Aconcagua Polish Traverse
Aconcagua Elevation: Guided climb to 22,841 feet/6962 meters
Highlights: Circumnavigation of Aconcagua and reaching one of the Seven Summits
Porter support available: Climbers will be able to hire a porter for all or portions of carries for an exra charge.
Route: The Polish Traverse, which is often referred to as the False Polish Glacier Route, is a beautiful high altitude climb. Not to be confused with the Polish Glacier route on Aconcagua, which is a serious high altitude climb suitable for very experienced climbers only, the Traverse travels below the glacier and involves climbing similar to the normal route- it does not, however, involve any glacier travel. After our ascent we have the option to descend into the Horcones Valley and return to our starting point at the small town of Puenta del Inca by a different route, thus completing a circumnavigation of the mountain.
With the opportunity to see all aspects of the mountain and reach the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, this surely ranks among our most rewarding expeditions. This trip offers participants the chance to test their endurance at high altitude without the complexities of glacier travel, but still in a full-blown expedition context. And, for those desiring to climb on Himalayan expeditions to the 8000-meter giants, this climb provides excellent training and experience at higher altitudes.
Strategy: All of our equipment is carried to base camp by mules. We follow the philosophy of climb high and sleep low as we establish a series of higher camps while ascending Aconcagua. We have also included numerous inclement weather days in the schedule to allow more time to attempt the summit climb. These factors enable proper acclimatization and greatly increase our chance for success.