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Guillaumet Needle Climb


Guillaumet needle is located in the north edge of the Fitz Roy range, being the most accessible needle not only for its access but for its technical difficulty. It is normally the first needle to be chosen by climbers in order to size their force and abilities, the type of rock, and mountain conditions before heading for a more ambitious objective,
Rock climbing experience and fluent use of ropes and rappel techniques are indispensable.

• Los Glaciares National park – El Chaltén
• 3 days- 2 nights
• Expedition camp

The program begins and ends in El Chalten. The itinerary can be modified and should be considered as a guide. External factors or weather conditions can change daily plans, which will be at the discretion of the Guide.


Day 1 | El Chaltén – Piedra del Fraile – Piedras Negras Camp
Equipment check in the morning (if possible this is done the day before) land transfer to the Bridge over the River Eléctrico. Trekking to Piedra del Fraile (2 hs.) And on to the bivouac of the Black Stone (3 hrs)
Walking distance: 11 Km. (7 hours).
Elevation gain: 1050m
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 | Aguja Guillaumet Summit
If weather is appropriate, a two-and-a-half-hour approximation will lead us to the foot of the route in order to climb the Guillaumet needle by AMY’s route. We will face some climbing on ice and on a low-difficulty rock.
After reaching the top and enjoying the unique landscapes that Patagonia offers us, we will start the descent to the camp where we’ll spend our second night.
Elevation gain: 1079 m
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 |Piedras Negras camp – Eléctrico Bridge – El Chaltén
After breakfast and a deserved rest, we will start our return. A transfer will be waiting for us by Rio Electrico to drive us back to El Chaltén.
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Extra details

Passengers must carry their personal belongings and part of the team’s gear. The passenger will carry between 20 and 25 kgs.

Prices per person

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Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: - Mountaineering boots (Boreal Latok or Sportiva Nepal Top (we recommend from experience lighter weight and water-proof materials) - One pair of good quality Gaiters (depending on the season of the year) - Synthetic mountain stockings, comfortable and adjusted to the foot (2 pairs) - Strong fleece pants, trekking or other synthetic material - Waterproof trousers with side closures (we recommend 3-layer Gore-tex) - Synthetic underwear (polypropylene): one shirt with long sleeves and one pair of leggings or thin inner pants - Polar fleece jacket - Duvet or synthetic jacket for warmth when not hiking - Waterproof Shell jacket with hood (we recommend 3-layer Gore-tex) - Polar fiber balaclava - Polar fiber cap - Glacier sun glasses with UV filter for high solar radiation, Category 4 or 5 - Ski goggles with UV filter - One pair of thin gloves made of synthetic material - One pair of polar gloves or mittens - Cover mittens (We recommend Gore-tex) - A backpack of 75/85 liters capacity - One pair of trekking or ski poles with snow baskets - Sleeping bag rated -10 C, Duvet or synthetic - Insulating sleeping pad length (we recommend Therm-a-rest brand) - Plastic bottle (if possible, wide mouth, Nalgene type) - One-liter thermos for every two people sharing a tent - Headlamp (with replacement batteries) - Multi-purpose penknife - Mug, bowl, knife, spoon & fork - Sunscreen cream (SPF 50) - Lipstick with sunscreen (SPF 50) - Personal first aid kit with personal medicines - Wide adhesive tape for blisters - Hygiene items reduce to the minimum necessary - Waterproof bags to pack clothes and keep them dry - Photographic equipment reduced to a minimum


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