Tupungato

Photo of Tupungato

Photo by Andes Mountain Expediciones

Details

Elevation (feet): 21,489
Elevation (meters): 6,550
Continent: South America
Country: Argentina
Range/Region: Central Argentina-Chile
Latitude: -33.3667
Longitude: -69.7833
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 1986
Year first climbed: 1897
First successful climber(s): Matthias Zurbriggen, Stuart Vines
Nearest major airport: Santiago, Chile
Convenient Center: Santiago, Chile

Description

Tupungato is the highest mountain south of the Aconcagua River, and is considered the highest active volcano in the world, having erupted as recently as 1986. It is a huge isolated volcano, dominating the southern landscape as seen from Aconcagua (22,831 ft.), which rises just sixty miles north. It stands within approachable distance from a major international highway, and is roughly fifty miles east of Santiago. Several small towns and villages are found throughout the area. Tupungato is traditionally approached from either the north, west, or south, all routes being comparable in terms of length and difficulty.