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Gorra Blanca 5-day guided ski touring trip

Gorra Blanca 5-day guided ski touring trip

Come ascend the 2920-meter-high Gorra Blanca, on the Patagonian Ice Field, and then ski down the most amazing slopes. Local IFMGA mountain guide Manuel will lead this 5-day ski tour.

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Andes

5 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Fit

Intermediate


Description

Join me on this amazing 5-day adventure during which we'll ascend the Gorra Blanca Mount. Once at the summit, and after enjoying a stunning view, we'll ski down on high quality powder snow. It will be a fun and safe experience for intermediate skiers. As your local guide I know the place as the palm of my hand so I can guarantee a really nice ski tour.

As you may know, Gorra Blanca ("White Cap" in English) lies within the Patagonian Ice Field in the border with Chile. Its name is due to a snow and ice formation on its summit, resembling a white cap.

Participants should be comfortable with the use of crampons. Although no previous experience is required, you must have some ice and snow skills to cope with moderate slopes up to 35 degrees.

Good physical condition is mandatory. Keep in mind that during the ascent you will need to carry a backpack with your skis, personal equipment and camping gear. However, it is possible to hire personal porters if necessary.

At the end of this description you'll find more details of the day by day program. And if you don't have too much time in El Chaltén I also offer several one-day ski tours. Please take a look at this skiing program in Punta Velluda.

Want to join me on this 5-day adventure in Gorra Blanca? Fill out the form so you can start the booking process. I'm sure we'll have a great skiing time together!

Prices per person

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Itinerary

Day 1: El Chaltén - Marconi Glacier

Meeting in El Chaltén, where we will check the equipment before leaving. We will also have a talk about the characteristics of the region. Private transfer to the Eléctrico River Bridge which will be the starting point of our first day of trekking to the base of the Marconi Glacier. The first two hours we’ll walk along a well marked path that follows the waters of the Electrico River through a forest of Ñires and Lengas. At the end of the forest we will find the Piedra del Fraile Camp which will be our last contact with civilization for a couple of days. There we will leave the vegetation behind and a wide glacial valley will open before our eyes. From Piedra del Fraile we will border the Eléctrico Lake by its southern bank crossing glacier moraines and rock formations eroded and abandoned by the Marconi Glacier years ago. Then we will begin to follow the Pollone River from where we can admire one of the highest walls of Mount Fitz Roy. Another hour of hiking will take us to the west bank of the Electrico Lake where we will set up camp on the shore. We will be only 20 minutes from the Marconi Glacier, which we can visit after a well-deserved rest.

Day 2: Paso Marconi

Today is an important day of our ascent. The glacier and the Paso Marconi are one of the accesses to the Patagonian Southern Field. The majority of the winds come from the west or north and when arriving at the pass they are accelerated by a “bottleneck” effect.

So we will get up very early in the morning, have breakfast and leave. After about 30 minutes of walking we will ascend the Marconi Glacier, which combines ice and rock. We will reach a point where we must use harnesses, crampons and ropes. After a section of 30 to 35 degrees of snow/ice and an hour of hiking, we will finally arrive at the Marconi Pass. In front of us: Gorra Blanca!

Day 3: Summit day!

Summit day! We will carry a light backpack with only the necessary for the day. Our goal is to get to the Cerro Gorra Blanca’s summit and then, enjoy a nice ski descent. For that we will walk among seracs and cracks always pointing towards the west edge. Once on the edge, we will continue eastwards zigzagging “snow mushrooms” (a geographical formation of the place).

The last meters before the summit will be fixed with ropes. If the weather is good the scenery will be amazing. Finally, we will return to the camp in the Marconi Pass taking turns and skiing down around 1200 meters. The round trip will take between 8 and 12 hours depending on snow conditions and the physical level of the group.

Day 4: Back to El Chaltén

We’ll return by the same route to El Chaltén where a delicious and deserved lamb will be waiting for us.

Day 5: Extra day

Back up day in case of bad weather.

 

Details

Meeting point

El Chaltén. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to El Chaltén. The easiest way to get there is flying from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. For those who come from other points I also recommend getting to El Calafate and from there, take the bus to El Chaltén. From day 1 to the end of the expedition, all the transfers mentioned in the itinerary are included.

About the guide

UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina

Based in El Chaltén, south Patagonia, since 2000. I was the first guide to complete the AAGM (Argentine Mountain Guides Association) complete training platform.

I did the first Argentinean guided ascent of Mt. Fitz Roy via Supercolouir route (la Supercanaleta). I have guided Aguja Guillaumet more than 25 times. I also guided Aconcagua, Alpamayo (Peru), Matterhorn (Switzerland), Mont Blanc, Dent du Geant (France), The Rockies & The Bugaboos (Canada), Torres del Paine (Chile), among others.

I am also member of El Chaltén Search and Rescue team. I have several WFR certificates with different schools such as NOLS & Fundacion Ecomed.

I speak Spanish, English and French fluently

My biggest passion is Alpine Rock climbing & Ski Mountaineering. Get in touch with me if you are interested in discovering the unique spots in the Fitz Roy massif, and other gems around El Chaltén! I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available when requested, one of my colleagues will guide you.

Languages

French | English

Certificates

AAGM | UIAGM | IFMGA

Residence

El Chaltén, Argentina


What people are saying about Manuel Quiroga

Erik Roslund

5.00

January, 2020

Our Guide Juan did an excellent job . He was courteous, informative and a pleasure to spend the day with . He’s an experienced climber and knows his way around the mountains . I would definitely contact Juan again for any future adventures . Well worth every penny !

Preetha Naidu

5.00

November, 2018

Manuel was very knowledgeable and worked with me with what I wanted to climb and learn. With his help, I climbed my first multi-pitch route! Would definitely recommend!




 

 

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