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Cerro San Lorenzo - Mountain Ascent in Patagonia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination(s): Argentina   Chile  
Specialty Categories: Ice Climbing   Mountain/Rock Climbing  
Season: September - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2560 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2560 US Dollar (USD)

Cerro San Lorenzo is one of the highest and remote places of Patagonia, located 300 km aprox north of Cerro Torre and El Chalten massif. Is not as famous as other Patagonian areas and this is what gives to it the flavour of a great adventure. This mountainous chain of the central Patagonia dominates one of the last explored areas in the world. Without a doubt, this offers to mountain lovers a wide range of opportunities.

Towards the west we have a dense rain forest, towards east the drier Patagonian steppe. Cerro San Lorenzo is the natural frontier that distinguishes the climates. There is an abundance of fossilized forests and Paleolithic pits of the indigenous people that give testimony to the past in the forms of crafts and cave paintings. The mountain was first climbed in 1943 by a team leaded by the Italian missionary and photographer Alberto de Agostini. Cerro San Lorenzo is an immense glaciated peak( the 2nd highest in Patagonia) located in the Argentine border SE of Cochrane.

The ascent of the peak itself is a 7 to 10 days expedition requiring solid glacier progression and some easy ice climbing skills.
Is an excellent option for ski tourers. Also remote valleys at the base of the peak makes it spectacular for almost every trekker.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: We meet in Balmaceda airport depending on arrival we drive to Cochrane or stay in Coyhaique. Night in Hotel.

Day 2: We drive by 4x4 wheel drive and trek to the Fundo San Lorenzo. Assisted by horses. We will be welcome by the Soto's Family and a good asado. Takes 4 hs more or less. Night in tents.

Day 3: Trekking to Camp Agostini, the base camp (1000 mts). Assisted by horses.4 hs. Today here there is a great cabin which gives a good comfort for the bad weather days. Night in hut or tents.

Day 4: We will climb towards Paso Comedor(1950 meters) 5-6 hours. This will be C 1.

Day 5: Climb to Brecha de la Cornisa (2150 mts) then traverse and access to Gl. Calluqueo where we will settle camp II, right below Northern Shoulder.

Day 6: Summit attempt and descend to Camp II. This will be a long day.

Day 7: Descend to Camp Agostini. Night in the hut.

Day 8 - 12: Extra days if we need them because the bad weather.

Day 13: Hike back from the hut to Fundo San Lorenzo.

Day 14: Return back to Cochrane.

Day 15: End of Services.

The climb can be done in 6 perfect days which is very hard to get in Patagonia, you have to expect bad weather.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- UIAGM-IFMGA-IVBV Mountain guide and assistant
- All meals during the expedition
- Transportation from Balmaceda airport to the starting point
- Transportation back to Balmaceda
- Lodging in Fundo San Lorenzo and hut
- Tents, stoves, camping gear
- Night in Hotel during the first and last day of the trip
- Horses for carrying gear

Price Excludes:
- Domestic and international flights
- Meals in cities, towns
- Crampons, harnesses, ice axe could be provided / rented if is necessary.