“Whoever said this mountain is an easy walk-up is full of it.”

—Marty Hoey, from Seven Summits by Dick Bass, Rick Ridgeway, and Frank Wells (1988)

Aconcagua Fast Facts:

  1.   Aconcagua is the tallest mountain outside of the himalayas.
  2.  In the 2002 season, Argentine Gabriel Carera summited six times in forty-two days.
  3.   Several dogs have summited Aconcagua.
  4.   Aconcagua sits at 32 degrees south latitude.
  5.  Argentine Willie Benegas summited Aconcagua while traversing from Punta de Vacas to the Horcones Valley in one thirty-hour push, a distance of roughly 60miles(100km).


Altitude 22,841feet(6962m)

Summit GPS Waypoints: S3239.13

Elevation Gain (base camp to summit): Normal route: 8832feet(2692m), plus 4659 feet(1420m) on trekking approach (total 13,500feet, 4100m)

False Polish route: 9163feet (2792m), plus 6050feet (1845m) on trekking approach (total 15,200 feet, 4637m)

Distance (base camp to summit):

Normal route: 7.5miles (12km), plus 18 miles (29km) on trekking approach (total 25.5miles, 41km);

False Polish route: 9.75miles(15km), plus 25.75miles (41km) on trekking approach, plus 10 miles (16km) on traversing descent (total 45.5miles, 72km)

Difficulty Ratings: technical: 2 Physical: 3–4

Time (door to door): Normal route: 21days, False Polish route: 21days

Season: December–February



Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. It sits entirely within Argentina just east of the border with Chile, some 90 miles (150 km) east of the Pacific Ocean. At 22,841 feet (6962 m), the “Stone Sentinel,” as Aconcagua is sometimes called, towers above all the other mountains in the Andes Range, including nearby giants Ameghino, Mercedario, and Tupungato. However, Aconcagua is a mere 204 feet (62 m) higher than its South American rival Ojos del Salado, in northern Chile, which for a time some thought to be higher.

Other Activities: 

Wine Touring, Fly Fishing, White Water Rafting