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Southern Patagonia Icefield, 8-day Expedition from El Chalten

Discover one of the most secluded and pristine places on Earth, the Southern Patagonia Icefield, with Tano, an AAGM certified guide. Let him lead you on this 8 days expedition across this hypnotizing place, departing from El Chalten.

Duration8 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Enjoy the vastness of the Southern Patagonia Ice Fields

  • Experience an extreme environment surrounded by breathtaking sceneries

  • Explore glaciers, fjords and admire majestic peaks


Thousands of years ago, a vast ice layer covered most of Argentina and Chile.  Nowadays, there is still an extensive icy area that covers the south of both countries: the Northern and Southern Patagonia IceField.

Outside of Greenland and the Antarctic, the Northern and Southern Patagonia Icefields are the third biggest continental ice sheet. To explore them is a unique opportunity you cannot miss. So pack up your bags and join me on this 8 days private expedition across the Southern Patagonia Icefield!

Come and discover this pristine territory veiled with an endless sheet of ice and mesmerizing rock formations. Also, explore its dazzling glaciers, which flow into captivating fjords and magnificent lakes. Their constant movement has shaped throughout the years the steep valleys and iconic sceneries of this paradise.

Our adventure begins at El Chalten, a small and enchanting village in the argentinian province of Santa Cruz, also known as the National Trekking capital of the country. This charming town lies within the National Park of Los Glaciares, near the Las Vueltas river and the Torre lagoon. So exploring this beautiful place is the perfect way to begin our expedition.

Thereupon, we will enter the Southern Patagonia Icefield through the Marconi Pass. Here, we’ll get the best views of the Fitz Roy and the Cerro Torre massifs. Then, we will head towards the Paso del Viento, where we will enjoy hypnotizing sceneries of the mountains and lagoons brimming here.

Eight days might just be enough to unveil all the beauty of the Southern Patagonia Icefield. But I will make sure we visit the best spots of this marvellous place.

So don’t let this opportunity escape and join me on this private trip. Request to book this trip, and let me guide you across this natural paradise.


Meeting point

El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina



Day 0: Arrival

Meeting in El Chaltén, where we’ll discuss security matters and check the equipment. Registration in Parques Nacionales and gendarmería.

Day 1: Chaltén - Piedra del Fraile

Transfer to Río Eléctrico. Start of the hike to Piedra del fraile, where we’ll camp.

Day 2: Piedra del Fraile - Laguna de los 4

Day 3: Laguna de los 4 - Refugio Gorra Blanca

Day 4: Refugio Gorra Blanca - Circo de los Altares

Day 5: Circo de los Altares - Laguna de los Esquíes

Day 6: Laguna de los Esquíes - Laguna Toro

Day 7: Laguna Toro - Chaltén

Day 8: Extra day

In case of bad weather.

About the guide

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AAGM Guide from Argentina.

I grew up as a mountaineer and skier in Club Andino Bariloche.

I am specialized guiding tours in the most beautiful and remote places of Patagonia.

I have more than 15 years guiding in the Patagonian Icefields, once working beside Reinhold Messner in the North Icefield crossing.

I also organize ski tours and trekking tours along the southern part of Argentina and Chile.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2000 each

Group of 2

USD 2000 each

Group of 3

USD 1600 each

Group of 4

USD 1600 each

Group of 5

USD 1200 each

Group of 6

USD 1200 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Personal Insurance

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Group equipment: Rope, Harness

Price details

Price per person for groups of minimum 2 clients.

Included: group and security equipment.

Not included: Personal equipment, accomodation and meals in El Chaltén (I can arrange accommodation for clients if required).

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