The temperatures registered during the climbing season suffer from many thermal variations that make the climber to be always aware.
You have to consider that during the nights even in good weather conditions and above 5000 mts -20° temperatures can be common. -30° Temperatures can be register on the summit of Aconcagua. In Plaza de Mulas, -18 ° C can be registered during bad weather conditions or in presence of big air masses coming from the south. However -25° at high camps are not odd.
The required equipment list on this page is the basic gear to start this experience and it is quite important to increase chances to summit Aconcagua.
Besides, you must have good quality equipment to avoid injuries, illness and even more, it can save your life.
You are the responsible to bring the appropriate equipment and clothes. The guides will only checked the gear and assist you before starting the expedition.
If something is missing, the guides will accompany you to the rental shops so you can be sure you’ll have everything you need.
Remember the guides are the main authority in our guided expedition. They can decide your permanence in the expedition if they realized that you equipment it doesn’t fulfill the needed standards.
Underwear and turtleneck. Polypropylene or capilene, cotton is not recommended. Pile lining.
Jacket or sweatshirt.
Trousers with pile lining. Side zippers are recommended to guarantee comfort and ventilation.
Warm jacket. Down or thinsulate, with a hood, expedition type, it must be comfortable to wear over other clothes.
Waterproof jacket / transpirable. It must have a hood. Suggested: Gore-Tex.
Waterproof trousers / transpirable. Suggested: Gore-Tex. We recommend side zippers to guarantee comfort and ventilation.
Visor and bandana or handkerchief to protect the neck area.
Balaclava . Suggested: polypropylene or capilene.
Wool or pile ski hat.
Head lamp (spare bulbs and batteries).
Glacier glasses: 100% UV, with side cobres. If you use contact lenses or glasses, we recommend you bring an extra pair. Suggested: Cebe, Julbo, Bolle and Ray Ban.
Mittens. One pair, pile, down or wool.
Gore-Tex overmitts. We recommend shell palms. Suggested: Outdoor Research Expedition Modular Mitts or Wild Country Extremities.
Double mountaineering boots. With removable linner.
Gaiters. Gore-Tex, Cordura.
Thick socks. (3 pairs) woolen or synthetic, for cold weather.
Thin socks. 2 pairs of smooth wool, nylon or polypropylene, to be worn closest to the skin. This reduces blistering.
Ice axe: Light ice axe. The size is important: if you are 1.7 mts, use a 60 cm tool; 1.7 to 1.9 mts, use a 65 cm tool; if you are more than 1.9 mts, use a 70 cm tool.
Crampons. We recommend 12 point crampons. Not Footfangs or Simond Scorpions or Grivel Rambo.
Ski poles. One pair of telescopic or collapsible, optional.
Sleeping Bag: Expedition quality, of at least -18°C (0°F). A good quality down sleeping bag of 1 kg is better.
Thermal Mats: Neoprene or Therma Rest. Plate, cup and silverware: Unbreakable for high altitude camps.
Accesories: Pocket Knife: Swiss or Leatherman tool.
Water Bottle: Two one liter wide mouth water bottles, one liter thermos.
Sun screen: Sun cream and lip screen SPF 20-40.
First Aid: Personal First Aid Kit.
Personal Hygiene: pee bottle, wet towels, soap, etc.
Small duffel bag: To store excess equipment at the hotel.
Plastic bags. For pack clothes and keep dry.
Clothes for the journey.
Photographic equipment. Optional