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Mount Aconcagua

The peak’s name originated from the phrase “Ackon Cahuak”, which sounds in translation like “Sentinel of Stone”.

It is located 15 km from the border with neighbouring Chile in the province of Mendoza. Aconcagua is one of the Seven Summits – the list of the seven highest peaks of each continent. Mount Aconcagua is 6,960 meters high, and its unofficial name is " Colossus of America".

Aconcagua is part of the Andes mountain range, particularly the Cordillera Principal. Officially, it stands on the territory of the same-name national park. Today the peak is very popular with climbers from different countries.

The first attempt to mount here was made by the German climber Paul Güssfeldt in 1883. He made two attempts at once, but both times were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the first successful attempt to climb the mountain took place only in 1897. On the sixth try, climber Matthias Zurbriggen separated from the group and managed to conquer the summit of Aconcagua alone.

Today, this mountain is technically easy for climbers, but only if you choose the northern slope for climbing. There is no need to use oxygen cylinders at the top. The minimum recorded time it took to conquer the summit was 5 hours and 45 minutes (this record was set in 1991).

To climb to the top of Aconcagua, you first have to buy a pass from the National Park representatives. Its price varies depending on the season. And in the base camp Plaza de Mulas, from where the climbing route begins, today there is the highest art gallery in the world, where the works of the artist Miguel Doura are exhibited.