Aconcagua

From $5,400 per Person

MOUNT ACONCAGUA NORTHWEST RIDGE    

The Benegas Brothers Expeditions Aconcagua expedition enables you to develop a sound introduction to high-altitude mountaineering, culminating in climbing to the summit of Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of the Himalayas. Located in Western Argentina in the heart of the Central Andes, it is South America’s highest peak (6962m / 22,840 feet) and one of the much sought-after "Seven Summits.” An ascent of this eminent Andean Peak is ideal for those wishing to experience high-altitude expedition mountaineering. It is often undertaken as a preparation climb for the big mountains in the Himalayas. 

Our expedition is designed to maximize your enjoyment of Aconcagua while fostering education and high-altitude climbing skills. We focus on bringing each climber to be a competent and active teammate and partner. You will benefit from our years of experience on this and other high mountains across the globe. Our highly qualified guides will offer you an experience that is not offered on Aconcagua. 

Read the Ultimate Climbing Guide for Aconcagua here

Dates:

  • December 15, 2024 - January 2, 2025
  • January 5 - January 23, 2025
  • January 26 - February 13, 2025

Climbing Aconcagua with Benegas Brothers Expeditions

We first climbed Aconcagua in 1987, and since then, we have explored nearly every valley and ridge on the mountain. BBE offers both non-technical and technical ascents on four routes: the Northwest Ridge (The Normal Route), The Polish Traverse, The Polish Direct; and in 2002, in search of new and unexplored ways to the summit, we pioneered a new route on the West Face, “The Flight of the Condor.” All the routes are physically demanding adventures and involve all the complexities of expedition climbing. We look forward to climbing with you to “The Roof of the Americas”!

Summit Day

The route crosses the Cresta del Viento (Windy Crest). We traverse the upper part of the Gran Acarreo, which leads to the Canaleta - the most infamous and challenging part of the summit day. The Canaleta is an approximately 30-degree scree gully that climbs 1,300 feet. It requires great patience and stamina and is often done with crampons. Above Canaleta, you will find yourself on the Cresta del Guanaco, the ridge that joins the lower South Summit to the higher North Summit. We follow the ridge crest to the 22,841-foot true summit, where an aluminum cross marks the highest point in the entire Western Hemisphere. Summiting and returning down to high camp usually takes from 9-14 hours.

The Strategy

All expedition equipment is carried to base camp by mules. From there, we follow the climb-high-sleep-low philosophy and establish a series of higher camps. We have built numerous inclement weather days into the schedule to allow more time to attempt the summit climb. We’ve fine-tuned our mountain menu to provide tasty meals and easily digested food that provides the calories needed to maintain energy levels. Many years ago, we also recognized the advantage of using porters. Hence we make this service available for climbers joining our teams. More than 90% of our clients now utilize this service, which makes things a bit easier and increases success rates. Most importantly, your guides provide leadership that fosters team building and supports all working toward the group objective.

Type: 
Expeditions

Location: 
Argentina

Group Size: 
6 people

Duration: 
19 days

Skill: 
Intermediate to Advanced

Activities: Expeditions, 7 Summits

Season: 12/15/24-1/2/25, 1/23/24-1/5/25, 1/26/25-2/13/25

Pricing (per person)

Pricing is a typical estimate, final quote will be provided after receiving your inquiry.

19 days / 1 Person $5,400

Why Hire the Benegas Brothers for Aconcagua?

 

When embarking on a thrilling Aconcagua expedition, selecting the right mountain guides is paramount to ensure a safe and successful climb. The Benegas Brothers have been at the forefront of high-altitude mountaineering for decades, making them the top choice for adventurers seeking an unforgettable and secure journey to the summit. Here's why you should choose the Benegas Brothers as your trusted mountain guides for Aconcagua:

1. Unmatched Expertise: With over 30 years of combined guiding experience, the Benegas Brothers are renowned for their unparalleled expertise in leading successful Aconcagua expeditions. Their intimate knowledge of the mountain's terrain, weather patterns, and logistics guarantees a smooth and well-organized climb.

2. Risk Management as Priority: Risk management is the cornerstone of every expedition with the Benegas Brothers. They are highly trained in mountain safety protocols and first aid, ensuring that each climber is well taken care of throughout the journey.

3. Personalized Approach: Unlike large commercial guiding companies, the Benegas Brothers offer a personalized approach. They keep expedition groups small, fostering a tight-knit and supportive atmosphere that enhances the overall experience.

4. Cultural Immersion: As native Argentinians, the Benegas Brothers provide a unique opportunity for cultural immersion. They share their local knowledge, introduce you to Argentine customs, and make your expedition not just a climb but also a cultural adventure.

5. Sustainable Practices: The Benegas Brothers are committed to responsible and sustainable mountaineering. They practice Leave No Trace principles and work closely with local communities to preserve the pristine environment of Aconcagua.

6. Success Record: With an impressive success rate, the Benegas Brothers have guided countless climbers to the summit of Aconcagua. Their wealth of experience ensures you have the best chance of reaching the peak safely and triumphantly.

7. Mentorship and Support: The Benegas Brothers are not only expert guides but also mentors, providing guidance and support throughout the climb. They encourage and empower climbers to push their limits and achieve their goals.

In conclusion, the Benegas Brothers stand out as the ideal mountain guides for Aconcagua expeditions. Their wealth of experience, unwavering commitment to safety, personalized approach, and cultural insights make them the perfect choice for climbers seeking an unforgettable and successful journey to the summit. Put your trust in the Benegas Brothers, and they will lead you to conquer the majestic heights of Aconcagua while creating cherished memories that last a lifetime.

“Willie and Damian set the bar as high as the mountains they climb!”

“In my experience, few provide a more complete, safe and rewarding expedition experience than the Benegas Brothers. When it comes to expedition judgement, safety and climbing ethics, Willie and Damian set the bar as high as the mountains they climb. There’s a lot more to high altitude climbing expeditions than just getting to the top. Team dynamics, the opportunities to learn skills, making lifelong friends, enjoying new cultures and cuisine are some of the important elements of an expedition. In my experience, few provide a more complete, safe and rewarding expedition experience than the Benegas Brothers. When it comes to expedition judgement, safety and climbing ethics, Willie and Damian set the bar as high as the mountains they climb. My son Matt and I have 100% trust and confidence in Willie and Damian and when I’m not climbing with Matt, it’s reassuring to know he’s with the Benegas Brothers. ”

–Mike Moniz