SEVEN SUMMITS

Aconcagua

An awe-inspiring journey to the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere

Duration

17 Days

Location

Argentina

Expert Guidance

Led by Jason Black himself, this expedition boasts the invaluable leadership of Ireland's foremost high-altitude mountaineer.

Summit Success

With a small guiding ratio to maximize summit success, our expedition places a premium on individual attention and safety.

Expedition Support

A worry-free adventure with all-inclusive support, including transport, and luxury base camp services.

DESTINATION

Argentina

Aconcagua 6962m is the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere and the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas, and the second highest of the Seven Summits.

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This expedition is personally lead by Irelands leading high altitude mountaineer Jason Black. This is a great expedition for aspiring mountaineers looking to really stretch themselves and tackle some higher altitudes. The mountain itself is challenging and should not be underestimated but with sufficient preparation and training will be a significant achievement to stand on the highest point of South America. The route is non-technical, there is no need for years of experience. There is still a high level of fitness required. This expedition is more physically and mentally demanding than mountains like Mount Elbrus or Mount Kilimanjaro, requiring a good working knowledge of camping, cooking and cold weather survival skills. Our expedition teams are normally between 6 and 10 people. The guide to member ratio is 1:5 on Aconcagua. Summit day is a big mountaineering day and any person contemplating Aconcagua should be prepared for extremely cold conditions.

Aconcagua

Mt. Acocagua

Price

€5,500

Country

Argentina

DURATION

17 days

Grade

Difficult

MAX ALTITUDE

6962 m
22841 ft

Daily Activity

Approx
4-7 hrs

Season

Summer

Expedition highlights

  • Our route to the summit gives our team the opportunity to climb Aconcagua on one of its most beautiful and less visited faces.
  • Have the rare opportunity to traverse the mountain to both base camps on Mt. Aconcagua, Climbing from Plaza Argentina on the Polish Route to Plaza de Mulas on the Normal Route.

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  • Aconcagua Mountain is the highest mountain in America and is part of The 7 Summits Circuit (this consists of climbing the highest mountains of each continent).
  • Our expedition programme gives you the best opportunity to succeed.
  • An excellent chance to test yourself at an altitude of up to 23,000 feet, which is a great stepping stone for climbing the Himalaya mountains of 26,000 feet.
  • Our expedition porters carry the group gear to the altitude camps. (tents, kitchen sets, stoves, ropes and the garbage produced for the group) This helps you to save energy to achieve your goal.
  • Meet the most remarkable mike minded people from around the world. 

Climb Route

Details

Day 1
Arrive into Mendoza, transfer to hotel. Jason Black will meet with you and conduct an orientation, equipment check, and then gather the group for a welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Day 2
After breakfast depart Mendoza and drive to Las Cuevas Refuge. Lunch in Uspallata. Overnight in refuge “Escuela de Montaña”

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Day 3
Drive to the the Los Horcones (2876m / 9,700ft) trailhead and begin our trek to base camp the along the Horcones river. We overnight at Confluencia Camp (3435m / 11,270ft).

Day 4
Acclimatisation Hike. From Confluencia, we will hike up to Plaza Francia (4250m / 13,944ft) at the base of the mighty South Face of Aconcagua and return to Confluencia for the evening.

Day 5
Plaza de Mulas base camp (4206m / 13,800ft). Today we complete the trek to base camp gaining 775m of elevation and settle into our camp.

Day 6
Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

Day 7
Acclimatisation Hike. From Plaza de Mulas base camp, we will hike up the slopes of nearby Cerro Bonete (5004m / 16,417ft) just to the west of base camp and return to base camp for the evening.

Day 8
Carry to Camp 1 – BC to Cambio de Pendiente (5100 m). We will carry some of our gear up to Camp 1 and cache it while we return to base camp for the night.

Day 9
Rest day in Plaza de Mulas

Day 10
BC Plaza de Mulas (4267m) – move up to Camp II (Nido de Cóndores, 5400m)

Day 11
Rest day at camp II (Nido de Cóndores 5400m)

Day 12
Move to Camp 3 – Camp Colera (6,000m / 19,685ft). Camp Colera is a larger, while slightly more exposed, camp situated directly at the north ridge above the classic high camp of Camp Berlín. This camp positions us well for a slightly shorter summit day. We are early to bed as we prepare for our summit attempt with an alpine start in the early morning hours.

