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Aconcagua Normal Route with Porters

This is by far the most traveled route on Aconcagua. The approach is via the Horcones Valley to the Plaza de Mulas base camp. This approach is popular with both trekkers and climbers on the normal routes. This added traffic makes this route much less of a ‘wilderness' experience and more of a social one. The Plaza de Mulas base camp is as much a miniature city as a camp at the height of the season. The route on the mountain is also non-technical and generally uses the camps of Nido de Condores and Berlin for its ascent. This approach is reasonably direct but strenuous, and can involve bigger jumps in altitude than the Ameghino route.

Route Map

Route Overview

Day by day itinerary

Day 1 Pick up at Plumerillos airport in Mendoza and transferred to Hotel to meet the guides, gear check and have a power point expedition presentation. Later we go to have a great Argentinean asado. Hotel

Day 2 Transfer to Aconcagua Provincial Park permit office, to obtain the respective climbing permits, a mandatory personal procedure, and then head west to the village of Penitentes, situated at the foot of the valleys that access the mountain. Lodging at Hotel Penitentes. Hotel

Day 3 After carrying out the park entrance procedures, we begin a three-hour hike through Horcones valley to Confluencia Inferior situated at 3,300m. Tent.

Day 4 Trek to Plaza Francia at 4,100m, situated at the foot of the southern wall of Aconcagua and from where we can observe some of the climbs and variants achieved by the most well known mountaineers from around the world. Return to Confluencia camp. Tent.

Day 5 We continue on towards Plaza de Mulas base camp at 4,300m of elevation. This is a 7 to 8 hour hike to our Plaza de Mulas camp. Our Chef awaits us here with a big dinner and hot drinks. Tent.

Day 6 Rest at Plaza de Mulas base camp. It is necessary to drink plenty of water and rest to achieve a good adaptation to the altitude before continuing on to the high camps and before summit day. Tent.

Day 7 Ascent of peaks near Plaza Mulas base camp. Tent

Day 8 Carry to Camp Canada or Nido de condores, depending on the group and the guide. Tent

Day 9 Rest in Plaza Mulas base camp. Tent.

Day 10 Move to Camp Canada or to Nido de Condores. Tent

Day 11
Move to Nido de condores if the previous night was in camp Canada or rest in Nido de Condores. Tent

Day 12 Either rest in Nido or move to high camp. Tent

Days 13 Move to Piedras Blancas camp (A.K.A. Colera camp) or first summit day.
*Don't get to anxious about rushing up to the summit. Tent

Days 14, 15 & 16 Summit days and return to high camp. Tent

Day 17 Descent to Plaza de Mulas. Tent.

* Day 18 From Plaza de Mulas we have mules to help carry out our gear, allowing for a "light" trek through Playa Ancha and Horcones Valley to the village of Penitentes in a 6 to 7 hour hike. At the Park Rangers station transport awaits us to take us to Hotel Mendoza to reach the comfort of this beautiful Argentinean city and meet later for our group dinner at a super local restaurant with all the guides and assistants. End of expedition. Hotel NH-Cordillera or Park Hyatt.

Services Included

Service include

✓ Professional Bilingual Mountain Guide.
✓ Ratio, Guide to Clients 1-4.
✓ Porter for group gear (tents) during the entire expedition.
✓ Mules for individual gear to base camp and return with a maximum of 20 kg. per person.
✓ High quality expedition common gear: The North Face, Mountain Hardware, and Marmot tents, insolate mattresses, stoves and fuel.
✓ Satellite phone during the entire expedition on a per minute payment basis.
✓ VHF 2 mt and BLU HF radio communication equipment.
✓ Full dining room set up at base camp, with tables, chairs, etc.
✓ All meals during the expedition.
✓ Permanently available hot drinks and biscuits at base camp tent.
✓ Two hotel nights in Mendoza, double occupancy with breakfast, at NH Hotel or equivalent.
✓ One hotel night in Penitentes, double occupancy with half pension.
✓ Private transportation, including airport pick-up.
✓ Assistance at Mendoza airport.
✓ All local organization and supervision by KL Expeditions Staff.
✓ The Aconcagua, "Summit of America" book, by Mauricio Fernandez.


Services Not Included

Service does non include

✘ All personal climbing equipment and gear.
✘ Aconcagua climbing permit fee.
✘ Porter for personal gear, except for those who purchased it.
✘ Any costs involved in an early or late departure.
✘ Meals in Mendoza.
✘ Any drinks (soda, beer, or wine) in Mendoza.
✘ Cancellation, accident, and rescue insurance.
✘ Cash for extra expenses.
✘ Airport drop-off.
✘ Gratuities.
✘ Any other service not mentioned above.



☝ With good weather and good acclimatization the trip may return to Mendoza earlier.
☝ All itineraries are subject to change due to changes in the weather, individual's acclimatization rates, and the guide's criteria.
☝ A Private Porter, to be shared between two expedition members carrying 10kg each, is available upon request at an additional cost.
☝ Any departure date can be re-scheduled with a minimum of 6 persons.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Departures:
    Nov 27 - Dec 14, 2011
    Dece 04 - Dec 21, 2011
    Dece 11 - Dec 28, 2011
    Dece 18, 2011 - Jan 04, 2012
    Dece 25, 2011 - Jan 12, 2012
    Jan 02 - Jan 19, 2012
    Jan 08 - Jan 25, 2012
    Jan 15 - Feb 01, 2012
    Jan 22 - Feb 08, 2012
    Jan 29 - Feb 15, 2012
  • Expedition cost:
    Private 6 Members: 5,000
    Open 9 Members: 3,800
  • Single room suplement:US $600
  • Reservation cost:US $700
  • Balance payment date:75 days prior departure
  • Space available:9