13,000).
Day 08Rest day at base camp.
Day 09Carry to Camp 1 (14,500).
Day 10Move to Camp 1.
Day 11Carry to Camp II(17,800ft) via the Ameghino col and traverse to the Guanacos Helicopter camp (Guanacos route).
Day 12Move to Camp II/Helicopter Camp(17,800ft).
Day 13Carry to Camp III/High Camp(Piedras Blancas) at 19,500ft on the Guanacos route.
Day 14Rest/acclimatization day at CampII(17,800ft)
Day 15Move to High Camp(Piedras Blancas) at 19,500ft.
Day 161st Potential summit day. Spend night at High Camp after summit.
Day 17Contingency Summit Day
Day 18Contingency Summit Day
Day 19Descend to Plaza de Mulas base camp(Normal Route) from High Camp
Day 20Hike out from Plaza de Mulas base camp to Penitentes
Day 21Drive from Penitentes to Mendoza and go out for a Celebration Dinner
Day 22Fly from Mendoza, Argentina
Day 23Arrive home

Please Note: This is a probable but tentative itinerary. Our exact schedule above Camp 2 will be determined on the trip itself. Depending on factors including weather and group, we may well put in a Camp 3 located at approx. 20,000'.


Guides and guiding companies are not all the same. The differences lie with the people and their attitudes. Being positive and passionate about their work and the success of their clients is what distinguishes one outfit from another. It was my personal experience, and what I heard from the others in my group, that sets IMG apart. They made it their business to pay attention to the small things that not only makes for a good trip, but can make the difference between success and failure. Most important, they were positive and fun to be with. Team work and team spirit was the priority.
The professionalism demonstrated by IMG's guides as well as the high standards that they hold their clients up to maximized our chances of reaching the summit...
~Greg Y.
 
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