Day 13
Summit day! We awake early and set off for the summit, usually arriving at the top (6961m / 22,837ft) around 2 PM. We savor the view from the highest peak in the Americas, then descend back to our high camp, Camp Colera, and spend the night.

Day 14
Extra Summit day!

Day 15
Extra Summit day!

Day 16
Descend from our Camp Camp III Colera to Plaza de Mulas base camp (4206m / 13,800 ft)

Day 17 (13-01-23)
Transfer to Mendoza airport, depart for home.

Day 1
Arrive into Mendoza, transfer to hotel. Jason Black will meet with you and conduct an orientation, equipment check, and then gather the group for a welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Day 2
Mendoza / Penitentes-Puente del Inca (8992ft – 2725m)
Obtaining of permits. Transfer to Penitentes-Puente Del Inca. Lodging in hotel.Preparation of the loads for the mules.

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Day 3
Penitentes / Pampa de Leñas (10,230ft – 3100m)
Drive to Quebrada de Vacas. Beginning of the trekking to Pampa de Leñas. Setting up of tents and resting. You will only carry your daypack, our mules will carry your personal equipment.

Day 4
Pampa de Leñas / Casa de Piedra (11880ft – 3600m)
Trek to Casa de Piedra. You may only carry a small backpack, our mules will carry your personal equipment.

Day 5
Casa de Piedra / Plaza Argentina Base Camp (13200ft – 4000m)
Trek to Plaza Argentina base camp. Lodging. You will only carry your daypack, our mules will carry your personal equipment.

Day 6 
Plaza Argentina Base Camp (13200ft – 4000m)
Resting day in Plaza Argentina.

Day 7 
Plaza Argentina / Camp 1 (16335ft – 4950m) / Plaza Argentina
Acclimatisation trek and transportation of material to Camp 1. Lunch and return to Plaza Argentina.

Day 8
Plaza Argentina Base Camp (13200ft – 4000m)
Resting day in Plaza Argentina. Checking of equipment for the ascent.

Day 9
Plaza Argentina / Camp 1 (16335ft – 4950m)
Climb to Camp 1. Setting up of tents and resting. You will have to carry your personal equipment and additional supplies if any. Our porters will carry the tents, garbage and first aid kits.

Day 10
Camp 1 / Camp 2 – Upper Guanacos (18095ft -5500m) / Camp 1
Acclimatisation trek and transportation of material to Camp. Lunch and return to Camp 1

Day 11
Camp 1 / Camp 2 – Upper Guanacos (18095ft -5500m)
Climb to Camp 2. Setting up of tents and resting. You will have to carry your personal equipment and additional supplies if any. Our porters will carry the tents, garbage and first aid kits.

Day 12
Camp 2 (18095ft – 5500m)
Resting day in Camp 2.

Day 13
Camp 2 / Camp 3 (19740ft – 6000m)
Climb to Camp 3 by making a traverse to the Normal Route crossing the mythic base of the Polish Glacier. You will have to carry your personal equipment and additional supplies if any. Our porters will carry the tents, garbage and first aid kits.

Day 14
Camp 3 / SUMMIT (22974ft – 6962m) / Camp 3
Climbing day from Camp 3 to the SUMMIT!!! and returning to Camp 3.

Day 15
Camp 3 / Plaza de Mulas base camp (Normal Route)
Descent from Camp 3 to Plaza de Mulas base camp. You will have to carry your personal equipment and additional supplies. Our porters will carry the tents, garbage and first aid kits.

Day 16
Plaza de Mulas / Penitentes
Descent to Penitentes. You will only carry your daypack, our mules will carry your personal equipment. Drive to our Lodge. Lodging

Day 16
Penitentes / Mendoza
Breakfast. Drive to Mendoza City in our private transfer.

Day 17 
Extra day for contingencies as bad weather that may prevent the normal development of the program.

