Conquering the Highest Mountain in South America
Climbing Mt Aconcagua is a great challenge if you are looking to cover tougher mountains. The world famous Aconcagua mountain is located in Western Argentina close to the country’s border with Chile. Its elevation is reported to be 22,837 feet (6960 meters above see level), making it the highest mountain in the western hemisphere.
Every season attracts up to 3500 climbers trying to conquer the summit. However, only 40 to 50% of the climbers manage to successfully reach the mountain’s summit. That’s why it is important that you are ready for the challenge (check here to find what to do to prepare yourself for mountain climbing) including finding the right climbing gear (check here to find out what climbing gear is best for you).
The high altitude adds to the difficulty of the climb, which is why the summit success rate is half of the climbers who attempt to reach to the top.
During the entire climbing period (see below), the Aconcagua weather is dry because it’s summer season in the Austral hemisphere. The dry weather in the climbing season is accompanied by windy conditions, which consequently lead to lower temperatures especially as you climb higher.
The temperature is usually at -20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) from 16404 feet (5000 meters above see level) and above and -30 Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) at the summit. Such low temperatures, climbers have to anticipate frostbite, making the experience more challenging.
Climbers have always reported that Aconcagua’s weather to be unpredictable, subjecting climbers to wind chill and sudden drop in temperatures without warning. Besides, lightning storms are also a common occurrence on the mountain.
The climbing season opens on 15th November and extends to 31st March every year. The climbing season is further divided into three phases, starting with the low season from the 15th to the 30th November, mid season from the 1st to the 14th December and end season from the 1st to the 20th February.
The most popular and best time for climbing Mt Aconcagua is the high season, from the 15th December to the 31st January. It is important to note that in the low season, climbers are unlikely to find all the services and supplies they may need because the camps are not fully equipped by then. As the climbing season progresses, the services and supplies become more readily available.
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