Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the American Continent, this is one of the reasons why it is known worldwide. Although its fame is mainly due to its great mountain attractions. According to some international mountain experts who have climbed in the Himalayas, the almost seven thousand meters of Aconcagua represent psychologically and physiologically several hundred meters more. This phenomenon is due to known and unknown reasons. In the Himalayas there is vegetation up to 5,000 meters, in the Central Andes only up to 3,500-4,000 meters. The ambient relative humidity is very low and the thickness of the layers of the atmosphere, in this area of the globe, has particularities that determine these effects. Climbing Aconcagua
These factors, added to the great uninhabited distances, the general desert aspect and the isolation from any assistance, undoubtedly have important consequences on the human being. All this contributes to Aconcagua being an appropriate terrain for measuring and preparing to subsequently access mountains higher than 8,000 meters, constituting an excellent game setting, where the mountaineer can feel completely at ease and fulfill many of his greatest sporting ambitions. Aconcagua Expeditions
Both the eastern edge, the «Glaciar de Los Polacos», and the South-West edge, present appropriate conditions for visitors to display their abilities at various levels of demand, as well as the West face. The North-West slope of the mountain, where the normal route runs, without technical difficulties, allows high-altitude sport climbing and is also suitable for practicing recreational climbing. The latter facet is only recommended, under the direction of guides and for individuals in excellent physical condition, suitably equipped.
Regarding the South face, its desolate and severe environment, the poor quality of the rock, the constant dangers of seracs and snow avalanches, stone falls, the great unevenness, the significant height above sea level, the threat of sudden climatic changes, plus the truly total isolation, are the factors that give it its “wild” condition.
From a technical point of view, the wall presents all kinds of difficulties on ice, snow and rock. And whoever faces the ascent must have a good climbing technique, great physical condition, considerable experience and, fundamentally, a lot of enthusiasm and perseverance. Aconcagua Climb
In this immense mountain it is possible to perform high-level mountaineering, interrelated with a large dose of adventure, The “Stone Sentinel”, a hieratic pyramid for the Inca centuries ago, still treasures mysteries and its magnificent silhouette catches the dreams of many mountaineers.