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Patagonia Ice Cap Expedition

Overview

Starting and ending in El Chalten, this challenging yet rewarding 10 day trek will take you across one of the most impressive landscapes in the world! Makes your way across glaciers, ice fields and gigantic screes and enjoy unbelievable views of mountains and stretching ice as far as the eye can see!

You will be accompanied by the very best trekking guides who will aid you through this spectacular, but unforgiving landscape. You do not require knowledge of how to use crampons or other technical equipment - this will all be taught to you en route! So this is a real learning experience as well as a challenging trek.

After each leg of the trek stay in comfortable tents on campsites that have views like no other - waking up in the white wilderness is an unbelievable experience!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - El Chalten
Arrival to El Chalten - a small town of 300 located at the foot of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Meeting with rest of your group and Expedition Leader. You will have a general briefing about the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and
instructions on how to use camping and technical gear.

Day 2: Río Eléctrico Valley Trekking
The day begins with a private transfer to the bridge over Eléctrico River, 15 Km northwest of El Chaltén, and the start point of your trek towards the base of Marconi Glacier. Walk the first two hours on a well-marked path,
through a forest of Lengas and Ñires, alongside Eléctrico River. Say good bye to civilsation as you enter into a great glacier valley where you will be able to observe the North-west face of Fitz Roy. One more hour of trekking will bring you to the western shore of Lake Eléctrico. Set-up our camp there, only 20 minutes away from Marconi Glacier.

Day 3: Marconi Glacier – Marconi Pass trekking
Only 30 minutes of walking will bring you in front of the impressive Marconi Glacier. After a short but difficult stretch, climb on the glacier itself entering slowly in a kingdom of snow and ice. This day might be the toughest of the expedition. Climb 2400 ft (800 m) on ice and snow, using crampons, and round crevasses with the assistance of the guide and their team At the end of the day, you will arrive at your second campsite, in the shadow
of Marconi South Mt and only an hour away from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field itself. Your almost aerial campsite offers fantastic sunsets over the Fitz Roy Range, Cerro Pier Giorgio and Gorra Blanca.

Day 4: Marconi Pass– Circo de los Altares trekking
In the morning, cross the Marconi Pass. Only an hour of trekking with snowshoes will bring you into a land of rock and ice. The Patagonian Ice Field will open itself up giving away fantastic views (if weather permits) of Lautaro Volcano (still active), Mariano Moreno Range (almost higher than Fitz Roy range), the De Los Cuatro Glaciares Pass and Chico Glacier, further south. A day of southbound trekking on the ice field to the "Circo De Los Altares" takes you to where you will set up camp.

Day 5: Circo de los Altares – Paso del Viento Hut trekking
Trek today to De Los Esquies lagoon– where you will exit the ice itself. Continue to Pas del Viento Hut where you spend the night.

Day 6: Paso del Viento Hut
Enjoy a well deserved rest day in a campsite near the hut!

Day 7: Huemul pass trekking
This part of the expedition contours Cerro Huemul Andean Steppe - enjoy lakes and marvelous viewpoints as you head towards Paso Huemal, where you set up camp. Here you have spectacular aerial views of the Glacier's snout as it calves into Lake Viedma!

Day 8: Viedma Lake trekking - El Chalten
Trek down the steep decent to Lake Viedma and Cabo de Hornos Bay, return to Nahia Tunel, and take a minibus (30 mins) to El Chalten where your adventure ends! Take a well-deserved evening to relax this evening in a hotel in El Chalten!

Day 9: Weather Day
This is to be used at any point in the expedition if weather conditions are not suitable for trekking.

Day 11: Departure
Continue with your onward travel.

Map

Essentials

Included:
  • Accommodation (mostly camping)
  • All meals when trekking
  • Dinner on the first night
  • Mountain guides and assistant
  • Radio communication with office in El Chaltén, and G.P.S.
  • Double tents
  • Cooking equipment and utensils
  • Mountain equipment (Ropes, harnesses, karabiners, maps, compass etc)
  • Crampons and technical equipment
  • Transfer back to El Chalten
  • Boat transfer and minibus transfer
  • Not Included:
  • International flights
  • Internal flights (if applicable)
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Personal equipment
  • Extra drinks and food in restaurants
  • Essentials

    Are you wondering about flights, deposits and other bits and pieces? Here are a few items of essential information that could help with the planning of your trip with Tango Tours. If you have any questions please just contact us.

    International Flights
    Getting to Argentina is straightforward from most areas of the world, but you may find that the choice is bewildering, or you’re not sure about the easiest route. Tango Tours are experienced in planning flights and we are very happy to advise you on the different choices available. Because prices tend to increase closer to your departure date, we advise that you buy your international flight tickets as soon as you have made a decision about your tour. As an ATOL bonded tour operator, we can assist in your purchase of international flights. In fact, your entire tour can be protected under our ATOL licence by booking your international flight with us. Please note that flight tickets are non-refundable and 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.

    Internal Flights
    As with international flights, Tango Tours' friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to book your internal flights for you if required. For some itineraries, you need to arrive at a particular destination at a required time/date therefore, it is vital that you book the correct flights and times of arrival. Our ATOL licence will protect your whole tour if your internal flights are purchased through us. Please note that flights are non-refundable and 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.

    Payments
    To confirm your booking with Tango Tours, we require a payment of 20% of the ground-based arrangements and 100% of all flights. The remaining balance of your tour is then payable 10 weeks prior to departure. For any bookings made within these 10 weeks, the full amount is payable.

    Activities
    We provide brief activity/excursion information in the itinerary. If you would like more in-depth details regarding any included activity/excursion then contact us! Please note: itineraries may be subject to change.

    Please Note:
    Participants do not need technical experience in the use of crampons or snowshoes. However, we ask for previous experience in camping and multi-day treks. The equipment and food are prepared in function of the expedition. The itinerary starts and ends in El Chaltén. The itinerary can be modified and has to be seen as a guide. Weather conditions or external situations could change daily plans. The guide will decide any change.