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Ascent to Gorra Blanca, El Chalten

Ascent to Gorra Blanca, El Chalten
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Ascent to Gorra Blanca, El Chalten
Ascent to Gorra Blanca, El Chalten

Join an IFMGA mountain guide into this 5-day trip to Gorra Blanca, a beautiful mountain of El Chalten, in the border between Argentina and Chile.

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Andes

4 Days

Jan - Mar, Jul - Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Description

On this 4-day program, I invite you to climb to Mount Gorra Blanca, a beautiful mountain in the region of El Chalten.

At 2,920 meters above sea level, Gorra Blanca lies near Paso Marconi, on the edge of the Southern Ice Field. This is, indeed, the third biggest ice field in the world.

This impressive mountain is normally full of ice and snow, which makes it a fantastic expedition for climbers. Also, it shows breathtaking views of the Ice Cap and its surroundings.

Does this ascent sound attractive? Please contact me for this trip in a remote area of El Chalten, in Patagonia. Besides, we can combine Gorra Blanca with an expedition to the Southern Ice Field.

Located in the same area, I can also lead you to the top of Cerro Solo. Check this program out!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance


Itinerary

Day 1: 'La playita'

A transfer takes us to Río Eléctrico and we start the trekking.

It takes 2 hours to get to ‘Piedra del Fraile’ Campsite or 5 hours to ‘La Playita’ Camp (600 m), at the foot of the Marconi Glacier.

‘Piedra del Fraile’ is a private campsite with services, at the edge of the forest.

After getting there, the terrain is open and rockery until the next campsite (La Playita).

Day 2: 'Paso Marconi' / Gorra Blanca hut

Ascent to ‘Paso Marconi’ (1550 m); a walk of about 8 to 10 hours with an elevation gain of about 1000 m.

This is the crux of the trip; we will need a reasonable good day to reach the pass.

If the weather is good, there are excellent views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among others.

We will set our base at Gorra Blanca hut.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Summit attempt

Gorra Blanca summit attempt (2900 m) by the normal route (NW ridge), with average ice slopes from 30° to 40°.

There may be a short steeper section to climb the final mushroom at the summit.

If the weather is good, we will be able to contemplate part of the Ice Field, the Cordon Gaea, Volcano Lautaro, Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre, among others.

We´ll return by the same way back to the refuge.

This is about a 10 hour day with a gain of 1300 meters.

We estimate an extra spare day in case of bad weather.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Piedra del Fraile / El Chalten

Return to Rio Eléctrico bridge and transportation back to El Chaltén.

Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch.

 

Details

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Level: the trip requires previous glacier experience.

The price includes technical and security equipment (crampons, harness, rope, helmet, Etc.), a VHF radio and a first-aid kit.

Meeting point

El Chalten, Argentina.

About the guide

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Merlín

5.00

(18)

Mountain Guide

Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.

I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 20 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!

Certificates

AAGM | UIAGM

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What people are saying about Merlín

Kathryn

5.00

Teo was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable about the area. He was very considerate of how I was getting on. I had an amazing time!

Sean

5.00

Merlin is the top climbing guide in Chalten. Anything from simple sport climbing to hard multi pitches. I did a sport day with my brother and our girlfriends. We went to two different crags in Chalten, and climbed 10 routes, fun for the whole family. I got to lead climb and had my girlfriend belay me for the first time. Thanks Merlin and Martin! I want to return to climb Guillaumet with Merlin!

Gülçin

5.00

Everything about this trip was really great. Firstly explore-share was extremely helpful, really responsive. We felt really supported making all the arrangements from Netherlands to Argentina. Thanks for the team for that! In terms of the trip -- this was one of the most special trips we ever had. Huemel circuit is was very special. You start day1 in Patagonian forests and slowly ascend to the more rugged, stoney views of the circuit until you end up in the glaciers (and walk on them!) in day 2. Day 2 is slightly challenging due to the long ascend and walk until the camp. But without being very experienced we were able to do it (also thanks to our amazing guide Luis). We camped in an area only by ourselves, where it snowed overnight, which added to the majestic beauty of the whole trip. Day 3 mainly was descending to the 3rd camp area next to Viedma lake. This was also slightly challenging given the very steep descend in the forest, but despite the challenge it was fun, and was filled with great views. The reward is big, where Viedma lake is awaiting with glacier pieces floating on the lake just in front of you (and sometimes letting go some of it’s pieces). It’s a mesmerising area. And day 4 is going back to the start through next to the lakes, hares and guanakos. slightly easier trek but very peaceful, a nice goodbye to the circuit. We were picked up by a car at the end, arranged by Merlin/Luis. In all days, we were flabbergasted by the ruggedness and beauty of Patagonian mountains, glaciers, forests, lakes and everything we've seen. We were mainly alone in the circuit -- at least in the direction we were doing there was no one else with us. In that sense it was extra special. Our guide Luis was one of the main reasons for why this trip was so special. Very experienced and friendly -- made us feel really comfortable in what we were doing through his guidance on technical moves (e.g. in traverses, when we are descending etc). Also very experienced in the area, knew the circuit step by step - gave us a lot of information on the story of the geography not just like a guide but like a scientist almost (he was full of knowledge for this space). It was obvious that he really loves these lands and mountains, it was great to experience this route with him. I never write reviews, but this was a great trip on all levels, and want to make sure anyone who sees the review doesn’t doubt and just goes for it. Thank you Luis, Merlin and explore share - for your friendliness, professionalism and love of nature. You definitely added an incredible memory to our minds. I highly recommend everyone to experience Huemel Circuit with Luis and Merlin. Gulcin and Sebastiaan

Tatsuya

5.00

Mojon Rojo was my second climb with Merlin (I climbed Cerro Electrico with him 2 days earlier.) But it was like climbing with your old friend. I had an amazing time climbing with him. His climbing skills and knowledge are top notch. I can’t wait to climb more peaks in Patagonia with him.

Matthew

5.00

Trip of a lifetime! Merlin is great the setting is spectacular and we were blessed with perfect snow and bluebird skies. Couldn't ask for more.


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