Aconcagua - the roof top of the americas
Aconcagua is the highest summit in the Andes, the americas and the southern hemisfere. Culminating at 6962m it stays under the 7k limit, but presents conditions that are similar to bigger mountains.
Due to its remoteness, it is climbed in an expedition style. For the normal route one hikes for two days to reach the second base camp, from where there are three additional high camps. Needless to say that one needs previous acclimatation or a much longer stay in the park before heading to the high camps.
For the first two base camps, confluencia at 3300m and plaza de mulas at 4365m, Mules can load up to 60kg per animal. For those who then want to avoid making the way into the high camps several times, there is the help of porters carrying up to 20kg.
All base camp in the park can offer quite some confort with big domes which are set up for the season. One can take showers, get the last weather forecast thanks to wi-fi or enjoy a good meal.
the climbing season for Aconcagua is from the 15th of november to the 20th of Ferbuary, the high season being from 15th of dicembre to 30st of January.
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Aconcagua while reaching the summit
the impressive south face of Aconcagua is looking out in the background
Cozy camp at Plaza de Mulas
this is the 2nd base camp at 4365m
Mules are part of the settings
very helpfull to cover the first 38km
Crossing the long and wide playa anc
on the second day one covers 20km and 1000m d+
night shot during the summit day
we were getting close to refugio independencia at 6400m
first camp reching the 5000m limit
camp nido de condores
the 2nd high altitude camp at 5450m
Cerro bonete aconcagua
ideal choice to get some further acclimatation
close to the symbolic 6000m limit.