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Southern Patagonian Ice Field Expedition

Serac Expediciones - 7 days

  • Southern Patagonian Ice Field Expedition
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Heavy
Overview
Route
What's Included?
Accommodation
FAQ
Los Glaciares National Park
Packing List
Safety
Serac Expediciones
How to Book

Overview

> Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fitz Roy
> Camp over the Ice Field
> Get to know Patagonia in its purest form

This is the most varied and spectacular mountain itinerary at Los Glaciares National Park and perhaps in Patagonia. It allows experiencing very closely the movement and behavior of glaciers in Patagonia and their effect on nature. A real adventure spending 3 full nights camping on the ice that requires a minimum of experience in multiple days trekking carrying a full backpack.

Note: This tour is available from October to April. For other dates please check availability. 

Route

What's the plan?

Previous day: 
In the afternoon previous to the expedition we will have a meeting in El Chaltén to check the equipment, get informed about the last details and clear up any doubts that may arise.

Day 1: 
This morning we will meet you in our office in En Chaltén and a vehicle will take us to the bridge over the Eléctrico River, 15km to the north-west of El Chaltén, from where the expedition begins. The first two-hour hike passes through a forest until reaching the Piedra del Fraile camping area. After which we follow the Eléctrico river upstream into a wide glacial valley with very little vegetation, from where we are able to see the area’s impressive peaks. Two hours later we must wade across the Pollone River. From here we will be able to see the North face of Mount Fitz-Roy and the Pollone needle.

Distance: 11 km, +270
Trekking time: 6 / 8hours
Services included: camp, gear and all meals (BL, D) 

Day 2:
At first light, we break-camp and set out towards the Marconi Glacier. We cross old moraine fields until reaching the toe of the glacier. Here we trek up the glacier until nearing the Marconi pass – entrance to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This will surely be the Expedition’s toughest day.

The climb in altitude today is approximately 800 meters over moraine and glacial terrain, and given the shape and orientation of the valley, the winds experienced can be very severe. Today ends when we enter the Ice Field.

Distance: 10km, +800
Trekking time: 7/9 hours
Services included: camp, gear and all meals (B, BL, D)

Day 3:
In spite of the usual strong wind, the traverse with snowshoes is mostly flat and very enjoyable. Today is comparatively short, less demanding and after 6 hours we get to our snow-camp in an area called the Circo de los Altares (or the Cirque of Alters), at the foot of Cerro Torre’s west face, one of the most spectacular places on earth.

Distance: 12km, -200
Trekking time: 6 hours
Services included: camp, gear and all meals (B, BL, D)

Day 4:
We continue our trek at first in a southerly direction avoiding crevasses in search of a large moraine-field. We pass a series of lagoons and eventually reach the Paso del Viento refuge 

Distance: 13km, -350
Trekking time: 8/9 hours
Services included: camp, gear and all meals (B, BL, D)

Day 5:
Today we climb gaining height until reaching the Viento (windy) Pass, at 1,500 m. From here we leave the icefield and will also enjoy some great panoramic views, before we head downwards to the Túnel River Valley and back into the vegetated area.

Before arriving at the Toro Lagoon campsite we must cross the Túnel Glacier and also a zip line across the valley’s river.

Distance: 13km, +600/-900
Trekking time: 7/8 hours
Services included: camp, gear and all meals (B, BL, D)

Day 6:
Weaving through forest and fields, in between the Huemul massif and Lake Viedma, we cross the Pliegue Tumbado hill. After reaching the highest point we take a break to enjoy, eat our lunch with magnificent views of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy before descending to El Chaltén.

Distance: 15km
Trekking time: 6/7 hours
Services included: camp, gear and all meals (B, BL)

Day 7:
This day is reserved for bad weather, in case the party has to spend more than one night at a particular night stop due to the weather conditions.

Note: all participants must carry their own sleeping bag and mat plus the necessary equipment and some food also provided by Serac. (5 to 7 kgs per person) 

 
 

What's Included?

Included:

 Transport
Round trip transportation from our office to the starting point of the expedition (15km away from El Chaltén) is included in the price of the trek.

√ English and Spanish speaking trekking guide
Professional mountain guides, duly entitled by National Park and experienced in this program will be joining you during the trek. There will be 1 guide every 3 trekkers.

 Camping Equipment
Expedition tents for 2 or 3 people sharing during the traverse and all necessary cooking equipment will be provided by the trekking company.

