The Aconcagua Climbing Information Packet covers
- When to go
- Guides and mules
- Getting there
- Day-by-day climbing reports from SAE members who have climbed Aconcagua
- Altitude sickness
- Recommended reading.
Want the Aconcagua Climbing Information Packet (Item #53)? Well, it’s $17.00 [Members $15.00] plus P&H. To order, fill out our on-line order form. This is a lengthy packet–we can’t e-mail this, so we’ll send it by regular mail.
While not technical, Aconcagua is a highly underestimated climb. Traveling with Alpine Ascents and our nearly 30 years of experience, our knowledgeable, expert guides will greatly increase your chances of summiting and being safe on the mountain. Essential logistics like food prep, quality camps, porter options, and days on the mountain may seem like areas where you can “cut corners,” however we profess the importance of these details along with reasonable team sizes (many of our competitors end up combining teams and can have up to 20 people with just a few guides) are paramount to offering a superb experience.
Over the last 25+ years we have developed a superb system on the mountain that affords you the best chance of proper acclimatization and summit success. Our Vacas Valley and Normal Route departures have numerous extra days built in to the itinerary, and we methodically ascend the mountain with renowned guide staff at the helm. With a seasonal location in Mendoza, we can respond to issues that arise quickly. A low climber-to-guide ratio offers us the ability to closely attend to climbers, which is important to success and safety.
There may be many personal reasons to choose a particular guide service, but there are four main areas of concern that you should look at carefully: safety record, guides, in-country logistics, and pre-trip planning with the climber. In all four categories, Alpine Ascents ranks highest in the climbing industry. No other guide service has the safety record, quality of guides, finely honed programs, food, care, quality, and customer service that we offer.
Here are examples of what you’ll find in this information packet:
Vacas Valley Route: This is the tried and true route that we have been offering since 1990. Quieter, more aesthetically pleasing, and a chance to traverse the mountain, this route employs three camps, and offers ample rest and extra days — Aconcagua at its finest. More about Vacas Valley Route
Aconcagua Normal Route: This is a shorter and more direct route with lighter pack weight that builds porter support into the program (our Vacas Valley Route has porter options as well). This trip is competitively priced and includes acclimation days as well as a well-appointed Base Camp with less time on the higher mountain camps. More about Normal Route