Elevation

22,841 ft / 6,961 m

Prominence

22,841 ft / 6,961 m

Summits

30 summits

Top climbing months

January   54%

February   19%

December   16%

Most climbed route

Falso de los Polacos

Highlights

  • Cerro Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America, the highest mountain outside Asia, the highest mountain in both theWestern and Southern Hemispheres, and one of the Seven Summits.
  • 22,841 feet of prominence, ranking 2nd in the world.
  • The mountain and its surroundings are part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
  • The mountain has a number of glaciers; the largest glacier is the Ventisquero Horcones Inferior at about 10 km long.
  • In mountaineering terms, Aconcagua is technically an easy mountain if approached from the north via the normal route.
  • The second most frequented route is the Polish Glacier Traverse route, also known as the "Falso de los Polacos" route. This approaches the mountain through the Vacas valley, ascends to the base of the Polish Glacier, then traverses across to the normal route for the final ascent to the summit.
  • The third most popular route is the Polish Glacier itself.
  • The routes to the peak from the south and south-west ridges are more demanding and the south face climb is considered very difficult.
  • In all routes, th effects of altitude are severe with the atmospheric pressure only 40% of sea-level at the summit.
"Me and my cousin Stefan climbed Aconcagua via the normal route in 15 days. This was my second attempt after 2011 when we turned back from camp Berlin because of the snow storm. We were lucky this time and the weather was perfect!" - FilipVasileski, Feb 6, 2015
" Me and my fiancee flew into Mendoza and got checked in to our hotel. The next day we got our money exchanged, permits, the remainder of our food and last minute supplies like white gas and other things. We took a bus out on the third morning and got set up with our mule providers and started the hike to base camp stopping at Confluencia camp for two nights to acclimatize. It's here we discovered that the rumors are true about the high levels of magnesium in the water. Imodium turned out to be the only drug I used on the mountain. Once at Plaza de Mulas we took a rest day then carried " - Yosemike, Feb 2, 2015
"I climbed Acouncagua from Normal route, starting from Plaza de Mulas and stopping at Nido de Condores and at Plaza Colera. I spent 2 nights in Plaza Colera before attaching the summit due to strong wind during the first night. It was cold and windy during the first part of the ascension. Great panorama from the summit without wind and clouds" - edoardomartelli, Jan 9, 2010
"IDEA 2000 (International Diabetic Expedition to Aconcagua) put 7 diabetic climbers, including myself, on the summit without the assistance of guides or non-diabetic support climbers. " - ChrisMeloche, Jan 20, 2001

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