This 8 days expedition will take us to the Southern Ice Field, in Patagonia. It is the third largest extension of ice of the world, and the biggest in South America.
During this demanding but amazing expedition we will almost 100 km in a round circuit, starting from El Chaltén and going around Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, and enjoying great views of these iconic mountains. The variety of glaciers, stone massifs, as well as the different landscapes created by the weather conditions make this trip a unique lifetime experience.
DAY 1 (EL CHALTÉN)
Meeting with the Guide; debrief about the details of the program and final check of the gear.
DAY 2 (LA PLAYITA)
Transfer to Río Eléctrico and start the trekking. It takes 2 hours to get to “Piedra del Fraile” Campsite or 5 hours to “La Playita” Camp, at the foot of the Marconi Glacier. “Piedra del Fraile” is a private campsite with services, at the edge of the forest. After getting there, the terrain is open and rockery until the next campsite (La Playita). Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 3 (PASO MARCONI)
Trek to “Paso Marconi” (1550 m/a/s/l); 6 to 10 hours. This is the crux of the trip; it’s needed a reasonable good day to reach the pass. Weather allowing, there are excellent views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among others. Once over the Pass, the wind is not against us anymore, it will be on our backs for the rest of the way. Camp on the Ice Cap or at the Gorra Blanca refuge. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 4 (CIRCO DE LOS ALTARES)
Trek to “Circo de Los Altares”. This is a short day (about 6 hours) with the possibility to approach the west face of Cerro Torre and its satellites. This is one of the most impressive views of Los Glaciares National Park. Camp on the Ice Cap. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 5 (PASO DEL VIENTO)
Trek to “Laguna Ferrari” or “Paso del Viento” refuge. After about 4 hours hiking south from the Circo, we will get out of the glacier and hike 2 to 3 hours more trough moraines and rockery terrain. Camp at Laguna Ferrari or Paso del Viento refuge. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 6 (LAGUNA TORO OR PASO HUEMUL OPTION*)
Trek over “Paso del Viento”(1500 m/a/s/l) and then down the Tunnel valley to get to Laguna Toro and camp at the forest, about 6 to 7 hours. There are excellent views of the Mariano Moreno Range and Viedma Glacier. The terrain is rockery again and we will pass some small glaciers as well. There is a river crossing near Laguna Toro, through a tyrolean traverse. Camp at “Laguna Toro”. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.
*Paso Huemul Option: An alternative is to continue this day to “Paso Huemul”, in order to arrive the following day to “Bahía Túnel” (“Boat transfer is optional from Bahía Cabo de Hornos”).
DAY 7 (EXTRA DAY)
Back up day in case of bad weather conditions or rest day. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 8 (RETURN TO EL CHALTÉN)
Trek back to El Chaltén trough a trail, over the Pliegue Tumbado, it will take about 5 to 6 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch.
Contact me if you are interested in this unforgettable expedition in the southern Patagonia!
Success will always depend, in great measure, on the climatic factors and the conditions of the terrain. The weather in this area is very unstable and unpredictable; you must be prepared for “wild” weather conditions and accept that we will do our best to achieve our goals.
For some of our programs, we take one extra day to improve the chances of a successful trip.
Our Mountain Guides will have the final call to modify partially or totally the programs
Bus Calafate To El Chaltén
Lodging At El Chaltén
Tips Services & Other Gratuities Not Specified
Four Seasons Tents
Camping And Kitchen Equipment
Technical Glacier Gear: Crampons, Harness, Rope, Locking Carabiner, Other Safety Devices, Etc.
GPS (Global Positioning System)
Assistant (With 3 People Or More)
All Meals During The Expedition
Insurance Coverage (Personal Accidents)
Transfer El Chaltén-Río Eléctrico
Spots of interest
Price per person
|Group of 3||1900USD|
|Group of 4||1750USD|
|Group of 5||1750USD|
|Group of 6||1750USD|