• Trip duration
    5 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    2 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

This is a 5-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.

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

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 to 4

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 5

Piedra del Fraile / El Chalten

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

Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch.

Price per person

Group of 21335USD

Price includes

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

Extras

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.