Aconcagua Climb

Argentina, Climbing, 21 days - from $6,120 (land only)


The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

Hiking boots

Mountaineering double boots - see below

Ice axe

Crampons (with ‘step-in’ bindings)

Ski goggles



Trekking trousers / pants

Waterproof and breathable over-trousers / rain-pants


Long johns (thermal underwear)

Thermal baselayer shirts

Shirts or T-shirts

Fleece jacket

Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood

Warm jacket (down)


Fleece hat and thermal balaclava

Eyewear – Sunglasses

Inner thermal gloves

Insulated outer gloves or mittens

Waterproof over mittens

Sleeping bag rated to minus 30 degrees C

Sleeping bag liner

Thermarest or similar sleeping mat

Plastic bowl

Plastic mug


Backpack - minimum 70 litres (see below)

Small daypack – for carry-on and trek to basecamp

Headtorch / headlamp with batteries

Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Water bottles. Take 4 x 1litre (1 quart) 'Nalgene' bottles Washbag and toiletries

Antibacterial handwash

Small towel

Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

Basic First Aid Kit including Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, altitude (Diamox), plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

Mountaineering boots required for this trip

You will need high altitude double boots for this trip. Climbing at altitudes of over 6000 metres, the temperatures can be very cold (as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade) and there is less oxygen in the blood to cope with these conditions. Single boots are really not suitable for these cold, high conditions. Most double boots consist of a plastic outer shell and an inner boot which may be a synthetic or leather construction. Scarpa Vega is an example of a good all-round plastic boot. The Scarpa Spantik is an excellent alternative to a plastic boot, where the outer boot is constructed from modern synthetic materials. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.

Backpack required for this trip

While on the mountain we employ Argentinean guides to carry the group’s tents, stoves and fuel. You will be required to carry all of your personal equipment including your sleeping bag and camping mattress, and a proportion of the group’s food. To do this you will need a large (minimum 70 litre / 4300 cu. in.) backpack suitable for your size (or with adjustable back system) which is designed for load carrying with a comfortable hip belt. During the 3-day trek up to the basecamp, mules will carry your backpack containing those items you need during this stage of the trip. You will carry a small daypack with the things you need during the day.

What happens to your KE trek bag

Your KE trek bag containing the climbing gear items that you don’t need on the walk up to the Plaza des Mulas (ice-axe, crampons, big boots etc.) will be taken directly up to Plaza de Mulas and you will not have access to this bag from the morning of Day 3 until the evening of Day 5.

The following items are optional:

Fleece trousers

Neoprene facemask

Trainers / sneakers or similar for camp use

Spare laces

Trekking poles

Swimwear (for the hotel pool)

Travel clothes

Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Camera, media, batteries

Pee bottle

Mountaineering Equipment

Please note that under ‘normal’ conditions found on Aconcagua crampons and ice axes will not used during the ascent. However, it is entirely possible that prevailing conditions may mean that no attempt can be made without these items. We therefore require clients to have this equipment though some or all of it may be left at the basecamp or at a higher camp, according to the discretion of the guides. Everyone needs to bring a pair of ski goggles or visor as protection against the wind.

PHD Gear Advisor

PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.

Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)

Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.

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