Mount Aconcagua expedition – Polish Glacier traverse
Aconcagua expedition guided ascent program via the Vacas valley approach, normal route traverse. Standing at a height of 22,842 feet (6962 meters), Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas and the second highest of the Seven Summits. Andes Vertical offers both non-technical and technical climbing routes to the summit that avoid the most heavily used camps, preserving some of the wilderness experience of this massive peak.
Porter support available Climbers will be able to hire a porter for all, or some portions of, the ascent for an additional charge.
Route The Aconcagua Expedition via the Polish Traverse, which is often referred to as the False Polish Glacier Route, is a beautiful high altitude climb. Not to be confused with the Polish Glacier route on Aconcagua, which is a serious high altitude climb suitable for very experienced climbers only, the Traverse goes below the glacier and involves climbing similar to the normal route. It does not involve, however, any hiking on the glacier. After our ascent we have the option to descend into the Horcones Valley and return to our starting point at the small town of Puente del Inca by a different route, thus completing a circumnavigation of the mountain.
With the opportunity to see all aspects of the mountain and reach the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, this surely ranks among our most rewarding expeditions. This trip offers participants the chance to test their endurance at high altitude without the complexities of glacier travel, but still in a full-blown expedition context. And, for those desiring to go on to carry out Himalayan expeditions to the 8000-meter giants, this climb provides excellent training and experience at higher altitudes.
All of your equipment is carried to base camp by mules. We follow the philosophy of “climb high, sleep low” as we establish a series of higher camps while ascending Aconcagua. We have also included numerous inclement weather days in the schedule to allow more time to attempt the summit climb. These factors enable proper acclimatization and greatly increase our chances of success.
Aconcagua Expedition via Polish Traverse route (Vacas Valley)