Cerro Gorra Blanca - ascent to the summit - El Chalten - Continental Ice

One of the most coveted expeditions in the world

  • Start Date : 2023-Jan-22
    End Date: 2023-Jan-28
  • Hora Inicio: 2 pm
    Hora Fin: 8 pm
  • Meeting Point:El Chalten
    End: El Chalten
  • Duration:8 days + trip
    Availability: Full!
Along the Continental Ice + ascent Cerro Gorra Blanca - El Chalten

Proposal

An adventure to the white field

Almost on the limit of Los Glaciares National Park, north sector, this tour invites you to ascend one of the classic mountains of the scenario on the entry to the Continental Ice of El Chalten area. We´ll walk along forests trails and roped up on a large glacier; We´ll cross to Chile to spend the night in Gorra Blanca refuge, we´ll ascend to the homonymous hill and return by the same way to El Chalten. A great adventure that does not require technical knowledge (the guides will take care of the corresponding classes and care).

Distance: Total Circuit  + Gorra Blanca: 90 Km  

Minimum group of 4 people. Consult.

Itinarery

Day 1: Meeting in El Chalten.

Talk about the adventure to be done and equipment check. Check of the mandatory personal equipment to carry on the journey.

Overnight in El Chalten, not included.

Day 2: Electric River Valley

Transfer to Puente sobre Río Eléctrico, 15 km north-west of El Chaltén and starting point of our first day of trekking to the Marconi Glacier base.
The first two hours of walking follow the Río Eléctrico upstream through a Ñires and Lengas lush forest to Piedra del Fraile refuge; Then we´ll border the Electric Lake on its southern margin and less than two hours away we´ll have to ford the Pollone River from where we´ll be able to observe the NW wall of Mt. Fitz Roy. Finally La Playita is reached, where we´ll set up our camp.
All cargo will be transported by the members of the expedition, guides and participants.

Distance to cover: 12 km. (6/8 hs. Of march).

Day 3: Marconi Glacier - Marconi Pass - Gorra Blanca Refuge

We´ll wake up with the first light of day to start the daily routine of our expedition, have breakfast, undo camp, pack backpacks and start the hiking day.
Very long day to try to cross the pass, enter the ice.

We arrive at Gorra Blanca Refuge, in the middle of the ice field. Rest, dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Refuge - Gorra Blanca Summit - Refuge

Early in the morning and if weather alouds it, we begin the ascent to Cerro Gorra Blanca. It will take us approximately 10 to 12 hours to go up and down, crossing sectors with possible cracks and large snowy slopes. Return in the afternoon to the refuge. Rest and spend the night.

Day 5: Gorra Blanca Refuge - Circo de los Altares

We will wake up with the first light of day and start the journey through the continental ice to Circo de los Altares, at Cerro Torre base. Exposure to possible winds. Overnight in the ice field.

Day 6: Circo de los Altares - Esquíes Lagoon - Paso del Viento refuge

Path to leave the ice thru Paso del Viento and then access one of the upper lagoons. New camp next to a precarious refuge.

Day 7: Paso del Viento Shelter - El Chalten

Very long and final section to El Chalten, passing by Laguna Toro. We arrive in the afternoon-night to  Chalten town. Overnight in hostel. End of the expedition.

Day 8: Extra day

Note

Passengers must carry 15 to 20 kilos per person.

technical training is required in the use of crampons or snowshoes. Previous experience in trekking and camping is required. The equipment/gear will be minimum and the food will be tailored to the program kind.
Participants must be self-sufficient in setting up the camp and preparing their meals, before departure guides will instruct them in these activities.
Itinerary begins and ends in El Chaltén.
This is a General Itinerary and it can be modified. External factors or weather conditions can change daily plans, which will be at the discretion of the Guide.

Included Services
  • Annual physical and technical preparation in Buenos Aires and by remote monitoring.
  • 50% discount on specific technical preparation trips (2-day rock climbing course: CLICK, winter mountaineering and ice climbing course in Ushuaia: CLICK)
  • High Mountain Guide enabled by APN
  • Guide assistants according to the number of passengers.
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
  • Radio communication with El Chaltén.
  • Kitchen equipment and dishes for the whole group.
  • Mountain safety equipment (ropes, harnesses, carabiners, maps, compass, etc.).
  • Snow rackets
  • Transfer to the Bridge over the Río Eléctrico (15 km from El Chaltén)
  • 1 porting of general equipment to Paso Marconi
  • Accommodation in camp from day 2 to day 7
  • All meals in the mountains (breakfasts, energy, snachs, lunches, meriendsa, dinners)
  • Prior advice

Services NOT included
  • Crampons, and necessary personal technical equipment. Ask for rent.
  • Any service not specified in this program.
  • Tips.
  • Accommodation in El Chalten the days before and after.
  • Trip to El Chaltén.

