Aconcagua - What Does it Take to CLimb the Highest Peak in South America

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Aconcagua is a mountain in the Principal Cordillera of the Andes mountain range. Located in Mendoza Province, Argentina, it is the highest mountain peak in South America, and the highest outside Asia.

The first ascent starts at 1897m, with the summit elevation at 6,961m. It is a relatively safe climb by the standard routes. Yet, there are always deaths on big mountains.

And climbing Aconcagua is not a cheap operation. The climbing permit alone costs at least $1,000, depending on route and time of year. Then there are mountain logistics costs, gear, guides, and many more.

There are two main routes to climb Aconcagua. It takes between 18 and 20 days. Some climbers try the short program of 12 days.

This award-winning documentary follows mountaineers as they make their way to the summit.

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