Peru to Argentina: Qampa & Aconcagua Climb

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  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Start your trip in Peru & acclimatize with a climb of Mt Qampa
  • Explore the mountainous Cordillera Vilcanota before heading for Argentina
  • Climb Mt Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas
  • See the majestic South Wall of Aconcagua, one of the largest in the world
This Nevada Qampa to Aconcagua trek is an incredible, 13-day trek and climb adventure that takes you to the Cordillera Vilcanota and Aconcagua National Park. We have designed the itinerary to offer you the chance to climb some of the most popular peaks in the Andes along with acclimatisation in Cusco.

Your guided trip starts in Peru, where you will climb Mount Qampa (5,400m). The journey to the mountain takes you through a stunning and diverse route, showing you a part of Peru that is largely untouched by tourism. Communities here continue to live traditionally and without many of the modern utilities that are in use today. Our arrieros and mules will meet you at the starting point and accompany you during the trek.

Mount Qampa is one of the easiest and the most popular mountains in the Cusco region. It may be climbed without prior experience in mountaineering. However, it does involve a glacier hike and might also include a small rock-climbing section (depending on the season). Once at the summit, you can take in an incredible, panoramic view that reaches as far as Salkantay, over 200km in the northwest.

The second part of this trip involves a series of flights to Argentina from Cusco. Spend a night in Mendoza before transferring to Penitentes for your Mount Aconcagua climb. Aconcagua (6,962m) is part of the Andes Mountain Range and is located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. The highest mountain in the Americas, Mount Aconcagua is also the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.

Trek from Penitentes to Plaza de Mulas, from where you will start your ascent to the summit via a number of high-altitude camps. The summit offers an incredible, 360-degree view of mountains and glaciers, including the stunning peaks of Cerro Mercedario and Cerro Tolosa.

Descending back via the valley of Horcones, you will find yourself in Penitentes once more. There is an option to spend the night here before transferring back to Mendoza for your onward flight.
5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • From Peru
  • On Mar 05 2020
5 - Excellent
Review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
“We had a great time! The trek was perfectly custom tailored to our needs.

We have left Puerto Natales and still travelling. Thanks again for helping plan a memorable trip for us. We are grateful to have experienced the beauty of TdP.”
Unu Raymi Expeditions responded to this review on : “Hi Katherine, many thanks for your comments regards the trek we designed for you in Torres del Paine, it was a pleasure having you both with us.
Please keep in touch and we hope to see you again another year! best regards, James”
  • Connor
  • On Jan 04 2019
5 - Excellent
Connor's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
“This wasnt just your average planned trip, I was in a bind for a last minute trip, looking online I discovered Unu Raymi Expeditions. James was the best trip planner I could ask for, he was very accommodating to my needs, even helped me out when I got to Cusco & put me up for a couple of nights. He organised & operated my 2 day Lares Valley trek, trip to machu picchu, day tour to salt mines, moray and sacred valley! His team are very professional and handle everyone to their needs and wants in treks and tours around peru! I had met James personally as I was travelling alone, hes a great planner as well now a great friend! I plan on returning soon and meeting up again with James!”
  • Kristi
  • From USA
  • On Sep 11 2019
5 - Excellent
Kristi's review for another Unu Raymi Expeditions tour
“Amazing trip! Have not done much traveling outside the U.S., so was a bit nervous. Our travel specialist was James Mackender, and he made us feel very at easy with traveling abroad in Peru. Everything was perfectly planned--flights, pick-ups and drop-offs. Our guide for the Treehouse Lodge/Iquitos was Guido. Very knowledgeable, spoke excellent english, friendly, very personable. The Treehouse Lodge was beautiful, and the day and night excursions were once in a lifetime. Our next part of our Journey in Peru was seamless--the guide from the Treehouse took us directly to the river boat. The 7 man crew on the Spondias was amazing. They were so attentive, knowledgable about the amazon and Peru. My favorite part of this portion of the trip was when we spent time with a local family at the river village. They invited us into their home, we shared some food, and discussed the commonalty and differences of our daily lives. Our guide on the Spondias was Charlie, and he likes birds and was very knowledgeable about the different species of birds. Our chef, Francisco, was wonderful and his creations were excellent. Our waiter/purser was Jairo, he was a friendly young man, full of knowledge and we practiced english and spanish together. The only flaw was that we missed our connecting flight in Lima to Cusco. After an hour of being sent to 5 different desks to get our flight rescheduled, one phone call to James and in 10 minutes the whole situation was remedied. It relieved so much stress to know that James was looking after us. The last stretch of our trip was to Cusco and Machu picchu, and Zac was our guide. Zac was, hands down, the best guide I have ever had. He was so knowledgeable about Peru, Cusco, Incan history, Machu Picchu. The way he introduced us to Machu Picchu was perfect, and he even took video of our initial reaction to seeing this Wonder of the World. He was so kind, so enthusiastic, I definitely would do another trip with him as our guide.

