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5 Things to Know Before Climbing Aconcagua

A new season began in Cerro Aconcagua. Thousands of Andean people arrive in Mendoza. Here are some things to keep in mind.


The summit of America. The highest hill in the world after the Himalayan Cordon. 6962 meters high. All that means Aconcagua Hill. Many Andinistas climb it as a step before facing the much-feared Everest. Others have it as a goal to meet sometime in their lives. It is not only faced by professional andians, but also by ordinary people, sportsmen, who want to achieve different goals. If you're in any of these cases, this note is for you.

1. Season in the provincial park Aconcagua

The park's administration is provincial. It is important to take into account since any procedure, payment of fees, obtaining access, etc. must be carried out in Mendoza. The season runs from November to March. On average, 7,000 people enter the Aconcagua provincial park during that period.

2. Rates

From $3,000 to $59,000 (950 USD). The wide range of prices is explained by the fact that tariffs vary according to multiple factors. The origin of the Andinist is taken into account. This is whether it is a foreign or national person. In the second case, moreover, a distinction is made between Mendoza and native of other provinces. The timing of the season is also taken into account as, as is to be expected, there is high and low season. Another important factor is whether it is going to rise by the normal route or by the southern sector. That also determines the cost of the expedition. On the other hand, the price also changes if you hire assistance for our expedition. Finally, it is also important to mention that the price varies according to the route we want to do because, as explained below, you not only enter the provincial park Aconcagua to make a summit. There are also other tours, trekkings, etc.

3. It's not just the fare

Climbing the Aconcagua includes other types of compulsory expenses other than the fare and permits. It is necessary to take into account the equipment that, whether rented or purchased, is very expensive. We also have to consider the fees of the guide who will accompany us and who, in many cases, will save our lives. It's just that we can be very well trained, but you never know if we can make a summit until we're there. Raising altitude, climbing meters above sea level and having less oxygen to breathe. Only under these circumstances will we know if we can keep going up or if we should go down. And for that, the figure of the guide is fundamental. It will be he who will evaluate us and have the final word on whether it is risky to continue or not.

4. Different circuits and routes

Many times the Andinists who summit in the Aconcagua have completed different circuits previously, within the same park. The minimum that can be done inside this, and with zero difficulty, is the route of the Laguna de Horcones. It is about walking trails around the lagoon for about 500 meters. Then there are a series of trekkings that can be completed in the day or , the longest, in 7 days . All of them are part of the same ascent route, but you only get to a certain base and start the lap. Finally, there is the most sought after option: promotion.

5. Via Normal and Via Sur

These are the two options to enter the park. The Normal Way has its income through the Laguna de Horcones and is the easiest and most used. Climing down this road does not require mountain training. You walk permanently. Although, of course, it does need physical fitness and strong preparation. On the other hand, the Vía Sur, known as the Vacas Valley, is the most complicated. It only offers an option of trekking and ascent. In his route has the dreaded “Glacier of the Poles”. As its name indicates, a glacier of immeasurable t

Publication Date: 23/11/2019

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By: Oscar Cid 17 February, 2020

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