Located in the Argentine province of Mendoza near the Chilean border, Aconcagua is a towering mountain that draws climbers from all around the world. At 6,961 meters, it is the highest mountain outside of Asia, and the tallest peak in both the Southern and Western hemispheres. The Normal Route and the Polish Traverse are the most popular routes to the summit. Both are non-technical climbs that are nevertheless extremely challenging due to their cold temperatures and the incredibly high altitude involved. Most climbing trips are completed expedition style and last approximately 3 weeks.
Although its ascent involves a strenuous physical and mental effort, reaching its summit is not as technical as many people think. Bear in mind, however, that altitude and rough weather conditions pose a very important challenge. An excellent fitness level, good acclimatization and the company of a certified and experienced guide are key to a safe experience. Choose between shorter-than-average programs and longer expeditions that include acclimatization and extra weather days.
An Aconcagua climb is a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. Are you ready? Explore-Share only promotes mountain trips led by certified guides.
During the peak climbing season, the weather on Aconcagua is typically dry. However, the mountain is so tall that weather can be unpredictable, with extreme cold and wind being common, especially at higher elevations. Above 5000m, the temperature usually hits -30 degrees celsius at night.
Spanish, although many guides also speak English
Argentine Peso, although US dollars are sometimes accepted
Expeditions typically last about 17 - 20 days. Not only will your team need time to move gear up the mountain, you also need plenty of time to acclimatize to the extreme altitude
It is possible to climb Aconcagua from November - March, although conditions are usually best in December and January.
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