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9-day Patagonian Ice Cap guided expedition

Join Tomás, a EPGAMT certified guide, in this 9-day Patagonian Ice Cap Guided Expedition. It'll take you through the hidden jewel of Southern Patagonia

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot specified

Description

The Patagonian Ice Cap guided expedition will take you to one of the least explored ice areas in the world. Therefore, you’ll be surrounded by immense glaciers and peaks, in the middle of nowhere and in complete solitude… What else can I offer!!

The Patagonian Ice Cap lies at the Southern Patagonian Andes. Between Argentina and Chile. It is the third largest ice extension on Earth, after Antarctica and Greenland. And it’s also the biggest non polar continental ice sheet, with land access. So this is beyond any doubt one of the hidden jewels of the Patagonia!

But our journey holds one more incredible feature: a look of the West face of Cerro Torre. This peak is famous for being one of the most difficult to summit in the world. But it’s also beautifully shaped in a perfectly narrow needle form, which makes it unique to look at!

This 9-day Patagonian Ice Cap guided expedition will start at El Chaltén. Here I’ll make sure everything is in order for the trip. First I’ll check the equipment. Also, if you need to rent or buy something I’ll show you the best places to do it. And we’ll spend a comfortable night at a mountain cabin. So, fully rested we’ll drive to the trailhead on the next day. The hike will start at the Rio Eléctrico bridge.

It will be a challenging hike. Rewarded by some of the most vast and wonderful views of the Andes. We’ll sleep at camps and in one mountain refuge. And we’ll traverse an eastern section of the incredible Patagonian Ice Cap.

So if your instinct for exploration is growing, and you feel in need of a real adventure, contact me. I’ll take you inside this amazing ice territory! And if you’re looking for some other hikes in Patagonia, feel free to look at my other trips: Cerro Plata and Nahuel Huapi.

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Accommodation

2 nights at Mountain Cabin in El Chaltén. 3 nights Tents in the Camps. 1 night at Refugio Gorra Blanca.

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Included Services: Reception at El Chaltén. Kitchen equipment for the expedition. First Aids equipment. Radio equipment. Days 7 to 9 of the expedition are contemplated in case of bad weather.

Meeting point

El Chaltén.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Check In

Group reception at El Chaltén. Informative talk and equipment check.

Day 2: Transfer and 1st Hike

Transfer to the start of the hike. Trek to La playita Camp.

Day 3: Hike to Mountain Refuge

Trek through Paso Marconi to Gorra Blanca Refuge.

Day 4: Hike with amazing view

Trek to El Circo de los Altares Camp. Amazing view of the western face of Cerro Torro.

Day 5: Last hike on Ice Cap

Hike off the Ice sheet and up to Paso del Viento. Descent to Rio Tunel Camp.

Day 6: Hike Back to El Chaltén

Trek back to El Chaltén.

Day 7: Extra Day

Extra day in case of bad weather.

Day 8: Extra Day

Extra day in case of bad weather.

Day 9: Extra Day

Extra day in case of bad weather.


About the guide

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Mountain Guide - EPGAMT - Argentina
I was born in Patagonia, Argentina and formed at an early age as a climber in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Currently I completed a large number of rock and ice climbing routes, backcountry skiing and ascents in many mountains around the world such as Mt. Lhotse (8.516 mts.), the 4th highest peak in the world, without using supplemental oxygen (May, 2012).
I'm a certified Mountain Guide from the EPGAMT and a member of the Argentinian Mountain Guides Association (AAGM) and work on Mt. Aconcagua, which I had repeatedly ascended, as well as in other peaks in the Central Andes, Patagonia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and in The Himalayas in Nepal.
During the winter season, I practice backcountry skiing, mostly on the volcanoes in Patagonia, where I can offer you different adventures, according to your level (beginner, learner or advanced learner).
I feel very privileged to work as a mountain guide, to do the job that I love, and to be able to share it with people that have the same passion.
Join my expeditions and I will provide you a high standard of safety and personal attention!


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