Expeditions

The 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.

Dates 2018/19

Travesía Paso Marconi – Paso del Viento

 Dificultad:  Tough     Duración: 8 Days

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

INFO

Season: November to March
Minimum required age: 16 años
Minimum group size: 2 pax

Itinerario:

Day 1: Arrival to Chalten. Meeting with the mountain guides at our office where we check the personal gear. Lodging at hostel or hotel on your own, not included in price(D)

Day 2: Transfer to Rio Electrico, hike to Piedra del Fraile and camp at La Playita, wading Pollone river. Camp 1. Trekking time: 6 hrs. (B-L-D)

Day 3: Hike to Paso Marconi. 1450 mtrs. (Entry to the Ice Cap), through Marconi glacier. This day we put our crampons, ropes, harnesses and ice axes. From now on our camps will be set up over the ice or snow. Camp 2.
Trekking time: 7 hrs. (B-L-D)

Day 4: Paso Marconi – Circo de los Altares traverse, camp in the middle of the Ice Cap. (Viedma Glacier), with an incredible view of Fitz Roy and Torre ranges. Camp 3. Trekking time: 6 hrs. (B-L-D)

Day 5: Circo de los Altares – Laguna de los Esquies traverse. Great view of Mariano Moreno range, Cerro Luca and South Ice Cap. Camp 4.
Trekking time: 6hrs. (B-L-D)

Day 6: Hike Laguna de los Esquies – Paso del Viento – Laguna Toro, through Tunnel glacier and Tunel valley. Camp 5. Trekking time: 7 hrs. (B-L-D)

Day 7: Back to Chalten through Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. Trekking time: 6 hrs. (B-L)

Day 8 : Extras day in case of bad weather.

Note: We do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, however this itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Includes: Gear (ropes, crampons, harnesses), mountain guide. Transfers, camping lodging, meals as quoted (L: lunch, D: dinner, B: breakfast). Also group equipment: tents, stoves, technical gear, first aid kit, GPS, and radio.

Not included: Personal gear, clothes, boots, sleeping bag, backpack, hotel / hostel lodging at the beginning and end of the trip, insurance, beverages and meals not detailed, porters.

Cerro Gorra Blanca 2920 mts

 Dificultad:  Tough     Duración: 4 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.

INFO

Season: Noviember to March
Minimum required age: 16 años

Itinerary: 

Day 1: Transfer to Rio Electrico, hike to Piedra del Fraile and camp at La Playita. Camp 1. Trekking time: 6 hrs. (B-L-D)

Day 2: Hike to Paso Marconi and Gorra Blanca basecamp. From now on our camps we’ll be set up over the ice or snow. Camp 2. Trekking time: 8 hrs. (B-L-D)

Day 3: Ascension to Cerro Gorra Blanca. Back to base camp. Trekking time:10 hrs. (B-L-D)

Day 4: Back to Piedra del Fraile, where we spend our last night at the mountain. Camp 3. Trekking time: 7 hrs. (B-L-D)

Note: We do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, however this itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Includes: Gear (ropes, crampons, harnesses), mountain guide. Transfers, camping and hotel lodging, meals as quoted (L: lunch, D: dinner, B: breakfast). Also group equipment: tents, stoves, technical gear, first aid kit, GPS, and radio.

Not included: hotel or inn lodging first and last day of mountaineering trip, personal gear, clothes, boots, sleeping bag, backpack, meals not detailed, insurance, beverages not detailed, porters.

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