Combined ascent to Aconcagua and Ojos del Salado will allow you to get gently prepared for the real seventhousanders ascent. There is no cracked ice and 30-degree cold, but the conditions can’t be called hothouse. South America is known for its winds, and temperatures can be quite low. However, relief simplicity and sufficiently rapid ascent along with much easier set of equipment allows almost anyone with previous climbing experience to ascend to the summit, in contrast, for example to the program “Snow Leopard”, where only physical shape is not enough.
Generally, we prefer to acclimate on the Aconcagua, despite the fact that it is slightly higher than the Ojos del Salado. This is due to logistics peculiarities at both summits. In terms of timing to go to the Ojos is much easier than to Aconcagua, there is no long trek, there is no need to adjust to the schedule of mules, to be examined by a doctor at the Base Camp considering the percentage of oxygen and to solve numerous other issues. The views on the Ojos del Salado are breathtaking, but winds are stronger and it’s completely deserted, which influences participants psychological state during long stay.