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Hiking to Marconi Pass, El Chaltén

An ideal trip to observe the Patagonian Ice Field is to hike to Marconi pass. Indio, IFMGA certified mountain guide, will take you there in this 4-day trip.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration4 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot specified

Description

I recommend this trip for people having a short time in El Chaltén and want to observe the Patagonian Ice field, the third largest ice expanse in the world. In fact, the Patagonian Ice field has only three passes, and Marconi is one of them.

We can try to be flexible according to weather conditions. So that if I’m available we can choose the best window to make the expedition more comfortable.

It is quite a sustained trekking with the cross of a Marconi glacier. The weather conditions can make it very impressive because of the storms coming from the ice cap and Pacific Ocean.

In the itinerary below you can see the two alternatives I propose for days 3 and 4. The one we choose will depend on the weather.

Does this amazing trip in Patagonia sound interesting? Then please contact me, I would love guiding you there!

Or if you want to go on a longer adventure in this area, I can also guide you on this Southern Patagonian Ice Cap Expedition.

Accommodation

We will camp.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Playita camp

From Río Eléctrico Bridge to Playita camp.

Day 2: Marconi Pass

From Playita camp to Mt Gorra Blanca basecamp. You cross the Marconi Glacier and get to Marconi Pass. There we will enjoy the view on the Southern Patagonian ice field.

Day 3: Playita camp

From Mt Gorra Blanca basecamp to Playita Camp.

Day 4: El Chaltén

From Playita camp to Río Eléctrico bridge and back to El Chaltén.

Day 3: Alternative - Mt Gorra Blanca basecamp

Trekking around Mt Gorra Blanca basecamp, walking on the glacier and until the beginning of the Ice Cap.

Day 4: Alternative - El Chaltén

From Mt Gorra Blanca basecamp to Río Eléctrico bridge and back to El Chaltén.


About the guide

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I am an IFMGA and a High Mountain AAGM certified Mountain Guide. I was born in San Juan, where I found my passion for the mountains when I was a child. Today my home is El Chalten, this magical place where I have my family and where I work and live since 2008.

I have climbed many different peaks along the Andes, as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, France, Spain, Germany Italy, Austria and Switzerland. I have climbed great mountains and new froutes in Patagonia, both in Cerro Torre and in the Fitz Roy mountains.

One of my biggest achievments was the Standhardt - Herron - Egger traverse and the "Directa Huarpe" new route, on the west face of Cerro Torre. Including this ascent, I have climbed Cerro Torre three times and Fitz Roy four times.

I also guide in the Central Andes, in places such as Cerro Mercedario and Vallecitos in Mendoza, among other mountains. I am also a Mountaineering and Climbing instructor in different associations and member of the relief committee at the Club Andino Mercedario of the San Juan Province.

I guide my clients mainly in Patagonia. I spend summer in the town of El Chalten and I move to Bariloche, in northern Patagonia, in the winter, where I guide more technical excursions, like ice and/or rock climbing, as well as classic mountaineering ascents. During the year I also guide in the mountains of Peru, Bolivia and in Europe.

Even when I’m not working I enjoy climbing, bouldering, sport skiing and mountaineering.Keeping at my highest level of performance helps me ensure my clients’ safety, that is always my top priority.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2269 each

Group of 2

USD 1444 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

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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