Aconcagua the highest mountain in Argentina and the tallest mountain in South America. The mountain reaches a elevation of 22,837 feet (6,960.8 m). Aconcagua, as the tallest mountain in South America and the southern hemisphere, the mountain has been designated as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of South America.
Aconcagua features a number of glaciers with the largest being Ventisquero Horcones Inferior. It extends across 10 kilometers. A famous glacier is the Polish Glacier which is seen by the majority of climbers who trek up the north-eastern route of the mountain.
Aconcagua is found in Mendoza, Argentina as part of the Andes mountain range. It is approximately 15 kilometers away from the border of Chile. It is surrounded by the Valle de las Vacas to the east and north and the Valle de los Horcones Inferior to the south and west.
The mountain is the featured nature attraction of the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
The majority of travelers or visitors looking to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of South America, find a tour through the provincial park and take advantage of one of the scenic vistas overlooking the mountain. For the majority of tourists, seeing the majestic mountain is a sufficient and rewarding experience.
Aconcagua is deemed an easy climb as far as mountaineering is concerned. The northern route is the easiest and considered the normal route. The mountain is taller than Mount Kilimanjaro making it the tallest non-technical climb.
Potential climbers should be aware that altitude sickness affects the majority of climbers. The severity of the sickness and symptoms experienced will depend on the time spent acclimating along the way. The cold weather is also a challenge and combined with the altitude sickness there are multiple casualties every year.