Are you ready for one of the toughest physical challenges of your life? If so, you’re ready for Aconcagua. The highest mountain in South America, Aconcagua is a beast of epic proportions. If you’ve tackled Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp, and want a new challenge, this is the one for you. But what’s the trek like, and how long does it take to climb Aconcagua? We’ve got all the answers…
How long does it take to climb Aconcagua?
Our expedition takes 21 days. That includes 16 days of trekking. Which, in these conditions, is no mean feat. We need those additional days to acclimatise and rest up before the summit attempt. There is also training for the high altitude trekking that we’ll be doing.
How long does summit day take?
Much like the rest of Aconcagua, summit day is a big challenge. It involves around 12-15 hours of tough trekking. It’s a steady climb all the way to the top, in high altitude. Typically, we start getting ready at 4am and begin the climb at 5:30am. The steep climb and high winds make it a tough one, but we take it slow and steady. And the views at the top make it all worthwhile.
Is there extra time in case of bad weather?
Our longer itinerary means that there are two spare summit days. That means that if the bad conditions don’t let us summit, we can try on those alternative days. We will never climb if the conditions are unsafe, so those spare summit days are vital. But remember, the summit shouldn’t be your only goal. The accomplishment is in the journey.
The good news? The expedition finishes up in Mendoza, home of Argentina’s prized Malbec grapes and killer steaks. You may even have more time there, if the summit goes smoothly. That glass of red will never taste as good!
If you’re keen to learn more about the expedition to Aconcagua, click here to read about our trip.