Mt Aconcagua

Mt Aconcagua

The highest peak in the Western Hemisphere and the highest outside of Asia, Aconcagua is a beautiful challenge! Often used as a training peak for the 8000 meter peaks, like Mt Everest and Makalu, this summit is mostly non-technical, but the altitude requires special care and a high level of fitness.

The highest peak in the Western Hemisphere and the highest outside of Asia, Aconcagua is a beautiful challenge! Often used as a training peak for the 8000 meter peaks, like Mt Everest and Makalu, this summit is mostly non-technical, but the altitude requires special care and a high level of fitness. Matthias Zurbriggen first successfully climbed to the summit along the Normal Route on January 14, 1897. The best time of the year to climb the mountain is from December until early March, which coincides with summer in the Southern Hemisphere. While Aconcagua is entirely within the Republic of Argentina, the Pacific Ocean is only 150 kilometers to the west. Due to its location and proximity to the ocean potential for bad weather also arrives during the summer months. Humid winds blow from the west off the Pacific Ocean during the austral summer then the air cools, condenses, and forms a lenticular cloud that covers the summit. Locally called “viento blanco” or white wind, it is a warning of snow and high winds at altitude in the Andes. But summer storms are relatively rare on Aconcagua, and the sun shines for most of the climbing season for days on end. We begin in Mendoza and have added acclimatization, weather and rest days to allow for the best chance for a successful summit attempt.

Day 1: Arrive in Mendoza, Argentina, transfer to hotel, overnight in Mendoza
Day 2. Rest, shop and sight-seeing, overnight in Mendoza
Day 3. Bus to Puente del Inca, Argentina (2720 meters). Register for climb with authorities.
Day 4. Drive to Punta de Vacas, Trekking day – 8 kilometers to Las Lenas (2700m). Easy trail walking; mules carry baggage. Camping.
Day 5. Trek 18 kilometers to Casa de Piedra (3200m). Easy trail walking; mules carry baggage, Camping.
Day 6. Trek 15 kilometers to base camp, “Plaza Argentina” (4200m). Steep trail walking; mules carry baggage, Camping.
Day 7. Rest day for acclimitazation. Overnight at base camp.
Day 8. Carry loads for acclimatization safety to Camp 1 (5000m). Walking on scree and through melted ice mixed with rocks. 4-6 hour hike. Return to base camp.
Day 9. Hike to Camp 1 and overnight.
Day 10. Carry loads for acclimatization safety to Camp 2 (5900m). Walking on scree and through melted ice mixed with rocks. 6-7 hour hike. Return to Camp 1.
Day 11. Climb to Camp 2 and overnight at Camp 2.
Day 12. Hike for acclimatization safety to Campo Berlin on the Normal Route. 4-6 hour hike. Return to Camp 2.
Day 13. Rest in Camp 2, prepare for summit attempt.
Day 14. Climb Polish Glacier to Summit (6962m). Descend via normal route and traverse back to Camp 2.
Day 15. Extra day to allow for weather and acclimatization
Day 16. These Extra day to allow for weather and acclimatization and/or as multiple ascents of the mountain.
Day 17. Descend to Plaza Argentina.
Day 18. Descend to Casa de Piedras.
Day 19. Descend to Punta de Vacas. Drive up to Puente del Inca.
Day 20. Drive to Mendoza
Day 21. Rest in Mendoza
Day 22. Fly Home

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