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Aconcagua Expedition

Duration: 19 Days

The climb to the highest peak of South America - Aconcagua (6962m)

Meeting date: 30th January 2019

Overview

Aconcagua (6962m) is the world’s highest peak excluding Himalaya. Why do mountaineers want to climb this peak exactly? Because they don’t need any special technical climbing knowledge, only the experience with winter climbing in the mountains and staying in a tent in winter conditions concerning a height of almost 7000m. That means you are familiar with walking in crampons and proper using of the trekking poles or the ice axes. Our past experience shows that it is the best to go to this mountain in the first or the second month (January and February) because in those months the weather is stable with less snowfall. The climb to Aconcagua (6962m) will be organized from the Plaza de Mulas (4200m) through Via Normale.

There are two height camps as well: Nido de Condores (5400m) and Berlin (5900m). Unlike to others we pay a special attention to the acclimatization and our expedition lasts a little longer, but our success rate on this mountain is about 85%! In Plaza de Mulas we have two professional chefs who care about the team while we are at the base camp. There we have a kitchen, a dining tent, a storage tent for equipment, a sleeping tents, toilet etc. The complete equipment from Penitentes to base camp is carried by mules, while we are acclimatizating in Confluencia and arrive fresh to Plaza de Mulas. The day for the ascent will be determined according to the satellite weather forecast and agreement with a local rangers. The climb to the summit from Berlin Camp takes about 7-8 hours and the return takes about 4 hours.

Basic data about the summit:

Name: Cerro Aconcagua – Mount Aconcagua

Elevation: 6962 m

Location: Andes, Argentina, South America

Latitude: 32˚ 39′ South

Longitude: 70˚ 14′ West

Best months for climbing: End of December, January, February, March

The first recorded ascent: Matthias Zurbriggen  in 1897.


Price: 2180 €

The cost includes:
– Private Van transport in Argentina
– Accommodation in 3* hotel in Mendoza (3 nights / BB)
– Breakfast, lunch, dinner in Mendoza.Before and after expedition.
– Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the camp – Penitentes (Full board)
– Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the camp – Confluencia in departure (Full board x 2 nights)
– Breakfast, lunch, dinner at the base camp – Plaza de Mules (Full board x 5 nights)
– Accommodation in BC Plaza de Mules with all necessary tents and equipment
– The climbing permit for Aconcagua (6962m)
– Insurance during the climb to the top. Including helicopter rescue from BC.
– Entrance fee for the National Park
– Transportation of the equipment on mules to/from Plaza de Mulas (30kg/person)
– Profesional guide during the climb

The cost does not include:
– Flights tickets to/from Mendoza
– High camps food. (4 nights/5 days)

Note: The food will be transported to the base camp with other equipment. To the base camp we will carry only clothes, a sleeping bag and accessories for hygiene. Sleeping in beds with three meals per day at the camp Confluencia. Other equipment is carried by mules to the base.

Expedition leader: Aleksandar Rasin, Extreme Summit Team
So far seven successful ascents on Aconcagua (6962m).
Over a hundred mountaineers brought to the top!

Tailor-made
We can organize this expedition on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your mountaineering experience, you may want a Extreme Summit Team leader or go ‘self-led’ with the assistance of local guides. The cost of going private can be surprisingly reasonable, particularly if you take the self-led option. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation

Individual equipment necessary for the climb over the Plaza de Mulas:

1. Backpack (about 70l)
2. Sleeping bag and mat
3. Trekking trousers
4. Gore-Tex jacket and Gore-Tex trousers
5. Down jacket
6. Hiking shoes to BC
7.Climbing boots (BC to the top)
8. Socks (thermal + cotton)
9. T-shirts (cotton)
10. Base layer shirt and thermal long underwear pants
11. Woolen cap (or polar)
12. Hat (sun protection)
13. Polar jacket
14. Gloves (polar + down gloves)
15. Towel and toiletries kit
16. Sunglasses + sun screen (sun protection SPF 50)
17. Crampons
18. Trekking poles
19. Primus, dishes, cutlery / high camps
20. Head lamp with spare batteries
21. Water bottle x 2 and thermos x 2

Additional information : info@extremesummitteam.com

To find out more, please visit Aconcagua Expedition section.

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The highest peak of the Americas has always been a challenge for all the mountaineers. The climb up this mountain requires good fitness preparation and the climb itself requires patience and slow ascent. No need to hurry. The top will surely one day be under your feet. We have been there seven times and each time we learned a lot. For those who listen Aconcagua has a lot to say. Man never knows enough.

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Travel impressions:

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I enjoyed EST expeditions and made very good friends, who I have been in regular contact with ever since.   I experienced and  learned  a lot during the two expeditions I went to with Extreme Summit Team. I appreciate the way in which Dragan does his job.  His knowledge of the secrets of the Himalayas inspires confidence in each member of the expedition and my opinion is that he is capable to lead to the top of the mountain even people with modest mountaineering skills. I am always pleased to recommend EST team to all my colleagues who would like to experience the challenges of high mountain climbing

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Zdenko Maric, Mostar, Hercegovina

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“I came to know Dragan and his extremist team somewhat too late.  I had climbed and walked across the mountains for over thirty years  (it is not just the air but the spirit of mountains), but never much farther than Mt. Durmitor and  Mt. Prokletije and never higher than Mt. Olympus.  For a long time I thought I could not go farther or higher until I met Dragan who is familiar with paths that lead far and beyond and high up in the air and joined him when I was sixty something, for the time being just to the Himalayas, the Andes, Mt. Atlas.  Sounds incomplete, doesn’t it?

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Verica Mrdak i Stevan Kordic, Beograd

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I was fortunate enough to be a member of three expeditions organized by EST: Island peak, Aconcagua and Cho Oyu. They are true professionals, good and likeable people who not only provide technical assistance but also offer spiritual development. It was an honor to meet Dragan, Miloš and Nina who made gravity have less of an effect on me.

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Adis Cingic, Sarajevo