With an altitude of 6.962 meters / 22.841 feet, Mount Aconcagua is the highest peak in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and the highest anywhere in the world besides the Himalayas. It is one of the "Seven Summits". The origin of the name probably comes from the Quechua Ackon Cahuak, that means "Sentinel of Stone".
In February 2011, SPONDYLUS and MWGuiding from Bern/Switzerland, undertook an expedition to this fantastic mountain. The two mountain guides Hans-Martin Schmitt from SPONDYLUS and Mischu Wirth from MWGuiding, as well as four mountaineers from Switzerland, spent more than three weeks together in order to acclimatize and climb Mount Aconcagua.
To guarantee an excellent acclimatization, the group ascended Mount Plomo (5430m / 17815 feet) in the area of Santiago de Chile, which was another highlight of this expedition.
Even though not all the climbers of the expedition reached the summit of Mount Aconcagua due to health problems of two of the climbers, all the participants felt very glad and thankful for the great and unforgettable experience they lived.
A great number of achievements have made MWGuiding one of the most prestigious mountaineering agencies worldwide. SPONDYLUS is very proud to have it as an ally, and we are sure that there will be many more successful and fascinating expeditions and trips to come, in order to please the MWGuiding clients.