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Aconcagua and the Southern Andes

Horcones Valley (Normal) and Vacas Valley (Polish Glacier) ascent routes

Guidebook to climbing Aconcagua in Argentina. With descriptions for the Normal route (taking 12 days) or the Vacas Valley route (14 days). The treks cover difficult mountain terrain up to 6962m and are suitable for experienced walkers and mountaineers. Also features other treks in the southern Andes, including the Vallecitos and Tupungato ranges.


possible mid-November to mid-March; high season is December/January; weather is best mid-December to mid-February


Santiago, Mendoza, Puente del Inca, Los Penitentes, Tupungato


the highest trek in the world, the climb of Aconcagua is a mountaineering route that requires relatively little technical expertise, but climbers must acclimatise to the altitude and to the cold

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Aconcagua, highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas, summit of the Americas; Tupungato and El Plomo; Maipo volcano; Santiago City
12 Feb 2018
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to climbing 6962m Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. Exploring the beautiful scenery of the Andes, the treks are suitable for fit, experienced walkers and mountaineers.

The 12-day Normal (Horcones Valley) route and the 14-day Vacas Valley (Polish Glacier) route are both described, along with several acclimatisation treks in the Aconcagua, Vallecitos and Tupungato areas of the southern Andes and near Santiago in Chile.

  • Sketch mapping is included
  • Guidance on preparing for high-altitude mountaineering, acclimatisation and staying healthy
  • Advice on permits, equipment, food and water, and hiring guides and mules
  • Detailed information on accommodation and local facilities
  • Things to do in Mendoza and Santiago, including information on local cuisine and wine tasting

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Jim Ryan Cicerone author RYAN

By Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan is a chartered civil engineer with a passion for the outdoors, who has had several successful guidebooks and two works of fiction published. He has a particular interest in geology and a love of mountains. Aconcagua made a significant impression on him on his first journey there, with an expedition in 1999, and he returned on two further expeditions. Jim has been climbing the mountains of Andalucía for over 20 years. This guidebook is his way of repaying Nerja and Andalucía for many years of pleasure; his share of the proceeds from its sales go to local charities in Nerja.

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