Southern Ice Field Expedition, Patagonia

Join Merlin, an IFMGA- certified mountain guide, on this extraordinary Southern Ice Field Expedition and get to know a unique spot in the amazing Patagonia.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

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.

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.

Contact me if you are interested in this unforgettable expedition in the southern Patagonia!


Price per person

 
Group of 3
2100 USD

Group of 4
1900 USD

Group of 5
1900 USD

Group of 6
1900 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Personal equipment
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • 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 through a trail, over the Pliegue Tumbado, it will take about 5 to 6 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required
Advanced
Fitness level required
Fit
 

About the Guide

 
 

Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.

I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 10 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!

 
 
FROM 1900 USD per person
 

 

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