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This hike will take you to 5,500 m.a.s.l.
and the view from this altitude will not disappoint.
For the first time, you will get a proper feeling of being halfways up the huge mountain, as you are no longer in the valley but are actually up on the side of the mountain.
Some confusion might arise around the name of the second camp after Base Camp.
This camp is also used if you approach the mountain by another route, and on the other route it is referred to as "Campo III de Guanacos." The first part of the hike to Camp II continues with the characteristics of a steep, gravelly trail, as the previous stage.
After reaching about 1/3 of the way, the path leads you out of the valley and you will be more exposed to the wind.
In return, the views become even more unbelievable than before, as you can see mountain peaks far away on the horizon.
The last part is less steep and goes along the north side of Aconcagua.
A typical fun and useful activity which is done at Camp II, is to finally put on your crampons and get out your ice axe.
Walking up and down the short but steep snow covered hill right by the camp is great preparation before attempting to summit later on.
Although 500 meters higher up from Camp I might not sound like that much of a difference, the weather and altitude are often felt much more intensely by many people at Camp II. This camp is often used to wait for the perfect weather window, before deciding when to continue to Camp III and thereafter attempting to summit.