Aconcagua Equipment List: Gear Up for the Ultimate Climb

Are you ready to take on the challenge of Aconcagua, the towering giant of South America? The journey ahead will test your limits, and having the right gear is essential to make it a successful and enjoyable adventure. Let's dive into the comprehensive gear list that will ensure you're well-prepared for the climb of a lifetime.


Essential Climbing Equipment Provided

Your mountain guide will supply the crucial climbing gear, including ropes, snow stakes, ice screws, carabiners, a first aid kit, GPS, and a communication system. Rest assured, you're in good hands with the necessary technical gear.

Weight Matters: Pack Smart

Aconcagua has weight restrictions, so efficient packing is key. Here's what you need to bring:


  • Day Pack: Opt for a 30-40 liter daypack. Popular brands like Osprey, Lowe Alpine, and Berghaus have you covered. Check out our favorite daypacks for inspiration. As an EverTrekker, enjoy a 20% discount on Osprey products.
  • Duffel Bag: Carried by your porter, a 100-120 liter duffel bag stores most of your trekking gear. Look into brands like North Face, Mountain Equipment, Osprey, and Rab.
  • Dry Bags: Keep valuables safe and separate clean and dirty items.
  • Zip Lock Bags: These versatile bags are handy for miscellaneous items and waste disposal.

Sleeping Soundly: Equipment for Rest

Restful sleep is vital for your trekking success. Equip yourself with:

  • Sleeping Bag: Opt for a high-quality 4-season down sleeping bag rated for temperatures around -22°C.
  • Sleeping Mat: Choose a lightweight option like the Therma-Rest Prolite Plus. Don't forget a repair kit in case of punctures.
  • Sleeping Bag Liner: If you're sensitive to the cold, consider a silk or cotton liner for added warmth.

Clothing: Layers for Every Challenge

Aconcagua's varying temperatures demand versatile clothing choices:

  • Down Jacket: A high-quality heavy down jacket is essential for warmth in your tent and on summit day. Consider 800-fill minimum jackets like the Mountain Equipment K7 Jacket or Rab Mens Mythic Ultra Jacket.
  • Base Layers (6-8): Mix thermal and cooler base layers. Polypropylene, Capilene, and Merino wool options work well.
  • Mid Layers (2): Brands like Rab, Craghoppers, Columbia, and North Face offer budget-friendly fleece options.
  • Trekking Trousers (2-3): Pack lightweight and insulated winter walking trousers with fleece lining.
  • Trekking Shorts (1): For warmer moments.
  • Waterproof Jacket: Opt for a light waterproof jacket with good ventilation and helmet space.
  • Waterproof Over Trousers: Ensure they fit over your trekking trousers and consider Gore-Tex material.
  • Thermal Pants/Long Johns (1-2): For cold nights and summit day.
  • Underwear and Socks: Choose Merino Wool for comfort and warmth, bringing a minimum of 6 pairs each.
  • Inner Socks (min. of 2 pairs)
  • Thick Mountain Socks: Essential for summit day.
  • Additional Clothing: Warm layers for sleeping and travel.

Face, Head, and Hands: Protecting Your Essentials

Shield yourself from the elements with the right gear:

  • Sun Hat: Protect yourself from the intense sun.
  • Warm Hat/Beanie: Keep your head cozy during colder moments.
  • Buff/Neck Warmers: Pack lightweight and insulated options for varying temperatures.
  • Gloves: Bring both liner and insulated lightweight gloves.
  • Mountaineering Gloves: Invest in high-quality gloves designed for extreme cold and high altitudes.
  • Handwarmers: Keep your hands warm during chilly nights.
  • Mountaineering Sunglasses: Choose Category 4 glasses with 100% UV protection. Julbo is a trusted brand.
  • Head Torch: Opt for a battery-powered Petzl head torch with spare batteries.

Footwear: Steady Steps on Challenging Terrain

Choose footwear that supports you every step of the way:

  • 3 Season Trekking Boots: Sturdy hiking boots suitable for rough trails.
  • Trainers/Shoes: Lightweight options for camp comfort.
  • Double Layer Mountaineering Boots: Essential for climbing to high altitudes. Ensure they're crampon-compatible and well broken in.

Mountaineering Equipment: Tools for Summit Success

Equip yourself for the climb with specialized gear:

  • Crampons: C3 crampons compatible with your mountaineering boots, like the Grivel G12.
  • Helmet: Choose a mountaineering helmet from recommended brands.
  • 1 Ice Axe: Traverse-type for added safety.
  • Trekking Poles: Telescopic poles help you navigate uneven terrain and reduce joint stress.

Personal Hygiene and Health: Staying Fresh

Maintain hygiene and well-being throughout the journey:

  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin with at least factor 50 sunscreen.
  • Protective Lip Balm: Keep your lips moisturized and guarded against the elements (factor 30+).
  • Wet Wipes/Soap: Essential for hygiene; dispose of waste responsibly.
  • Towel: A compact towel for quick clean-ups.
  • Water Purifying Tablets: Handy for extra peace of mind.
  • Toilet Paper (2): A must for every trekker.
  • Personal Washbag: Carry essential personal care items.
Hydration & Food

Hydration and energy:
  • Hydration system such as a camel bag or bottle (Nalgene): 2 liters minimum.
  • Insulated bottle or pack: For summit day.
  • Thermos 0.75-1 liter: For cold days and campsite. Good quality and not too heavy.
  • Water-purifying tablets are recommended: All water supplied is boiled before hand, but these are recommended.
  • Energy bars or gels: It's always better to test out and bring bars/gels with you.

Medication: Stay Prepared

Be ready for common health challenges:

  • Ibuprofen and Paracetamol: For headaches and pain relief.
  • First Aid Kit: Your guide will also carry a fully equipped kit.
  • Rehydration Powder (Dioralyte): Stay hydrated and balanced.
  • Diarrhea Treatment Kit: Be prepared for digestive issues.
  • Diamox: Essential for altitude adaptation.
  • Personal Medication: Carry any prescription medications you need.

Documents and Other Essentials: Keep It Together

Don't forget the crucial documents and added comforts:

  • Printed Insurance Copy: Extra assurance for emergencies.
  • Emergency Contact Information: Plus family contact details.
  • Passport and Copy: Keep your identification secure.
  • Entertainment: Bring a book or pack of cards for downtime.
  • Power Banks: Keep your devices charged.
  • Charging Cables: Stay connected and charged.
  • Pocket knife: (Leatherman, Victorinox type)

Optional Gear for Hire in Mendoza

  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness and Carabiners
  • Helmet

Aconcagua awaits, and with the right gear, you're ready to tackle its challenges. From essential clothing layers to technical mountaineering equipment, this comprehensive list ensures you have everything you need for a successful climb. Prepare well, stay safe, and enjoy the breathtaking journey ahead!

Written By

Rosie Long

Yeti Hapus