  • WORLD’S LEADING high altitude guides
  • Small guiding ratio to maximise summit success

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  • All transport throughout the expedition
  • Portering of your personal equipment on the expedition (25kg per person)
  • Internal flights in Argentina
  • Hotel accom 1 night before and 1 night after the climb in a 4-Star-Hotel, Accom on a shared basis.
  • All meals and drinking water except in Mendoza where accommodation is based on B&B
  • Base Camp Services: luxury base camp, dining tents, equipped with thermal insulation and wooden floor, electricity (220v
    50Hz), chairs, tables; living room, heating stove, small lounge.
  • Communications at Base Camp: radio VHF, all communication by satellite,
  • Free wifi
  • Base camp hot showers.
  • High Camps: 1 tent for 2 members
  • High Camps: are equipped with a dining and a toilet tent. 
  • Cooking staff: guides cook and provide hot & fresh food and drinks.
  • O2 in case of emergency (emergency oxygen with summit masks and regulators).
  • PORTER SERVICES for group/common gear such as tents, stoves, white gas, as well as carrying down trash and human waste
  • WEATHER FORECAST daily.
  • AVALANCHE FORECAST daily.
  • SUMMIT CERT for Aconcagua summiteers.

Practical Info

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Jason Black Mountaineering, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated Expert Advice page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

ARE PERMITS REQUIRED FOR THIS TREK

Yes the Aconcagua national park services require all climbers to have a permit. 

Your permit covers the Base Camp doctor and medical team should you require it, helicopter evacuation. Jason Black Mountaineering will look after the administration of obtaining your permit. 

ACONCAGUA CLIMBING PERMIT

We will help arrange your permit from the national park services:

The Early bird permit fees March - August (Park’s website)

Normal Route / Horcones Valley: International climbers: U$D 550 (this is U$D 250 off the regular price).

Polish Traverse and Polish Glacier routes / Vacas Valley: U$D 680 for international climbers (U$D 270 of savings)

The late permit fees September onwards (Park’s website)

Normal Route / Horcones Valley: International climbers: U$D 800

Polish Traverse and Polish Glacier routes / Vacas Valley: U$D 950 for international climbers

IS PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REALLY NECESSARY

Previous experience at altitude is necessary. It is a much greater undertaking than other mountains such as Kilimanjaro. You will require crampons, an ice axe and good backpacking skills, but not rope.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CLIMB

The climbing season is from mid-November to mid-March. 80 percent of mountaineers go in December or January.

WHAT EXTRA COST CAN I EXPECT

Park entrance fees which must be paid for in person in Mendoza.
If you buy your permits before end of August at a cost of $450 after September permits cost $900

You must have Personal travel insurance, which covers Medical vaccinations.

We arrange your tourist visas to enter country.

Personal spending and tips.

WHAT ABOUT IF I NEED EXTRA HOTEL NIGHTS

We can arrange extra hotel nights for you if you want to arrive early or stay on for some extra days. Please let us know so we can make the arrangements as required.

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE CLIMBING

There are no technical mountaineering skills required to climb Aconcagua. That said, it is a tough climb. You’ll need to acclimatise properly, adapt to high winds and face cold night, quite normal for a high mountain.

HOW FAST DO WE MOVE IN THE CLIMB

Slow and Steady

CAN I LEAVE LUGGAGE IN MENDOZA HOTEL DURING THE CLIMB

Yes, you can leave any luggage at the hotel during the trek.

WILL I BE MET AT MENDOZA AIRPORT

Jason Black will personally meet you at the airport. Please look for our Black Mountaineering signboard.

CAN I GET A VISA FOR SOUTH AMERICA ON ARRIVAL

Most guests are eligible to get a visa on arrival at the airport and it takes between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the rush. Guests are responsible to check and verify all visa requirements and visas before arriving, and that includes your current Covid vaccine card. (you will not get in if not vaccinated). Your passport needs to have at least 6 months validity on the date you are entering South America. Check this as soon as you book your climb.

