Argentina's Cerro Aconcagua, located in Mendoza province, is the higest peak in the Western Hemisphere. At 22834 ft, or 6960 m, the peak towers over the Andes range and nearby Upsallata Pass, the transandine crossing between Argentina and Chile.
First scaled in 1897 by Edward Fitz Gerald, an English alpinist, Aconcagua still challenges climbers who must schedule at least two weeks to acclimatize to the altitude and ascend to the summit.
Cerro Aconcagua is within the rugged Parque Provincial Aconcagua on the Argentine/Chilean border. The park rangers on the mountain will not allow access without a permit, which must be obtained personally in Mendoza before the climb. Browse this Mendoza hotel listing for availability, rates, amenities, location, activities and other specific information.
Many travel and adventure tour agencies in Mendoza and elsewhere arrange excursions into the mountains. Some of these are:
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