Aconcagua, standing at 22,841 ft, it is the second highest mountain of the Seven Summits after Everest and the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere. A significant challenge, the mountain sits in an arid, hot climate which makes for favorable climbing but still offers some snow and cramponing near the the peak. The altitude, elevation gains and heavy loads make it a unique and amazing accomplishment for even the experienced climber.
The Polish Traverse route climbs the east side of the mountain through the Vacas and Relinchos valleys using Plaza Argentina. Historically this has been a less crowded way to ascend the mountain. After a summit bid we descend the west side of the mountain via the “Normal Route” through Plaza de Mulas camp. We chose this route as it offers a more direct descent from high camp and a shorter trek off the mountain.
With the opportunity to see all aspects of the mountain and reach the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, this surely ranks among our most rewarding expeditions. This trip offers participants the chance to test their endurance at high altitude without the complexities of glacier travel, but still in a full-blown expedition context. And, for those desiring to climb on Himalayan expeditions to the 8000-meter giants, this climb provides excellent training and experience at higher altitudes.
Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Mendoza .
Join our Arrieros (mule drivers) while they cook the traditional meal “Asado” (BBQ meats, veggies, bread, and of course Argentinian wine) over an open fire and under the stars on the trek in to base camp.
Watch the shadow of Aconcagua grow larger, cast by the rising sun over the Andean range, on summit morning.
Look down from the summit ridge on the mighty South Face, climbed by Reinhold Messner, as well as by other infamous climbers.
Celebrate your success with a relaxing wine tour of the famous Mendoza wine region after the climb.
Guides: Professional Mountain Guides
Mule Service: Reliable, professional mule support from the best local outfitters.
Hotels: One night lodging in Mendoza, one night lodging at Penitentes, our jumping off point for Aconcagua, and one night lodging in Mendoza upon our return.
Transportation: All group transportation while on the expedition. If you depart early then the added expenses for transport, lodging, rescue, and evacuation is your own responsibility.
Food: All expedition (on Mountain) food is covered including breakfast, dinner, snacks and hot drinks, and breakfast at the Penitentes Hotel. Lunch and in town/Penitentes restaurant meals are your own expense.
All Group Gear: Four season tents, cooking gear, group duffels, stoves, etc.
First Aid Equipment
Satellite Phone: To update the blog and available to clientele at $3/min