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Where do you sleep

Overnights takes place in mountain camps in igloo type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people and in a mountain refuge.

Faq

Is it a difficult ascent?

It has physical difficulty and some technique, mainly related to the walk on glaciers, although these techniques will be explained by the guides.

Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active.

Do I need to have previous experience?

It is important to have some previous experience in different trekkings. We recommend having a good physical condition, and be advissed that the modality is trekking, where you walk during the day with a backpack, and spend the night in a wild camp.

Where do we spend the night?

Overnight takes place in mountain camps in igloo type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people and in a mountain refuge.

Should I bring a tent?

Tents are included in the service.

What is the climate or temperature?

Even though the time of year is summer, in mountain ranges and / or rugged areas, temperatures usually drop at night.

Are rest stops made?

yes, frequency and graduation of Stops are according to intensity.

There are stops for lunch, snack, and rest.

From what age can I do this activity?

From 18 years of age.

How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman a range of 15 to 18 kilos, in a man of 18 to 25 kilos.

Is there a porters service?

We have a basic porting service for some of the equipment to a high camp, but then the total equipment must be carried. It is an expedition where everyone carries plenty in their backpacks.

What do we eat?

In all our expeditions we provide the service of meals IN FULL PENSION PLAN.

March lunches (cold meals): Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold cuts, sandwiches, salads, tapas, etc.

Dinners: Vegetable-bacon-red chorizo ??stews, Chicken and vegetable casseroles, Pasta with various sauces or stew, Roast beef (Chivito), Chaw Fan, Chicken with rice in the pan ...

Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Powdered milk; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.

It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat any type of food.

Difficulty graduation

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya

40% Up to 8/10 Kilos: Round-trip trekking / Vallecitos 3 and 4-day programs

60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo

80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)

100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice

Fitness (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

20% half a day or less with little unevenness.

40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.

60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)

80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.

100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

20% flat land

40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents

60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.

80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.

100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

20% We will not be much affected.

40% This is a normal level of attention.

60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.

80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.

100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

Gradual Adventure Activity Difficulty System designed by Leandro Scheurle.
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Required equipment

GENERAL EQUIPMENT
  • Backpack for trekking (65 to 85 liters)
  • Warm sleeping bag (-10 comfort degrees, eg 700gms of feather or synthetic good).
  • Insulated sleeping pad (10 to 15mm).
  • Trekking poles
FOOTWEAR
  • High mountain boots (synthetic or plastic double boots)
  • Trekking shoes
HANDS
  • Thin gloves made of polypropylene or similar (not cotton)
  • Fleece gloves (with fingers)
  • Waterproof and breathable gloves
CLOTHES
  • Underwear
  • Pairs of synthetic thin socks (not cotton)
  • Thick mountain socks
  • Cotton or wool socks ( wool is for sleeping)
  • Long sleeves Synthetic shirts
  • Pants or leggings made of polypropylene or similar (not cotton). To wear as warm indoor pants
  • Long trekking pants (NO JEAN)
  • 2 Sweatshirt (Fleece 100 or Fleece 200)
  • Feather duvet jacket
  • Fleece cap
  • Sun hat
  • Buff neck
  • Waterproof jacket - parka (gore tex or similar)
  • Pants cover (gore tex or similar)
  • Mountain gaiters
TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT
  • Piolet
  • Snowshoe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Pear shaped carabiner (HMS)
  • Belay/Rappel device
  • Daisy chain and locking Carabiner
PERSONAL ELEMENTS
  • Passport, ID card, ID.
  • Medical insurance
  • Medical and personal information completed, authorization.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • FRONTAL flashlight with batteries (with spare batteries)
  • Sturdy plastic bags for storing clothes.
  • Personal dishes: Plate, glass / mug, cutlery
HEALTH & HYGIENE
  • Sun glasses with UV protection Category 4
  • Spare lenses (can be goggles, highly recommended)
  • Personal first-aid kit (medication with the relevant recipe)
  • Sunscreen, Lip balm
  • Soap, shampoo (small) and small towel.
  • Toilet paper. Baby wipes.
WATER
  • Containers to drink water, for at least 3 liters (plastic bottles, Camelbak, Nalgene, similar)
  • Small thermos
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (check space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE for blisters and repairs
  • Mini - sewing kit
  • Binoculars. Camera or video equipment
  • Book, travel diary, pencil, pen

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