CAN I CHARGE MY DEVICES ON THE CLIMB

We have solar electricity at Basecamp

WHAT ABOUT ACCLIMATISATION AND ALTITUDE

Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in South America and should be respected. Altitude sickness is a reality, but manageable in the hands of an experienced high altitude leader. Your enemy up high is altitude and cold if you and the team manage this with care and the weather is good then the chances of success are high. Abuse this and the chances are greatly reduced. Jason black is one of the most experienced high altitude mountaineers in the world and knows best how to move when to move and how to be successful on Aconcagua.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET SICK OR INJURED ON THE TREK

Climbing insurance is vital for Aconcagua. If an accident or incident should occur that requires immediate medical assistance and evacuation you will most definitely want adequate trekking insurance that can cover the costs of air ambulance and treatment. Make sure you have insurance that covers you for any travel related risks, like lost, stolen, damaged or delayed baggage; interruptions and flight delays and tour operators default.

WHAT SAFETY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE

Jason Black is a certified Wilderness Advanced First Aid and is remote professional and wilderness leader highly experienced in remote and challenging environments. We are equipped with pulse oximeters and in addition to keeping a close watch of your condition they will take daily readings of your blood oxygen saturation levels. In addition our guides carry a basic first aid kit and have a mobile phone. In an emergency situation the guide will coordinate rescue efforts with the park rangers office where a support team is available 24/7.

WHO ELSE IS IN MY CLIMB GROUP

Jason Black Mountaineering runs small number unique groups. He never shares personal data but we can give you a general idea on nationalities, sex and approximate age ranges, if you contact us directly.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO BRING ON THE EXPEDITION

Your smile and an open mind and an open heart.

WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE

On any trip it is advised to take out travel insurance appropriate to the countries you are visiting and what you will be doing when you get there. It is important to take out your policy as soon after booking your trip as possible. If you need to cancel for a legitimate reason then your trip costs and flight costs will be covered.

Our recommended Insurance provider is : https://www.trailfinders.ie/

Some companies sell an annual travel insurance policy as part of a package which might include house and car insurance, but in our experience those travel polices may not cover the sorts of activities that we provide like trekking at altitude and mountain climbing, but they will cover holidays like wildlife safaris. Do always check that what you buy covers what you are planning to do. 

Areas to be aware of. 

Coronavirus update: since the global pandemic and the introduction of travel corridors and advisories against travel by the FCO in Ireland and other Governments, insurance companies have adjusted their policies and some are offering cover for travel to countries which are on the FCO list for ‘all but essential travel’ and there are some offering cover for cancellations due to covid-19.

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers trekking as an activity up to the trek max altitude. Some policies require that you pay for evacuation up front and will reimburse you when you get home and submit the documents. Evacuation can cost up to €5000 so make sure that your policy will actually pay for any expenses while you are travelling. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

It does not happen often but if you are evacuated and want to make an insurance claim its mandatory to get a hospital report in the country as soon you get off the mountain. Often, trekkers with altitude sickness feel better once they get to a lower elevation, but it’s important to get the proper medical documentation for claims. The hospital will charge you a fee of $150 for the medical report required by your insurance. You are responsible for any evacuation or medical bills that are incurred. Most insurance companies will cover these costs for you before you leave the country, but some will want you to pay all costs out of pocket and then reimburse you. We suggest that you check your insurance policy and ensure that they will cover all costs upfront in the event of an evacuation.

We always encourage you to know what your insured for and check specifics before you arrive. 

Measure twice cut one. 

Jason Black 

  • Do i need a visa

You will need to check if you require a Visa to enter the country of the trip. Please ensure you do this immediately as it generally can be a lengthily process. 
Google the visa requirements required on the internet. If you have any difficult reach out to Jason for advice. If you require an invitation letter we can provide you on request 

  • When do i book my flights

Once you have booked your trip you can book your flights to coinside with the arrival and departure date’s required for the expedition. 
Check in with Jason on exact arrival and departure dates. 

Climbers must have prior experience of similar peaks, including significant ascents in the Andes, Alps, Rockies, Caucasus or Himalayas.

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We will likely encounter long, steep snow and ice slopes with short steps of very steep ice or low grade rock climbing, so mastery of basic mountaineering skills is a must.

