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The objective of this trip is climb the “Gorra Blanca” (2900m/a/s/l), which is located near “Marconi Pass”, at the entrance of the Patagonian Ice Cap. There is a Chilean refuge at the base, which facilitate the logistic.

Data Sheet

5 Days expedition

Very difficult: Physically very demanding. Training required

30-40% slope gradient

Elevation gain: 2400 meters

Glacier experience required

1-2 people per guide

September to March



Meeting with the Guide; debrief about the details of the program and check of the personal equipment.


Trek to “Paso Marconi” (1550m/a/s/l); 6 to 10hs. This is the crux of the trip; it’s needed a reasonable good day to reach the pass. Weather allowing, there are excellent views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among others. Camp at Gorra Blanca refuge (1600m/s/n/m), with astonishing views at sunset.


Gorra Blanca summit attempt (2900m/a/s/l) by the normal route (NW ridge), with average ice slopes from 30 to 40 degrees. There may be a short steeper section to climb the final summit mushroom. If the weather is favorable, we´ll be able to contemplate part of the Ice Field, the Cordon Gaea, Volcano Lautaro, Mount´s Fitz Roy and Torre among others. We´ll head back to the refuge in the afternoon. This is about a 10 hour day with a gain of 1300 meters. (4000 feet).


Spare day in case of bad weather or resting day


Trek to “Circo de Los Altares”. This is a short day (about 6 hs) with the possibility to approach the famous west face of Cerro Torre. This site has one of the most impressive views of Los Glaciares National Park, the west face of Cerro Torre, especially at sunset! Camp at “Circo de los Altares”.

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


Certified Mountain Guide
4 seasons tents
Kitchen set & utensils
Glacier equipment: crampons, harness, rope, helmet, etc.
Vhf radio or sat phone
First-aid kit
Certified Mountain Guide
Expedition food
Transfer El Chaltén-Río Eléctrico-El Chaltén

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


Transportation from El Calafate to El Chaltén
Lodging at El Chaltén
Porters ( at your request)
Personal Equipment
Alcoholic drinks
Personal Travel & rescue insurance (highly recommended)
Services not specified

Packing List

Weather: The weather in Patagonia is notorious for high winds and extreme variability. Days can range from sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s (15°C) in October to rain, hail, and occasionally even snow. Nighttime temperatures often drop down into the 30s and 40s (0-5°C). The wind-chill factor can sometimes make the ambient temperature feel much colder. Please come prepared for all possibilities and equipped with good quality rain and wind gear.



• Mountaineering boots (*)
• 50-60l back pack
• Sleeping bag (-15°c)
• Bivy sac
• Insulating mattress
• Walking poles
• Sunglasses & goggles (uv)
• Sun-block and lip balm
• Compeed or second skin
• Hygienic set & duct tape
• Pocket knife
• Headlamp (batteries)
• Bottle and thermo flask (1l)
• Gaiters
• Snickers or light trekking shoes
• Long underwear (top and bottom) synthetic or wool
• Warm pants and shirt
• Sweater (medium weight)
• Insulated hooded jacket(down or or synthetic)
• Waterproof pants & parka (gore-tex)
• Fleece jacket or wind stopper
• 3 pairs of socks (2 thick and one liner, not cotton)
• Windstopper and waterproof gloves (plus spares)
• Sun cap & wool or fleece hat
• Buff, or balaclava

(*) We can rent you the boots. Please let us know when registering (also include your boot size).

Please make sure you have all requested equipment, let us konw if you need advice for buying or renting


Water is potable in Southern Patagonia. Please bring your own water filter or purification tablets if you don’t want to drink the water untreated.
Sleeping bags/pads are available for rent in El Chaltén. Book early for best availability

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