Enjoy stunning views when you join Diego, an AAGM-certified guide, for this 3 day mountaineering adventure with a glacier traverse through the heart of Patagonia, starting from El Chalten!
Explore the classic glacial landscapes of Patagonia
Spend the night at some truly breathtaking campsites, with incredible panoramas
Practice technical skills during the glacier traverse
During this fantastic 3-day adventure, we will explore the Patagonian glaciers at the foot of Fitz Roy with a special view and a more technical (not classical) approach.
This is a great 3-day mountaineering adventure with a glacial traverse in the heart of Patagonia. We will begin the trek 20km outside of El Chalten, ascending to our campsite at Piedra Negra. This is a truly special spot with an incredible panoramic view that includes the towering granite walls of Guillaumet, Mermoz, and Fitz Roy. The next day, a tough ascent over technical terrain takes us to the Guillaumet Pass, where we will celebrate with incredible views of the surrounding glaciers before descending to our campsite. Technical equipment (crampons, ice axes, etc) is included. The third way we descend all the way back to El Chalten. For more details, please refer to the day-by-day itinerary outline below.
Due to the nature of the terrain, some previous experience with technical glacier trekking gear, such as crampons and ropes, is necessary. A high level of physical fitness is also necessary, as the intensity of this trek ranges is medium-high.
Book now for a fantastic experience exploring the stunning glacial landscapes near El Chalten in a tough yet rewarding 3 day experience!
Campsites along our route
Depart El Chalten by vehicle to the trailhead at the Electrico River Bridge, 20km outside of the town.
The path is relatively easy as it takes us through forest to Piedra de Fraile refuge. From there, the path grows steeper. We stop at Piedra Negra campsite for the night, where we will enjoy great panoramic views all the way to Fitz Roy.
Elevation gain: 950m
Time: 6-7 hours
Intensity: Medium to high
Our ascent continues over snow and loose rocks before we scramble over another rocky section. We arrive at Guillaumet Pass, where we enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier. We then must traverse another glacier before dropping into our campsite at Superior Pass.
Elevation gain/loss: +450m/-1,350m
Time: 8-10 hours
Today we trek back to El Chalten. We traverse the glacier De los Tres, pass a lagoon, and descend through forest before we reach town.
Elevation loss: -850m
Time: 7-8 hours
I graduated in Buenos Aires as Universitary proffesional in tourism and as a Mountain Guide in Mendoza province. I started working in adventure activities, horseback riding and mountain ascents. Then i moved to Patagonia that was my dream place for living and thanks to this profession it became in my place for working and personal development.
After several years of experience working in these mountains and numerous trips around the world looking for adventures and experience, I managed to unite both professions in an objective, so Serac Expeditions arose. In the last 15 years working with Serac, I have organized trips for thousands of people and personally guided hundreds of them in diverse and remote places in Patagonia, Chile, Peru and Bolivia.
Today my passion is not only guiding but also organizing special and personalized trips for people who enjoy exploring in nature and at the same time push their limits. My ideal is to provide a safe trip, spend a good time togheter with my clients and be flexible to provide a great experience and memories. To do this I work with a group of guides that share my ideals and way of working.
Magnificent tour! Cristian was an amazing guide we strongly recommend for your tour who knows all about the landscape, its plants and animals and all stories around the impressing climbing, trekking and expedition destination in the area!
I first saw the opportunity to trek the South Patagonia Icefield when I was in El Chalten 3 years ago. I finally took the plunge this year and signed up with Serac Expeditions for their late-February departure - best decision ever! The Expedition itself is incredible! Only about 100 people/year undertake it so you get to see a part of Patagonia that few others have experienced. And of course the scenery is amazing. I won\'t lie - the expedition is challenging (especially for a relatively small female), but if you go in with reasonable fitness and the right mental attitude, it is totally doable and absolutely worth it. It also helps when you have decent weather :) Serac Expeditions are wonderful! They are very responsive and helpful throughout the whole process of arranging the trek, provide excellent equipment, and work with incredible guides (million thanks Juan and Rafa - you guys are awesome!). They also include some special surprises along the way, but you\'ll have to sign up yourself or read my blog posts to find out what ;) 100% recommend Serac Expeditions and this trek. I am now wanting to return to do the Marconi - Estancia Cristina expedition with them, but this time at the start of the season (November) to experience the Icefield with snowshoes rather than crampons.
My husband and I had a great experience with Serac - we did the El Chalten Mountain Escape trek and it was fantastic. Our guide (Christian) was very knowledgeable and kind; food was excellent and they even had wine portered to our campsites each night. All in all, highly recommended!
This was a great trek. The organization by and support from the Serac team was top notch. I reserved well in advance and the communications I received before my trip were always clear and timely. Once I arrived in EL Chalten, everything was smooth. Hostels were arranged and the team arrived to walk us through the trek. The guides were knowledgeable and helpful, the trek was challenging but the views were rewarding. Highlights were camping in \"iceberg bay\" and the hike up to Paso del Viento. The shuttle back to El Chalten was timely and even came with a complimentary beer! The trek is tough so not for the mentally unprepared.
Awesome guides provided by serac Expedition. The Huemul circuit is really beautiful and we were lucky to have good weather. Meals provided were sufficient, given that you have to carry your food, and dinner carried by the guide. It would be cheaper if you could go in a bigger group, and also definitely more enjoyable with more people. We managed to spend 1 hour at the Paso del Vento and the view is amazing!
Super professionals, great choice! When looking for options for trekking in Patagonia, Serac was the company that responded in the shortest time. They asked for our preferences and skills and they put together a plan for us. We adapt the program to our preferences and they always guided us and recommended what seemed best to us. Super thoughtful throughout the whole planning. We spent 1 day in the Perito Moreno glacier and 4 days hiking guided by Martin (great experience with him, very good guide, at all times he knew how to adapt the plan to the climatic conditions and our fitness) Everything from the pick up to the airport, the hostels, the camping, the food to the guided one by the mountain have been exceptional !!!! Thanks to all the team, Diego, Sergio and Mariano for being so aware of us!
Continental Ice Expedition I made the Continental Ice expedition with them. Aside from the absolutely amazing landscapes, everything was organized to perfection. The guides, in addition to very professional, are charming and made me spend very good times. I Completely recommended them! Wishing to do something with them again!
A Great Experience Thanks to Serac I had an incredible memory of El Chalten and the expedition. The organization, assistance and development of the trip was impecable. I appreciate their fexibility and guidance. I will not hesitate to hire Serac again on my next trip to Patagonia Argentina!
Group of 1
|USD 1928 each|
Group of 2
|USD 1320 each|
Group of 3
|USD 1320 each|
Group of 4
|USD 1165 each|
Want a different number of travellers?
- Guiding fee
- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Minimum group of 2 people. Price includes: Professional mountain guiding services, tents to be shared between 2-3 people, safety equipment (ropes, ice axes, ice screws, etc), technical equipment (crampons, snowshoes, harnesses), all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks), cooking equipment, first aid, navigation equipment, satellite communication equipment, transfer to start of trip.