Introduction

The objective of this trip is to reach the “Marconi Pass” (1550m/a/s/l), one of the entrances to the Patagonian Ice Field.

Data Sheet

3 days trek

Elevation gain: 900 meters

30-40% slope gradient

Difficult: Physically very demanding. Training required

Glacier experience required

1-3 people per guide

September to March

Itinerary

DAY 1

Transfer to Río Eléctrico and start of the trekking. It takes about 8 hours to get to the “Laguna de los 14” Camp, at the foot of the Gorra Blanca Glacier. The first 2 hours through a lenga forest, and then through rocky terrain around Lago Eléctrico. There will be 2 river crossings: Río Pollone and Río Eléctrico, but only the second one has a zip line to cross with harnesses.

DAY 2

Trek to “Paso Marconi” (1550m/a/s/l). This is the crux of the trip; we'll need a reasonable good day in order to reach the pass. Weather allowing, there are excellent views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among other peaks. After the camp, there are some steep rocky passages in order to reach the glacier. Once on the Ice or snow; we'll start using crampons, rope and eventually snowshoes. We will return in the afternoon to our camp located in “Laguna de los 14”. The total walking time is 10-12 hours, and theelevation gain is 600m aprox.

DAY 3

We´ll head back to Rio Eléctrico Bridge. Transportation to El Chaltén. End of the services

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia

INCLUDED SERVICES

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

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES

• 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
• Gratuities

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.

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PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

• Mountaineering boots (*)
• 70-75 L backpack
• Sleeping Bag (-15°C, down recommended)
• Bivouac sac
• Insulate mattress (Therm-a-Rest recommended)
• Walking poles
• Sunglasses with UV filter
• Goggles
• Sun-block and lip balm
• Compeed or second skin (for blisters)
• Personal Hygienic set
• Personal first aid kit
• Pocket knife
• Duct-Tape
• Head lump (with spare batteries)
• Water Bottle (Nalgene) plus small thermo flask

(*) We can rent you the boots; If needing these, please let us know when you register.
Also, give us your boot size. 

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

NOTE

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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