• Majestic view of the Patagonian Ice cap while descending of Cerro Gorra Blanca

SOUTHERN PATAGONIAN ICE FIELD
Paso Marconi to Paso del Viento traverse

Length Trip
7 to 11 days according to weather

Season
October to April


Level
Rigorous trekking


Style

DETAILS

The Patagonian ice cap is the largest non polar ice on earth, and the third glacier mass in size after Antartica and Greenland. It has an average height of 4500ft. a.s.l., covering valleys between the mountain chains, whose tops rise above the frozen plains.

Hiking distance: 50 miles
Elevation gain: 3000 ft
Group Size: 2 to 10

Conditions of the Program:
This is one of the most scenic, complete and demanding trek in Patagonia. It’s not required technical experience, but we request camping and trekking experience.You should be able to carry a backpack with around 45 pounds; and hike 6 to 8 hours a day through different terrains as trails, moraines , glaciers and snow, scree slopes; for about a week in total.

The spare days will be utilized in case of bad weather to continue the trek,  or taking an alternative program.

Weather conditions:
During this trek, you should expect all kind of weather; sun, rain, perhaps some snow. The temperature during the summer is usually between 5 and 10 centigrades celsius.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Reception in El Chalten, meeting at hostel to re-check gear
Night in Hostel

Day 2:
We will check the gear during the morning and we’ll start the trip in the afternoon, on the way to Piedra del Fraile; 2-3 hs hike.

Day 3:
Weather permitting we’ll continue on the way to Lago Eléctrico (possible campground), and going up to the Marconi pass(1500m a/s/l)trough the Marconi Glacier. Elevation gain = 900m. Hiking time= 8-9 hs. This will be a key day of the trip, the most extraneous hike and heavy load to carry. On a clear day the views of Fitz Roy, Piergiorgio and Pollone are magnificent!

Day 4:
We’ll continue heading south through the plateau, using the snowshoes and snow sledges (if necessary) until we’ll reach the “Circo de los Altares”,  unique west views of Cerros Torre and Fitz Roy. Hiking time=6 hs.
We’ll build a snow wall, to protect our tent’s. And we’ll melt snow to cook and drink water.

Day 5 :
We’ll  continue walking with the snowshoes  through the Viedma Glacier, until we’ll come back to the lateral moraine, going out of the ice cap. Today  we’ll camp at Ferrari’s bivouac, near the Ferrari Lake. Hiking time: 7-8 hs

Day 6:
We’ll climb up to the “Paso del Viento” (the windy pass) about 1550m a/s/l and 400m elevation gain. And we’ll go down to the Tunel valley; with a possible tyrolean traverse crossing over the Río Tunel. Finishing the day back at the forest, at Laguna Toro campground.

Day 7:
We’ll hike back to El Chalten trough an easy trail. Possible views of both Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from the “Pliegue Tumbado”. Hiking time: 6 hs ; elevation gain 500m.
Night in Hotel

Days 8- 9:
Extra days in case of bad weather conditions at the beginning of the trip. It’s needed a reasonable good day to go up to the Marconi Pass. Or spend  the extra days at others campgrounds.

Day 10: E
nd of Services

GEAR LIST

What  you need:

  • 60-70 l Backpack
  • Sleeping bag (800 gr equivalent to down recommended)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Plastic boots or waterproof technical leather boots (recommend the second one)
  • Long underwear
  • Over-pant with lateral zips (gore-tex recommended)
  • 2 Capilene
  • Thick fleece or similar (second layer)
  • Rain Jacket (Gore-tex or similar)
  • Patagonia puff, synthetic jacket (light weight warm)
  • Gaiters
  • 2x fleece gloves and waterproof gloves
  • Hiking poles obligatory
  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • Sun glasses with UV filter
  • 70 SP sun protection  and lips protector
  • One liter plastic bottle (Nalgene recommendable)
  • Mol skin( for blisters)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pocketknife
  • Head lamp
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Electrolytes, energy supplements

PHOTO GALLERY


2 persons (PRIVATE)
USD 2500 per person + usd 1400 (assistant on demand- recommended)

3 persons with assistant
USD 2650

4 or more persons (with assistant)
USD 2250

10 clients or more (3 guides)
USD 1750

All meals in the mountains, dehydrated homemade yummy!!
Mountain Guide UIAGM-IFMGA and assistant

General gear:
Marmot 4 season tents
Stoves and cookware
Snowshoes (if necessary)
Crampons
Harness
Rope
Shovel
Sleds if necessary
First Aid Kit and radio contact
GPS (Global Positioning System

Not Includes:
Porters or pack horses
Meals in Restaurant
Domestic and international flights


On request

ANDESCROSS
IS RECOMMENDED BY

70% RATE OF RETURNING CLIENTS FOR OVER 10 YEARS

The Andescross family comes back to Southamerica with us and also to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland and the Alps for more good times.

“Back in 2006 I decided I wanted to try backcountry skiing and soon after I ended up contacting Jorgito at Andescross, which was already a very respected guiding company in Argentina.”

