Patagonian Ice cap is the third biggest ice cap in the world after
Antarctica and Greenland. It has a surface of 17.000 square km. Joining
the North and South section, it has 400 km length and 80 km width.
The highest summit is at the northern part, the San Valentin
peak. At the ice cap start more than 300 glaciers which flow
to the East, the Argentine side and to the West to the Pacific ocean and
fjords, the Chilean side. Some of the glaciers, for example the Pio XI,
descents directly to the fjords on the Pacific ocean. Several of the biggest
glaciers which start flowing at the heart of the ice cap are: Viedma,
Perito Moreno and Upsalla on the Argentine side; the Pio XI and Grey on
the Chilean side.
Our mountaineering expeditions take place at the southern part of the
Patagonian Ice cap entering through the Marconi Pass, at the Chile
- Argentina border. The Marconi Pass is a high mountain pass opened
several years ago. In our ice cap expeditions we mainly hike through the
Viedma glacier going from Marconi to Del Viento pass.
The mountaineering season in South Patagonia begins in November
ending the beginning of March. The warmer months are January and February
stretching to the beginning of March. You can expect cold weather,
strong winds and flurries or occasional snowfalls at any time. We
offer several mountaineering expeditions to the Patagonian ice cap,
some with scheduled dates. No need to be an expert climber or mountaineer
just some physical training and good lucky with the weather, which is
an important issue in South Patagonia expeditions. The required minimum
age to participate of our expeditions is 12 years Expect to
carry a 15 to 18 kg load backpack with personal gear and group equipment
and food (Personal porters may be hired at extra expense fee)
check our difficulty grading chart!
We have also shorter treks on glaciers or / and climbing / hiking trips for 3 days /2 nights!! Special offers, contact us for more information!!!
Paso Marconi - Paso del Viento Traverse
Duration: 10 days (scheduled
This traverse will immerse us into the South Ice Cap. You don't have to
be a climber nor a super sport guy to participate in this adventure. Great
expedition surrounding Fitz Roy and Torre ranges, crossing through Marconi,
Viedma and Tunel glaciers
itinerary, further details this ice cap traverse expedition, here
Cerro Gorra Blanca 2920 mts
Duration: 6 days
Mountain located at the Ice Cap, easy access, close to Paso Marconi. This is not a very technical mountain to climb since it's location, however we'll give this ascension the commitment that a great Andean climb involves. The days at the Ice Cap we will have to melt snow to drink and build protections with snow blocks for the tents. .
itinerary, details Gorra Blanca mountaineering expedition, here
Cerro Mariano Moreno 3393mts
Duration: 14 days
This range is the first that appears when we enter the Ice Cap. It's beauty
and magnitude will shock us. Our goal is the major summit, through Paso
Marconi. Great view of the Ice Cap, Marconi, Torre and Fitz Roy ranges.
Itinerary, further details cerro Mariano Moreno expedition, here
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