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The Southern Patagonian Ice Field

offered by supplier M10333 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 - 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Argentina  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Glacier Tours  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1850 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1960 US Dollar (USD)

This is one of the most scenic, complete and demanding treks in Patagonia. It's not required technical experience, but we request camping and trekking experience, and you must be self sufficient setting camps and cooking your meals. You should be able to carry a backpack with around 50 pounds, and hike 6 to 8 hours a day through different terrains as trails, moraines, glaciers and snow, for about a week in total. The spare days will be utilized in case of bad weather to continue the trek, or taking an alternative program.

Patagonia ice cap hiking and trekking Weather conditions:
- During this trek, you should expect all kind of climate:
* Sun
* Rain
* Perhaps some snow
* A lot of wind
- The temperature during the summer is usually between 5 and 10 centigrade.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome in El Chalten the base town of the Patagonian Ice cap traverse. Check the gear.

Day 2: We start the morning hiking to Piedra del Fraile, according go weather we keep hiking to La Playita of Lago Electrico.

Day 3: Weather permitting we'll continue on the way to Lago Eléctrico (possible campground), and going up to the Marconi pass (1500m a/s/l) through the Marconi Glacier. This will be a key day of the trip, the most extraneous hike and heavy load to carry. On a clear day the views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Pollone are magnificent! Elevation gain: 900m. Hiking time: 8-9 hs. Bivuac on the ice field trekking.

Day 4: We'll continue heading south through the plateau, using the snowshoes and snow sledges until we'll reach the "Circo de los Altares", unique west views of Cerros Torre and Fitz Roy. We'll build a wind shield with shovels, to protect our tents. And we'll melt snow to cook and drink water. Hiking time: 6 hrs.

Day 5: We'll continue walking with the snowshoes through the Viedma Glacier, until we'll come back to the lateral moraine, going out of the ice cap. Today we'll camp at Ferrari's bivouac, near the Ferrari Lake. Hiking time: 7-8 hs. Continental ice field transverse - Argentina.

Day 6: We'll climb up to the "Paso del Viento" (the windy pass) about 1550m a/s/l and 400m elevation gain. And we'll go down to the Tunel valley, with a possible tyrolean traverse crossing over the Río Tunel. Finishing the day back at the forest, at Laguna Toro campground.

Day 7: We'll hike back to El Chalten through an easy trail. Possible views of both Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from the "Pliegue Tumbado". Hiking time: 6 hrs, elevation gain 500m.

Days 8-9-10: Extra days in case of bad weather conditions at the beginning of the trip. It's needed a reasonable good day to go up to the Marconi Pass. Or spend the extra days at others campgrounds. Mont Fitz Roy, Patagonia Argentina.

Day 11: End of the services.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Professional Mountain Guide and assistant (1:4/3 ratio)
- Transportation to Rio Electrico from Chalten
- Transportation from Bahia Tunel to Chalten
- Meals during the expedition
- Lodging (9 nights in camps and 2 nights in double bedded room with private bath in Chalten)
- General Gear:
* Tents
* Stoves
* Cookware
* Snowshoes
* Crampons
* Harness
* Rope
* Shovel
* First aid kit
* Radio contact
* Snow sledges.

Price Excludes:
- International and domestic airfares
- Transportation Chalten - Calafate - Chalten (optional)
- Horses and porters
- Personal gear:
* Skis
* Clothing
* Sleeping bag
* Therm-a-rest
- Extra drinks.

About This Supplier
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Location: Argentina
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2006

We're a group of Professional Outdoor and Mountain Guides certified by the UIAGM-IFMGA- IVBV with more than 15 years of experience in the mountains. We love to share our passion for the outdoor lifestyle in Northern Patagonia, Bariloche and the Argentine Lake District with adventurers from all over the world. We...

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