The idea of climbing all the mountains and volcanos in patagonia in the winter time and skiing them on the way down sounded too good to be true. Our first trip with Andescross was to Frey Hut with a couple of my brothers. The skiing conditions were as bad as Patagonia can offer so we ended up 2 days stuck in the hut in the midle of a storm and one day skiing on pure ice… 

Marcos Q.Tigre, BA, Argentina

“About 10 years ago I contacted Jorge about doing a hut to hut ski trip in the mountains around Bariloche. I chose him because he was a fully certified International Mountain guide.”

This trip proved to be nothing short of fantastic. Jorge was professional, friendly, knowledgeable of the area we were traveling through and was a great travel partner. He took care of my travel arrangements in Bariloche, booked my room for me before and after the trip, and even picked me up at the airport. The next year, I returned for a volcano ski trip with Jorge. We were fortunate enough to ski from the summit of four volcanoes. In the last decade, I have traveled with him at least 8 times.  We have skied in Chile and Argentina numerous times, including a trip to the Patagonian Ice-fields.

Tomfriend more than client since 2005

“I have skied with Jorge and Andescross in the Andes and the Alps in Europe.   Simply put, the Andes Mountain range is Jorge’s backyard and he knows then well.”

In my view, I think it would be very difficult to find another South American based guide with comparable years of experience in the Andes, guiding credentials, and local knowledge.  Over the years, Jorge has gained significant knowledge of the Alps and many other mountain ranges in the world which he includes in his worldwide adventure trips.  He is able to quickly gauge conditions, make safe decisions, and find great untracked skiing.  

Peter Musziclient for first time in 2008

“Jorge se ha convertido con el tiempo en un amigo cercano más que en un guía.”

Hemos compartido muchas aventuras juntos en varias partes del mundo como los Alpes, Bariloche y Chalten, y siempre regresamos de cada viaje pensando en el próximo. Para que un viaje sea exitoso tiene que tener su cuota de riesgo y cautela, algo muy difícil de lograr pero que Jorge siempre ha sabido manejar. Seguramente les quemara la cabeza hablando de… Paciencia estimados clientes!!, nadie es perfecto.

Francisco J.San Isidro, BA, Argentina

“In just over a six year period, we have done five trips with Jorge and have committed to a sixth next year. We must like this guy! Jorge is THE guide for your Patagonia adventures…and beyond! ”

Our first trip with Jorge in 2010 was for backcountry skiing around Bariloche, Argentina. While we were temporarily weathered out of higher terrain due to high avalanche danger from tons of new snow, we never lacked for fun, challenging, and noteworthy alternatives. He shared with us his hometown stashes, something only a generous local guide could do. Jorge is a consummate mountain guide. He is completely client focused. He is a first rate professional. We trust his judgement, thrill in his ski adventures, and have been blessed to enjoy the beautiful outdoors around the world with him.

Larina & BobSeattle, WA, USA

“40 years ago I flew down to Argentina in my summer for downhill training in the Andes.
I was then racing on the World Cup circuit and so having 4 weeks on snow in summer was really useful training.”

I fell in love with Bariloche and returned the next year again. Sadly this was the last time I made to South America and then, when skiing in Iceland, I bumped into a friend of our guide, John Falkiner. We shared a few beers waiting for our airplane to fly home and John explained that his friend, Jorge, was a guide down in Argentina and that helped in Bariloche.

Konrad Bartelski A British Legend in Ski Racing in 1981

“Jorge and team helped with all the fairly complex planning and logistics for a supported backpacking trip across the Andes”

From Bariloche to Puerto Frias for our group of 10 people, and guided us safely along the route.  He and his guides were exceptionally competent, knowledgeable and professional, and everyone had a great time.  I would highly recommend Andescross!

Cheryl from The Mountaineers Hiking Club, Seattle WA

“I am currently travelling the world on a sabbatical, looking for amazing experiences. During a stop across south america, I wanted to rock climb in the Frey national park, near Bariloche.”

I found the Andescross team on the internet, and they teamed me up for 3 days with a world class guide instructor. I am a novice rock climber, and my guide Luciano not only provided me with amazing climbing coaching tips, but allowed me to push myself to go beyond my comfort zone, in all safety. And once the climbing was over (once summits were achieved and I could not feel my forearms anymore), it was time for some of the best hospitality I have found on the road this last year. Great dinners, food, friends and laughter to fill our evening, until the call of the rock would get us out of our sleeping bag the next morning.

Patrick , Ex-Google CFOSFO , USA

“Jorge has excellent personal skills and appreciation of my climbing abilities. ”

Brian climber from CanadaI had the pleasure of meeting Jorge in December 2008. My wife and I were in Bariloche, on holiday in Argentina. Jorge had been recommended to us by a climbing friend back home in Canada. I was able to contact him by phone and we worked out a rendez-vous at the Refugio Frey for a day’s climbing on the rock. His knowledge of the area and the realistic time needed to complete various options, made it easy for me to reach a decision. What followed was one of the best days in the mountains that I have experienced over a lifetime in the sport.

Brian, 65, IrishCanadian climbing legend of Squamish, Canada

“Had a FANTASTIC time and thank you so much for all your help and the great guides. Great meeting you!!!!”

We are in BA, but head to Brazil tomorow and am just going to eat, drink and sleep! Anytime you head to Europe, you always have a place to stay in London and hopefully we will be back SOON!”

SachaLondon, UK, January 08

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