For those skiers wanting a great challenge, here I bring you a big ski touring goal: the Gorra Blanca.
The Gorra Blanca is a mountain located on the Patagonian Ice Cap. It is easily accessible thanks to its proximity to Paso Marconi. Moreover, climbing it does not represent technical difficulty. However, it is usually considered a sustained-level mountain. That is due to its geographical location, laying continually on glacial surface.
And there we go! To a 5-day ski touring trip in the Gorra Blanca. It is a challenge only suitable for skiers with a perfect physical training and a vast ski touring experience. Then, you can find here below all the day-by-day details.
Day 1: La Playita
A transfer will take us to Río Eléctrico, the trail-head. Then, after 2 hiking hours, we’ll be in “Piedra del Fraile”. It is a private campsite with services available. Once we get there, 3 more hours await to our next campsite “La Playita”. Night in there.
Day 2: Paso Marconi
In the second day we’ll hike up 1.550 meters high, to “Paso Marconi”. The total walk will take about 8 to 10 hours with an elevation gained of 1.000 meters. To reach this objective we’ll must count on a very nice weather. In that way, you can admire the amazing views of the Mount Fitz Roy and the main star Gorra Blanca. We will set our camp at the Gorra Blanca mountain hut. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3 and 4: Summit days
The Gorra Blanca summit attack (2.900 meters of altitude) will take place by its Northwest ridge (normal route). The average inclination of its ice slopes is from 30° to 40°. There is also a final hard section before the summit. However, once at the top of the Gorra Blanca you will forget about everything. If weather allows, you can enjoy a great viewpoint of the Patagonian Ice cap, the Lautaro Volcano and Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre.
And here comes the best part: the return! From the summit we’ll enjoy a superb skiing terrain for some ski touring during all the way down back to the hut. Those amazing slopes reach 1.300 meters of altitude. Therefore, I can guarantee that the descent will be really great.
In addition, we’ll count on an extra day in case weather conditions don’t let us achieve our goal. Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 4 and 5: Piedra del Fraile – El Chaltén
Finally, we’ll return to Rio Eléctrico bridge. There, a transfer will be waiting to take us back to El Chaltén. Meals of the day: Breakfast and Box Lunch.
Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.
I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.
I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 20 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!
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