Aconcagua Climbing – Tips and Suggestions for Your Expedition

The Aconcagua from Campamento Cólera y Berlín is a 5.5-kilometer round-trip trail with moderate traffic located near Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina. It offers panoramic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, climbing, and backpacking. Cerro Aconcagua is one of the mountains in the Main Cordillera of the Andes, one of the Seven Summits, and the highest in the world after Everest. Its main route or “normal route” is considered a non-technical climb; however, due to its extreme height and climate, a period of adaptation and acclimatization is necessary. The Cólera and Berlin camps are the most popular to make the attempts to the summit since due to their height and distance, they allow conditioning and rest when coming from other sections.

It is important to comply with all the regulations of the Aconcagua National Park and take into account that fees and permits apply that must be previously acquired in the city of Mendoza.

There are 33 routes to climb Mount Aconcagua. However, we will focus on the most common: Normal Route and Polish Glacier Crossing.

The normal route is mainly a walk; there are no significant glaciers or cliff bands that could pose objective severe hazards. It is also the most popular way to climb the mountain; The Plaza de Mulas at its feet is rumored to be the second-largest base camp in the world, and from there, a very worn track leads most of the way to the top.

The Polish Glacier Crossing, compared to the Normal Route, has its advantages and disadvantages. The benefits include the fact that it is much less crowded by tourists and therefore clearer. But the lack of large numbers of tourists implies a much less developed infrastructure. And this route is a bit more difficult due to a long, steep approach. Climbing Aconcagua Argentina  through the Normal Route is a unique and exciting challenge. It is a more direct ascent: three to four hours than five to seven hours on the Polish cross.

This route offers two options: an 18-day program with a 2-day reserve in lousy weather and a 20-day program with an acclimatization summit on the mountain. You will spend nights on base camps at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas with porters who will help the climbers carry the equipment up the mountain (the porters carry the group’s equipment). Travel through the unforgettable Andes and enjoy climbing the highest peak in America. The porters and mules carry gear; a chef prepares tasty and nutritious meals throughout the tour; one person accommodates each participant in the base camp in a tent in the camps with all the facilities organized by the Argentine partners. This abbreviated program offers you a route to the summit of Aconcagua through the Normal Route during this incredible 10-day program. Make sure to realize that this package is only suitable for those who have prior acclimatization; no earlier than a month before this tour, you must have the experience of being at 6000m and sleeping at 5500m.

I recommend this option only to those climbers who have a lot of experience in the mountain.