• Trip duration
    7 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    2 people
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Description

The Patagonian Ice Cap Expedition is one of the most extraordinary experiences to do in the Southern Patagonia region, Argentina.

Starting from El Chaltén, and facing the Fitz Roy massif and Torre mount, in this 7-day expedition we’ll get into the third most important ice field mass in the world.

This expedition is fascinating for the impressive landscapes you see, and the feeling that you are walking above a giant ice sea.

An alternative 9 days itinerary is possible considering the ascent to Mount Gorra Blanca. But it can be adapted and customized according to the timing availability and fitness level of the group. The standard 7 days (6 trekking days and 1 extra day in case of bad weather) is without attempting Gorra Blanca’s summit.

It is one of the most challenging and beautiful expeditions to do in South Patagonia. The ice cap is like a huge white sea of 13000 km2. Most of the famous glaciers of the region (Perito Moreno, Upsala, Viedma) are born in the ice field.

The scenery is unique. The ice is surrounded by impressive granite needles, such as Cerro Torre, Egger and Standhart, among others. That’s why it is called the Circus of the Altars.

Patagonian Ice Cap itinerary:

We start in the City of Chalten, which is one of the youngest towns in Patagonia. It is surrounded by towering mountains like Fitz roy and Torre.

From there we’ll move to La Playita, the first campside place before entering to the ice field by the Paso Marconi.

Paso Marconi is a key spot. From there we need to get over it with crampons and different Glacier techniques.

If the weather conditions allow it, and the client wants it, we attempt Gorra Blanca ascent.

We then reach Circo de los Altares, a large amphitheater where we can observe the west wall of mounts Torre, Egger, Standhard, Rincon, Domo Blanco and others.

Next campsite is in Ferrari lagoon, before ascending the Paso del Viento. It’s located between lakes and moraines out of the ice field.

After crossing the Paso del Viento we reach the Toro campside. We are only 6 hrs from El Chalten.

Please get in contact with me if you are interested in this fascinating expedition in one of the biggest Ice Caps in the world!

Price per person

1 Person3400USD
Group of 22200USD
Group of 31600USD
Group of 41600USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Group equipment

Other details

Meeting point

El Chaltén

More info

This expedition is available from October to March. The best month to do it is November.