• Trip duration
    3 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    2 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

This is a 3-day expedition to Paso del Viento (Windy Pass), a beautiful destination near El Chalten. From here, you can have a stunning view of the Southern Patagonian Ice, in Argentina. 

I strongly recommend this trip for those who always dreamed about contemplating the awesome spectacle of the Southern Patagonian Ice, but only have a few days or a limited budget to do so.

During this experience, we will discover large valleys, cross glaciers and ascend rocky parts in the heights.

The huge ice field is, without any doubts, one of the most breathtaking views of the Patagonia.

Are you planning to visit El Chalten soon? Please contact me and be a part of this amazing mountaineering trip. 

If you have more time, you can also check this 10-day expedition right to the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap.

Itinerary

Day 1

Laguna Toro

Full day trek to Lake Toro, enjoying beautiful panoramic views of the granite massif of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from the Pliegue Tumbado bridge.

Overnight in Lake Toro base-camp.

Includes box lunch and dinner.

Day 2

Paso del Viento

The climb towards Paso del Viento starts at Lake Toro and crossing a river (on foot or by a Tyrolean rope). This place is one of the main passes into the Ice-cap.

During this 2700 ft (900-meter) ascent, there is a one hour crossing on Ice, over Tunnel Glacier.

The trek continues above moraines and scree slopes and splendid views are seen all along the trek, at the top of the pass a fabulous panoramic lookout awaits everyone.

The return is following the same trail, back to Lake Toro Base Camp.

Includes breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

Day 3

Return to El Chalten

Full day hike to El Chalten.

Includes breakfast and box lunch.

Price per person

Group of 2670USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip

Other details

Meeting point

El Chalten.

Accommodation

Lodging in camps or in mountain huts (twin share accommodation).

More info

-Passengers must carry their personal gear as well as the general gear.

-EQUIPMENT:

• 65 litre backpack.
• Sleeping bag allowing -10o C (10 F) – we recommend at least 800 g of down shell, or synthetic
• Sleeping Pad (we recommend closed cell foam or Therm – A – Rest Type)
• Mountain Boots: leather or waterproof material trekking boots, with a good support for ankles
• One set of synthetic underwear (pants and long sleeve shirt)
• Comfortable trekking pants
• One long sleeve synthetic shirt
• Polar fiber Jacket
• Rain Parka with hood (we recommend Gore – Tex shell or similar)
• Rain pants with full side zips (we recommend Gore – Tex shell or similar)
• A pair of good quality gaiters
• One pair of liner gloves
• Waterproof over mitts (we recommend Gore – Tex or similar)
• One pair of thin synthetic gloves
• Two pairs of thick polar socks
• Two pairs of thin synthetic socks
• 2 ski or trekking poles.
• Polar fiber Balaclava
• Polar fiber or wooden hat
• Glacier Glasses (with UV Filter and side shields) and one regular extra pair of glasses.
• Sunscreen (with SPF of at least 16/20)
• Lip Protection
• Water Bottle (better if it is wide – mouthed)
• Athletic Tape for blisters (1 1?2 inch wide tape)
• Personal Hygiene and Medical Kit (please, reduced to a minimum)
• Pocket Knife (Swiss Army style or a multi – tool like Victorinox or Leatherman)
• Headlamp and Lighter (e.g. Petzl or Black Diamond) – with set of extra Batteries and Bulb
• Reading material
• Camera – with extra batteries

- LEVEL:

This type of trek requires regular sport or activity, previous walking experience over all types of terrain. For those who feel poor on previous experience, training prior to the trek is greatly encouraged. Trails can often be hard to follow or even inexistent, the party may have to move over unstable moraines, scree slopes, snow, and bushes. Normally the treks include one or more high passes where the weather can be very harsh. Good mountain clothing is a must.

• Long walks from 6 to 10 hours
• It is required to carry heavier rucksacks, with personal items such as clothing sleeping bag, mat, and other personal items as well as general gear
• Moderate to big elevation gain (400 a 1000 mts.)
• Moderate physical demand.
• Previous training advised.

Disclaimer

The itinerary can be modified and should be considered as a guide. External factors or weather conditions can change daily plans.