Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
From El Chalten, a transfer will take us to the Bridge over Electric River. Then we’ll head to Piedra del Fraile, where the expedition begins.
After 2 hours in the woods along the Rio Electric up to Piedra del Fraile, we’ll reach a historical site that was the camp of Father de Agostini A, in one of his many expeditions to Patagonia.
We’ll continue hiking outside the forest closer to the Marconi Glacier.
-Walking time: 5/6 hours.
-Gradient in ascent: 100m.
We will wake up early and have breakfast. After only 30 minutes of walking, we’ll arrive to the front of the Marconi Glacier. A gigantic screed moraine is our first obstacle; the terrain here is unstable and moves constantly, impeding the formation of a marked path. After this short but difficult stretch, we will climb on the glacier itself entering slowly in a vast area of snow and ice.
This day might be the toughest of the expedition.
We will climb 2400 ft (800 m) on ice and snow, using crampons, and round crevasses with my assistance, and with the aid of ropes if necessary.
Marconi Glacier forms a pass that creates a bottle effect with the winds coming from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the Pacific Ocean. Hence, participants will need to be not only physically, but also mentally prepared to do the trek in rain or snowstorm.
At the end of the day, we will arrive at our second campsite, in the South shadow of Mt Marconi and only an hour away from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field itself.
The goal is to reach the Chilean Mountain hut at the base of Mt Gorra Blanca.
-Marconi pass: 1500 above sea level.
-Mountain Hut: 1650 above sea level.
-Walking distance: 10 Km. (8/9 hours).
-Elevation gain: 950 m.
-B, BL, D
-Gorra Blanca Hut.
A full day spent in the vicinity of the Gorra Blanca Hut, walking on this enormous expanse of Ice.
The hut is located on a Nunatak, (a rocky outcrop) and offers incredible views. This a day not to
forget to wander around this Antarctic-like landscape.
-B, BL, D
-Gorra Blanca Hut.
Descent following the same route on Marconi Glacier towards Piedra del Fraile and the Electric Valley.
It is quite a contrast to walk in the forest the same day after having spending some time only seing rock, snow and ice.
Transfer to El Chalten from Rio Electric Bridge.
-9 hours walking
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.
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