For the last few seasons, Mt. Aconcagua State Park has not published the price of the climbing permit until a few weeks before the season. Prices vary according to the climbing route, the date of the trip, and the nationality of the climbers (Argentines and Latin Americans get a discount). Please refer to the official website for last season’s prices www.aconcagua.mendoza.gov.ar.
You can also check this instructional video we prepared for our clients: “How to get the climbing permit (step by step tutorial)”
Climbers under the legal age in their country of origin need to have a certified authorization from their parents to enter the Park. Please refer to the official website (www.aconcagua.mendoza.gov.ar) or contact us for more information.
We offer our own reliable team of porters to carry gear up and down the mountain. Each porter carries up to 20 kg from Base Camp to any given camp and down from high camp or other camps to Base Camp.
Our trips include 1 porter every 4 climbers, to carry 20 kg of common gear only when the group moves from one camp to the next (not when the group carries gear to a cache and comes back to camp). Climbers who don’t want to carry weight can hire a personal porter, on a daily basis or for the whole trip.
Rates of personal porter for the whole trip (for carries when the group moves from one camp to the next):
– Normal Route US$ 950
– Polish Traverse US$ 1,165.
The primary use of helicopters in Aconcagua is to perform emergency evacuations and is managed by the Park Rangers and medical services. However, it is possible to hire private flights. We operate charters between the different base camps and the trailhead (2-3 people depending on the conditions). The flights are subject to weather conditions and load weight (150-280 kg).
– Plaza de Mulas to Horcones US$ 1,700.
– Plaza Argentina to Horcones US$ 2,000.
It is advisable to bring some cash for the trip. ATM machines are not always reliable or might have a low daily withdrawal limit. The climbing permit, to begin with, has to be paid for with cash. Other miscellaneous expenses in Mendoza may also require cash payments (certain restaurants, tips, etc.). Once on the mountain, US$ are the best way to pay for porters, tips, a beer, etc.
The ideal luggage combination for an Aconcagua expedition is the following:
– A large, solid duffle bag.
– An expedition backpack (70-90 l).
– And a light, small daypack (20-30 l).
Hike into Base Camp: the mules carry most of the gear and supplies. You will carry only a day pack with a few items (water, snacks, camera, jacket, sunscreen, etc.).
Hike from Base Camp to High Camps: expect to carry all of your personal gear plus a share of the common gear (although we provide porters for group equipment). Typically, a fully-loaded Aconcagua backpack weighs 18-22 kg.
Before packing, you may want to check the “Aconcagua Climbing Gear Review” special video we produced.
Yes, there is secure storage for your gear. In Mendoza, you can leave luggage at the hotel, in Los Penitentes at our big warehouse with lockers, or in Plaza Argentina or Plaza de Mulas.
As a rule of thumb, our trips are designed to avoid any extra cost to the climbers. However, if you need or choose to leave the trip early, bear in mind that there will be expenses of which you will be responsible. In the case of medical evacuation or accident, the Park’s medical service or the Park Rangers may decide that a climber needs to be airlifted out of the Park at no cost (that coverage is included in the climbing permit), but the climber will be responsible for any other service (mule to carry his/her gear back to the city, hotel, private transfer to Mendoza, etc.). If you depart from the group for any other reason, you may incur expenses such as guide, porter, mules, transfers, and lodging.