Aconcagua (22,835 feet)
The highest mountain in South America a "Seven
peak, and the highest peak outside the Himalaya. A world class mountain
attracting climbers from around the globe Aconcagua offers the most varied
climbing of any mountain this size anywhere. The Normal route ascends a
rocky climbers path all the way to the summit, no other route on earth
offers a more straightforward climb to a peak of this magnitude. The South
Face routes offer some of the most dangerous and technically difficult
climbing on earth. Many of these routes, including the great Reinhold
Messner's namesake route, remain unrepeated to this day.
We offer two
options: The Polish Glacier Direct for strong climbers with previous high
altitude climbing AND previous climbing experience with Atlanta Alpine, and the False Polish route.
The Polish Glacier route located on the Eastern side offers a fantastic challenge to experienced climbers wanting to test themselves on moderately technical
high altitude terrain. Much more difficult than the normal route yet
lacking the extreme nature and hazards encountered on the South face the
Polish Glacier may well be the finest route on the mountain.
second option is the False Polish route. The False Polish uses the same
approach, base camp(Plaza Argentina), Camp 1, Camp 2 then traverses to
the Normal route at the White Rocks camp at 20,500ft. Making for a shorter
summit day than the 3000 feet of steep snow and ice on the Polish Direct,
the False Polish is a fantastic climb for those seeking to experience the
more scenic and remote eastern side of the mountain but do not possess the
skills required to ascend the Polish Direct.
The approach to Aconcagua
camp is an adventure in itself. Two full days of hiking with several river
crossings in the remote Vacas River Valley lead to the Relinchos Valley
the first veiws of Aconcagua followed by another full days hike up to Base
Camp at 13,600ft. The 23 mile approach hike is supported by mule teams
carry the majority of our gear, team members carry only a light pack with
basic provisions. Each night we rendezvous with our mule teams at
predetermined camps along the trail. Once Base camp is reached we then
make carries to a series of camps higher and higher on the mountain. From
camp 2 we make a summit climb of 20,300ft Ameghino. The summit of Ameghino
offers breathtaking views of Aconcagua and the remote Argentine
countryside. We then go to high camp on the Polish or Normal routes
depending on itinerary. From high camps a long and exhausting ascent to
roof of South America is made. The summit offers unsurpassed views of the
high Andes. In every direction huge snowcapped peaks pierce the sky,
looking west one can see out over Chile to the Pacific ocean.
The climbs listed above offer various levels of difficulty with Orizaba
being the easiest and Aconcagua's Polish Direct being the most difficult.
Except for the Polish Direct option none of these climbs require previous
climbing experience. Excellent physical conditioning, a strong will and
the ability to function as part of a team are some of the requirements for a
safe and successful expedition. All team members will share in the
responsibilities and work loads. Atlanta Alpine believes that this work
ethic fosters a strong team bond, creates an environment where team
learn from the more experienced guides, and yields a far greater feeling
accomplishment than the "we do everything for you" approach employed by
many of the larger guide services.
Detailed itineraries, conditioning guidelines, packing lists, and
references are available on request.
Itineraries are subject to change based on weather, route conditions, and team
Atlanta Alpine Guides will make every effort to keep members informed and
allow them to participate in much of the decision making process, however,
SAFETY is our number one priority when climbing. Atlanta Alpine reserves
the right to remove team members or turn team members back from a climb
that are judged by guides to be physically or mentally unfit, who through
action or inaction cause a dangerous situation, or through their actions
or behavior undermine team strength or safety. Decisions regarding safety are
made for everyones benefit, they are not negotiable and are to be followed
immediately and without question.
Group discounts are available. Please contact us for more information.