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Polish Traverse, Aconcagua (6 962 m / 22 831 ft)

Mountain: Aconcagua (6 962 m / 22 831 ft)
Activity type: Mountaineering
Activity level: Challenging/ Tough
Elevation: 6 000 m / 19 685 ft
Duration: 17 Day(s)
Expenses: from$ 3 500
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Overview

Route Name: Polish Traverse, Польский Траверс
Activity type: Mountaineering
Activity level: Challenging/ Tough
Type of Climb: Snow & Ice & Rock
Location: South America, Argentina: (Mendoza)
Starting Point: -32°-51'-2.73''S
-69°-45'-35.527''W
Parent Range: Argentina-Chile Andes
Mountain: Aconcagua (6 962 m / 22 831 ft)
First Ascent: ??/3/1934 V. Otrowski (Poland), K. Narkiewicz (Poland), S. Daszinski (Poland), S. Osiecki (Poland)
Duration: 17 Day(s)
Max. Elevation: 6 000m / 19 685 ft
Vertical Gain: 2 762m / 9 062 ft
Length: 103km / 64 miles
Climbing Season(s): 15 Nov-28 Feb;
Nearst
Airport(s):
Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez Santiago International Airport (SCL)
Convenience Center(s): Mendoza, Santiago
National
Park(s):
Aconcagua Provincial Park

Location

South America, Argentina: (Mendoza)
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    Ascent to Aconcagua is an unique opportunity for those who do not have high-altitude mountaineering skills to taste and smell the air up to 7 000 meters above sea level. For example, to find yourself on the same altitude somewhere in the Himalayas, Karakoram and Pamir, you will need several years of training and a special high-altitude equipment. Well, in addition to the above, it is an opportunity to climb one of the 7 Summits, which rightfully occupies first place in the ratings of several heights - it is the highest mountain in the whole of the Americas, the highest point in the Western Hemisphere and the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere.
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    Flight to Mendoza International Airport (Argentina). Take a car or bus to Uspallata or Penitentes. The entrance to the Aconcagua Provincial Park where Polish Traverse Route begins is at Punta de Vacas.
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    Route "Polish Traverse" in comparison with the classic "Normal Route" has both its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages include the facts that it is much less crowded by tourists and therefore - more clear. But the lack of a large number of tourists entails much less developed infrastructure, compared to "Normal Route". And this route is a little more difficult due to a long and steep approach. Up to base camp Plaza Argentina all carry loads are done by mules. Above base camp climbers to carry their loads themselves. Try not to drink unboiled water even if it's water from the glacial stream. Always use boiled, bottled or purified water.
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    You must go to Mendoza (Argentina) to get your climbing permit and fill all necessary forms in person. Permits are sold at SUBSECRETARÍA DE TURISMO only. Address in Mendoza is på San Martín 1143. It's pretty close to the to Plaza Independencia. The permits can not be bought either at Puente de Inca or Punta de Vacas. Anywhere inside the park, the permit or the receipt may be required to be shown.
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    You will need to build a high degree of strength endurance, high-altitude tolerance, and strong cardiovascular conditioning. Just because you exercise regularly (four to six times per week) does not mean you have the conditioning needed to reach the summit of Aconcagua. Plenty of people who have the endurance to run a marathon or compete in triathlons fail to summit high-altitude peaks. Pure cardiovascular fitness is simply not enough. Focus on building the physical conditioning necessary to ascend 1 000 meters (3 500 feet) of vertical elevation gain on successive days carrying 20-25 kg (45-50 pounds). This trip includes a 30-mile approach trek over 3 days involving mule support, so you can enjoy the trek without extreme loads, and double carries, to keep pack weight down to allow for better acclimatization.
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    The route conditions very varies from year to year - sometimes climbers have to struggle with deep snow starting from the Plaza Argentina. If the winter was dry you probably even wouldn't take your crampons out from your backpack. But anyway you have to be ready for the most unpleasant situation - even during the warmest month (February) a huge snowfalls and hurricane winds can happen. There were times when climbers could not leave their tents for several days because of the wind and were waiting for the end of the storm somewhere in camp at the altitude of 5 200 meters. In 99 cases out of 100, you will need crampons to approach from the summit camp to the summit. Be very careful when passing couloir "La Caneleta" - sometimes it could be so icy that local guides even were forced to fix some ropes there.
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    Base Camp Elevation: 4 200 m / 13 780 ft
    Summit Camp Elevation: 6 279 m / 20 600 ft
    Accommodation in Base Camp: Tents only
    Accommodation above Base Camp: Tents only
    Number of Camps: 3
    Avg. Cost: 3 500 USD
    Age Restrictions: 14
    Soloing: Yes
    Avg. Descent Time: Please update
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    Name (Elevation) Description
    Penitentens
    2 700 m / 8 858 tf
    Small city near the entrance to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. As a rule climbers have an overnight at Penitentens' hotels before crossing the border of the park.
    Punta de Vacas
    2 700 m / 8 858 tf
    Ranger's Station at the entrance of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Here your climbing permit will be checked by rangers.
    Pampa de Lenas
    2 950 m / 9 678 tf
    Intermediate Camp located above national park entrance.
    Casa de Piedras
    3 240 m / 10 630 tf
    Intermediate Camp located above national park entrance.
    Plaza Argentina
    4 200 m / 13 780 tf
    The base camp Plaza Argentina is a colorful tent city, yet smaller and somewhat more manageable than Plaza de Mulas, the base camp of the normal route. At base camp, a compulsory medical examination done by an Argentinian doctor will take place, who will give permission to continue with the ascent.
    Camp 1
    5 000 m / 16 404 tf
    Camp I is a tent camp above Plaza Argentina. It's situated at the end of the big glacier's moraine.
    Camp 2 (Guanaco)
    5 500 m / 18 045 tf
    Camp 2 is situated above Camp 1 on the gravel slope. Sometimes it may be covered by snow.
    High Camp (Colera)
    6 000 m / 19 685 tf
    The main high camp situated above Camp 1 and 2. It's located at the narrow field on the small col of the North Ridge. Sometimes may be covered by snow.
    Independencia Refuge
    6 500 m / 21 326 tf
    A tiny wooden cabin situated above summit camp. In general it's used as a shelter.
    Caneleta
    6 700 m / 21 982 tf
    Steep scree couloir that leads to the summit ridge. Sometimes may be icy or snow covered.
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    One of the variations that can diversify "Polish Traverse" on Aconcagua can be the route which called "Aconcagua 360 degrees." The main difference is an another descent from the summit of Aconcagua - instead of regular "Polish Traverse" descent climbers use a descent of the the "Normal Route". Thus climbers   ... Read more

     

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