As the highest mountain in both the western and southern hemispheres, climbing Mt. Aconcagua is both a true adventure and a rewarding experience. At 22,841 feet or 6,962 meters Aconcagua is also the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia. It is located on the border of Chile in western Argentina and is famous for its dry environment and powerful winds. There are several routes leading to the summit. Some of the routes are technical such as the Polish Glacier, the northwest or vacas valley route do not involve ice climbing or roped travel and finally you have the extremely dangerous south face route. I climbed via the northwest route also called the normal route. If you are interested in taking up the challenge yourself, click here for details on my training program, gear list and for climbing tips.
Hiking to base camp will take you all the way up past 14,000 feet. This base camp is the largest in the world after Mt. Everest. From here you’ll get some great views of the giant mountain and experience some high altitude camping.