An adventure to the white field
Almost on the limit of Los Glaciares National Park, north sector. We´ll walk along 90km of forests trails and roped up on a large glacier; We´ll cross to Chile to spend the night in Gorra Blanca refuge. A great adventure that does not require technical knowledge (the guides will take care of the corresponding classes and care). You are going to trek with crampons and/or snowshoes, bypassing Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, its a relly beautiful hike.
Modality and difficulty: There are permanent slopes, between forests and high passes. You have to carry your own backpack with personal equipment and a bag of group food. Semi-technical terrain, with ice and rope movement. Overnights are in wild areas (without toilets), in tents and mountain shelters.
Minimum group of 4 people. Consult.
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 guides and participants will bring everything necessary for the camp.
Distance to cover: 12 km. (10 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 (optional). 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. (12 hs. Of march).
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. (9hs. Of march).
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. (10hs. Of march).
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. (12-14 hs. Of march).
Day 8: Extra day .
One more day in case of bad weather
Note: In case of bad weather, the guide will decide to shorten or lengthen the days
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.
El Chalten- Santa Cruz
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.
Overnights takes place in mountain camps in igloo type tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people and in a mountain refuge.
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?
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
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.
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
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.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
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OPTIONAL, not mandatory (check space and weight)
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