• 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 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!

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

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

El Chaltén

More info

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