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These photos were taken on our recent successful expedition. Photos in slide show: Ted Alexander. For caption information, please visit our Photo Gallery.
 
  • Walk to the top of the highest peak in all of the Americas. One of the famous "7 Summits" (non-technical).
  • We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip.
  • Climbing Aconcagua may qualify you for Everest Nepal, Everest Tibet, or Cho Oyu.
  • New: optional climb of the "Polish Direct", a more challenging way to the top, avoiding the crowds.
  • We help you buy and rent inexpensive mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and walking gear, equipment, clothing, boots, shoes for sale, purchase and hire at affordable, cheap, low prices.
  • Leadership: Max Kausch 3 time Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, ShishaPangma, Aconcagua leader and 6000m peak world record holder.
  • Dates and Cost (does not include cost of your personal climbing permit):
    • NEW HOLIDAY DATES! for the Normal Route, 18th December – 6th January (20 days): Cost: $3750 , £2260, €2750
    • Normal Route, 11th January – 30th January (20 days) or 2 to 21 February (20 days): Cost: $3750, £2260, €2750
    • Climb the Polish Direct Route , 2 to 24 February (23 days): Cost: $4550, £2750, €3300
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Recent News: Our recent expedition to Aconcagua was a huge success and the team returned home safely. Please click here to view dispatches from our trip. Please also visit our "Archived News" for more stories of past trips.

  • A) How do I join and prepare for this trip?
  • B) Who are the leaders and staff?
  • C) Who are the members?
  • D) What the cost includes.
  • E) Details of the itinerary, route, and weather.
  • F) What qualifications, experience, fitness, & training do I need?
  • G) Personal & team equipment and what I need to bring.
  • 1 What personal equipment should I bring?
    2 Where should I purchase my equipment?
    • Renting or buying mountain equipment in Mendoza is very easy. There are several shops in town and if your sizes aren't too different than normal you shouldn't have a problem. These CANNOT be paid by credit card due to argentine foreign card restrictions. Please add up the equipment you want to rent based on the list below and bring enough US DOLLARS for this. Prices vary a lot but this is roughly what we had last season (the price is for the 18-20 day itinerary):
      • Trekking poles U$25
      • Crampons U$40
      • Plastic Boots* U$95
      • Sleeping mattress U$20
      • 70 litre rucksack U$45
      • Sleeping bag U$105
      • Long ice axe U$40
      • Down jacket U$80
      • Goretex jacket U$55
      • Trekking boots U$45
      • Duffel bag U$30
      • Fleece jacket U$25
      • Fleece gloves U$15
      • Mittens U$35   
      • Fleece pants U$25
      • Goretex pants U$45
      • Gaiters U$20

    * Please note that if your boot size is larger or smaller than normal we might need extra time to find your boots. Please let us know in advance

    • Below we have listed several inexpensive shops around the world. It may be best to telephone them directly with your questions, as they are very busy and do not always answer email enquiries in a timely manner. When you do contact them, always be sure to mention your name and the name of our company and expedition leaders to them, as we send them many customers and they often give our members substantial discounts. You may or may not choose to purchase the product from them, but it should give you a good idea of what the fair price for the equipment should be. We especially recommend Second Ascent in Seattle, as it has a very large selection of second hand, discontinued, and rental mountain climbing equipment and clothing.
    • One strategy our members often pursue is to visit Seattle for one of our Glacier Schools, and then during time set aside during the course, work together with our leaders to try-on, compare, and purchase and hire the equipment they need at one of the least expensive mountaineering shops in Seattle. It is rare to find such a good selection of equipment and clothing in one shop, but Seattle is known for its large glaciated peaks, and large community of mountaineers.

    Peglers - UK

    www.peglers.co.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 1903 883375
    Pegler's have the largest selection of inexpensive clothing and equipment in the UK.

    Second Ascent - Seattle Second Ascent - Outdoor Gear and Apparel

      www.secondascent.com, Tel: +1 206 545 8810

      Check out their new online shopping store for used and discontinued equipment, clothing, and boots.


    Mountain Equipment Co-op - Canada
    http://www.mec.ca/, Tel: +1 888 847 0770

    MEC have the largest selection of inexpensive clothing and equipment in the Canada.

    Snell Sports - Chamonix

    Tel. : + 33 4 50 53 02 17, email: snell@cham3s.com

    Decathlon - France

    http://www.decathlon.fr/FR/index.html
     
     
    Au Vieux Campeur - France
     
    www.au-vieux-campeur.fr
     
     

    Chamonix Alpine Equipment - Hong KongChamonix Alpine Equipment


    www.hongkongclimbing.com/chamonix/chamonix.htm
    Tel: +852 2388 3626, +852 2374 0924
     
    Everestgear.com - Online
      www.everestgear.com

     

    3 What sort of equipment will the organizers bring?
    4 Do you use fixed rope for this expedition?
    5 How much cash should I bring?
    6 Can I use my credit, bank, cash, ATM card in Argentina?
    7 Bringing equipment and supplies as checked luggage on my international flight.
    8 Do I need to bring my own snack energy and dehydrated food?
    9 Should I plan to take Diamox, Acetylzolamide for this expedition?
    10 What medicines do I need to bring?
    11 May I hire-rent purchase my boots, equipment, and clothing in Mendoza?
    12 What is the best photo or video camera to use?
    13 What paperwork and information do I need to provide before arrival?
  • H) Flying from home country, welcome to Mendoza.
  • I) Insurance and safety.
  • J) Where do we stay and what shall we eat?
  • K) Communications and electronics for Aconcagua.
  • L) Notes for basic members.
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