This trip was just perfect. James did an amazing job listening to what we wanted to do, and making all of those wishes come true. Will definitely be using James again when we travel!!”
Unu Raymi Expeditions responded to this review on : “Hi Kristi, thanks for your comments & it's great to hear about your trip. Peru is an awesome country & I think you've experienced some of the best of it! It was a pleasure to have you both with us and look forward to keeping in touch, best James”
  • Day 1: Cusco – Pacchanta – Mount Qampa Basecamp
  • Day 2: Mount Qampa Base Camp - Summit - Mount Qampa Base Camp
  • Day 3: Mount Qampa Base Camp – Pacchanta – Cusco
  • Day 4: Fly from Cusco to Mendoza (Argentina)
  • Day 5: Mendoza
  • Day 6: Mendoza – Penitentes & trek to Confluencia
  • Day 7: Trek from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas
  • Day 8: Plaza de Mulas – Plaza Canada
  • Day 9: Plaza Canada – Nido de Condores
  • Day 10: Nido de Condores – Camp Colera
  • Day 11: Camp Colera - summit - Plaza de Mulas
  • Day 12: Plazas de Mulas – Penitentes – Mendoza
  • Day 13: Mendoza departure
  • Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 6 Dinners
  • Private airport transfers: Cusco pickup and Mendoza drop-off
  • Three nights' accommodation in Mendoza. One nights' accommodation in Cusco. Camping during the trek
  • A professional, bilingual high-mountain guide
  • Arrieros & mules during some parts of the trek
  • Group camping & dining equipment
  • Flight from Cusco to Mendoza
  • Visa charges
  • International flights (except the flight from Cusco to Mendoza, which is part of the itinerary)
  • Travel insurance with high-altitude rescue & evacuation is not included in the tour price. The traveler is responsible for any costs incurred as part of medical rescue and evacuation
  • Any costs incurred as part of changes to the above itinerary due to weather or any unforeseen circumstances
  • Crampons, ice axes, harnesses, helmets, sleeping bags & trekking poles (can be rented as part of trip)
  • Summit & entrance fees to Aconcagua National Park
  • Hotels before & after the trip (can be organised as part of trip)
  • Anything mentioned optional in the above itinerary
  • Meals and services not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips for the crew
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10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationTravel insurance with highaltitude rescue & evacuation is required for the trip. Entrance & summit permits to Aconcagua National Park are not included in the tour price and must be paid for in cash in Mendoza. The permit to the summit of Aconcagua costs around USD 800 per person. We will help you secure these permits. Radio Equipment: On the expedition we will have radios and access to a rescue helicopter if required. Medical: Oxygen will be available on the expedition as well as an oximeter (to read oxygen levels in your blood), diamox (to combat any bad effects of altitude sickness), and a complete medical box set for the expedition. Health: Your health will be checked at regular intervals along the route (example, at every camp). All of our guides are fully trained in first aid and mountain rescue. Pacing: It is important to go at a pace you are comfortable with. Our guides will help support you in this. The summit attempt will be made via Mount Aconcagua's north face. The biggest threats in the mountain are the cold (20°c to 30°c) and altitude. The summit success rate stands at about 50%. Good physical condition and prior experience at altitude is highly recommended.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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