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Climbing Aconcagua Mountain Argentina

If you are looking for some real mountain-climbing challenges, why not head to Western Argentina and Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere. Unlike Alpine mountains, this mountain looks more like a very large piece of rock that is visibly magnificent because of its sheer enormity.

This imposing peak lies close to the Chile border and receives more than 3000 climbers ever year. Its proximity to Chile, allows it to dominate the skyline of the country’s capital Santiago. Aconcagua’s summit crest and ridges are usually free of snow, but some of its valleys populated by glaciers are typically covered with snow.

Although not as tall as Mount Everest, Aconcagua still poses a challenge to climbers mainly due to its altitude. Nevertheless this Argentinian mountain is considered to be a relatively easy climb, which is good news to all novice mountain-climbing travelers out there! One good thing about Aconcagua is it offers a couple of routes to the peak that vary in technical climbing difficulty. The most non-technical path is called the “Normal Route”. This route leads you to follow the Northwest Ridge. The other more difficult routes include the Polish Traverse, Police Glacier and Vacas routes.

Since it is a relatively straightforward climbing, some people, sadly underestimate the potential dramatic change of weather and the need for adjusting to Aconcagua’s high altitude. Just like climbing mountains of tremendous height, trekking to Aconcagua’s peak requires sufficient preparations when it comes to training and being in excellent physical condition. It is highly recommended that you should attempt reaching the summit only with a group for security and support. There are many outfitters in Mendoza to choose from when it comes to organizing a climbing expedition for you. Although some of the routes have no permanent snow fields, you are still expected to use tools like crampons and ice axe to conquer some sections.

You can reach Aconcagua by flying first into Mendoza or Buenos Aires Argentina or Santiago, Chile. However, take note that the climbing permit can only be obtained in Mendoza, at an office called Subsecretaria de Turismo (Secretary of Tourism). Aconcagua is located within the Provincial Park of the same name. You will need to make your way to Puente del Inca, the gateway to the park. You can do this by renting a vehicle or getting on the bus. If you intend to do the other more difficult mountain climbing routes, you may access the park through the Vacas Valley close to Penetentes.

The prescribed climbing permit fees depend on the time of the intended climb. The high season for climbing is usually from mid-December until the end of January. During this period, the permits are higher. Low season is from mid-November to the end of November and from late February to mid-March. During off-season, which is from March 16 to November 14, visitors also need to pay for the permit to access Aconcagua Park. The maximum time you can stay within the park’s grounds is 20 days.

The Adventure Travel Tips for Solo Travelers

You may be intimidated at the thought of traveling alone to a country that you have not visited before. But if you are able to overcome your fear and your sense of insecurity that arise in your mind, then it is certain that you will enjoy your trip to a great extent. It is a wonderful opportunity to travel around the world and it is considered to be a memorable experience for you. This article will highlight on the top adventure travel destinations that are considered to be suitable for the solo travelers.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is considered to be the best hub of adventurous activities. As a solo traveler, you can have enough time to spend outside enjoying the natural scenery of the place, basking in the sun as well as watching the wildlife roaming around the place. Other adventurous activities include zip lining tour, kayaking trip and so on. In fact, Costa Rica is named as one of the safest countries to travel for the solo travelers.

Finland

Whether you visit this spectacular place during the summer season or you want to go to the place during the winter season, you can get a glance of wilderness and scenic beauty of the country. Long tracks of jungles and long stretches of rivers and lakes make Finland offers the best place to visit in order to enjoy different types of water sport activities. Night time travel in Finland is another popular activity for the solo visitors.

Chile

The word Chile is synonymous with adventure and excitement. If you want to travel on your own, it is advisable that you should choose Chile for your next trip. You can either go to the northern side of the country to visit the Atacama Desert or you can travel in the southern part of the country to watch Patagonia. If you wish, you can go to Santiago to watch the scenic beauty of the place from close proximity.

California

It is situated on the western coast of North American province. It offers everything for the amusement of solo travelers. California is a peaceful abode to popular tourist attractions such as Disneyland, Malibu beach and Hollywood while the northern side of California features Smoky Mountains, majestic hills of San Francisco, the wineries of the Napa Valley and a few more. Outside the major cities of California, solo travelers visit the spectacular national parks, participate in hiking and zip lining tours and enjoy walking round the dense forests.

Thailand

Pristine beaches, outdoor activities and delicious food make Thailand quite popular amongst the solo tourists across the world. If you want to travel alone and you want to make new friends then you should plan your trip to Thailand. In the northern part of the country, you will watch how the forests and fields bump up against the snow capped mountains. Limestone cliffs, majestic waterfalls and picturesque landscape draw attention of the solo visitors from every corner of the world.

Norway

The best option for the solo travelers to explore a vast country that is almost one thousand miles long is to sail up to the pristine coasts or even trek around the creeks and cliffs. For comfortable accommodation they can stay in comfortable hotels or they can even stay in exclusive mountain huts.