Climbs of this grade demand hard physical effort at extreme altitudes - you will need exceptional cardio-vascular fitness and to be thoroughly prepared. When you sign up, we’ll ask you to share key performance data and look closely at your past experience. We’ll then work with you to develop an appropriate training program, which will guarantee you the best chance of success.

If there are shortfalls within abilities and experience, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan, including recommending preliminary climbs in the years and months leading up to this expedition, to ensure that you achieve your objective.

Print Packing List

Base Layers

  • Synthetic Short Underwear (2-3 pair): non-cotton style underwear
  • Lightweight Long Underwear (1-2 pair): long sleeve shirt and long pants
  • Heavyweight Long Underwear (1 pair)
  • Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt (1-2)

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Mid Layers

  • Soft Shell Jacket: to be worn over other layers
  • Soft Shell Pants: very breathable and water repellant
  • Lightweight Nylon Pants (optional)

Windproof/Rain Layers

  • Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable shell jacket
  • Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable shell pants

Insulation Layers

  • Insulated Down or Synthetic Jacket with hood
  • Insulated Pants (optional)

Headwear

  • Warm Hat: synthetic or wool hat (ski hat)
  • Balaclava: to protect your neck and face in high winds
  • Baseball Cap or other sun hat: to shade your face/neck from the sun on a hot day
  • Bandana or Buff: to protect your neck/face from the sun

Eyewear

  • Glacier Glasses: full protection with side covers or wrap around
  • Ski Goggles: to be worn in the event of high winds

Gloves

  • Lightweight Synthetic Liner Gloves: for wearing on warm days
  • Soft Shell Gloves: to wear for moderate cold/wind
  • Shell Glove with Insulated Liner: to wear for severe cold/strong wind
  • Expedition Mitts: large enough to fit a liner glove inside

Footwear

  • Liner Socks (3 pairs)
  • Wool or Synthetic Socks (3 pairs)
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Hiking Shoes/Boots: comfortable hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Water Shoes or Sandals: for stream and river crossings
  • Booties (optional): for wearing around camp

Sleeping Equipment

  • Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20°F
  • Self-inflating Sleeping Pad: full length is preferred
  • Closed-cell Foam Pad: to be used in conjunction with the inflating pad for warmth and comfort when sleeping
  • Earplugs

Mountaineering Gear

  • Expedition Backpack: approximately 105L
  • Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing the volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc. in your pack
  • Trash Compactor Bags: to line backpack and stuff sacks as well as for separating gear
  • Backpack Rain Cover (optional)
  • Trekking Backpack: to carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
  • Trekking Poles with Optional Snow Baskets: adjustable
  • Ice Axe: general mountaineering tool (~60cm)
  • Crampons: general mountaineering crampons
  • Climbing Helmet (optional): must be able to fit over your warm hat
  • Headlamp: with 2 extra sets of new batteries

Travel Items

  • Large Duffel Bag with Lock: for transporting gear to base camp on the mules, no hard sides or wheels
  • Small Duffel Bag with Lock: to store items in the hotel(s) while on the climb
  • Travel Clothes: for days in cities and towns
  • Lightweight journal, sketchbook, pencils, pen
  • Currency to exchange to purchase SIM cards or merchandise in cities and villages

Additional Food Items

  • Snack Food: bring a few days’ supply of your favorite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, beef jerky, etc. variety of salty and sweet is good

Other Equipment

  • Cup: plastic 16 oz. minimum cup or mug
  • Bowl: large plastic bowl for eating dinner or breakfast
  • Spoon: plastic spoon (Lexan)
  • Water Bottles (2): wide mouth bottles with 1-liter capacity
  • Water Bottle Parkas (2): fully insulated with zip opening
  • Thermos (optional): 1-liter
  • Water Treatment
  • Sunscreen: SPF 40 or better
  • Lip Screen (2 sticks): SPF 30 or better
  • Toiletry Bag: include toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes and hand sanitizer (2 small bottles)
  • Pee Bottle: 1-liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent
  • Female Urination Device (FUD)
  • Knife or Multi-tool (optional)
  • Small Personal First-aid Kit: include athletic tape, band-aids, Ibuprofen, blister care, etc.
  • Medications and Prescriptions: bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox, etc.
  • Handkerchiefs/Bandanas (optional)

Optional Electronics

RENTAL ITEMS 

You can hire all the equipment you are likely to need in a rental shop in town, there are many to choose from but i like to use one called Limite Vertical on Sarmiento Street. 

