4-day expedition to Paso Marconi, El Chalten

Get close to the Southern Patagonian Ice-Field, right on the border between Argentina and Chile, in this amazing 4-day trek with an IFMGA mountain guide.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

Discover the amazing beauty of the Southern Patagonian Ice-Field in this 4-day expedition to Paso Marconi, in El Chalten.

This is a short trip that will allow you to enter the stunning Southern Patagonian Ice-Field, and spend some time there.

The Patagonian Ice-Field is a huge extension of ice that runs trough the border between Argentina and Chile.  In fact, it is the third largest ice field in the world.

During this trip, we will climb Marconi Glacier. This is probably the most difficult part of the trip, because the terrain is unstable and moves constantly. After climbing the glacier, we will enter in a large area of ice and snow.

Along the way, we are going to see many important mountains. Some of them are Mt Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Pollone, Cordon Mariano Moreno, Pier Giorgio, Gorra Blanca and Cordon GAEA.

Finally, after admiring the Patagonian Ice Field, we’ll return to El Chalten through the same route.

For more details about this trip, you can check the complete program below.

Please contact me if you want to be a part of this wonderful Patagonian experience. I will be glad to take you to such an incredible destination!

Besides, I organize many other trips near El Chalten. You should also take a look at this ascent to Cerro Solo, through the Glacier Route or this hiking trip in Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.


Price per person

 
Group of 2
980 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Group equipment
 

 

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: Piedra del Fraile

    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.

    -BL, D

    -Camp Playita.

  • Day 2: Marconi Pass

    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.

  • Day 3: Southern Patagonian Ice Field

    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.

  • Day 4: Return to El Chalten

    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
    -B, BL.

 
 

Other details

 
Meeting point
El Chalten.
Accommodation

Camping.
Mountain Hut.

Disclaimer
The itinerary can be modified and should be considered as a guide. External factors or weather conditions can change daily plans, which is up to the guide.
 

About the Guide

 
 

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.

 
 
FROM 980 USD per person

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