Climb Aconcagua – Which Route?
In order to make the decision about what route to choose to ascend a mountain, you can take into account different characteristics such as difficulty, landscape, quantity of people in the route and other personal factors like your age, training level, medical conditions, experience in mountains of high altitude, timing, motivation or any other special reason that you consider worthy.
Mount Aconcagua has more than 20 ascending routes that have been opened throughout the years by different climbers. We will focus in the two routes considered as the main ones according to their technical complexity, which are also the most offered routes by the companies to summit.
Our company runs expeditions by three different routes, but we only offer scheduled expeditions in two of them, with open groups with a maximum of 12 passengers. The routes are the Normal Route, entering by Horcones Valley, and the Polish Traverse Route, which enters by VacasValley and exits by Horcones Valley (Normal Route).
The following are some points to take into account when making the decision:
It has a medical service in Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas base camp, which provides a wider medical support in the approaching trek.
It offers full services in Confluencia, making the approaching trek less complicated and more accessible.
Because it is the most frequented route, the Rescue Patrol has its operation center in the Plaza de Mulas base camp. So, it is the most monitored route by the Rescue Patrol and it takes less time for them to arrive in case of an accident.
The distance between high camps is very regular and short in comparison with other routes.
The descent is the fastest and most direct, since it takes only two days from summit day to the Park’s exit.
If you want to hire private porters, they are cheaper on this route.
During the approaching trek you have the possibility of visiting the mythical Aconcagua South Face with its 3,000 m of glaciers.
The approaching trek from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas is very long and has a remarkable slope.
High camps are very exposed to wind storms that come from the Pacific Ocean.
During the high season, it is the most congested route. Hence, the high camps can be overcrowded.
Polish Traverse Route
The approaching starts at less altitude, and the ascending to the base camp is more gradual than in the Normal Route.
There is usually more availability of water with no need of melting snow.
The descent is usually made by the Normal Route, which allows climbers to complete a full traverse of the mountain and to know its two faces.
This route has the best landscapes.
The approaching trek doesn’t count with medical or base camp services.
The base camp doesn’t have a permanent Rescue Patrol post.
The distance between the high camps is longer and with more slope than in the Normal Route.
Private porter service is more expensive on this route.
Both routes have the same price.
Both routes have a climbing program of 19 days.
Please, do not hesitate on contacting our staff to clear up any doubt so that we can help you to choose the best option for you.