Aconcagua, Argentina

Prominence: 6962 m, 22841 ft

Elevation: 6962 meters, 22,841 feet

True Isolation: 16517.62 km, 10263.57 mi
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)32° 39' 11'' S; 70° 0' 44'' W
-32.653099, -70.012088 (Dec Deg)
405085E 6386717N Zone 19 (UTM)
CountryArgentina (Highest Point)
State/ProvinceMendoza (Highest Point)

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     Andes 6000-meter Peaks (Rank #1)
     World Peaks with 4000 meters of Prominence (Rank #2)
     World Country High Points (Rank #10)
     The Seven Summits (Rank #2)
     Argentina Province High Points (Rank #1)
     World Peaks with 1000 km of Isolation (Rank #2)
     Seven Summits - Continental Landmass High Points (Rank #2)
     Ocean Drainage Basin High Points (Rank #3)
     South America Country High Points (Rank #1)
     World Top 100 by Prominence (Rank #2)
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     World Drainage Basin High Points over 5000 m high (Rank #6)
     Country High Points of the Americas (Rank #1)
     South America Range3 High Points (Rank #1)
     Peaks with Most Page Views on Site (Rank #14)
     Peaks with Most Individual Summiters-Outside USA (Rank #13)
     Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts (Rank #14)
     Most Ascended Peaks-Outside USA (Rank #18)
     1500-meter Prominence Peak with Ascents (Rank #50)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Aconcagua: A Climbing Guide (Secor)
       The Andes: A Guide for Climbers (Biggar)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1991-02-24 by John Stolk
     1998-12-31 by Erik Esseen
     2000-02-12 by Len Hall (Unsuccessful)
     2002-01-29 by Petter Bjørstad
     2003-02-17 by Len Hall (Unsuccessful)
     2005-01-23 by Ben Lostracco (Unsuccessful)
     2005-12-17 by Serge Massad (Unsuccessful)
     2006-01-28 by Adam Helman
     2008-01-15 by Eric Werfel (Unsuccessful)
     2008-02-12 by Chris Civarra (Unsuccessful)
     2009-01-18 by Matthias Ihl (Unsuccessful)
     2009-02-13 by Brian Kalet
     2010-01-10 by Jose Valdez (Unsuccessful)
     2011-01-10 by Isaac Heckman
     2011-01-20 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2011-01-20 by Adam Walker
     2011-01-20 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2012-01-01 by Dale Funk
     2012-02-24 by Dennis Stewart (Unsuccessful)
     2013-01-11 by Dimitri Kiselkov (GPS Track)
     2014-03-06 by Andrew Rankine (Unsuccessful)

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Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America, in the western hemisphere, and in the southern hemisphere, too. No other peak on earth, except Mount Everest, is further away from a higher peak--you have to travel over 10,250 miles to the Hindu Kush Mountains of Pakistan to find higher ground when traveling from Aconcagua.

There have been occasional noises made by the Argentines and others that Aconcagua might be over 7000m high, but it seems that the consensus is that it falls just short, leaving all the world's 7000m peaks in central Asia. An Italian expedition in 2001 with super-accurate GPS equipment has fixed the peak's elevation at 6961.83 meters.

The mountain is geologically complex, and while many of the rocks that form it are volcanic, the general feeling seems to be that Aconcagua is not an eroded, long-dormant volcano, as one might suppose. That leaves Ojos del Salado, in the Puna de Atacama well north of Aconcagua, as the world's highest volcano.

The peak is located 15 km east of the main crest of the Andes, entirely in Argentina. This is the dry side of the Andes, so, despite its height, Aconcagua is not particularly icy or snowy. The standard routes up the mountain involve no glacier travel. The area is not as arid as the bone-dry Puna de Atacama, but the glaciation is less than in the Andean peaks of Peru and Patagonia.

Climbing Notes:

With a city of 4 million (Santiago, Chile) 100 kilometers away, and with the major trans-Andean highway from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina passing just south of the peak, access is easy to Aconcagua. The standard route is just a long hike, and by far the greatest difficulty is the high elevation. Altitude sickness kills unacclimatized climbers on this mountain, so it is important to go up slowly. The other main danger is storms--Aconcagua is exceptionally windy, and one must be prepared to wait out bad weather.

Two weeks is the recommended minimum time it would take to fly there from the USA and do the hike, and three would be better. Aconcagua makes an attractive destination: there is no easier way to climb to 6900m in the world, nor is there an easier peak with more prominence or isolation.

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The river crossing at Confluencia on the route to Aconcagua. Photo by Ken Jones.
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Prominence  Clean Prominence: 6962 m/22,841 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 6962 m/22,841 ft
  Key Col: Ocean    0 m/0 ft
Isolation16517.62 km/10263.57 mi
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Tirich Mir West IV  (ENE)
Isolation Limit Point: 36° 16' 33'' N; 71° 48' 38'' E
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RangesContinent: South America (Highest Point)
Range2: Andes (Highest Point)
Range3: Central Argentina-Chile Andes (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsColorado [Arg] (HP)
Atlantic Ocean (HP)
First AscentFebruary 14, 1897
Matthias Zubriggen
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Aconcagua from the Mendoza park entrance. Photo by John Sype (2006-01). Photo by Edward Earl.

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Most Aconcagua climbers spend time in the large camp at Plaza de Mulas. Photo by Ken Jones.
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Summit team of Mark Washburn, Todd Katter, Chad Katter, and John Crellin (2009-02-13). Photo by Chad Katter.
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A view from the east (2008-01-27). Photo by Lars Holme.
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