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Cagliero Glacier ice trekking from El Chalten, Argentina

Join IFMGA-certified mountain guide Alberto on a full-day hiking and ice trekking trip on the almost untouched Cagliero Glacier, in the Argentine Patagonia.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration1 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Cagliero Glacier (950m) is a remote, almost unexplored ice mass in the Argentine southern province of Santa Cruz, at about 25 kilometers from the small mountain village of El Chalten – known as the country’s trekking capital –, located within Los Glaciares National Park. Cagliero has remained alive throughout the years thanks to the accumulation of snow coming from the surrounding Neumeyer (1,320m), Cagliero (2,584m) and Loma del Diablo (2,324m) mountains.

Our trip offers participants a true and highly rewarding mountain experience. It combines hiking through alpine trails, via ferrata, and ice trekking on the magnificent Cagliero Glacier, with breathtaking views along the way!

The tour is held every Monday to Saturday from October to April. We usually meet at 8AM at our offices in El Chalten and drive about an hour to the tour’s starting point in Estancia Los Huemules, a private natural reserve. At the end of the day, we travel back to El Chalten, arriving by 6:30PM.

We begin our journey hiking for two hours along the Diablo River and across a beautiful lenga (southern beeches) forest, up to the Diablo Lagoon (770m) and into Campo Gorra Blanca, another private natural reserve in the area. We trek along the lagoon’s northern shoreline up to the beginning of a beautiful 1km-long via ferrata route, with a cumulative elevation gain of 200 meters. The 1-hour ferrata leads us to a mountain gazer from where we can enjoy stunning views to the Cagliero Glacier to the north and to the steep slopes of the Treinta Aniversario peak to the south. Prior to the via ferrata, we usually go over the fundamentals of this activity and the proper use of equipment to ensure the whole group feels safe and confident.

A short trek then takes us to the Cagliero, where I distribute and attach crampons to participants’ boots to give way to the most expected part of the trip: the ice trek on the glacier. Depending on the group’s fitness level and the weather conditions, we hike for about two hours and have lunch on the glacier. Soon after, we begin our 3-hour descent through the same trail, to the tour’s starting point in Estancia Los Huemules.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore Cagliero Glacier. Book your trip now!

If you would like to take this trip smoother, I also offer an option with an overnight stay in bivouacs. Check it out here!



The guide reserves the right to cancel or modify the itinerary depending on the weather conditions. If the trip is cancelled before it starts, participants will be totally reimbursed. However, if it is cancelled while it is ongoing, guests will not be reimbursed. In addition, if the guide considers that a participant’s fitness level is below the group’s average, he has the right to determine that he/she should stay in a safe site waiting for the rest of the group, without a refund. Please note that children ages 15 to 18 should be accompanied by their parents.

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Given lunch is not included in the price, participants’ should take their personal lunch box and water bottle. Guests should also bring the following equipment: • Trekking boots • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex) • Warm jacket • Gloves and beanie hat • Sunglasses • Sunscreen

Meeting point

Fitz Roy Expediciones' office (Av. San Martin 56, El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina)



About the guide

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Since 1985 we have been operating the best trekking programs in southern Patagonia. We are always looking for new itineraries, unique expeditions, little known spots, and we offer the highest quality outdoor activities in the area... A good example of this are our classic Ice Field Expeditions that have been running with great success for many years.

Our mountaineering origin made us choose this pristine part of the Andes; Southern Patagonia is a place ruled by immense glaciers, rough weather, and mountains such as Mt Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, a place not to miss.
We hope you join us in one of our programs so our guides can show you what Patagonia is about. We offer the best hotels, lodges and camping arrangements to suit everyone.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 207 each

Group of 2

USD 207 each

Group of 3

USD 207 each

Group of 4

USD 207 each

Group of 5

USD 207 each

Group of 6

USD 207 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

Price details

Please note that the price includes taxes, transportation to/from the trip's starting point, and group equipment (crampons, helmet, and via ferret gear). The price doesn’t include Estancia Los Huemules entrance fee ($10) and lunch.

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