Trek & Climb: Nevado Salkantay to Aconcagua: 6,272 m to 6,962m
Starting in Peru you’ll take a period of acclimatisation, 5-6 days, exploring the Sacred Valley and the surrounds of Cusco with some warm-up trekking.
Then you’ll take on the challenge of the ‘Apu Salkantay‘, known as the wild mountain, rises to 6,272 masl. It’s located, northwest of the city of Cusco, in the district of Santa Teresa. The highest of the Vilcabamba Mountains; and is part of the extensive mountain range of the central Andes of South America.
So then; it was very revered by the Willak umas or Andean priests; who considered it an APU (protective spirit), guardian of Machu Picchu. There are many legends about its name; which derives from the Kichwa or Quechua language, “Salja Kay” (wild). Because of the everpresent threat of avalanche and its imposing presence.
Following then; it is one of the 7 peaks; on the 6 thousand meters at sea level of the Cusco region, the 38th highest peak in the Andes and the 12th highest in Peru. However; it is the second highest in topographic prominence in the country, after Huascarán. As a result; this makes it a mountain known for its difficult climbing and access for alpinists throughout the world. Because of its 4 vertical faces between 55 and 75 degrees of inclination, and risk of avalanches during the year.
- Maximum Elevation – 5,500m
- Start/Finish – Cusco/Cusco
- Trek Style – Camping
- Best Season – May to October
- Good health & experience is required for moving across glacial cracks and ravines.
- Good experience climbing on vertical walls between 60 and 75 degrees of incline.
- Handling and promoting high-mountain equipment by yourself.
- Age range: 18 to 65 yrs.
Afterwards you’ll transfer back to Cusco and rest for the night before transferring to Cusco Airport for a series of domestic flights down to Mendoza, Argentina. On arrival you’ll spend the night before transferring to Penitentes for the start of your trek to Aconcagua.
Aconcagua Mountain is a part of the Andes mountain range, located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. The summit is located just 15 kilometres away from the international border with Chile. It is one of the Seven Summits and the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.
Following with a good climate, you’ll trek directly from Penitentes to the Plaza de Mulas (4,300m). From here you’ll begin your ascent to the summit via a number of high-altitude camps (Camp 1 – Canda, Camp 2 – Nido de Condores, Camp 3 – Colera). From the summit you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible 360° view from the summit that you’ll never forget: infinite mountains, white fields and glaciers, including the stunning peaks of Cerro Mercedario and Cerro Tolosa.
Descending back via the valley of Horcones, you’ll once more reach Penitentes. There is an option to spend the night here before transferring back to Mendoza for your onward flight out with plenty of time to reflect on an incredible adventure!
Mountain & Summit Stats
- Altitude: 6,962m.
- Route: Normal – North face
- Difficulty: Non-technical & No risk of Avalanche.
- Equipment: Expedition (Please refer to the videos below for equipment).
- Requirements: Good physical condition and recommended prior experience at altitude.
- Summit success: About 50%
- Threats: Biggest threat is the cold (-20 to -30c) and altitude.
- Summit Season: 15/11/19 – 24/02/20
Safety & Security: Your safety and security is our main priority.
- Radio Equipment: On the expedition we will have radios & access to a rescue helicopter if required.
- Medical: We will have oxygen available on the expedition, oximetro (to read oxygen levels in your blood), diamox (to combat any bad effects of altitude sickness), along with a complete medical box set for the expedition.
- Health: Your health will be checked at regular intervals along the route (e.g. at every camp). All of our guides are fully trained in first aid and mountain rescue.
- Pacing: It is important to go at a pace you are comfortable with and our guides will help support you in this.
- Insurance: It is vital that you have adventure insurance for this trip.