HIKING IN THE DEPTHS
OF THE CENTRAL PATAGONIAN ANDES

Length Trip
8 days

Season
From November to April

Level
Intermediate trekkers. Light backpack.
Average time of hiking 6 hrs. Easy trails. Sleeping in huts or domes.


Style
Multiday backpacking trip staying in domes and vivac huts

DETAILS

Arriving to the well-known and visited El Calafate (The Glaciers National Park), we’ll travel to one of the most isolated, wild and virgin areas of the Patagonian Andes, 300 miles north from El Calafate

This relatively new and little visited national park is a jewel: full of small hanging glaciers, unclimbed peaks, milky rivers, turquoise lakes, pristine valleys inhabited by Patagonian deer, guanacos, pumas, foxes, condors and Patagonian rheas. This Park also has some stunning views of the east face of the San Lorenzo Mountain (3706mts), one of the highest peaks in Patagonia.
Once there, we’ll hike during 5 days from hut to hut without carrying a heavy backpack. There’re a south and a north section in the park and the plan is to hike in both sides. The trails were recently built and the terrain is generally easy. We won´t need technical gear but just a middle size backpack (60 lts) with all the personal belongings (Clothes, sleeping bag, trekking poles, good pair of boots and extra shoes as sandals or crocs for some river crossings). The hike mixtures different kind of landscapes including steppe, transitional and Patagonian forest, moraines and alpine terrain.

After 5 days of hiking, We’ll take the transfer back to EL Calafate. Once there, we have the last day doing some shopping, we also have the unique chance to have a close look and even to do an ice trek in Perito Moreno Glacier (35 miles).

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Arrival to El Calafate airport (FTE) or Bariloche (BRC), we will try to pick location according to your itinerary and start south and finish north, or viceversa.  Check gear, do last minute preparations. Night in hotel in El Calafate or Bariloche.

Day 2:
Long day transfer to the isolated area of Perito Moreno park- 8 hs drive with stunning views of the Patagonian Steppe where probably we will see Guanacos, Choiques and other kind of wildlife. Some asphalt and some gravel road drive into one of the most remote untouched places on Earth (8-12  hs drive aprox). Night in mountain hut or dome

Day 3:
Start of the trekking circuit with our proffessional mountain guides on the south or north side of the park, linking different huts  and planning trip according to weather and fitness conditions of participants

Day 4:
Trek in the Park with Patagonian Professional AAGM guides linking valleys, sleeping in huts, domes, in the park- Night in huts or domes

Day 5: 
Trek in the Park with Patagonian Professional AAGM guides linking valleys, sleeping in huts, domes, in the park- Night in huts or domes

Day 6:
Trek in the Park with Patagonian Professional AAGM guides linking valleys, sleeping in huts, domes, in the park- Night in huts or domes

Day 7:
Trek in the Park with Patagonian Professional AAGM guides linking valleys, sleeping in huts, domes, in the park- Night in huts or domes

Day 8:
Trek in the Park with Patagonian Professional AAGM guides linking valleys, sleeping in huts, domes, in the park- Night in huts or domes

Day 9:
Transfer to Calafate or Bariloche..  8  to 12 hs- Night in Hotel

Day 10:
Optional visit to Perito Moreno Glacier, Minitrekking or if we go North optional connection to Tronador trips or connection to another trip in Patagonia .

Or  flight back home. End of Services

GEAR LIST

Backpacking gear list:

  • Backpack 55 lts
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar) and extra batteries
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or Camelbak
  • Trekking boots to hike comfortable in scree slopes, snowpatches and forest trail.
  • Crocs sandals (Optional)
  • 2 pairs of  sintethic socks (like Columbia or similar)
  • Hiking or trekking pants – Quick dry-(North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Capilene underwear
  • Polipropilene – capilene shirt
  • T shirt
  • Thin fleece
  • Thick fleece
  • Puffy or  down jacket, beautiful for cozy afternoons in the mountains
  • Lightweight Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Lightweight Water proof Goretex pants
  • Fleece gloves x 2
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Hiking poles x 2 (Leki , Black Diamond, etc)
  • Gaiters
  • Pocket knife
  • Small Tupperware – pot for meals- or similar (if you have it, if not we will provide it)
  • Sleeping bag (800 grs of goosedown or equivalent)  and sleeping pad (Therm-a-rest)
  • Spoon
  • Ipod- Mp3 player (optional)

Summer/ Fall Trekking Trips and Multiday Backpacking trips
This gear list is designed for Backpacking for Several days in the Mountains being able to carry the minimum but logical to travel light and safe in the mountains of Patagonia

  • Backpack 35-45 liters if you need sleeping bag bring the bigger
  • Sleeping bag ideal 600/700 grams of down fill
  • Sleeping pad as Therm-a-rest or similar
  • 2 pairs of  sintethic socks (like Columbia or similar)
  • Hiking or Trekking boots good to deal with wet meadows and scree slopes
  • Gaiters
  • Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Merino wool long underwear
  • Water proof Goretex pants
  • 2 T shirt- Capilene or Merino wool ideal
  • Thin fleece, like Patagonia R1 or similar with a hood ideal
  • Mid fleece layer or synthetic Jacket with some insulation
  • Down jacket or warm puffy
  • Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Thin Fleece gloves for hiking
  • Thick gloves (according to season)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Earplugs… very recommended (for Mt huts, windy days in tents)
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar)
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
  • Thermos 0.5 liters ideal for warm drinks
  • Crocs
  • Iphone/ Ipod music player/camara- optional
  • Hiking poles

Camping  Gear:

  • Mug to go
  • Spoon

PHOTO GALLERY

ON REQUEST ACCORDING TO THE AMOUNT OF GUESTS
Since this trip involves some long distance drives -300 miles/ 450 km- and adds a big budget to the cost of the trip we recommend to build a group from 6 – 15 persons to reduce the cost. Email us: info@andescross.com


  • All tranfers airport in- out
  • Meals in the mountains
  • AAGM hiking  Guide during whole trip
  • Night in domes and huts

    Not included:

  • Meals in Restaurants
  • Flights arrangements
  • Extra excursions

    Optionals to book:

  • Perito Moreno Minitrekking
  • Upsalla glacier treks
  • Treks in El Chalten, Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre area
  • Porters


On request-

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