Giovanni Camilleri, Josef Grech, Mark Gladwish and David Gladwish began their attempt to scale the 6,962-metre Aconcagua last Wednesday.
If all goes to plan they should reach the summit of the mountain known as ‘The Stone Sentinel’ on Sunday.
Anneleen Otte, the fiancée of Mr Grech, the expedition leader, said she expected the group to be raising a glass to Christmas tomorrow.
“Josef bought some small loudspeakers which he can connect to his iPod. They will do some dancing in the tent, most probably over a glass of wine,” she said. The iPod can be charged through a foldable solar panel kit.
It will be the group’s second celebration since the expedition began, as Mr Grech marked his 50th birthday on the mountain last Thursday.
Every day the climbers have been sending a satellite signal with their new location to their loved ones when they reach camp. Usually it is accompanied by a short and sweet message: “We’re ok. The A-team”.
Temperatures on the mountain over the next few days are expected to hover between -11°C and -16°C. Gale force winds are also forecast.
Preparations for the Andean climb have been going on for the past year.
They are accompanied on their expedition by local guides.
A fifth team member, Fabrizio Valente, is providing ground logistics support.
Although much of their training has taken place in Malta, the climbers are no strangers to arduous expeditions.
The expedition is self-funded by the climbers and is being undertaken purely as a mountaineering challenge.
Before departing for Argentina, the group held a gala dinner in aid of the Community Chest Fund. They met President George Abela in a courtesy call at the Palace.
Follow the group’s progress in the ‘Malta Aconcagua Expedition 2013’ Facebook group.
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