Jul, Aug, Sep
After landing in Santiago a member of my team will meet you at the airport. From there, you will drive to the helicopter connection in order to get to the lodging in the mountains. Once at the El Morado Lodge, I will meet you there for the gear check, briefing, and group selection. Then, I will teach you some avalanche beacon search and safety techniques as well as a required helicopter briefing. Welcome Dinner at the Lodge.
Immediately after breakfast we will walk to the heliport, which is only few steps from your room. Soon we will be carving our first turns in the Andes. Each group will have a maximum of 4 or 5 participants per guide depending on the number of guests and helicopters we use. Today we will take it slowly since it will be your first day exposed to the thin air at high altitude. Back to the base for the night to enjoy a well deserved gourmet dinner at the Lodge.
After breakfast we will gain more altitude as we become more familiar with the terrain. There is always the possibility of discovering a new landing zone, or virgin terrain never skied before. It is highly likely that you will have the chance to pioneer a few runs with me, since the terrain is vast and much remains unexplored. Return to Base and dinner at the Lodge.
Note: if you choose the 3-day program, after skiing we will pack and be transferred to your 5-star hotel in Santiago, where the trip ends. On the contrary, keep reading the itinerary.
Another exciting day with more runs, powder and fun! We will continue discovering the Andes and tracking fresh snow. Picnic at midday, then continue heliskiing. By this time the group will be well acclimatized and feeling stronger. We may go a bit higher or perhaps move to a different valley, depending on conditions, group strength and abilities. Return to Base for dinner.
After breakfast we will repeat our routine. Those who are ready for a break can soak at the nearby hot springs, go horseback riding, choose a day of resort skiing or simply relax at the Lodge.
After breakfast we will continue with more heli time, more turns and vertical feet in the majestic Andes Mountains. Return to Base for dinner.
After breakfast we will start our final day of adventure. After skiing, we must pack our gear in order to return to Santigo, where you’ll spend the night in a 5-star hotel. Enjoy a great evening in this cosmopolitan city.
Santiago de Chile
El Morado Lodge & Spa
Not Included in the price:
- Additional flights: €2,600 per hour
- Personal expenses (alcoholic beverages, tips, laundry, etc.) and expenses incurred in case of an evacuation or rescue
- Single supplement fee – €2,000 for week packages and €1,000 for 3 days
- Non-skier guest lodging & board – €2,800
An Internationally Certified UIAGM / IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rodrigo has been a guide for 30 years. He has led 24 expeditions to Denali and 28 expeditions to Aconcagua — the highest peaks in North and South America, respectively. He has been a member of expeditions to Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in the Himalaya, and his climbs in Patagonia include the North and Central Towers of Paine, Agujas Guillaumet and Poincenot, as well as Cerro Torre attempts. He’s made Patagonian Ice Cap explorations including the first east-west traverse of the northern Ice Cap. He holds first ascents in Antarctica, the Andes and Alaska; speed ascents of Denali, Aconcagua, and Juncal. He’s guided the Ellsworth Mountains and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and has extensive climbing and guiding experience in Yosemite and the Alps, including Frendo Spur and the Grand Jorasses. He’s a former Technical Committee member for the American Mountain Guides Association and a Senior Guide at Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rodrigo speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.
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