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.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

This is a 4-day climbing trip to Mount Gorra Blanca. A beautiful mountain in the border of Argentina and Chile, in the region of El Chalten.

Gorra Blanca lies near Paso Marconi, on the edge of the Southern Ice Field. This is, indeed, the third biggest ice field on the world.

This impressive mountain is normally full of ice and snow, turning this into a unique expedition. You can also have some fantastic views of the Ice Cap and its surroundings.

 

Price per person

 
1 Person
1200 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Personal Insurance
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

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.

 
 

Other details

 
Meeting point
El Chalten.
More info

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.

 

About the 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 10 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!

 
 
FROM 1200 USD per person
 

 

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