The Entire 360-Degree Climb of Aconcagua

 

The second highest of the Seven Summits, Aconcagua, is not easy to climb, even though many guides market it as a “non-technical” route. The journey may be strenuous, but the view from the top of the aluminum cross at the edge of the world’s highest mountain range will be well worth it.

The climb up Aconcagua is like following in the steps of famous climbers like the Incas, European explorers, and athletes who have set world records. This Aconcagua expedition might be a good choice for first-time climbers who don’t mind tough conditions.

Aconcagua SOUTH FACE TREK

·        Day 1 > Mendoza

Transportation from the airport is optional. To ensure you have everything you need for your hike up Aconcagua, your guide will check your gear and help you get the permits you need from the park. Meals and lodging in Mendoza are not provided during the program.

·        Day 2 > Mendoza – Horcones – Hike to Confluencia Camp (Transfer 3 hs + Trek 3-4 hs / 3.390 m)

The private car service is available from Mendoza to the Penitentes storage facility. You can relax with coffee and refreshments while your guides prepare the mule loads. The trip to Horcones takes another 15 minutes. It is the path’s starting point and the location where park rangers will check tickets. The first camp along the Horcones Valley paths is located at Confluencia, which may be reached after a three-to-four-hour hike (with a day pack).

·        Day 3 > Confluencia – South Face viewpoint (Pl. Francia / 6-7 hs / 4,050 m)

We start our day with a quick breakfast and an Aconcagua hike up the debris-strewn glacier at Horcones. As we climb higher, we get better views of the South Face of Aconcagua, Mt. Almacenes, Mt. Mirador, and the other mountains in the area. After a strenuous climb, we make it to a 4,050m viewpoint where we can enjoy lunch and take in the scenery. Then we go back to the way we came to the Confluencia camp. Eat a hearty meal to refuel your body and mind.

·        Day 4: Confluencia, Horcones, and Mendoza (3 hs hike + 3 hs transfer)

We bid farewell to our leader, and the group continued to the top and began the two-to-three-hour trek back to the starting point. We next take a transfer to Mendoza, arriving there between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. The show is now over.

 

Climate and the Weather

Mendoza and the approach to basecamp both tend to reach uncomfortable highs in temperature. Shorts and t-shirts are the usual, along with sun hats and plenty of sunblock. However, there is a chance of torrential rain on the Aconcagua trek, so full waterproofs are also recommended. There may be considerable snowfall above Camp 1, and the wind may create a severe wind chill above Camp 2. Down jackets, strong mitts, and double boots are needed in high camp and on summit day, where temperatures might plummet to -20 degrees Celsius.

 

 

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