Aconcagua and the Southern Andes
Horcones Valley (Normal) and Vacas Valley (Polish Glacier) ascent routes
By Jim Ryan
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.
Seasonspossible mid-November to mid-March; high season is December/January; weather is best mid-December to mid-February
CentresSantiago, Mendoza, Puente del Inca, Los Penitentes, Tupungato
Difficultythe 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
Must SeeAconcagua, highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas, summit of the Americas; Tupungato and El Plomo; Maipo volcano; Santiago City
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Jim Ryan is a chartered civil engineer with a passion for the outdoors, who has had several successful guidebooks and one work 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 Nerja for over 15 years. To repay Nerja and Andalucía for many pleasurable years, his share of this guide's proceeds go to Cudeca, a cancer hospice charity in the province of Malaga.View author profile
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