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Mountain Climbing In Argentina

Argentina has much to offer in terms of trekking and mountain climbing, especially in the San Juan and Mendoza provinces where travelers can find some of the highest peaks in the Western hemisphere. The western edge of the country rests along the Andes, where some of the best hiking in South America can be found. Whether you are a seasoned climber or putting on hiking boots for the first time, there is something for everyone in Argentina.

Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Americas, is located in the Mendoza province and is probably your best bet if you're looking for a large-scale mountain climbing expedition. It is also the most famous mountain in South America, but there are plenty of others that offer more interesting and technical climbs. The mountain itself rises to an altitude of 6,962 m (or 22,841 ft). Located in Aconcagua Provincial Park, 190 km west of Mendoza city, it is actually the highest peak in the world outside of Asia. Aconcagua gets its name from the Quechua word for “stone sentry,” and is a demanding climb even for experienced trekkers. It takes most people eight to ten days just to adjust to the altitude.The best time to climb Aconcagua is between December and February. But make sure you do your research and physically prepare before the hike: travelers die on this mountain every year.

There are plenty of day hikes in the Lake District, as well as in the low hills of Córdoba, but true mountaineers flock to Andes. In the San Juan province, climbers will find the Cordón de la Rameda, which boasts five peaks over 6,000 m high and offers multiple technically challenging climbs. In Salta and Jujuy, you will find dramatic deserts dropping into arid and rocky landscapes, such as the Quebrada de Humahuaca.

The El Chaltén area of Los Glaciares National Park is an extremely popular destination for trekkers. Travelers can venture to the Fitz Roy Range in southern Patagonia and find themselves at one of the world's top mountaineering destinations, or head to the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, near Bariloche, for a variety of trails for every level. For something truly unique, head down to Tierra del Fuego, where the national park and base of the Andes bleeds into the shores of the Beagle Channel with unforgettable vistas as mountains meet marine life.

For those planning to do some of the more challenging treks, altitude sickness can play a big role in your adventure. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and allow time to acclimatize, especially after reaching altitudes above 2,000 m.

Between the north, south and western regions of Argentina, the landscape can vary dramatically. This goes for the climbs, too. For more detailed information, check out

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Argentina: Bariloche Trail System,

25 Aug 2010

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