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Aconcagua Mountain

Aconcagua is a mountain in western Mendoza province, west-central Argentina, on the Chilean border. It is the highest point in the Western Hemisphere. Aconcagua lies in the Southern Andes Mountains; although its peak is in Argentina, its western flanks build up from the coastal lowlands of Chile, just north of Santiago.
Basic Info
Altitude
Location: South America, Argentina
Known for: The highest point of South America
Activity type: trekking, climbing
6 962 m
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Summit(s): North Summit (6 962 m), South Summit (6 830 m)
Prominence: 6 962 m
Duration:
10-20 days
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Discover Aconcagua

Part of the 7 summits challenge

The "Seven Summits" is the name given to highest points of the seven continents of the world. Five of the seven peaks on the list are unambiguous: Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro and Vinson. Consensus today is very clearly behind Elbrus and Carstensz as the other two members of this exclusive club, there is some disagreement as to what constitutes the high points of Europe and the Australia/Oceania continent. Over 100 climbers have now done the Seven Summits, and these days it has become a popular quest.


Former volcano

The Andes Mountains were formed as the result of subduction of the oceanic Nazca Plate under the South American continent. Aconcagua used to be a volcano, when the oceanic plate dipped at a higher angle under the continent. However, sometime in the Miocene, about 8 to 10 million years ago, the subduction angle started to decrease causing the magma to stop melting and increasing the horizontal stresses between the oceanic plate and the continent, causing the thrust faults that lifted Aconcagua up off its volcanic root.
Former volcano

The Andes Mountains were formed as the result of subduction of the oceanic Nazca Plate under the South American continent. Aconcagua used to be a volcano, when the oceanic plate dipped at a higher angle under the continent. However, sometime in the Miocene, about 8 to 10 million years ago, the subduction angle started to decrease causing the magma to stop melting and increasing the horizontal stresses between the oceanic plate and the continent, causing the thrust faults that lifted Aconcagua up off its volcanic root.

Mythological meaning

Aconcagua was a sacred mountain for the Incas.There were built places of worship here many of which were used for various sacrifices (including human sacrifices). Among the highest in the world are the sites discovered in 1985 at an altitude of 5167 m. Those are the most difficult of all Inca sites to reach. Here, inside stone walls, were found the remains of a child bedded on grass, cloth and feathers (Aconcagua mummy). The clothing indicates that the child was a member of the highest social class. Other offerings found included figures and coca leaves.

Mythological meaning

Aconcagua was a sacred mountain for the Incas.There were built places of worship here many of which were used for various sacrifices (including human sacrifices). Among the highest in the world are the sites discovered in 1985 at an altitude of 5167 m. Those are the most difficult of all Inca sites to reach. Here, inside stone walls, were found the remains of a child bedded on grass, cloth and feathers (Aconcagua mummy). The clothing indicates that the child was a member of the highest social class. Other offerings found included figures and coca leaves.


Challenging and pushing boundaries

Aconcagua is a perfect place to test your skills. Many mistakenly believe that it is an easy ascent, because it is not a highly technical climb. Climbers of Aconcagua often struggle with low humidity, low oxygen and fierce winds. Storms are often triggered by humid currents of warm sea air coming from the Pacific Anticyclone.
Challenging and pushing boundaries

Aconcagua is a perfect place to test your skills. Many mistakenly believe that it is an easy ascent, because it is not a highly technical climb. Climbers of Aconcagua often struggle with low humidity, low oxygen and fierce winds. Storms are often triggered by humid currents of warm sea air coming from the Pacific Anticyclone.

Perfect for friends

Making new memories is a perfect way for reconnecting with your closest friends or bonding with new acquaintances. This journey to the highest mountain in South America is definitely an amazing playground for testing your skills with the like-minded people and having things to walk down memory lane indulging in nostalgia for years later.

Perfect for friends

Making new memories is a perfect way for reconnecting with your closest friends or bonding with new acquaintances. This journey to the highest mountain in Oceania is definitely an amazing playground for testing your skills with the like-minded people and having things to walk down memory lane indulging in nostalgia for years later.

Routes to сlimb Aconcagua

There are 33 routes to climb Mt Aconcagua. Though we will focus on the most common ones: Normal Route and Polish Glacier Traverse.
The Normal Route is mostly a walk-up; there are no glaciers or major cliff bands that could pose serious objective hazards. It is also the most popular way up the mountain; Plaza de Mulas at its foot is rumored to be the second largest base camp in the world, and from there a well-worn track leads most of the way to the summit.
Polish Glacier Traverse in comparison with the Normal Route has both its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages include the facts that it is much less crowded by tourists and therefore - more clear. But the lack of a large number of tourists entails much less developed infrastructure. And this route is a little more difficult due to a long and steep approach.

Routes to сlimb Aconcagua

There are 33 routes to climb Mt Aconcagua. Though we will focus on the most common ones: Normal Route and Polish Glacier Traverse.
The Normal Route is mostly a walk-up; there are no glaciers or major cliff bands that could pose serious objective hazards. It is also the most popular way up the mountain; Plaza de Mulas at its foot is rumored to be the second largest base camp in the world, and from there a well-worn track leads most of the way to the summit.
Polish Glacier Traverse in comparison with the Normal Route has both its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages include the facts that it is much less crowded by tourists and therefore - more clear. But the lack of a large number of tourists entails much less developed infrastructure. And this route is a little more difficult due to a long and steep approach.

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