Aconcagua Trekking Holiday
Trekking holiday to Aconcagua. Aconcagua (6962m) is the highest peak in the western and southern hemispheres, and is the second highest of the continental seven summits. This provides an excellent incentive to accomplish the climb - to claim to have stood on the highest point in the Americas. It was first climbed by Vines and Zurbriggen in 1898 on the FitzGerald Expedition. It lies close to the border between Argentina and Chile, and overlooks the original road and rail routes from Buenos Aires to Santiago. The Incas called the mountain Ancocahuac, made up of the Quechua words anco (white) and cahuac (sentinel). There is no definitive proof that the ancients actually reached the summit, but there have been various finds and a mummy was found in 1985 at 5200m on the southwest ridge. It is widely believed that there are other undiscovered archaeological sites on the mountain.