It is worth pointing out that the supermarkets sell everything you may need in terms of personal stuff for your washkit, sweets and snacks and any types of food. This might save you a lot of weight in your baggage.

You may pay your deposit and balance using any lawful means. If sending money by electronic bank transfer then you will be responsible for covering the cost of the fees associated with the transfer, so that the company receives the full amount shown on your invoice, in the denomination shown on your invoice.

  • On Booking your expedition our returns policy can be viewed here

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  • During the expedition there are no refunds.  This includes but is not limited to, expeditions that conclude without reaching or making progress towards expedition objective(s) (for example, the summit) due to route conditions, weather, insufficient manpower, or any other factor outside the control of Jason Black Mountaineering.
  • Expedition leader has the final say on the expedition conclusion and will make all best efforts towards reaching expedition objective(s) within our margin of safety.
  • Participants that choose to leave an active expedition for any reason are not entitled to any refunds
  • Jason Black Mountaineering, highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions
  • Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Jason Black Mountaineering must adhere to a stringent refund policy
  • Deposit due with registration.

There is a fine line between adventure and blatant risk. Mountaineering is an adventure trip that carries an intrinsic danger and the nature of travel implies things don’t generally go according to the plan, which is the reason why we require every one of our clients to get acceptable and proper insurance.

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Due to unanticipated reasons, for example, injury, family issues, work commitments, etc., clients may need to cancel their trip before the start or during the expedition. Considering these factors, it’s better to be prepared for the possibilities.

As mentioned in the Terms and Conditions of Jason Black mountaineering, the company is exempt from being liable for different expenses that may occur in case of different emergencies or unforeseen situations. Both facts point out the requirement of a client to purchase an elaborate travel insurance plan in their place of origin that protects their interest in case of trip cancellation, helicopter evacuation, medical emergencies, other illnesses, lost luggage, theft, disasters, death, and so on.

You are free to pick your insurer however look for an arrangement that covers trip postponement and cancellation, rescue, and covers medical as well. Guarantee it doesn’t have limitations on the height you will climb, prohibitions on the exercises you are embracing, or the places you will be visiting. Protect yourself with the right insurance so you can go on your expedition with peace of mind and focus more on your climbing.

Please make sure to send us a copy of your insurance policy before you start your expedition so that we can assist you in any case of an emergency.

Adventure + Expertise + Purpose
Jason Black

Jason Black

International Expedition Leader

Commitment to Safety and Environment

Jason’s commitment to safety standards, extensive mountain knowledge, and adventure travel experience set him apart. 

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The small group approach adopted by Jason Black Mountaineering offers significant advantages, including a better guide-to-client ratio, reduced environmental impact, and a stronger team dynamic. Putting purpose before profit, the agency prioritizes empowering local communities by employing locals and supporting local businesses, aiming to contribute to the balance of global inequalities.

World Leading Mountaineer

At the helm of Jason Black Mountaineering is Jason Black himself, a renowned International Expedition Leader and International Mountain Leader.

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With a remarkable list of achievements, including summiting Mount Everest and the formidable K2, Jason holds multiple world records in high-altitude mountaineering. His feats, such as being the fastest to summit Kilimanjaro twice and completing the Aconcagua traverse in record time, establish him as one of the world's leading high-altitude mountaineers.

As an endurance athlete, Jason's passion for testing his physical and mental capabilities remains undiminished. His accolades include being awarded Ireland's National Outdoor Athlete of the Year for his historic summit of K2.

The Future of Adventure

 inspiring individuals and organizations, and leaving a lasting positive impact on both the adventure and humanitarian fronts. 

