Come discover the third most important ice field in the world. This Patagonian ice cap expedition will last 7 or 9 days, depending on your wishes, and will be led by local IFMGA guide Indio.
The Patagonian Ice Cap Expedition is one of the most extraordinary experiences in the southern Patagonia region of Argentina. Starting from El Chaltén, and facing the Fitz Roy massif and the Cerro Torre, we’ll get into the third most important ice field mass in the world.
Without a doubt, the Patagonian Ice Cap Expedition is one of the most challenging and beautiful programs to do in South Patagonia. The ice cap resembles a huge white sea of 13,000 km2. Most of the famous glaciers of the region (Perito Moreno, Upsala, Viedma) are actually born in this ice field.
This 7-day expedition is really fascinating due to the impressive landscapes around and the feeling that you are walking on a giant ice sea.
There is another option which consists of a 9 day itinerary and includes the ascent to Gorra Blanca Mount. Of course it will be adapted to the available time and fitness level of the group.
As for the standard 7 day adventure, we won’t climb any summit. We’ll just have 6 days of pure glacier trekking and 1 extra day in case of bad weather.
Regarding the itinerary, we’ll start in El Chalten, which is one of the youngest towns in Patagonia. It is surrounded by towering mountains like Mounts Fitz roy and Torre. From there we’ll move to La Playita, the first camping site before entering to the ice field via the Marconi Pass.
The Marconi Pass is a key spot. From there we’ll need to get over it with crampons and different glacier techniques. If the weather conditions allow us we can attempt here the Gorra Blanca ascent.
We’ll then reach Circo de los Altares, a large amphitheater where we can observe the west wall of Cerro Torre, Egger, Standhard, Rincon, Domo Blanco and others mounts.
Next campsite is in the Ferrari Lagoon before ascending the Paso del Viento. It’s located between lakes and moraines out of the ice field. After crossing this mountain pass we’ll get to Toro camping lot. We are now only 6 hours from El Chaltén.
Come enjoy a unique scenery. The ice cap 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.
Please send me your request if you are interested in this fascinating expedition in such an amazing ice extension. I’ll be waiting for you!
This expedition is available from October to March. The best month to do it is November.
I am an IFMGA and a High Mountain AAGM certified Mountain Guide. I was born in San Juan, where I found my passion for the mountains when I was a child. Today my home is El Chalten, this magical place where I have my family and where I work and live since 2008.
I have climbed many different peaks along the Andes, as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, France, Spain, Germany Italy, Austria and Switzerland. I have climbed great mountains and new routes in Patagonia, both in Cerro Torre and in the Fitz Roy mountains. I climbed Mount Fitz Roy five times and Mount Torre three times. All of them through different routes and some of them opening a new one.
One of my biggest achievements was the Standhardt - Herron - Egger traverse and the "Directa Huarpe" new route, on the west face of Cerro Torre. As well as climbing the Tehuelche route on the Fitz Roy hill in 16 hours.
I also guide in the Central Andes, in places such as Cerro Mercedario and Vallecitos in Mendoza, among other mountains. I am also a Mountaineering and Climbing instructor in different associations and member of the relief committee at the Club Andino Mercedario of the San Juan Province. I am also a member of the technical committee of the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides, in which I am part of the staff of instructors for IFMGA guides.
I guide my clients mainly in Patagonia. I spend summer in the town of El Chalten and I move to Bariloche, in northern Patagonia, in the winter, where I guide more technical excursions, like ice and/or rock climbing, as well as classic mountaineering ascents. During the year I also guide in the mountains of Peru, Bolivia and in Europe.
Even when I’m not working I enjoy climbing, bouldering, sport skiing and mountaineering. Keeping at my highest level of performance helps me ensure my clients’ safety, that is always my top priority.
Lisa McCarthy & Mark Dabbs
Our trip with Indio over the Ice Cap was fantastic. At the pre-departure meeting, Indio showed us several variations which helped us make decisions that allowed us to work out a way to still participate (I had an injury, therefore a low fitness level).Indio showed great patience; he adjusted the pace accordingly and his experience was evident over the course of a week. The weather was kind and allowed us outstanding views on the Glacier and from the many various high points along the way. We particularly enjoyed the rock scrambling and dodging the many crevasses! Our group was good humoured and worked well as a team; my partner and I felt we were with a group of friends, rather than a private guided trip. I\'d recommend Indio for anyone considering this type of adventure.
Group of 1
|USD 4330 each|
Group of 2
|USD 2887 each|
Group of 3
|USD 2062 each|
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- Guiding fee
- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner