Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and our most popular mountaineering destination. Aconcagua serves as a great introduction to high altitude expedition climbing. After 20 years of climbing Aconcagua with family and climbers from all over the world, it has become our home away from home at Benegas Brothers Expeditions. Each time that we set out to scale Aconcagua, base camp at Plaza de Mulas (14,000 ft.) is always a welcome site after the scenic trek from the park entrance. As some of the most experienced guides on the mountain, we offer a unique opportunity for anyone interested in this beautiful climb.
OPEN TRIP DATES
Dec 9 – Dec 29
Dec 16, – Jan 5
Jan 6 – Jan 28
Feb 4 – Feb 25
1 Climber: $7,000.00
2 Climbers: $6,500.00
3 Climbers: $5,750.00
4-6 Climbers: $5,500.00
GENERAL INFORMATION and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about ACONCAGUA
BENEGAS BROTHERS EXPEDITIONS WILL PROVIDE:
• All scheduled ground transportation in Mendoza
• 2 nights hotel in Mendoza
• 1 night hotel in Penitentes
• All food while in the mountains, base camp services, and tents/cooking gear while trekking and on the climb.
• Park fees
• All restaurant meals in Mendoza and in Penintentes.
• Extra Hotels
• Personal taxis in Mendoza if needed
• Personal climbing and camping equipment. Refer to the equipment list. [Link to ACONCAGUA EQUIPMENT LIST]
• Climbing/ trip insurance and rescue expenses as needed
• Extra hotel nights other than those scheduled
• Phone calls, laundry services, and room service
• Porters for moving personal and group gear to high camps. If you want this service, we can hire them at an extra cost.
• Staff gratuities
• Alcoholic beverages
We suggest you begin your training program at least two months prior to departure. For more information, see our Training Page [link] and Expedition Difficulty Ratings.
HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
TREK AND APPROACH TO BASE CAMP:
For the approach to Base Camp, all your equipment will be packed in by mule. Your daypack will be as heavy as you choose. The daypack contains the items you choose to carry, such as camera, rain gear, snacks, water and some extra layers for cold conditions.
BASE CAMP TO HIGH CAMPS:
On expeditions where porter support is available clients can expect to carry 15-25kg. On an expeditions where no porter support is available expect to carry all of your personal gear plus the share of group equipment.
How this works: For example, if your personal gear is 17 kg and the total of group equipment; tents and supplies is 100kg, so your share of the group equipment is the total divided by total amount of members. On average the share is over 10kg. On Aconcagua, where no porter support is provided, packs are generally 25 to 30kg. We can hire porter support for your personal gear at an extra cost.
WHAT PERSONAL EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BRING?
For a full list of required equipment, see our Aconcagua Equipment List page.
Porters have become an important part of our expeditions on Aconcagua. We hire strong porters who have been on the summit many times and are conditioned to carry heavy loads. On Aconcagua Expeditions, we believe that their job, which is carrying the GROUP equipment of expedition such us (tents, kitchen sets, altitude food, fuel, stoves, ropes and the garbage produced by the group), helps our participants to move more comfortable and to save more energy to achieve their goal, which is getting to the summit. Therefore, these people are very important for the success of the expedition.
A porter has the possibility to carry 50 lbs/25 kg from Base camp to the high camps; this means that a porter is going to transport each 3 or 4 passenger’s share of group climbing equipment.
If one feels that regular Aconcagua loads (45 to 50 lbs) are too heavy, then you can hire a personal load to carry your personal load. We have designed this trip so that at Base Camp you are able to decide how often you will need a porter, and so on. You may use a porter for every carry; you may choose to alternate between days, or simply to experiment as you go.
Aconcagua, like all big mountains, generates and attracts its own weather, making it impossible to predict. Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures, from freezing nights, to snowy and windy conditions, to bright sunshine intensified by the high altitude. This wide fluctuation in temperatures makes it important to bring everything on the equipment list. Climbers early in the season, on our December and January climbs, should expect to find large snowfields high on the mountain, while climbers later in the season, on our February trips, will encounter less snow and drier, rocky trail – there may, of course, be some variation to this from one season to the next. Aconcagua is located at 32 degrees 39 minutes south, the same distance from the equator as San Diego, California. The best time to climb Aconcagua is from December to early March, during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. Days of clear sunny skies are the norm on Aconcagua, but the mountain does receive storms during the summer months due to the moist, humid winds blowing west from the Pacific Ocean. As this air rises over the slopes of the Andes, its speed increases and it condenses to form lenticular clouds on the summit, also known as viento blanco, or white wind. In general, winds from the south are usually a sign of good weather and enable us to go for a successful summit bid.
Benegas Brothers is renowned for providing gourmet mountain cuisine. During the tented portion of the trek we will provide a selection of meals including pastas, rice, soups, and fresh foods. Bring along your favorite snack foods, energy bars, and after dinner treats. More details are provided in the Equipment List [Link to Equipment list]
No VISA is required for stays in Argentina up to 90 days.
Vaccinations are not required unless traveling through an infected area.
TRAVEL AND FLIGHT INFORMATION:
It takes as long as three months to make your travel plans and to obtain the necessary passport for your trip. We strongly recommend that you begin this process as soon as possible.
We suggest that you obtain an evening flight to Santiago, Chile, which arrives early in the morning and in time for a connecting flight to Mendoza, Argentina later that day (day two of the itinerary).
We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical expenses and emergency assistance. An insurance application is provided with all trip confirmations.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
You can download an application by scrolling to the bottom of this page and opening the attachment (BBE Application Form). We require an application and a $1000 deposit for international trips. You can mail, fax, or email the application but we do require your signature for all documents.