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Aconcagua - High Altitude Mountaineering

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December 27, 2018 -
January 15, 2019

CMC Members: 

Under Revision Price will be circa $3500.  Please Email Trip Leader for more information.

Deposit: $1000


Meet Your Trip Leader:

Steve Bonowski




















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Trip Overview

Climb to the highpoint in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres! Aconcagua at 22,895', is one of the world's Seven Summits. This CMC High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) expedition is planned to take up to three weeks. CMC will use the services of Sierra Mountaineering International, who has led trips to virtually every major peak in the world in the past 20+ years. US guides will assist us as we take the more scenic, cleaner, and less travelled Polish Traverse Route up the Vacas Valley, and descend the standard Horcones Valley route. 

Once on the mountain, we will take three days to reach the Base Camp in the Upper Vacas Valley at 13,747', which has bunks, showers, meals and WiFi. From there, we will shuttle gear and move higher, and reach a high camp at over 19,000', re-joining the standard route near Independencia Hut at over 20,000' on summit day. A summit bid will be long, grueling, and will most likely be the highest point in elevation any of us will have ever reached. 

We will descend via the standard X Route to Plaza de Mulas Hut, and from there go out to the Penitentes Trailhead assisted by mules. Having seen much of the entire mountain by then, an extra night in Medoza is included. 

There will be an opportunity to add on extra time at your own expense for tourism, sightseeing, etc. SMI will offer a few of us the opportunity to attempt Ojos Del Salado, 22,615', the highest point of Chile, for an additional cost. The group size will be limited, and agreed upon ahead of time by participants, but it will only go if all participants are well physically, and have enough time left before flights home. 



Hotel in Mendoza on each end. Huts at base camp, four season mountaineering tents on the upper mountain. 

Pre-trip Activities:

  • Group meeting to review itinerary, gear, and trip expectations
  • Optional training hikes, acclimation climbs, and gear planning sessions

Participant Requirements:

  • CMC High Altitude Mountaineering School graduate, or equivalent training
  • Experience hiking in crampons and with ice axe
  • Experience hiking to elevations above 14,000' 
  • Current physical ability to hike full days at high elevation
  • Participation in Pre-trip Activities









Deposit and Cancellation Policy

  1. Non-refundable Deposit: $1000
  2. All requests for cancelation must be submitted in writing to the trip leader.
  3. Cancelations 90 or more prior to departure: All money paid in will be refunded less the non-refundable deposit.
  4. Cancelation on Day 30 or more prior to departure:
    1. If a qualified, wait listed, person is available to take a vacated slot and pays all money due, all payments made by the canceling party will be refunded less the nonrefundable deposit.
    2. If no one is available to take a vacated slot, 50% of paid money will be refunded, less the nonrefundable deposit. 
  5. Cancelation on Day 29 or fewer days prior to departure: No refund will be made.

The Colorado Mountain Club will make every effort to carry out this trip. However, if the trip is canceled by the CMC, all money collected from participants, including any “non-refundable deposit” shall be returned. Theparticipant will not be eimbursed for any purchase made for the trip or other expenses that the participant may have paid in association with this trip, which includes equipment purchase, airline cancelation penalties or medical inoculations


Final Payment -  All balances are due by August 1, 2018