• Trip duration
    3 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    -
  • Mountain range
    Andes
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Description

I invite you to a 3-day expedition to Marconi Pass, near El Chalten. This is an ideal place to admire the Patagonian Ice Field.

The Patagonian Ice Field is one of the largest extensions of ice in the world, only behind Antarctica and Greenland. It’s a large ice plateau, lying in the border between Argentina and Chile.

From El Chalten, a transfer will take us to Rio Electrico, which is the starting point of this trip. During the second day, we’ll cross Marconi glacier to enter the Ice-Field.

You can see the details of the itinerary below, for further information.

This is a hard and physically demanding trek. In fact, it’s important to have some previous trekking and camping experience. On the other hand, you won’t need any technical glacier experience.

Are you planning to visit El Chalten? Please contact me for this amazing trip to Marconi Pass. I will be happy to be your guide in one the best trekking spots in Patagonia.

I also organize other trips around El Chalten. You can check some of them, like this 4-day trekking circuit in Cerro Huemul or this guided alpine climbing to Aguja Guillaumet

Itinerary

Day 1

'La Playita' campsite

A transfer takes us to Río Eléctrico.

From there, we trek for 2 hours to get to €œPiedra del Fraile Campsite or 5 hours to €œLa Playita€ Camp, at the foot of the Marconi Glacier.

€œPiedra 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: Box Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2

Marconi Pass

We leave our camp set up, and continue trekking with a light pack.

In 1 hour we arrive to Marconi Glacier where we will start the ascent.

Once on the glacier we will use crampons and/or snow shoes depending on the terrain conditions.

We estimate it will take about 6 hours to hike from the campsite to Paso Marconi.

From here, there are amazing panoramic views of the mountains Cerro Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio, Torre, Gorra Blanca and Marconi, among others.

We’ll return the same way that we came up, estimating 4 hours to reach the camp La Playita€.

The elevation gain is 950 meters.

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3

Return to El Chaltén

We return by the same trail back to Rio Electrico bridge, (about 6 hours), and then we will take a transfer back to El Chalten.

Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch.

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Personal Insurance

Other details

Meeting point

El Chalten

Accommodation

Camping (Four Seasons Tents).

More info

- Elevation Gain: 950 Meters (3100 Feet)
- The following gear is included:

Four Seasons Tents
Camping And Kitchen Equipment
Snow Shoes
Technical Glacier Gear: Crampons, Harness, Rope, Locking Carabiner, Other Safety Devices, Etc.
VHF Radio
GPS (Global Positioning System)
First-Aid Kit

- The following items are not included in the price:
Lodging at El Chalten
Aditional porters
Personal gear

Disclaimer

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 I'll do my best to achieve our goals.
We can take one extra day to improve the chances of a successful trip.
I am able to modify the itinerary partially or totally.