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Aconcagua Kit List

As the highest trekking peak in the world, Aconcagua presents a unique challenge for hikers. Packing for such a trip can be almost as challenging. We’ve teamed up with our partners at EverTrek to create a kit list of everything you might need for a visit to The Americas’ highest mountain.  

Bags

Day Pack

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Many hikers opt to use porters for Aconcagua, so a light day pack is all that's needed. For advice on how to select the right pack for you, check out our Backpack Buying Guide.


Duffel bag

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A generous duffel bag is a must for a long trip. Porter's will carry up to 20kg so keep this in mind when packing your duffel.


Dry bags

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Dry bags help keep your kit dry and organised.

Sleeping Equipment

Sleeping bag

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For Aconcagua, we recommend a high-quality down sleeping bag with a comfort rating * of -22°C or lower. Down bags have a better warmth-to-weight ratio and are more packable than similar synthetic bags, so are ideal for multi-day expeditions. 

*please note that not all sleeping bag manufacturers report temperature ratings in the same way. Always check that the advertised temperature rating for the bag is the comfort rating, and not the extreme limit of the bag. For more information, please read our Sleeping Bag Buying Guide. 


Camping mat

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A sleeping bag will only provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep when paired with a good camping mat. This plays a vital role in keeping you insulated from the cold temperatures on the ground.  


Sleeping bag liner

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A sleeping bag liner protects your sleeping bag from becoming dirty over time increasing the life of your sleeping bag. Silk blend liners are lighter and more packable than cotton equivalents.

Clothing

Down jacket

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Cooler evenings at camp, early starts, and altitudes of over 6,000m call for serious insulation. Down jackets have the benefit of an excellent warmth to weight ratio, keeping you warm while remaining relatively light and packable. While narrow baffle down jackets may keep you warm further down the valley, a heavier weight jacket is a must on this trip. 


Base Layers

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Packing multiple base layers will make your trip more comfortable. We recommend bringing a mix of thermal long sleeve base layers and cooler base layers as the temperatures on Aconcagua can vary massively.  

All base layers, whether synthetic or merino wool, should be comfortable and quick to dry.  Avoid cotton T-shirts as these won’t wick and hold on to moisture. Wicking is important as it will draw excess moisture away from your body as you sweat, helping you regulate your temperature. Taking a long sleeve option can provide additional protection from the sun on hot days. For more information see our layering system buying guide.


Mid Layers

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To keep comfortable on the trip, it’s important to have a good layering system. A fleece jacket will offer warmth in the evenings and a breathable mid layer breathable enough to trek in it during the day as you gain altitude. Synthetic fleece is breathable, quick to dry, and has a better warmth to weight ratio than a cotton hoody.  

Taking at two fleece mid layers, a warmer option and a lighter one, will offer more versatility and give you options on the trip. Visit our layering system buying guide for more information.  


Trekking Trousers

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We recommend bringing a pair of lightweight, quick drying,walking trousersfor theapproach,and a pair of insulated winter walking trousers withfleeceliningfor higher altitudes 


Trekking Shorts

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While some wear full-length trousers for the entire trip to protect against sunburn, insects or scratches, you may pack a pair of shorts for lower down the valley. We recommend walking shorts made of quick-drying synthetic materials to allow wicking. 


Waterproof Jacket

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A breathable waterproof jacket is a must for added protection from the elements. It should be a good fit: big enough to have a fleece layer or two underneath but not completely oversized. A helmet-compatible hood that can be cinched in around your face to protect you against wind and rain is essential. For more information, read our Waterproof Jacket Buying Guide. 


Waterproof Over Trousers

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Waterproof trousers are a must-have when trekking in the mountains. They'll keep you dry in a downpour but also add a little extra warmth in the cold, windy conditions you'll likely face as you gain altitude. See our waterproof trousers buying guide for more information.


Thermals for sleeping

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A set of thermals to wear while sleeping will help keep you comfortable during your trip. 


Underwear and socks

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Our partners at EverTrek recommend a minimum of 6 pairs of underwear for their Aconcagua itinerary. As with base layers, avoiding cotton undergarments will help with moisture wicking and comfort.  

Walking socks will also wick away excess moisture from your feet. Heavier weight socks provide cushioning in key areas to help reduce premature fatigue. It's worth taking lighter socks for the warmer conditions before using a warmer pair as you ascend. Your footwear must fit comfortably with whatever you choose. 

Synthetic or merino underwear and socks will also dry quicker after washing, allowing a quick rotation of garments. 


Gloves

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A good glove system is key. For Aconcagua, one pair of gloves won’t do it all. Lighter weight gloves and liner gloves allow for dexterity when setting up camp or packing rucksacks, while a warmer pair of mittens provide much needed protection from the cold on summit day. 


Handwarmers

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These are great to keep your hands warm on summit night or on cold nights in the tent, and can also be put into your boots overnight to aid drying.  


Mountaineering Sunglasses

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Polarized or Cat 4 sunglasses are recommended to protect from the harmful effects of UV at altitude.


Head torch

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A headtorch that takes batteries that can be easily replaced throughout the trip is a must for multi-day expeditions.


Sun hat

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A sun hat is essential to protect from sunburn and heat exhaustion, especially at higher altitudes when the effects of UV are heightened. 


Warm hat

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A warm hat will protect you from the cold on summit day, and at night around camp.


Neck warmer

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Neck warmers are highly versatile and can be worn in many ways, from beanie to balaclava, to headband to scarf.

Footwear

Trekking boots

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Your choice of boots will greatly depend on what fits you. Your walking boots need to be comfortable enough to wear for multiple days at a time, with adequate support at the ankle and through the midsole for support while carrying heaving packs. Be sure to test out your boots on a few long walks before the trip. Your feet can swell after long days of walking, so a little extra room is often better than a tight fit.  


Casual shoes

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An extra pair of shoes for around camp can give your feet a break from heavier walking boots.  


Double layered mountaineering boots

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Insulated, and with a stiff sole for use with crampons, these are essential as you push above the snow line. 


Gaiters

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Well suited to all-round mountain use, gaiters can be paired with your walking boots to keep out rain, snow and mud.  

Mountaineering Equipment

Crampons

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C3 crampons compatible with your mountaineering boots. For more information on selecting the right crampons for your boots, check out our crampon buying guide. 


Helmets

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Ice axe

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A walking or alpine style ice axe is recommended for traversing the snowy slopes on the way to the summit.  

For more information on how to select the right axe for you, see our Axe Buying Guide. 


Trekking poles

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Poles are essential for keeping you stable on the rough, uneven sections and for reducing the stress on your joints especially on long descents.

Personal hygiene and health

Our partners at EverTrek recommend the following essentials to help keep you happy and healthy on the trail. Always check with your doctor about what medications you may need to take with you on a trip.  

Documents and other essential items

  • Printed copy of your insurance 
  • Passport and a copy of it  
  • Entertainment (book or pack of cards)   
  • Power banks   
  • Charging cables   
  • Repair kit for sleeping mat and duct tape