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



Morning meeting with the Guide, check of the gear and details of the trip. Transfer to Río Eléctrico and start the trekking; It´ll take 5 to 6hs to “La Playita” Camp, at the foot of Marconi Glacier.“Piedra del Fraile” is a private campsite with services, at the edge of the forest. After there the terrain is open and rockery until the next campsite.


We´ll leave our tent at La Playita, and Trek to the Marconi pass with a daypack; we´ll spend most of the day on glacier terrain, first on the ablation area, and afterwords on the accumulation area. We´ll use crampons and ropes to get across the glacier and steep terrain. Weather allowing, there are excellent panoramic views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Gorra Blanca, among others. We´ll descent in the afternoon to our campsite. This is about a 10-12 hour day with an elevation gain of 950 meters.


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

Trekking El Chalten Patagonia


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

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 (*)
• 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

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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