√ Technical equipment
Technical equipment such as harness, carabiners, ropes, crampons, and snowshoes will be provided by the trekking company during the trek when needed.

 All meals indicated in the schedule
All meals during the Expedition, including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and snacks, are included in the price of the trek.

Permits and Entrance Fees
The permits required and the entrance fees to the National Park are included in the price of the trek.

Not included:

× Airfare
You have to make your way to El Chaltén. The total amount is exclusive of flights to and from Argentina. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Sleeping bag
Sleeping bags are not included in the price of the trek. You can either bring your own or rent one in El Chaltén before the trek.

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek, you will spend your nights in camping sites along the way. Tents and cooking equipment will be provided by the trekking company.  Sleeping bags are not included and is recommended that you bring your own together with a Therma-Rest mat. If you don't have a sleeping bag, you can rent one in el Chaltén.

FAQ

FAQ

Best season
Truth be told, you can visit the Argentinean Patagonia whenever you want. Most National Parks are open all year round and all seasons have something special to offer. That being said, the most recommended time of the year to enjoy Patagonia is from October to April, when days are longer and temperatures are not that low. During wintertime (June to September) you may have some trouble completing your trek due to bad weather conditions and snow. Moreover, not all tours can be operated during these months.

How to get there
The most popular choice to get to El Chaltén, and the whole region in general, is to fly to El Calafate. From El Calafate, you have plenty of private shutters and public buses that can take you to El chaltén.

Tipping
In Argentina, tipping is a common practice. The tip usually depends on the service provided, so if you had a friendly guide who took care of you and made sure you had everything you needed, then, be generous. A common tip for an experienced guide would be USD 15/20 per day of trek. But again, it depends on the service.

Training
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude more often and do you do sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in Patagonia.

Is this the first time that you are trekking in the mountains? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Patagonia

Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park is the biggest National Park in Argentina and was created in 1937 in order to preserve an extensive area of continental ice and glaciers, the southern Andean-Patagonian forest, and samples of the Patagonian steppe. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by the UNSECO in 1981.

This National Park 
covers an area of 726,927 ha and is situated in Santa Cruz province. The park is located in the Argentinean border with Chile and borders the Torres del Paine National Park to the south, in Chilean territory.

Within this park, visitors can get to know the local flora and fauna, part of which are endangered species. Moreover, visitors can get to see glaciers such as the Perito Moreno or climb Mount Fitz Roy.

If you like trekking, this park is ideal for you. The park has plenty of trekking trails that will guide you to breathtaking glacial lakes and will walk you through majestic forests. At Los Glaciares National Park you will get to see Patagonia in its purest form.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Patagonia is no walk in the park. Weather conditions can change rapidly and you need to be prepared for whatever mother nature may throw at you. Serac Expediciones has prepared a recommended gear list to make packing a bit easier for you:

Gear:

• 65 to 70 liters backpack 
• Sleeping bag for -12º C comfort min. (synthetic or duvet filling) 
•Therma-Rest mat (inflatable better) 
• Medium mountain boots with Gore-Tex ideally 
• Crocs (for resting at the camps and river wading) 
• Trekking poles 
• Sun-glasses for snow and ice and googles 
• Headlamp with new batteries and spare batteries 
• 1-litre bottle (Nalgene ideally) 
• Sunblock (35+ or more) 
• Lips sunblock 
• Minimum personal hygiene items 
• Dry bags to protect your staff 
• Vacuum bottle 0.5L 
• Cup, plate, spoon

Clothing:

• Gore-Tex waterproof jacket with hood 
• Softshell jacket with hood (2nd layer) 
• Waterproof light over pants 
• Softshell trekking trousers 
• Gaiters 
• Underwear synthetic fabric t-shirt and trousers (2) 
• Spare underwear 
• Three pairs of trekking socks 
• Wind-stopper gloves 
• Liner gloves 
• Waterproof over gloves 
• Warm hut and cap 
• Neckerchief or Buff for neck protection (optional) 
• Light feather or synthetic warm jacket for the night

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

Serac Expediciones

Serac Expediciones

Serac Expediciones is a company dedicated to designing and operating adventure programs in mountain environments. Whether you like trekking, skiing, mountain biking or kayaking, in 10 years of experience we have consolidated our work based on our values: Commitment, Service, Quality, and Safety. We have multiple trekking program options with different difficulty levels. We organize your trip based on your needs, availability, and budget to make your visit a unique experience. Join us and discover the beauty of Patagonia.

How to Book

How does it work?

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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