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What our clients say

Bernadette GlancyBernadette Glancy
23:26 26 Nov 22
On the 23rd July 2022 I arrived in Moshi ,Tanzania Africa. I had not been to Africa before.From all angles I could see the "Mountain" Kilimanjaro after arrival.. It was very clear to me from the engagement with the locals ,the Mountain is everything to the native people of Moshi, its their livelihood. They get no support from the government, even during covid virus .They depend on us visitors coming to climb there Mountain .That's how they earn the salary ,I seen the guides that accomplished my group for the week on the mountain , form a queue to collect the salary the day we returned from summitting the great Mountain. .Jason Black has built a relationship with these local guides ,everything is transpairable and a trust has been formed between Jason and the Lipman team(African guides). The same team that accomplished him in 2014 to accomplish a world record on that same Mountain. It occurred to me the day we arrived all the natives knew Jason Black, they were shaking his hand in the markets and almost everyone seemed to know him. He has such respect for this tribe of Moshi people and there Mountain. Jason was the perfect choice of Mountaineer for me to accomplish my goal/to Summit Kilimanjaro at 59yrs my age at time of achievement. The miracle is ,I choose Jason Black as my leader and anything is possible after that I discovered.AmenBernadette Glancy >Carrick on Shannon
Donal Mc GuinnessDonal Mc Guinness
15:32 24 Nov 22
I climbed Kilimanjaro with Jason in August 2022. This trip was truly amazing. From the first moment I contacted Jason I knew this trip would be a genuine African experience. We visited local villages, attractions and a coffee plantation. For me this part of the trip was as good as the Kilimanjaro experience. The Porter crew on the mountain were excellent and very friendly. The food was great and I am very proud to say that my whole group made it to the top! We all had the same mindset of wanting to take our time on each walk, taking lots of photos and having lots of breaks. I cant wait for my next adventure with Jason Black.
Jennifer DohertyJennifer Doherty
13:18 24 Nov 22
In May 2022 I trekked to Everest base camp with Jason and a group from Donegal. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Jason prepared us so well before and answered every question we had. We experienced the busyness of Kathmandu before taking the non-commercial route to base camp which was really special. Jason’s love of Nepal and respect for the local people was evident every day. He took time to get to know everyone in our group on a personal level and allowed everyone to be themselves. The fact that I am blind was never an obstacle and he made sure to describe everything and let me touch as much as possible on the way so that I didn’t miss out on anything. He challenged us to push ourselves more every day but we always had lots of fun. He is such a positive person to be around with a great respect for nature and other human beings. I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the future 🙂
Gerardine O'ConnorGerardine O'Connor
11:25 19 Jun 22
Walking in Donegal - what a fantastic weekend in a beautiful place!As a lone traveller, my time at Everest Lodge was more than I could have expected. The warm Donegal welcome, the wonderful homemade food and the easy comfortable atmosphere all made for an unforgettable time. Jason's intuitive capacity to support and guide enabled me, and I believe all of us in the group, to leave on Sunday with a sense of accomplishment, awareness, and the inspiration to crack on with the next adventure, whether big or small. I had the best time ever.
Imelda HurleyImelda Hurley
23:11 31 May 22
May 2022 - I had a fantastic weekend hiking with Jason and staying at the lovely Everest Lodge - with four others who were also there for the weekend. Despite Jason’s incredible achievements, his demeanour is so ‘down to earth’ and his focus during our stay was on ensuring we were appropriately challenged while hiking, we felt fully at home at Everest Lodge and we had a lot of fun along the way. The ‘Ireland Walking Weekend’ surpassed my expectations at every level and I’d highly recommend hiking with Jason whenever the opportunity arises.
Yvonne SlatteryYvonne Slattery
19:13 29 May 22
I had a wonderful weekend with Jason and a number of walking enthusiasts in May - would recommend it to anyone, regardless of level of experience in the mountains. Whilst somewhat familiar with the main mountains in Donegal Jason showed us other areas which are kept "under wraps" and hence felt very special to a non-local. I found the guidance with navigation on the mountain particularly helpful and the food over the course of the weekend was amazing!
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Gain valuable insights and tips from seasoned and expert adventurer Jason Black.