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ARGENTINA

Argentina is the second largest country in South America (after Brazil) and the world's eighth largest nation, covering an area of 2.75 million sq km. With a population of around 40 million – one-third of whom live in the capital Buenos Aires – it is one of the least densely populated of the ten biggest countries.
Spanish is the only official language.

Argentina is home to the Americas’ highest summit  - Mount Aconcagua, 6962m. Located in the Andes mountain range within the Parque Provincial Aconcagua, which encompasses 710 sq km of wild, high country right by the Chilean border, Mount Aconcagua - commonly known as the ‘Roof of the Americas’ - is a mountaineer’s dream.

The first recorded ascent of Mount Aconcagua was in 1897 on a British expedition led by Edward FitzGerald. The summit was reached by the Swiss guide Matthias Zurbriggen on January 14 and by two other expedition members a few days later.
Of the seven continental summits, Aconcagua lies second only to Everest. Yet it is surprisingly free of snow and ice, and experienced hikers can reach the ‘Roof of the Americas’ without technical expertise. However, it is one of the world’s highest and toughest treks. Also although in mountaineering terms it is technically an easy mountain if approached from the northwest ridge via the normal route, the effects of altitude are severe (atmospheric pressure is 40% of sea-level at the summit), more so than in other peaks of the Andes. Altitude sickness will affect most climbers to some extent, depending on the degree of acclimatization. As the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness can be life-threatening when severe, it is essential to be accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable, and fully qualified guide.
If you want to conquer the western and southern hemisphere’s highest summit, have a look at our ACONCAGUA mountaineering expedition.

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