Aconcagua is one of the ‘Seven Summits’ and the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern hemispheres, it is in fact the highest mountain outside of Asia. Towering at 6,962m this impressive peak lies in the heart of the Andes in Argentina close to the border with Chile. It is believed the name Aconcagua originates from the Inca word ‘Acon Cahuk’ which translates to ‘Stone Sentinel’ and is certainly a very fitting description of this beautiful peak.
Although the summit of Aconcagua sits at almost 7,000m there is no technical mountaineering required to reach the top, it is very much a trekking peak. However, this does not mean that reaching the summit is an easy undertaking. It is a formidable challenge requiring proper acclimatisation, adapting to high winds and extreme cold. Summit day is long and demanding, gaining 900m and traversing varying terrain in order to reach the top and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
Our 21-day itinerary includes 16 days of trekking and allows for proper acclimatisation. We have also allowed spare summit days to give us the flexibility needed to accommodate for bad weather, maximising our chances of reaching the summit. There are a number of routes to be considered to reach the top, our itinerary combines an approach through the Vacas Valley and descending the ‘normal route’ which allows us to enjoy the best of both sides of the mountain while offering the best acclimatisation profile. We combine the Polish route, the Ameghino traverse, Upper Guanaco and the ‘normal route’ giving you a comprehensive experience of Aconcagua.
The scenery all along the route is incredibly beautiful, particularly when we reach the higher elevations at Camp 2 and 3 as we look to the North at the neighbouring peaks and glaciers. There is also plenty of local wildlife to view during our time in Mt. Aconcagua Provincial Park so keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready for condor, mora eagle and a wide variety of other birdlife. We also spend two (or more -depending on our summit day!) nights in Mendoza, home of Argentina’s famous Malbec grapes and phenomenal local cuisine.
We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Aconcagua (6,962m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our Aconcagua expeditions allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.
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!)