- Cerro Aconcagua
- 6962 m.
- Location: South 32.39.186, West 70.00.724 (GPS reading at the summit)
- Highest in the Southern and Western Hemisphere
- Difficulty: YDS class 2+ (French Alpine PD)
- Climbed January 29. 2002
How to get there:
Any trip to Aconcagua should (must) start in Mendoza, as the
climbing permit can only be obtained there in person.
Mendoza is a very beautiful city with modern stores and all
We flew via Frankfurt directly to Sao Paulo, Brazil. From here there
is a convenient flight to Mendoza (with a brief stop in Cordoba).
One can also fly via Santiago, Chile and connect to Mendoza by air
The short version is listed below, for a more
complete trip report you may click
In 2002 the climbing permit cost US \$ 200. It can only
be obtained in the city of Mendoza. This permit allows you
a maximum of 20 days in the national park.
Day 1: We entered the park on January 16., from the small place
Puente del Inca (2740m)
and walked (approx. 2.5 hours) to
the camp site
Day 2: We continued the hike to Base Camp,
Plaza de Mulas (4385m).
This hike consists
of approx. 3.5 hours of very
including several crossings
of the creek until one passes a
small camp site next to a very
distinct, large boulder at the end of the flat valley. Thereafter,
starts climbing to Base Camp, this section takes about
the same time (3.5 hours) if
a non-trivial backpack is carried along.
Day 3: Resting (acclimatization) day in
Day 4: I carried the high camp tent and some supplies to
Canada (5050m), sleep in Base Camp.
and I carried some more supplies to Canada (5050m), sleep
back in Base Camp.
Day 6: We moved to
Day 7: We
(acclimatization) in Camp 1.
Day 8: We
supplies to Camp 2,
Nido de Condores
Day 9: We moved to
Nido de Condores (5570m).
(acclimatization) day in
Day 11: Move back to
due to bad weather.
Day 13: Move back up to Camp 2,
Nido de Condores (5570m).
Day 14: Start at approx. 0445,
up to Berlin, via
directly to the summit,
reached at 1215.
We spent 20 minutes at the top in
a 360 degree panorama. Return to Camp
2 well before 1600, after a fantastic day. Sleep at Camp 2.
to Base Camp (4385m).
Day 16: Climb
(5295m) from Base Camp.
pack equipment for transport by
of the park, we left Base Camp at 1130, and reached the
after 4 hours and 53 minutes, including short
rests along the way. This indicates that the actual distance is
about 25 km, in any case less than 30 km.
I did this most memorable climb with my son Tor Erling, age 19.
This mountain (probabely) has the largest primary
factor of among all mountains, 6962m.
This mountain is also the one with the largest distance
to any higher mountain.
It is (extremely) likely that any person on its top in
January is the highest human being on the planet, since
peaks in the Himalaya are typically not climbed during
We collected some
medical information every morning and evening.
We organized this as a completely private trip. We purchased meals
in Base Camp as well as the renting of a Base Camp tent from
Mallku. This service is highly recommended, they also offer more
complete service including guiding and porting on the mountain itself.
We talked to several parties on the mountain that got "minimal" service from
their commercial organizer/provider. In contrast,
Mallku Expediciones provided excellent service and a personal
touch and attention that certainly contributed to a very
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