Our Aconcagua climb takes you to this towering peak of 6,962m at the heart of the Andes. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern hemispheres. The exact origin of its name is unknown, however, the Inca word ‘Acon Cahuk’ translates to ‘Stone Sentinel’ which is befitting of this giant peak.
Although Aconcagua is a trekking peak and no technical mountaineering is required to reach its summit, it’s not easy. The complexities of proper acclimatisation, high winds, extreme cold and a long summit day make climbing Aconcagua a formidable challenge. Our 21-day itinerary allows for proper acclimatisation and has the flexibility to accommodate bad weather. These precautionary measures maximise your chances of reaching the summit.
Our route to the summit
There is much debate over which route is best to take to the summit. Our approach through the Vacas valley and descent along the ‘normal route’ offers the best of both routes. The trail through the Vacas valley is slightly longer but is much better for acclimatisation as it ascends more gradually. The trek is known to be more beautiful and less travelled than the normal route. From Plaza Argentina base camp we combine the Polish route, the Ameghino traverse, Upper Guanaco and the ‘normal route’ giving you the best possible experience of Aconcagua.
The entire route is stunningly beautiful, with the views from Camp two and three simply breath-taking. The area also has some amazing wildlife, which we might see if we’re lucky. Mt Aconcagua Provincial Park is home to puma, condor, mora eagles and a variety of other bird life. We fly in and out of the beautiful city of Mendoza, home of Argentina’s famous malbec grapes and some amazing cuisine.
Please note the Aconcagua climb plan is very much subject to change based on weather conditions and the health and fitness of all expedition members.
We recently held a talk about our Aconcagua and Elbrus treks in the Great Outdoors in Dublin. You can watch it below, the Aconcagua parts starts 9 minutes into the talk if you’re not interested in Elbrus.