Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia, with a summit elevation of 6,960.8 metres. Known as the highest in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres, Aconcagua is a prominent mountain in Mendoza Province, Argentina. Situated 112 km northwest of its capital, Mendoza, Aconcagua stands just five km from San Juan Province and 15 km from the international border with Chile. Aconcagua is bounded by the Valle de las Vacas to the north and east and the Valle de los Horcones Inferior to the west and south. The mountain and surrounding areas are part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park, adding to its appeal and natural beauty. Featuring numerous glaciers, Aconcagua boasts various glacier systems, including the largest Ventisquero Horcones Inferior. This glacier descends from the south face to an altitude of about 3,600 near the Confluencia camp, Stretching approximately 10 km long. Other notable glacier systems include the Ventisquero de las Vacas Sur and Glaciar Este/Ventisquero Relinchos, measuring around five kilometres long.

Climbing normal route

Among the different routes to the summit, the most famous is the Northeastern or Polish Glacier route. Renowned for its accessibility and lack of technical skills required, Aconcagua’s normal route from the north is widely regarded as the highest non-technical mountain in the world. Ropes, axes, and pins are optional for this route. While the north route is relatively more accessible, the south and south-west ridges provide more challenging climbs, and the south face climb is difficult. The Polish Glacier Traverse route, also known as the “Falso de los Polacos” route, offers a thrilling option for those seeking an alternative route. This route crosses through the Vacas valley, ascends to the base of the Polish Glacier, and then traverses across to the normal route for the final ascent to the summit. Another popular route is the Polish Glacier itself.

Aconcagua is an impressive mountain with breathtaking surroundings in Argentina’s Mendoza Province. Known for its height, accessibility, and various routes, Aconcagua is an excellent choice for climbers looking to conquer one of the renowned 7 summits. Climbing normal route on Aconcagua is a challenging yet rewarding experience that allows climbers to test their skills and witness the magnificent beauty of the mountain and its glaciers.

Brief Itinerary View in full

  • Day 01Arrival in Mendoza
  • Day 02Drive to Penitentes
  • Day 03Trek to Confluencia
  • Day 04Acclimatization Day
  • Day 05Trek to Plaza de Mulas
  • Day 06Rest Day
  • Day 07Ascend to Camp 1 or Camp Canada and back
  • Day 08Ascend to Camp 1
  • Day 09Ascend to Camp 2
  • Day 10Acclimatization/Ascend to Camp 3 and back
  • Day 11Ascend to Camp 3
  • Day 12Ascend to Summit and back to Camp 3
  • Day 13Reserve Day for weather
  • Day 14Reserve Day for weather
  • Day 15Descend back to Base Camp/Fly back to Penitentes
  • Day 16Visit Winery
  • Day 17Fly back home from Mendoza