For this big day, you will need to have a very early start. At about 1:00AM, the stoves from the guide’s tents will start running to prepare water and you will depart for your Polish Glacier climb a few hours later. You will have a very demanding and long day ahead. A 12 to 16 hours of climbing a day is very much possible when climbing the Polish Glacier. The line your guide will choose will depend on the conditions. If a lot of penitentes (snow pinnacles formed by direct sunlight) are encountered in the lower section of the glacier, you will start by climbing through the scree and rock on the right hand side.
A long day of climbing will take you to the Summit Ridge at 22,000′ after the last steep pitch — a 55-60 degree narrow gully with the entire Glacier below our feet. The final ridge is very long and gentle and above all, awesome! From there, you will be able to look directly down the 9,000’ South Face of Aconcagua, considered one of the great faces of the world! At the summit, you will have a spectacular 360-degree view. All around, you will see the Andes Mountains consisting of several 20,000’ peaks, including another of the highest peaks in South America, Mercedario. To the west lies Chile and the Pacific Ocean, and, to the east, the pre-Andes and plains of Argentina.
After summiting, you will descend quickly via the Normal Route, where at Independencia (20,790 m ) you will traverse west back to your High Camp — the Grand Plaza Caluba Camp — for rest and rehydration.