The Patagonia Ice FIield is the third biggest mass of ice in the World after Antarctica and Greenland, and the biggest if you think outside the polar surface. It extends from North to South for 350 km. 49 Glaciers begin here such us Upsala Glacier (902 km2), Marconi, Glacier, Viedma Glacier (978 km2) and Perito Moreno (258 km2) in Argentina and Pio XI, O'Higgins and Grey in Chile.
This expedition happens in one of the most overwelming and remote icy and rocky landscapes, unique in the world. A huge ice field of virgin snow surrounded by the unknown faces of the most particular massifs in Patagonia.
Patagonia Hikes invites you in three days, to get to enjoy the amazing Ice Field. Experience is not needed, nor technique, you do need very good physical condition and to be able to carry heavy backpacks.
Porters can be hired. (upto 15kg).
2 camping nights.
Backpack weight: 15-20 kg aprox.
From 2 to 8 people.
November till April.
1 Assistant every 3 people.
Glacier and Snow Equipment. (snowshoes and
4 season Tents (Mountain Hardwear) and cooking set.
Meals during the trip.
Transfer Rio Electrio.
First Aid Kit.
Personal Accident insurance.
Bus from and to El Calafate.
Personal Equipment (boots, backpack, sleeping bag, etc). You can rent this equipment. Let us know if you need any of these items. You get a 30% discount by hiring our services.
Non specified in this program.
3 pair of socks.
Shoes for wading.
Sleeping Bag down or synthetic -15o. Insulated Mattress.
Syntethic underwear top and pant. (midweight) 2 top fleeces or similar.
Fleece pant or warm tight.
Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex or similar).
Down Jacket or similar.
Sunglasses with UV protection.
Sun block and lip balm.
Waterproof Overpant (Gore-tex or similar).
Gloves (3 pairs).
Cup or similar.
Personal hygiene set.
Headlamp with extra batteries.
Fleece beanie or similar.
DAY 1: El CHALTEN –LA PLAYITA
Meeting with the Guide in the morning; debrief about the details of the program and check of the gear.
A transfer with pick us up to drive us to Electrico River, 24km away. We will Hike for 2 hours up to Piedra del Fraile campsite. “Piedra del Fraile” is a private campsite with services, at the edge of the forest.
After getting there, the terrain is open and rockery until the next campsite (La Playita).
Box Lunch and dinner.
Duration: 6 hs
Elevation: 700 mts.
DAY 2: CAMPAMENTO LA PLAYITA– PASO MARCONI
This day is considered the key day in this expedition. Marconi Glacier is one of the accesses to the Ice Field, and the winds from the west can be very strong.
We wake up with the first lights, and after a strong breakfast, depending on the weather condition, we start the hike. After an hour or so we will be on the Marconi Glacier and starting to use the crampons on the ascent.
As we move forward we find the slope change where we put on harnesses and tie ourselves to ropes. With each step up behind us rises the majestic Mount Pier Giorgio, Cerro Fitz Roy, Aguja Polone. Upon completion of the slope ahead of us opens the Icefield bordered by Cordones Kolliker, Gaea, Mariano Moreno and Lautaro Volcano.
Once we enjoy the amazing mass of ice we head back to La Playita Camp.
All meals included. Duration: 8 -9 hs.
Distance: 10km .
Elevation: 800 mts to climb.
DAY 3: LA PLAYITA - EL CHALTEN
After breakfast, we will head back on our final hike towards town, on the same direction we came up, crossing Piedra del fraile up to Rio Electrico.
Breakfast and lunch.
Souther Ice Field.
Mount Fitz Roy.